Faith and the Professions
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Thomas L. Shaffer argues that the morals of modern American lawyers and doctors have been corrupted by misguided professionalism and weak philosophy. He shows that professional codes exalt vocational principle over the traditional morals of character; but that, in practice, America's professionals and business people cultivate the ethics of character. The ethics of virtue have been neglected.
The ethical argument in Faith and the Professions is in part an application to professional life of the position taken by Alasdair MacIntyre in After Virtue and in Revisions, and by Robert Bellah and his collaborators in Habits of the Heart. It is also, in part, an argument for the relevance of religious ethics.
Thomas L. Shaffer is Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University Law School.
"You have a real gem here in my opinion. " -- Elizabeth D. Gee, University of Colorado
"It makes a significant contribution to the study of professional ethics. It took from this reading a number of interesting and powerful idas that are not so well presented elsewhere. " -- Carl S. Hawkins, Brigham Young University