The politics of professional ethics

Bob Brecher

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In order to illustrate how terms of reference themselves, such as those announced by ‘professional ethics’, delimit and distort moral consideration I start with an extended discussion of how Just War Theory operates to do this; and go on to discuss ‘the power of naming’ with reference to the British attack on Iraq. Having thus situated my approach to the politics of professional ethics in a broader political context I offer a critique of ‘professional’ ethics in terms of what is left out of the moral picture and how in particular political considerations are sidelined. Finally I argue that ‘codes’ of professional ethics are especially insidious.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-355
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


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