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Topic 1: Moral Agency
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What is a professional?
a person engaged or qualified in a profession
What is a Profession?
A disciplined group of individuals who
adhere to ethical standards, and are accepted by the public as possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognised body of learning derived from research, education and training at a high level, and who are prepared to apply this knowledge and exercise these skills in the interest of others.
What is moral agency?
an individual's ability to make moral judgements based on some notion of right and wrong and to be held accountable for these actions.
What is ethics?
-moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an activity.
-The philosophical study of morality.
What is the "ethical point of view"?
respecting not only your own goals and aspirations, but taking into consideration the
goals and aspirations of other people as well.
What is Morality?
-refers to guidelines that you can use to determine what you ought to do in a particular situation.
-also allows you to figure out whether a particular decision or action is right or wrong.
How are ethics and professions linked?
-a code of ethics governs the activities of each profession.
-Such codes require behaviour and practice beyond the personal moral obligations of an individual.
-They define and demand high standards of behaviour in respect to the services provided to the public and in dealing with professional colleagues.
-Further, these codes are enforced by the profession and are acknowledged and accepted by the community.
What are the characteristics of professionals?
• Freedom from traditional constraints of wage
labor and exchange value.
• Possession of pure, "theoretical" knowledge.
• Adhere to the Code of Conduct.
• Practical vs Pure knowledge (Mastery).
How are moral agency and ethics different?
-Morality is focused on solving specific problems.
-Ethics is broader than morality in that it includes the higher‐level activities evaluating moral systems and the creation of new ways of evaluating moral problems.
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