The Realist's Challenge in Professional Ethics: Taking Some Cues from Legal Philosophy

TitleThe Realist's Challenge in Professional Ethics: Taking Some Cues from Legal Philosophy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsWueste, DE
JournalProfessional Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Journal
Volume7
Issue2
Pagination3-22
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1063-6579
AbstractA strain of realism in practical and professional ethics similar to what is called legal realism in jurisprudence is identified and explained. Drawing on the work of legal philosophers Ronald Dworkin and Randy Barnett, a response to the realist's challenge is developed and illustrated. The response relies on multiple modes of analysis--consequentialist, rights-based deontological, and role-based institutional. Because there must be a way to deal with hard cases that involve irresolvable conflict between these 'modes' of analysis, a presumption in favor of the latter is part of the recommended strategy.
NotesCover Date: Summer 1999.Source Info: 7(2), 3-22. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 35-1. Subject: ETHICS; LEGAL; PROFESSIONAL ETHICS; REALISM; SCEPTICISM. Update Code: 20100311.
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