The Ethics of Teaching Ethics
Waithe, Mary Ellen
Ozar, David T.
Hastings Center Report. 1990 Jul/Aug; 20(4): 17-21.
Concerns of public responsibility and professional certification may sometimes mean it is unethical to teach ethics...the purpose of professional ethics courses is to refine the relevant reflective powers that students already possess in some measure, and assist them to employ these powers in the application of pre-existing general commitments to professional and societal norms...The absence of certain commitments, particularly to nonmaleficence, patient autonomy, and respect for persons, leaves a void in which professional behavior cannot be grounded...The state has a duty to protect the public, and through its licensing, it creates legitimate expectations of the public that licensees will behave ethically. The ethicist has correlative duties when considering whom to teach in what setting, and especially when certifying to the state that someone has been taught. For these reasons, it is sometimes unethical to teach ethics.
Autonomy; Bioethics; Case Studies; Competence; Conscience; Dangerousness; Education; Ethicists; Ethics; Fraud; Goals; Government; Government Regulation; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Misconduct; Moral Complicity; Moral Obligations; Nonmaleficence; Obligations of Society; Physicians; Professional Competence; Professional Ethics; Regulation; Rehabilitation; Rights; Self Regulation; Students; Values;
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Waithe, Mary Ellen; Ozar, David T. (1990)Concerns of public responsibility and professional certification may sometimes mean it is unethical to teach ethics...the purpose of professional ethics courses is to refine the relevant reflective powers that students already ...