When is it okay to lie? What does it mean to have a "strong moral fiber?" What forces shape a society's standards of right and wrong? Ranging from philosophical and theoretical ethics to applied ethics, Encyclopedia of Ethics covers people, events, terms, ideas, works, and movements from a global perspective. Appropriate for high school students and general readers alike, this one-volume, A-to-Z reference source provides the working vocabulary needed to tackle the ideas of ethical thinking, particularly the building of a personal moral compass and the evaluation of the laws and customs of any society or institution. Entries are illustrated with real-world examples, such as dealing with an elderly parent's failing health or being asked to lie, and help readers clarify their own ideas and evaluate all sides of a particular issue. Among the topics covered are: • Philosophy (character, justice, self-realization) • Morality (Jewish ethics, moral development, Shari'a) • Practical issues (medical ethics, sexual ethics, business ethics). The thinkers who have shaped these concepts, such as Confucius, Hildegard of Bingen, and John Stuart Mill, are all included. Excerpted from Encyclopedia of Ethics by Susan N. Terkel, R. Shannon Duval All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.