Professional Ethics And Social Responsibility

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Focusing on five increasingly interrelated spheres of professional activity-politics, law, engineering, medicine, and science-the contributors to Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility cast new light on familiar ethical quandaries and direct attention to new areas of concern, particularly the institutional setting of contemporary professional activity.

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The anthology presents novel approaches, a variety of perspectives, and a wide sample of the problems of different professions. All in all, it is a valuable contribution to the literature and well worth reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847678167
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel E. Wueste is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Necessity and Choice in Political Ethics: Varieties of Dirty Hands 37
3 Conflict of Interest 67
4 Toward an Ethics of Expertise 83
5 Role Moralities and the Problem of Conflicting Obligations 103
6 Engineers and the Public: Sharing Responsibilities 121
7 Legal Ethics: A Paradigm? 139
8 Selling Drugs in the Physician's Office: A Problem of Medical Ethics 161
9 Professional Responsibility, Reproductive Choice, and the Limits of Appropriate Intervention: The Battle Over RU 486 175
10 Human Genetic Engineering and the Ethics of Knowledge 205
11 Scientific Autonomy, Scientific Responsibility 219
12 Professions, Institutions, and Moral Risk 243
13 Overlooking the Merits of the Individual Case: An Unpromising Approach to the Right to Die 271
Selected Bibliography 297
Index 303
About the Contributors 323
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    Drills Down on Key Issues

    This collection includes some outstanding work: Joel (not Joe) Feinberg's piece is excellent. Like others in the collection it drills down on the key issues, in this case whether it is reasonable to ignore the merits of individual cases in law/public policy about euthanasia. The articles by Callahan, Hardwig and Winston are outstanding as well. The editor's introduction is very helpful and probing on some quite basic questions, for example, what features, if any, count as distinguishing features of the professions. His piece on role morality is quite good, though some will be unwilling to accept his (well argued) thesis about what's required if we are to take role morality seriously. Robert Baum's article examines a key issue in engineering ethics: how to interpret the paramountcy clause of engineering codes. The book could be (and probably is) used in college classes, but it's not a text book and should have wider appeal.

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