Week01--Professional Ethics0

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Professional Ethics
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Question: Why do I have to take a course in ethics? I am an ethical person. Answer: This is a course in professional ethics, not personal ethics.
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Three Types of Morality I. Common Morality (Ethics) II. Personal Morality (Ethics) III. Professional Ethics (Morality)
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I. Common Morality A. Basic Moral Ideas in Many Cultures Don’t kill Don’t steal Don’t deceive (lie) Keep your promises Don’t cheat Obey the law Express gratitude (e.g. parents) Help others (within limits) Make restitutions for wrongs done Improve yourself Act justly towards others
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Note: 1. Many of these rules are negative 2. Later we shall ask whether there is a common idea behind these rules.
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B. Types of Judgments Permissible (may do or not do) Impermissible (must not do) Obligatory (must do) Superogatory (above and beyond the call of duty)
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C. Important Distinction Evaluating the action Right action Wrong action Evaluating the person who performed the action Blameworthy (culpable) person Not blameworthy (inculpable) person
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D. In the West (perhaps in most cultures) common morality has changed Slavery Usury Status of women Contraception
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E. Recognizing moral change does not require belief in moral relativism Conditions change (usury) Interpretations of the implications of basic principles change (slavery) New facts appear (status of women)
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II. Personal Morality The moral views of a particular individual
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2010 for the course ENGR 482 taught by Professor Russell during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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