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What is ethos and is it different from ethics?


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July 01, 2015 6:25PM

Ethos is the distinctive "spirit" of a culture, or an era; simply understood it is the displayed character or attributes of that culture (could also be applied to a person, company, or even a social movement).

Ethics on the other hand are the moral principles by which a person or social group is guided in their actions, decisions and the things contemplated or sought after.

Ethics could be thought of as the motivational factor of the characteristics displayed by a social group (culture, company, etc.). A code of ethics is often considered morality.

Example: The "ethos" (displayed character) of a corporation is the result of its "ethics" (moral guidelines).