Theodore Gracyk     Philosophy 318: Professional Ethics 

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 Summer 2014 Syllabus

This is a writing-intensive course.
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Topics/Outlines 
(relevance depends on this term's readings)
Central vs. common features of professions -- Outline of Bayles first essay
Kinds of professional-client relationships
-- Outline of Bayles second essay

-- Outline of Faber essay
  Professionals are too amoral -- outline of Wasserstrom
  Advocacy in higher education -- Outline of Kupperman essay
  Conscientious Refusal -- Outline of Davis essay
  Truth & Lies & Deception -- Ellin Outline
  Confidentiality and Secrets -- Bok Outline
  What is autonomy? -- Outline of Taylor essay
  Informed Consent -- Meisel and Kuczewski essay
Conflicts of Interest -- Outline of McGinn essay
The separatist thesis -- Outline of Smith essay   
Autonomy and empowerment -- Outline of Kupfer & Klatt essay  
Confidentiality of client information -- Outline of Armstrong essay  
Should professionals violate confidentiality? -- Outline of Cohen essay
The function of compulsory education -- Outline of Gutmann essay
Fundamental needs vs. desires -- Outline of Alexandra and Miller essay
"Problem" clients -- Outline of Andre essay  
 
Employment at will -- Werhane and Radin essay 
Professionals & "private" life -- Lippke essay
   Affirmative Action -- Outline of Shaw essay
 Sexual harrasement -- Outline of Schultz essay
Basic framework: Four fundamental principles 
My outline: Ought Implies Can 
  The Tarasoff Ruling
  The Ford Pinto Case
Federal Laws concerning job discrimination (gov't website)
Text of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (gov't website)
What's our responsibility for harmful consequences? 
Fall 2011 Syllabus  Summer 2013 Syllabus

Related Links in Ethical Theory:
Multiple resources on every major ethical theory 
(University of San Diego)
A summary of Aristotle's ethics (Stanford Encyclopedia)
Kant's Ethics (University of San Diego)
J. S. Mill advocates hedonistic rule consequentialism 
A basic comparison of utilitarianism and Kantianism  
John Stuart Mill: 
Introduction to his life and his writings 
J. S. Mill as a rule utilitarian  Online Mill reading 
J. S. Mill advocates hedonistic rule consequentialism 
Natural law as the basis for morality   and a summary of key ideas 

John Rawls on Justice   

 Breach of confidentiality in drug testing (NY Times)

Last updated June 9, 2014