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Davson-Galle, P (2009) Reason and professional ethics - Chapter 1: introductory remarks and overview. In: Reason and Professional Ethics. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., Farnham, UK, pp. 1-21. ISBN 978-0-7546-5484-1

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Many professionals confront ethical issues concerning their proper roles and the manner in which they should carry out those roles. This book is aimed at those studying for entry into the various professions (such as teaching or social work) where ethical questions are commonly faced. It introduces readers to both the techniques and depth of ethical argument drawn from the fields of critical thinking and informal logic and enables practitioners to use these techniques so they can be deployed as 'tools of thought' for thinking in a carefully reasoned and extended way about problems of professional ethics. The book also provides a brief introduction to some of the normative and meta-ethical theory relevant to the principled discussion of professional ethics. Post-graduate students and academics should also find the treatment of some of the complexities of extended reasoning, in particular its focus upon careful metacognitive tracking and planning of an inquiry, to be of interest.

Contents: Introductory remarks and overview; Proposition types; Structuring arguments; Subjecting arguments to criticism: logic criticism; Subjecting arguments to criticism: premise criticism; Extended reasoning: the basics; Extended reasoning: some complexities; Babble and murk; Some ethical theory; Index.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: professional ethics, applied ethics,reasoning, dialogical reasoning,practical reason
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
Page Range: pp. 1-21
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This chapter is a "final-submitted but not publisher formatted" version of the introductory chapter of the above book which was published in Nov 2009 by Ashgate.

Details of the definitive version are available at

Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2009 03:46
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:02
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