chapter  2
Individual Values, Social Pressures, and Conflicting Loyalties
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THOSE who study the principles that ought to shape human behavior-we call them ethicists-generally have agreed that unless an individual is free to choose what courses of action to take, there is little point in discussing ethical decision-making. However, that does not allow individuals to ponder ethics decisions in a vacuum, without reference to external influences. Inevitably, various real-world factors enter into the decision-making process.