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The Virtuous PsychiatristCharacter Ethics in Psychiatric Practice$
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Jennifer Radden and John Sadler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389371.001.0001

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Psychiatric Ethics as Virtue Ethics

Psychiatric Ethics as Virtue Ethics

(p.61) 3 Psychiatric Ethics as Virtue Ethics
The Virtuous Psychiatrist

Jennifer Radden (Contributor Webpage)

John Z. Sadler

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 introduces the idea of psychiatric ethics understood as virtue ethics. The authors show why a virtue ethics framework suits the role morality associated with professionalism, and define role-constituted virtues - character qualities called for by the practice setting, that constitute moral reasons for the practitioner. The original contribution of this chapter lies in its explication of the character demands of the psychiatry setting and explanation of why a virtue ethics framework particularly fits psychiatric practice. Within such practice, it is demonstrated, a special part is played by virtues which elude rule-based approaches (here called “unruly virtues”) such as empathy and compassion, and those that are superogatory, such as leadership.

Keywords:   character, impartialism, kantianism, role-constituted virtue, role morality, superogatory demands, temptation, “unruly” virtues, virtue ethics framework

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