March 31, 2008

Book Review - Professional Integrity

Professional Integrity: Thinking Ethically
Michael S. Pritchard
BJ 1725 .P752 2006

Many books on ethics focus on what we are not supposed to do. In contrast, Pritchard's work centers around how people should act and how to encourage them to aspire to higher callings. Early chapters discuss practical ethics, the development of trust, truthfulness, and good judgement. He asserts that professional ethics include all of these characteristics. He uses anecdotes and personal stories from a wide range of professionals to demonstrate how they have been called to act beyond the bounds of their job requirements. Pritchard integrates the philosophies of ethics with the practical requirements of today's work environments and societies. His latter chapters discuss how these qualities can be taught and strengthened, in professional development, education, and even when raising children.