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Applied and Professional Ethics

One area of ethics is applied or "practical" ethics. This is a large area that includes treatments of specific ethical issues and also philosophical work associated with particular professions. Specific issues include such questions as the morality of homosexuality, drug use and regulation, and gun control, as well as many others. Professional ethics includes such areas as military ethics, medical ethics, engineering ethics, legal ethics, nursing ethics, and veterinary ethics. Business ethics, although often not considered a part of professional ethics, is also an area of great interest and importance.

Effective work in applied ethics requires extensive knowledge of the areas to which the ethicist directs his or her attention. For example, a medical ethicist should know as much as possible about medicine. This often requires work in a medical context. Because of the importance of ethical considerations to various areas of human endeavor, however, applied ethicists are often in great demand.

Faculty doing research in Applied and Professional Ethics include:

Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, 4237 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4237 • tel: (979) 845-5660, fax: (979) 845-0458
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