Ethics in Practice: Moral Theory and the Profession

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An introduction to applied ethics, this guide is intended for students taking courses in law, medicine, science, teaching, social work, and other professions. Pointing to the ethical codes that will guide their working lives, the discussion shows students how to use moral theory to identify breaches of professional standards. The first half of the book focuses on the philosophy of ethics, including ordinary moral values, moral relativism, moral principles, moral reasoning, virtues and vices, ...

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Overview

An introduction to applied ethics, this guide is intended for students taking courses in law, medicine, science, teaching, social work, and other professions. Pointing to the ethical codes that will guide their working lives, the discussion shows students how to use moral theory to identify breaches of professional standards. The first half of the book focuses on the philosophy of ethics, including ordinary moral values, moral relativism, moral principles, moral reasoning, virtues and vices, and role morality. The second half looks at real problems faced by professionals—including corruption, paternalism, and sexual misconduct—and considers controversial subjects such as informed consent, professional confidentiality, euthanasia, reproductive technology, and drug abuse. Each chapter begins with stories and case studies drawn from history, literature, the Bible, news stories, and other sources.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781742230306
  • Publisher: UNSW Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Andrew Alexandra is the editor of the Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, the coauthor of Police Ethics, and the coeditor of Private Military Companies. Seumus Miller is a professor of philosophy at Charles Sturt University and the Australian National University. He is the author or coauthor of 10 books, including Corruption and Anti-Corruption, Institutional Corruption, and Social Action.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Ethical theory and practice 1

2 Relativism 10

3 Moral principles 28

4 Virtues and vices 55

5 Moral emotion, motivation and reasoning 70

6 Professional role morality 94

7 Duty of care, autonomy, paternalism and informed consent 113

8 Privacy and confidentiality 140

9 Life and death 156

10 Reproduction 180

11 The institution of the family 204

12 Drugs 233

13 Corruption 251

Index 270

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