Ethics: An Introduction to Philosophy and Practice / Edition 1

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Designed to assist students in developing an informed ethical conscience, this text introduces them to ethical theory and gives them practice in responding to real-life ethical issues that are often messy, complex, multifaceted. As they work through the ethical dilemmas in the book, students are encouraged to explore their own moral and ethical value systems as well as the codes they work from and to begin to form an informed ethical conscience for making sound moral and ethical judgments.
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"(This) book helps therapists understand the philosophical bases for ethical choices. It breaks down complex concepts into terms that students with little to no background in philosophy can grasp, without violating the integrity of those concepts' contents. Even though it is written for counselors, I regard it as highly applicable to family therapy, social work and psychology as well."

"The text requires students to see ethics as much more than their respective professional codes and asks that they think about ethics and learn to ground their ethical decisions in multiple theoretical points of view. That is a great strength over any other text I am aware of…. This text is the best presentation I have seen of where ethics come from, how/when to apply ethical thinking, and why we need to do so to be professional."

Offers a solid grounding in ethical theory and its practical applications to ethical dilemmas facing helping professionals. Part I introduces issues raised by ethics in the helping professions and discusses codes of ethics, and Part II overviews theoretical orientations such as ethical relativism, natural law ethics, and feminist ethics. Part III delves into specific ethical and legal issues confronting counselors, such as issues in school counseling, and research with human subjects. The author is affiliated with Texas Women's University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534366384
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/3/2000
  • Series: Ethics & Legal Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Freeman is a professor of Counseling and Chair of the Department of Counselor Education at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Freeman served on the graduate faculty at Texas Woman¿s University for 18 years where he was the Coordinator of the Counseling and Development Program. He also maintained a private practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Dr Freeman has published on a variety of topics relating to death, grief, and loss and is the author of the book ETHICS: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE.
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Table of Contents

Preface. PART ONE: ETHICAL ISSUES AND ETHICS CODES. 1. Problems of Ethics in the Helping Professions. 2. Codes of Ethics. PART TWO: THEORETICAL ORIENTATIONS TO ETHICS. 3. Introduction to Ethics. 4. Ethical Relativism: Knowledge or Opinion. 5. Consequentialism or Justice. 6. Kant and Deontology. 7. Natural Law Ethics: St. Thomas Aquinas. 8. Virtue Ethics. 9. Moral Ethical Development. 10. Feminist Ethics: A Different Voice. 11. The New Casuistry. PART THREE: ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES. 12. Ethics and the Law. 13. Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling. 14. Ethics: Research with Human Subjects. Epilogue. References. Appendices. Index.
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