WIT Press


Ethics, Geological Risks, Politics And Society

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/GEO060021

Volume

89

Pages

7

Published

2006

Size

4,149 kb

Author(s)

A. Cecioni & V. Pineda

Abstract

Since humans live in communities, the moral regulation of behavior has been necessary for the collective well-being. From the antiquity, the Greek philosophers discussed moral behavior, which led to the later development of ethics. Some geological processes, such as earthquakes, tsunami, landslides, volcanism, and geological structures such as faults, are potentially hazardous for the inhabitants. Some geological processes can affect entire cities and active faults can damage buildings constructed on them. In general, the urban and urban development areas are sustained on numerous components. Among these components can be pointed out the economic one that regulates the urban already consolidated zone and the areas of urban expansion; the information provided by geologists about the possible occurrence of geologically hazardous or risky processes; and the political authorities that must take the difficult decisions based on the economic component of the private investors, the geologically dangerous processes and the commitment of the State to provide inexpensive accommodation to low social-economic people and the responsibility of granting safety to the society. Analysis and questions about professional ethics, investors’ ethics and political ethics of the State, taking as a goal the information that must be provided to the citizenship and to the civil protection, are discussed. Keywords: ethic, geological risks, land planning. 1 Introduction Ethics (gr. ĂȘthos) is the support of the principles of the human behavior, called also morality (lat. moralis). Ethics is the natural norm of the human conduct. Since the peoples live in community, the moral regulation of the conduct has been necessary to obtain the collective well-being.

Keywords

ethic, geological risks, land planning.