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Module Reading List

Professional Ethics: Challenges and Crises, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Elizabeth Ellis
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Phone-Hacking, The Media and Privacy


Archard, David. "Privacy, the public interest and a prurient public”. in Media Ethics , ed. Matthew Kieran, 82–96. (1998).


DeCew, Judith, "Privacy", Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. (Spring 2015 Edition), Edward N. Zalta(ed.), URL = http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2015/entries/privacy/ .

Lawlor, R. and Macnish, K., "Protecting Politicians for the Sake of Democracy", Work in Progress, 2016

(Available as an online course reading - online course readings are in the 'learning resources' folder.) 

W. A. Parent, “Privacy, Morality and the Law”, Philosophy & public affairs , Vol. 12, No. 4 (Autumn, 1983), pp. 269-288

Solove, D. (2009). The Value of Privacy’, Understanding privacy , Chapter 4. London: Harvard University Press.

Rachels, J. (1975). Why Privacy is Important. Philosophy & public affairs. , 4(4): 323-333.

Warren, S.D., and Brandeis, L.D. (1890). The Right to Privacy. Harvard Law Review. 4(5): 193-220.

Weinreb, L.L. (2000). The Right to Privacy‘, Social philosophy and policy. , 17(2): 25-44.

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Climate Change and Responsibility


Naomi Oreskes, “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change”, Science, Vol 306, Issue 5702, 3 December 2004, URL= http://science.sciencemag.org/content/306/5702/1686

James Garvey, The ethics of climate change : right and wrong in a warming world , Continuum, 2008, Chapter 3 "Responsibility", pp57-88 .

Make sure you read the right chapter.  The digital e-book has labelled the chapters in a confusing manner.  You need Chapter 3 which is entitled "Responsibility" and which is pages 57-88.


On the responsibilities of professions:

Bennion, F.A.R., Professional ethics : the consultant professions and their code , (London: C. Knight, 1969), Chapter 1.

“Engineering Ethics in Practice: a guide for engineers”, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Inter-Disciplinary Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, (Royal Academy of Engineering, London, 2011), Chapters 4 and 5. http://www.raeng.org.uk/publications/other/engineering-ethics-in-practice-full

Friedson, Eliot, Professionalism reborn : theory, prophecy, and policy , (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1994), Chapter 9.

Kipnis, Kenneth, ‘Professional Responsibility and the Responsibility of Professionals’, in Robison and Wade (eds.), Profits and professions : essays in business and professional ethics , (Clifton, Humana Press, 1983).

Robinson, Simon, Engineering, business and professional ethics , (London: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007), Chapter 1.

On the responsibilities of companies/business:

Blowfield & Murray, Corporate responsibility , 2nd Edition, (Oxford, OUP, 2011), Chapter 3 "Sustainable Development", pp. 56-79.  

Desjardins, Joseph R., Business, ethics, and the environment : imagining a sustainable future (New Jersey, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007)

This book is very good on the responsibilities of companies.  Chapter 9 briefly considers the responsibilities of various professions (marketing, accounting, auditing, finance, and HR).

Desjardins, Joseph R., [1999] "Buiness's Environmental Responsibility", in ed. Frederick, R. [1999], A companion to business ethics , Oxford: Blackwell. Chapter 23

Jackson, Jennifer, [1996] An introduction to business ethics , Oxford: Blackwell. pp.157-162


Stephen M. Gardiner, “A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption”, Environmental values. 15 (3):397 - 413 (2006)

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Big Data


Boyd, D, and Crawford, K. "Critical Questions for Big Data". Information, communication and society. . Vol. 15, No. 5, June 2012, pp. 662–679

Macnish, K. “Surveillance Ethics”. Internet encyclopedia of philosophy. . 2011


Ganesh, J. Big Data may be invasive but it will keep us in rude health. The financial times. . February 21, 2014. ( http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/62a5aaaa-9a55-11e3-8232-00144feab7de.html#axzz3t48SZm00 )

Martin, K.E.. "Ethical Issues in the Big Data Industry". MIS Quarterly Executive . June 2015 (14:2), pp 67-85 Available online: http://misqe.org/ojs2/index.php/misqe/article/view/588

van den Hoven, Jeroen, Blaauw, Martijn, Pieters, Wolter and Warnier, Martijn, "Privacy and Information Technology", Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. (Winter 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta(ed.), URL = http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2014/entries/it-privacy/ .

Zwitter, A. "Big Data Ethics". Big data and society .July–December 2014: 1–6

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Tax Avoidance


O’Neill, Martin. "The social injustice of corporate tax avoidance."  Tax Justice Focus  5.2 (2009): 1-2.  URL=  http://www.taxjustice.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TJF_5-2_Justice.pdf

Mitchell, Daniel and Alaghebandian, Hiwa. "The moral and philosophical case for tax avoidance."  Tax Justice Focus   5.2 (2009): 6-7. URL=  http://www.taxjustice.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TJF_5-2_Justice.pdf 

Sinead Moore, “Accountants Could Face 100% Penalties for Facilitating Tax Avoidance”, Economia, August 2016. URL = http://economia.icaew.com/news/august-2016/accountants-face-100-per-cent-penalties-for-enabling-tax-avoidance


Halliday, Daniel. "Justice and taxation."  Philosophy compass.  8.12 (2013): 1111-1122.  

Nagel, Thomas, and Liam Murphy.  The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice . Oxford Scholarship Online, 2002.

Prebble, Zoë M., and John Prebble. "The morality of tax avoidance.",  Creighton Law Review , Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 693-745, 2010

You should read all of sections 3,4, 5, 6, 7, and the conclusion, but you need only read parts 1F, 1G, 2A, 2B, 2J-T from the first two sections.

Tim Bennett, "Why does Starbucks Pay so Little Tax", MoneyWeek Investment Tutorial.  URL = https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Th4fxMFRIt0

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Schinzinger, Roland, Introduction to Engineering Ethics (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2000), Chapter 5 (ONLY pp. 167-181 ARE REQUIRED).

Jeffrey Davidson, What We Have Learned From The Luxleaks Affair, Economia, 23 March 2017. URL = http://economia.icaew.com/en/opinion/march-2017/what-we-have-learned-from-the-luxleaks-affair


Bok, S.: 1983, 'Whistleblowing and Professional Responsibility', in T. L. Beauchamp and N. E. Bowie, eds., Ethical Theory and Business , 2nd ed. (Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey), pp. 261-269, p. 263.

Delmas, Candice, “The Ethics of Government Whistleblowing”, Social Theory and Practice , Vol 41., Issue 1, January 2015.

Duska, Ronald. "Whistleblowing and employee loyalty." Contemporary reflections on business ethics (2007): 139-147.

Robert A. Larmer, “Whistleblowing and Employee Loyalty”, Journal of business ethics. , Vol. 11, No. 2 (Feb., 1992), pp. 125-128

Monk, Hilary, David Knights, and Margaret Page. "Whistleblowing paradoxes.", Chapter 19, The Routledge companion to ethics, politics and organizations (2015), 300-317.

This list was last updated on 07/04/2017