Professional ethics and a call for philosophical literacy

Knight, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8478-9656, 2020. Professional ethics and a call for philosophical literacy. Think, 19 (54), pp. 37-47. ISSN 1477-1756

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It could be argued that there is now a crisis of confidence in the professions. Although many professionals individually undertake their roles with care and diligence, there have been so many systematic failures involving professionals across a range of sectors, both in the UK and globally, that the special status enjoyed by the professions is being widely questioned. In this article, I argue that recent cases are symptomatic of a lack of ethical reasoning in professional practice, yet professions enjoy an elevated status based on claims that ethics, typically communicated in codes of conduct, are central to their purpose. I argue that to help solve this crisis, philosophical literacy needs to be promoted in school, initial professional education and continuing professional development. Passing tests to superficially demonstrate an understanding of a code is quite different from reasoning through practical dilemmas in the professional workplace with judgements informed by philosophical ideas.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Think
Creators: Knight, A.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: 2020
Volume: 19
Number: 54
ISSN: 1477-1756
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 30 Apr 2020 10:29
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2020 10:29

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