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Thequestforacodeof professionalethicsanintellectual

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Unformatted text preview: ent in the professional group • Identify ethical problems perceived by the professionals Phase 1 Phase 1 • Desk research – Detailed study of • ­ ­ ­ professional collectives and ethical codes in engineering (ABET, IEEE, ASME) Interviews – people with recognized prestige and long careers General Ideas on ethical issues Most frequent problems Concrete proposals (forced precision) Were asked about reasons for problems and proposed solutions Phase 2 Phase 2 • Collected values derived from problems into comprehensive document • Group dynamic sessions – discuss and specify values Phase 3 Phase 3 • Final Formulation – Document containing professional values and responsibilities • Veteran Guidance from independent experts familiar with engineering • Justified each value Outcome Outcome • 10 months with contact with more than 60 • • • • professionals with brilliant professional careers Structure provides stability and flexibility Limitations ­ no ethical training means not very relevant contributions Limited participation Solution? “The Quest for a Code of Professional Ethics: An Intellectual and Moral Confusion” John Ladd Absurdity of Organized Absurdity of Organized Professional Ethics • Ethics is open­ended, reflective, and critical • Meant to be discussed, argued, and explored • Not to be confused with creating laws or policies Absurdity of Organized Absurdity of Organized Professional Ethics • Forcing codes of ethics are others • • • • contradicts the idea of autonomous moral agents Ethics must be self­directed Applying disciplinary actions makes them equivalent to laws “Ethical” => non­legal Can be used to evaluate other codes but not identified as such Professionals in Relation to Codes Professionals in Relation to Codes of Ethics • A professional is not necessarily an ethics expert • There are no ethics that are specific to professionals • Professionals are not immune from certain obligations or morals Professionals in Relation to Codes Professionals in Relation to Codes of Ethics • Do professionals have additional obligations above ordinary people? • Micro­Ethics – Relations between individuals – Honesty, decency, and respect – Should not need a code to tell professionals not to cheat or lie Professionals in Relation to Codes Professionals in Relation to Codes of Ethics • Marco­Ethics – Collective or social issues which confront members of a profession as a group – Professional power to influence social policy – With great power comes great responsibility • Instituting a code of ethics could imply t...
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