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An Essay on Professional Ethics Second Edition   By: (1810-1883)

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George Sharswood's "An Essay on Professional Ethics" is an exceptional piece of literature that delves into the intricate aspects of ethics within the professional world. In this second edition, Sharswood successfully presents a comprehensive analysis of the subject matter, providing readers with a thought-provoking exploration of the responsibilities and challenges faced by professionals in various fields.

One of the notable strengths of this book is its clarity and accessibility. Sharswood expertly breaks down complex ethical dilemmas into manageable and relatable scenarios, making the content easily digestible for readers of different backgrounds. This approach enables individuals from a wide range of professions to engage with the book and gain valuable insights that can be directly applied to their own ethical decision-making processes.

Furthermore, Sharswood's inclusion of real-life case studies adds depth and relevance to the discussion. These examples serve as powerful illustrations of the ethical issues professionals encounter and highlight the potentially far-reaching consequences of their choices. I found myself captivated by these stories, as they brought to life the theoretical concepts discussed in the book and reinforced the importance of ethical behaviors in professional settings.

Throughout the book, Sharswood demonstrates his expertise in the field of professional ethics. His arguments are well-reasoned and supported by references to legal precedents and philosophical theories. His careful exploration of different ethical frameworks allows readers to consider a variety of approaches when confronted with ethical challenges. While the content may be intellectually demanding at times, Sharswood's clear writing style and logical progression of ideas help readers navigate through the complexity of the subject matter.

Though this is an updated edition, I would have appreciated additional contemporary examples to further explore emerging ethical issues in professions, considering the ever-evolving landscape of work. Nevertheless, the fundamental principles Sharswood presents remain timeless and relevant.

In conclusion, George Sharswood's "An Essay on Professional Ethics" is a remarkable book that provides professionals with a comprehensive understanding of ethical dilemmas within their respective fields. It is undeniably a valuable resource for anyone seeking to enhance their ethical decision-making skills. Sharswood's expertise, combined with the clarity of his writing, makes this book a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of ethics and professionalism.

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Note: Images of the original pages are available through the Making of America Books Collection of the University of Michigan's Digital Library Production Service. See idx?c=moa;idno=AJF2351.0001.001

Transcriber's note:

Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note.

The oe ligature has been transcribed as [oe].

A table of contents, though not present in the original, has been provided below:






Id non eo tantum, quod si vis illa dicendi malitiam instruxerit, nihil sit publicis privatisque rebus perniciosius eloquentia: sed nos quoque ipsi, qui pro virile parte conferre aliquid ad facultatem dicendi conati sumus, pessime mereamur de rebus humanis, SI LATRONI COMPAREMUS HÆC ARMA, NON MILITI. QUINCT. DE INST. OR.

Second Edition.

Philadelphia: T. & J. W. Johnson & Co., Law Booksellers and Publishers, No. 535 Chestnut Street. 1860.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by T... Continue reading book >>

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