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Unformatted text preview: A. Attributes of a Profession, CE 167-177 First, professional is a cluster term It does not have a fixed set of necessary and sufficient conditions for all professions Being a professional includes a special kind of authority E.g., not everyone is allowed to practice medicine A professional is not merely the opposite of being an amateur The professions are distinguished from III. Professionalism Esoteric = understood by only a particular group Kind of knowledge and education that separates technicians or skilled trades from computer scientists or engineers Some members of the profession engage in systematic research Others are practitioners Contrast the trades: Composed wholly of practitioners There is no theory of brick laying or plumbing There still isnt any special knowledge or theory over and above the practice itself 1. Specialized, esoteric knowledge...
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This note was uploaded on 07/06/2010 for the course PHIL 210B taught by Professor Koperski during the Winter '09 term at Saginaw Valley.
- Winter '09