Books  |    |  March 16, 2000

Meaningful Work: Rethinking Professional Ethics

Book by Mike W. Martin.
Published by Oxford University Press.
272 pages.

As usually understood, professional ethics consists of shared duties and episodic dilemmas: the responsibilities incumbent on all members of specific professions, together with the dilemmas that arise when these responsibilities conflict. This book challenges that “consensus paradigm”, rethinking professional ethics to include personal commitments and ideals, including many not mandatory for all members of a profession. Taking these personal commitments seriously expands professional ethics to include neglected issues about moral psychology, character and the virtues, self-fulfillment and betrayal, and the interplay of private and professional life.

Table of Contents

Part I Meaning and Personal Commitments

  • Meaningful Work
  • Responsibilities
  • Voluntary Service

Part II Caring and Client Autonomy

  • Caring about Clients
  • Professional Distance
  • Advocacy in Education

Part III Shared Responsibility and Authority

  • Respect for Authority
  • Whistleblowing
  • Religion Ethics

Part IV Threats to Integrity

  • Explaining Wrongdoing
  • Self-Betrayal
  • Integrity and Integration

About the Author

Mike W. Martin is Professor of Philosophy at Chapman University.