terça-feira, maio 13, 2008


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Excuse me sir. You can't stay in the store without ...
... buying something.

I'm sorry sir, but ...
... they are orders from the boss.

But who are you?
I'm you tomorrow.

Thinking about ethics and morals (in the shower of all places!) and came away still thinking ...

I mean, even just the words themselves ... generally not understood properly enough to have a decent conversation, nevermind discussion.

ethic, a. and n.

A. adj. (Now usually ETHICAL.)
A1. Relating to morals.
A2. Of an author or literary work: Treating of moral questions, and of ethics as a science.
A3. Characterized by ‘ethos.’
A4. Gram. ethic dative: = ‘ethical dative’: see ETHICAL 3. 1867 FARRAR Gr. Syntax (1870) 80 To this dative of reference belongs what is called the ethic (i.e. emotional) dative.

B. n. I. sing.
B1. [after Fr. éthique, It. and Sp. etica, ad. L. thic, Gr. ().]
a. The science of morals; cf. 2.
b. A scheme of moral science.
II. pl. ethics.
B2. a. (after Gr. ). The science of morals; the department of study concerned with the principles of human duty.
b. A treatise on the science; spec. that of Aristotle.
c. As discrete plural: Ethical maxims or observations. Obs. rare.
B3. In narrower sense, with some qualifying word or phrase:
a. The moral principles or system of a particular leader or school of thought.
b. The moral principles by which a person is guided.
c. The rules of conduct recognized in certain associations or departments of human life.
B4. In wider sense: The whole field of moral science, including besides Ethics properly so called, the science of law whether civil, political, or international.

ethical, a.
1. a. Of or pertaining to morality or the science of ethics.
b. Pertaining to ‘ethos’ as opposed to ‘pathos’: see ETHOS.

2. Of an author or literary work: Treating of the science of ethics, or of questions connected with it.

3. Gram. ethical dative: the dative when used to imply that a person, other than the subject or object, has an indirect interest in the fact stated.

4. Med. Of a medicine or drug: advertised only in the professional press, not to the general public, and often available only on a doctor's prescription (see quots.). Hence as n., such a medicine.

5. In accordance with the principles of ethics; morally right; honourable; virtuous; decent; spec. conforming to the ethics of a profession, etc.

6. Finance (orig. U.S.). Of, pertaining to, or characterized by investment in enterprises whose activities do not offend against the moral principles of the investor. Freq. as ethical investment.