The politics of professional ethics
Brecher, Bob (2010) The politics of professional ethics Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 16 (2). pp. 351-355. ISSN 1356-1294
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-...
In order to illustrate how terms of reference themselves, such as those announced by ‘professional ethics’, delimit and distort moral consideration I start with an extended discussion of how Just War Theory operates to do this; and go on to discuss ‘the power of naming’ with reference to the British attack on Iraq. Having thus situated my approach to the politics of professional ethics in a broader political context I offer a critique of ‘professional’ ethics in terms of what is left out of the moral picture and how in particular political considerations are sidelined. Finally I argue that ‘codes’ of professional ethics are especially insidious.
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