Philosophy (PHIL) 333
Professional Ethics (Revision 2)
Philosophy 333 highlights ethical issues pertaining to journalists, engineers, medical doctors, accounting and finance specialists, and lawyers. What distinguishes the professions from non-professional jobs? What moral qualities should professionals exhibit? What does professional responsibility consist in? Should professionals be judged using a different moral standard than that by which we ordinarily judge ourselves and each other? When in conflict, how should the obligations, responsibilities, and interests of professionals, clients, and society be weighted and prioritized? How should (particular kinds of) professionals conduct themselves in morally problematic situations involving public safety and public trust, privacy and confidentiality, honesty or deception, informed consent, objectivity and conflicts of interest, or whistleblowing?
- Unit 1: Morality, Ethics, and Reasoning
- Unit 2: Normative Ethical Theories
- Unit 3: Professional Ethics
- Unit 4: Ethics & Engineering
- Unit 5: Ethics & Medicine
- Unit 6: Ethics & Journalism
- Unit 7: Ethics & Law
- Unit 8: Ethics & Accounting and Finance
- Unit 9: Concluding Remarks
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Allhoff, Fritz, and Anand J. Vaidya, eds. 2008. Professions in Ethical Focus: An Anthology. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press.
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Opened in Revision 2, February 3, 2012.
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