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Some responses to comments about the idea of Ethical Injunctions.

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Moral questions are terminal. Ethical questions are instrumental.

Is this definition generally accepted?

Definitely not in philosophy, where the two are used interchangeably. But some literature on professional ethics draws a distinction somewhat similar to this (morals being your own values etc. and ethics being about what to do in particular situations where you're not sure what to do).

A similar distinction is drawn in professional work - ethical refers to professional standards, while moral refers to your personal values.

The distinction is useful, but I cannot endorse the accuracy of the terminology.

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