Values, Virtues and Duties: The Foundation of Ethics


The Six Pillars of Character

[The Josephson Institute of Ethics has gathered the basic ethical values into a useful structure it calls "The Six Pillars of Character" The structure is largely duplicated here, with some additions]

1. TRUSTWORTHINESS, including:

  • Honesty in communication
  • Candor
  • Truthtelling
  • Reliability
  • Sincerity
  • Honesty in Conduct
  • Integrity
  • Loyalty

2. RESPECT, including:

  • Civility
  • Courtesy
  • Decency
  • Dignity
  • Tolerance
  • Acceptance
  • Autonomy

3. RESPONSIBILITY, including:

  • Diligence
  • Pursuit of Excellence
  • Competence
  • Accountability
  • Perseverance
  • Self-restraint
  • Prudence

4. FAIRNESS, including:

  • Openness
  • Process
  • Impartiality
  • Proportionality
  • Consistency
  • Equity

5. CARING

  • Charity
  • Benevolence
  • Consideration
  • Empathy
  • Generosity

6. CITIZENSHIP


The Seven Enabling Virtues

[The following additional virtues are critical in pursuing ethical conduct]

  1. COURAGE

  2. FORTITUDE

  3. VALOR

  4. SACRIFICE

  5. HONOR

  6. HUMILITY

  7. FORGIVENESS


The Ethical Obligations of Trust (Fiduciary Duties)

  • The Duty of Competence

  • The Duty of Diligence

  • The Duty of Loyalty

  • The Duty to Maintain Independent Judgment

  • The Duty of Candor and Communication

  • The Duty of Confidentiality

  • The Duty of Honesty

 

 

   
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