Choices, values, and ethics are closely related. The choices that you make each day affect other people, which, in turn, relates to morality. To learn more about values as they relate to morals and ethics, click on the web link.
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Our values reflect those things, qualities, or ideals to which we assign importance (we find "value" in it). The study of ethics encourages us to critically assess our values and to adopt a set of consistent values that are morally justifiable. Not all values are moral values. Moral values are those characteristics or states of affairs that we regard as necessary to morality. Social values are of concern to criminal justice professionals. For example, equality and justice are values that we see as crucial to many ethical concerns in criminal justice. Values may be intrinsic or instrumental.
Normative ethics attempts to identify and priortize relevant moral values and principles and provide frameworks from within which to embarck on moral decision-making. Normative ethics guide our reasoning by highlighting values and criteria for decision-making that are of relevance. The subnodes of this topic discuss deontological theories, consequentialist theories, and virtue ethics.