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Phineas T. Bluster Wrote: Apr 04, 2012 9:55 AM
As it appears in King James, yes - but on the original scroll the word used was the equivalent of murder. If it were truly that broad, we'd all starve, since living things must die when we eat them.

Something happens to ethics when it becomes a specialty. It becomes professionalized, certified, rarefied. It becomes something besides ethics. It becomes expertise, not thought or depth so much as focus. Specialization sharpens the mind by narrowing it. As in medical ethics or legal ethics or business ethics. Or, to use a phrase cynics consider an oxymoron, the ethics of journalism.

The new science of ethicism shouldn't be confused with ethics any more than theology is religion. But it's a common enough misapprehension as professional ethicists take the place of ancient sages who taught ethics, not reduced its scope. You can...