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What Are Professional Ethics?

Professional ethics are moral expectations that are applied to those who work within certain specialties. The reason why there are special expectations of these people is that they are seen has having power that is not normally available to general members of the population. For example, a doctor is a professional who is allowed to do things to other humans that would not be permissible for those who did not belong to their profession. If an individual tried to cut another person open with a scalpel it would be considered assault, but we allow a surgeon to do this. The fact then that these professionals have power that isn’t normally given to everyone means that there has to be special expectations.

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