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Palgrave Macmillan

A-Z of Professional Ethics

Essential Ideas for the Caring Professions

ISBN 9780230337220
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Professional Keywords

If you are looking for an accessible introduction to the essential concepts that define the field of professional ethics, then this is the book for you.

Richard Hugman's A-Z of Professional Ethics offers a winning combination of breadth and concision, expertly organised to make usage intuitive and easy. Its simple A-Z structure will help you appreciate the architecture of ethics and give you a vocabulary for ethical debate. Clever cross-referencing allows you to find your own routes through the material as well as signposting interesting connections between different ideas.

Unique to this book are its sensitivity to cross-cultural influences and its careful integration of different professional perspectives. These give it outstanding balance and coverage. A rich source of further references, it offers readers an invaluable guide to an increasingly extensive literature.

Whatever your field of study or practice (social work, health care, or therapy), this book will prove an enduring source of clarity, insight and reflection.

Richard Hugman is Professor of Social Work at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has published extensively in the last 20 years and his recent work in this area includes New Approaches in Ethics for the Caring Professions (2005, Palgrave-Macmillan) as well as several journal articles. He also currently serves as the chair of the ethics committee for the International Federation of Social Workers.

List of figures
1. African/Black Ethics
2. Altruism
3. Autonomy
4. Beneficence
5. Benevolence
6. Care (Duty of)
7. Care (Ethics of)
8. Codes of Ethics
9. Community
10. Compassion
11. Competence
12. Confidentiality
13. Confucian Ethics (Includes Filial Piety)
14. Consent
15. Consequentialism
16. Courage
17. Deontology (Ethics of Duty)
18. Dignity
19. Discourse Ethics
20. Emotion and Moral Sentiment
21. Equality
22. Ethical Egoism
23. Evil
24. Existential Ethics
25. Fairness
26. Feminist Ethics
27. Fidelity
28. Freedom
29. Futility
30. Harmony
31. Honesty
32. Honour
33. Human Agency (Includes Self-Determination)
34. Human Rights
35. Indigenous (First Nations) Ethics
36. Informed Consent
37. Integrity
38. Justice (Includes Distributive Justice, Retributive Justice, Restorative Justice)
39. Liberalism
40. Loyalty
41. Ma'at
42. 'Moral Fluency'
43. Non-Maleficence (Non-Malfeasance)
44. Oppression (Includes Anti-Oppressive Values and Action)
45. Over Servicing
46. Partiality and Impartiality
47. Paternalism
48. Phronesis (Prudence, Practical Wisdom)
49. Pluralism (Includes 'Common Morality')
50. Politics
51. Postmodern Ethics
52. Power (Includes Empowerment)
53. Principles (Including 'Principilism')
54. Relativism (Cultural; Ethical)
55. Religion and Spirituality
56. Respect
57. Responsibility
58. Service
59. Social Justice
60. Subjectivism
61. Supererogatory (Action)
62. Sustainability
63. Trust
64. Truth
65. 'Ubuntu'
66. Universalism
67. Utilitarianism
(Includes: Rule Utilitarianism, Act Utilitarianism, Ideal Utilitarianism, Preference Utilitarianism)
68. Values
69. Virtue
70. Welfare
71. Whistle-Blowing
72. Wisdom
Further Reading


'The structure of the book is a real strength. It offers the reader an introduction to the major themes in ethics, with references and signposts to further reading for the student to deepen their knowledge.' – Dr Janet Holt, Senior Lecturer, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds
'I am impressed with the book's comprehensiveness and clarity. Hugman provides readers with clear explications of core and essential ethics concepts.' – Professor Frederic Reamer, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College
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