Ethics in Public Administration: A Philosophical Approach

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1993 - 166 páginas

Ethics in Public Administration provides public administrators with a theoretical knowledge of ethical principles and a practical framework for applying them. Sheeran reviews the place of ethics in philosophy, links it to political and administrative theory and practice, and analyzes the ethical theories and concepts from which ethical principles are derived.

Before delving into ethics as part of philosophy, Sheeran provides the reader with a brief overview of philosophy and its principal subjects, including ontology, epistemology, and psychology. He offers several definitions of ethics, and discusses both the objectivist (absolutist) and interpretivist (situation ethics) perspectives. Sheeran focuses on the subject matter of ethics, human actions, and their morality, exploring Natural Law, man-made law, and conscience as sources for determining the morality of human action. In later chapters, he applies his discussion of ethics to such controversial policy issues as suicide, murder, abortion, sterilization, capital punishment, war, lying, and strikes. Recommended for graduate and upper division undergraduate courses in public administration, public policy, management, and administrative behavior.

 

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Status of Ethics in Public Administration
3
Philosophy and Ontology as the Foundation for Ethics
15
Epistemology and Psychology as Roots of Ethics
29
The Focus of Ethics Is Human Action
49
The Morality of Human Action
61
Laws Rules Regulations and Conscience as Sources of Ethical Guidance
73
Special Ethics
89
Human Rights and DutiesDuties to Ourselves
91
Duties to Other Human Beings
103
Our Right to Private Property
115
Social EthicsOur Rights and Duties as Members of Society
131
Conclusion
147
Selected Bibliography
155
Index
163
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PATRICK J. SHEERAN holds a Doctorate in Public Administration, a Masters in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Sheeran is a former Catholic priest, and has taught various graduate courses in public administration, including ethics, at the University of Southern California, George Mason, and Shenandoah Universities. He is the author of Women, Society, the State and Abortion: A Structuralist Analysis (Praeger, 1987).

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