The Normative Nature of Social Practices and Ethics in Professional Environments

The Normative Nature of Social Practices and Ethics in Professional Environments

Marc J. de Vries (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands) and Henk Jochemsen (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands)
Release Date: April, 2019|Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 336
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8006-5
ISBN13: 9781522580065|ISBN10: 1522580069|EISBN13: 9781522580072|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781522595342
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Description & Coverage
Description:

Professionals function in what can be called “social practices.” Norms in the practice set professionals’ responsibilities and rights and classify what is seen as morally proper and improper. Tensions arise when norms emerge that are not coherent with the nature of the practice. For example, when a hospital is assessed on the basis of economic criteria only, staff will feel uncomfortable and find difficulty in functioning properly in that practice.

The Normative Nature of Social Practices and Ethics in Professional Environments is an essential research book that helps professionals in a variety of practices understand how normativity in their practice either helps or hampers them to function well and align with what they see as their personal and professional responsibility. Additionally, it explains the normative practical model/approach and how it can be applied to a series of concrete practices, as well as the role of innovative and disruptive technologies in these practices. Featuring a broad range of topics such as governance theory, sustainable development, and engineering, this book is ideally designed for managers, philosophers, sociologists, professionals, academicians, and researchers.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication
  • Ethics
  • Food Systems
  • Governance Theory
  • Industry
  • Management
  • Normativity
  • Philosophy
  • Reductionism
  • Security Networks
  • Social Practices
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Editor/Author Biographies

Marc J. de Vries, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, is Professor of Philosophy of Technology and professor of Science and Technology Education. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Technology Education (Springer) and author of the book Teaching About Technology. An Introduction to Philosophy of Technology for Non-philosophers (Springer, 2016, 2nd edition) as well as co-author of the book Philosophy of Technology: An Introduction for Technology and Business Students (Routledge, 2016).

Henk Jochemsen got his PhD in molecular biology at Leiden University in 1979. He worked in bioethics in a private institute in The Netherlands and held a special chair of Christian medical ethics at the VU University medical centre from 1998- 2009. Subsequently, from 2008 -2018 he held the (part time) special chair of Christian Philosophy at Wageningen University and Research. That same period he was the director of Prisma, association of Christian organizations in development cooperation. He published and lectured widely in the fields of (medical) ethics and also in development studies and sustainable agriculture. He was one of the scholars that in the nineties of last century developed the first version of the Normative Practice Approach.

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