A Brief History of the Concept of Virtue in Eastern and Western Thought, as Related to Professional Ethics

[Speaker] Sinclair, Carole:1
1:Independent Practice (Canada)

In this presentation, vignettes will be used to demonstrate the difficulty that the discipline of psychology has had in meeting its responsibility to society to ensure ethical behaviour by its members, and the importance of understanding the role of "virtue" in meeting those responsibilities. Concepts of virtue and its relationship to professional behaviour will be traced across time and world geography, with particular attention to similarities and differences in the role given to the rational and the non-rational in ethical decision making. Examples will be drawn from ancient and more recent ethical codes and guidelines from around the world to demonstrate how concepts of virtue have influenced ethical expectations and training for members of the professions over time.
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