What is the relationship between law and ethics?

This is an essay question. Describe the relationship between law and ethics, and speculate as to why they are lumped together at yahoo answers. Compare and contrast, if it helps your argument, but I'm more interested in the _relationship_ between them than their similarities and differences, or in simple definitions.

Asked By: McNeef - 1/19/2008
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Law is backed by the power of the state to compel, to punish and coerce compensation of loss... More
Answered By: LizTalks - 1/19/2008
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What would make sense to me is that laws are based on ethics.
Answered By: the_manic_mechanic - 1/19/2008
some people need laws to make them socialy acceptable ( mandatory guidelines) some people are just more ethical than others(voluntary guidelines) if a person isnt taught the difference between right and wrong by role models,parents ,schools or church's will this person be an ethical adult or will they need laws to... More
Answered By: ole max. - 1/19/2008
Laws are to maintain an order in society, and are not always based on ethics. You will find throughout life that one's personal ethics are either in conflict with, or are set at a standard above, the "laws" of the land. This is not unusual at all.
Answered By: eentweedrievier2007 - 1/19/2008
The law is the written agreement that we have as a society that dictates appropriate and acceptable conduct we display toward each other. It is the foundation of our society and can only exist as an entity and rule if we all agree to abide and maintain its very existence... More
Answered By: malter - 1/19/2008
Laws originate as ideas of what would be ethical conduct in society. Under this theory, breaking the law is inherently unethical. But we have seen that sometimes breaking the law is a necessary evil (i.e. MLK in the 1960's). So society's idea of what's ethical may evolve quicker than the laws, making it occasionally... More
Answered By: reallypablo - 1/19/2008
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