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Ethical decision making is a cognitive process that considers various ethical principles, rules, and virtues or the maintenance of relationships to guide or judge individual or group decisions or intended actions.
– Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle
"The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life." - Albert Einstein
“Without man and his potential for moral progress, the whole of reality would be a mere wilderness, a thing in vain, and have no final purpose.” ― Immanuel Kant
James Rest's Four-Component Model of Ethical Action
(1) Moral sensitivity (recognition)
(2) Moral judgment (reasoning)
(3) Moral focus (motivation)
(4) Moral character (action)
Moral Development by
Publication Date: 1986-11-07
This book focuses on a theoretical framework (the Four-Component Model) and evaluations of the Defining Issues Test (DIT) developed by Rest and his coworkers. The authors assess their own work with the DIT and that of hundreds of other investigators. Among their conclusions are: formal education is correlated with moral judgment; there is evidence for Kohlberg's higher stages; moral education programs produce modest gains, and, there are no sex differences.
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