Working Ethics sets out an ethical foundation for professionals and for the professions in a modern, culturally complex society. This book will be of interest to anyone who takes seriously their obligations to society as a whole and to the individuals with whom they work.Richard Rowson puts forward an ethical framework comprising four basic elements - fairness, respect for autonomy, integrity, and seeking the most beneficial and least harmful consequences. The three parts of the book explore:* sources of ethical guidance such as laws, social conventions, professional codes of conduct and religious beliefs, identifying the ethical values integral to the professions* the obligations these values give to members of the professions, and the ethical issues which arise when they are concerned to produce benefits and prevent harm, treat people fairly, respect others and act with integrity* how these values might be incorporated into professional practice. The book ends with a brief guide to dealing with blame in a professional context and claims about rights.At the end of each chapter, key questions encourage readers to think through the issues discussed. Rowson shows how this ethical framework can enable professionals to work more effectively, earn trust, mutual support and respect, and how it can foster democratic ideals in the workplace and community.This book will be essential reading for professionals in the public and private sector - including teachers, civil servants, police personnel, nurses, doctors, lawyers, accountants and engineers.
'This book is recommended for those seeking to gain a better understanding of ethics as related to professional practice. The balance of moral philosophy, ethical principles, and practice context (brought to life by the case examples) has resulted in a book that does not overwhelm the reader with complexity - despite the fact that many issues raised and explored are highly controversial and worthy of righteous debate. The book provides many gems of wisdom about the ethical foundations of professional practice, and provides good introductory material for people wanting to engage with the challenges of cultural complexity in the contemporary environment.'- British Journal of Occupational Therapy'This is a useful book and will provide a valuable introduction to ethical thinking for new professionals and a refresher for those who have been in the profession for some time.'-The Journal of Interprofessional Care'A well-set out book that takes us through some basic philosophical concepts which can help to inform the process of our decision-making in the workplace. This book is written for professionals in its scope... Richard Rowson is a philosopher who has helped developed ethic policies for different professions. This experience is particularly evident in his practice examples, which are relevant and thought provoking. Each chapter ends with some questions for the practitioner to reflect on, and the title mirrors the author's approach in the book.'- British Journal of Psychodrama and Sociodrama'A good book for those healthcare workers working in a multi cultural society and probably a must for those in Forensics.'- Elsevier Book Review'A well set out book that takes us through some basic philosophical concepts which can help to inform the process of our decision-making in the workplace. This book is written for professionals in a range of settings, and includes therapists and health care professionals in its scope.' - British Journal of Psychodrama and Sociodrama'Philosophy and the world of work rarely come together! In this book Richard Rowson, a philosopher from the University of Glamorgan, rather ambitiously attempts to bring the two together and to provide an ethical foundation for the work undertaken by a range of professionals and professional groups.' - Teaching Fellows Journal'It's a great shame more academics do not, along with University of Glamorgan philosopher Richard Rowson, devote their minds more readily to elucidating real world problems. Here is an ethicist - who works with police and medical clinicians - seeking to argue through moral dilemmas that confront public bodies. In modern societies, values may conflict and professionals, their own ethical codes in course of renegotiation, sit in the middle of the battlefield. Rowson is a wise and straightforward counsellor.'- The Guardian
About the Author
Richard Rowson is a philosopher, teaching ethical theory at the University of Glamorgan, Wales. He is Chair of the University Ethics Committee.