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1st Edition

Argument for Action
Ethics and Professional Conduct

ISBN 9781138609464
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
335 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1999. This book will help professions and professionals to identify their contribution to society and to understand the argument in which they must engage if they are to justify their conduct. Because of their specialized expertise and power, the task is both difficult and pressing. The work is divided into two parts. Part 1 discusses the concepts ‘ethics’ and ‘professional conduct’, indicating their dimensions and contested nature. In each case, following examination and analysis of relevant literature, a conceptual framework or model is proposed for locating instances of, in turn, ethics and professional conduct. In part 2, the model of ethical choice is used to discuss the ethical justification of professional conduct in the various forms, locations, and stages provided by its social setting. In this way, it provides grounding arguments for relevant action by professionals and others dealing with professionals. The book concludes with a proposal for a national standing commission on the professions.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Basic Concepts 1. What is Ethics?  2. Dimensions of Ethical Conduct  3. What is Professional Conduct  4. Dimensions of Individual and Collective Professional Conduct  Part 2: The Ethical Justification of Professional Conduct 5. Individual Ethical Agendas and Professionals  6. An Ethical Agenda for Government: The Role of Professionals  7. Collective Non-Government Ethical Agendas and Professionals  8. When are Professionals the Relevant Moral Agents?  9. Criteria for Justifiable Policy Decisions by Professionals  10. Professionals in Justifiable Policy Implementation  11. Professionals Assessing Ethical Results and Their Attainment  12. Concluding Comments and a Proposal

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