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Define ethics and law. Is ethics or law more important? Why?

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1. Define ethics and law. Is ethics or law more important? Why?

a. Ethics

Ethics is a general term for what is often described as the "science (study) of morality". In philosophy, ethical behavior is that which is "good" or "right." The Western tradition of ethics is sometimes called moral philosophy. This is one part of value theory (axiology) - the other part is aesthetics - one of the four major branches of philosophy, alongside metaphysics, epistemology, and logic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics

From another source:

• Ethical motive: motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
• The philosophical study of moral values and rules
From yet other sources:
Ethics is a set of principles and values that govern behavior to accord with a notion of morality. See especially deontological ethics, teleological ethics and utilitarian ethics, and also see autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice and suffering. The ethics of assisted reproductive technology, collaborative reproduction, the doctor-patient relationship, informed consent and human embryo research are much debated.
Ethics is the branch of philosophy that deals with moral issues. Key questions in ethics include: What is it right (or wrong) to do? Do the intentions behind ...

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Using an array of information, this solution defines the concepts of ethics and law, and debates the question: Is ethics or law more important, and why? References provided.