(Received 31 December 1998; accepted 14 August 2000)
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Recently, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) collected data from its member organizations regarding codes of ethics. To better understand why such a survey would be undertaken, this paper begins by examining what is meant by ethics and highlights some distinctions between law and ethics. It then discusses codes of ethics, stressing their purposes and functions. Finally, it looks at the results of the CSSP survey and evaluates how various organizations formulate and implement their codes.
Judge, State of Illinois, 19th Judicial Circuit; past president, The American Academy of Forensic Sciences,
Associate professor of philosophy, Niagara University, Niagara, NY
Assistant professor of theology, St. John's University, Jamaica
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