What is the difference between "ethics" and "etiquette"?
Apr 24, 2011 3:08 PM
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Ethics are the standards or codes of behaviour considered to be correct and expected by the group to which an individual belongs. There are national ethics, social ethics, company ethics, professional ethics. Sometimes a person's personal morals clash with the ethics he is expected to practice at work. For example a criminal defense lawyer may find murder immoral but the ethics of his job demand that he defend a murderer to the best of his ability. Etiquette is a code of behaviour that outlines expectations for social behaviour within a society, social class or group. Rules of etiquette include all aspects of social interaction including manners. But Etiquette is not just about saying 'please' and 'thank you'. One important function of etiquette is that it shows respect and deference to others. For example in many countries not jumping the queue is considered normal etiquette. Etiquette can vary a lot from country to country especially in business and social interaction. For example the etiquette governing gift giving is different in different countries. So too can how much a person is permitted to touch another person. In America it may be okay to slap a man on the back but in China it is a seriuos breach of etiquette.
April 24, 2011
Ethics are the moral or honest way to behave. Etiquette is the polite and "proper" way to behave (e.g., chewing with your mouth closed, saying "please" and "thank you," etc.).
April 24, 2011
Thanks a lot :)
April 24, 2011
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