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What is the relationship between critical thinking and ethics?

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1. What is the relationship between critical thinking and ethics?

Critical thinking is about becoming a better thinker and decision-maker, including ethical decision-making. There is therefore a direct relationship between critical thinking and ethics, because critical thinking skills are imperative to ethical decision-making. Most people learn and internalize their sense of ethical behavior many years before they assume positions of organizational responsibility, according to Meisel (2006). He points out that continued training in ethics helps to develop new understanding and supports ethical behavior. However, it is also useful to increase the cognitive skills of executives making decisions affecting firms and stakeholders, those that are also involved in the critical thinking process. He argues that one key to ethical executive decision making is the further development of critical thinking skills.

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The complex relationship between critical thinking and ethics is discussed.

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