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The Wholehearted Professional

Hamilton, Richard

The Journal of Value Inquiry, 2016, Vol.50(4), pp.735-751 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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    The Wholehearted Professional
  • Author: Hamilton, Richard
  • Description: Someone occupying a role can go wrong in several ways, among the more familiar of which is blind obedience to its norms and convention. Major atrocities and minor outrages have been committed by those who were only doing their job, often driven by misguided conceptions of equity. A less familiar way is captured by the expression its just a job where I recognise the irksomeness of my duties but disavow responsibility for my actions, as if my profession were an item of clothing I could discard. Sartre memorably captures this in his description of the Parisian waiter, whose very gait betrays that he does not wish to be dened by his role as waiter. Somewhere between these extremes falls the true professional. She is able to maintain critical distance from the obligations of her role when they come into conict with her broader responsibilities as a human being. She identies with her role sufficiently that such conicts matter and she cannot simply rescue herself.
  • Is Part Of: The Journal of Value Inquiry, 2016, Vol.50(4), pp.735-751
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0022-5363 ; E-ISSN: 1573-0492 ; DOI: 10.1007/s10790-016-9578-1
  • Subjects: Sartre, Jean-Paul (1905-80) ; Australia ; Professionals ; Philosophy
  • Language: English

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