The Function Of Public Ethics In Public And Public Life

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Public Ethics Public ethics is related to public life. Public life means that vast collection of political, cultural, social and economic structures, organizations and institutions, including the workplace, which make up cohesive societies. People who are engaged in leadership positions and who actually influence the lives of others are engaged in public life. A society is said to be healthy if there is a widespread participation by its citizens in public affairs and in the institutions that make up civil society. Each of us has the obligation to contribute to the building of social capital, that is to say, to the forces and influences which bind us in community spirit and concern for each other. David Gill referring to the subject of Public Ethics writes: “Public policy, politics, economics, war, poverty, education, racism, ecology, and crime are examples of the subject of public or social ethics.” The central issue with regard to ethics in private and public life is to show how these two are related. David Gill of the University of Southern California cuts to the heart of the matter concerning private and public ethics with a brilliant assessment of the relationship between the two. He says “It is impossible to maintain a clear and precise distinction between social ethics and personal (individual) ethics. No individual behavior is without social implications. No social situation or problem is without individual repercussions. According to Gill, public policy and
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