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Author Topic: Ethics & The Use of Magic  (Read 19463 times)
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« Reply #22: September 16, 2007, 10:47:00 pm »


 Embarrassed I think I need to add a disclaimer/apologia/further explanation to my own thread: 

On a personal level, I don't have different ethical standards for magic vs mundane.  If I'm ethically unwilling to take a specific mundane action, I won't do its magical equivalent (and vise versa).  Typically, I don't categorize my own ethics into specific groups (magic, mundane, social, etc.) because there's no need for me to do so. 

When I talk about "magical ethics" vs any other sort of ethics, the reason is two-fold: 
1.) to focus the discussion on ethics as they apply to our magical workings (just as "business ethics" implies that you're talking about ethical standards within a specific context) and...
2.) to allow for the viewpoint of those who do differentiate between magical and mundane ethics. 

By using the term "magical ethics", I'm not trying to imply that magic should be treated as ethically different (or special or separate), but rather, trying to get everyone thinking about how ethics apply to magic specifically. 

Just wanted to clarify that, because looking back at the thread, I don't think I explained this sufficiently and was probably as clear as mud in my reasoning.  Sorry if I caused any confusion!
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