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Rules, Standards, and Principles

  1. Alan H. Goldman

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee600

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Goldman, A. H. 2013. Rules, Standards, and Principles. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


Various types of rules are adopted to regulate the behavior of members of different groups. These types will be specified in this section. The next section will consider why and when rules should be adopted and followed. The last section will distinguish rules from standards and principles, especially as the latter are defined within the law.


  • law;
  • legal and political;
  • normative ethics