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Do the Professional Ethics of Chemists and Engineers Differ?

Author(s): Michael Davis

Journal: Hyle : International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry
ISSN 1433-5158

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 21;
Date: 2002;
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Keywords: philosophy of chemistry | profession | ethics | morality | code of conduct | chemists | engineers

This paper provides a sketch of my general way of understanding professions and then applies that sketch to a specific question, how to distinguish between two very similar professions, chemistry and engineering. I argue that the professional ethics of chemists do differ from the professional ethics of engineers and that the differences are important. The argument requires definition of both 'ethics' and 'profession' - as well delving into the details of chemistry and engineering.
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