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Title: Seven Theses on Professional Ethics
Author(s): HORTAL ALONSO, Augusto
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 3 Issue: 4 Date: December 1996
In some way every job is a profession, but not every job is a profession in its full sense. Recentlly there has been a trend towards the professionalisation of work; some jobs have become more professionalised than others. Today practically everyone wants to be a professional. Therefore, the task of defining what a profession is may turn into a source of offence for those who are not included under the given definition of 'profession'. On the one hand, if one has an excessively restricted concept of profession, the claims of some groups to be considered as true professionals may seem to be disqualified ex definitione. On the other hand, of every stable occupational activity that someone does to earn money is considered a profession, then we have such a broad concept that hardly concrete statement could be made about it. Professional ethics, understood in this way, would be merely the generic ethics of work, efficiency, etc.