Ethical code

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Ethical codes are specialized and specific codes of ethics.

Such codes exist in most professions to guide interactions between specialists with advanced knowledge, e.g. doctors, lawyers, engineers, stonemasons, and the general public. They are often not part of any more general theory of ethics but accepted as pragmatic necessities.

Ethical codes are distinct from moral codes that apply to the education and religion of a whole larger society. Not only are they more specialized, they are more internally consistent, and typically can be applied without a great deal of interpretation by an ordinary practitioner of the speciality.

In the late 20th century, a movement began to popularize the Zero Aggression Principle as an ethical code among the general public.

See also

ethics, moral code, moral core, business ethics#Ethics statements and ethics codes, Zero Aggression Principle

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