Ethics of Social Practitioners Article Review by scribbler

Ethics of Social Practitioners
A review of the article "Ethics with Character: Virtues and the Ethical Social Worker" by Paul Adams.
# 153563 | 1,498 words | 1 source | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 14, 2013 in Sociology (Social Work) , Ethics (General)

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This paper examines how in his article titled "Ethics with Character: Virtues and Ethical Social Worker", Paul Adams delves into the ethical tradition that had its roots in the virtues and character of social work practitioners from Aristotle and Hippocrates to today's social workers and how today's social worker and the field of social work can learn from the past to enhance the field ethically. This paper reviews and critiques Adams' research, in the context of values, human interaction, and social work.

Review / Critique of Adams' Article
Virtue Ethics

From the Paper:

"In the process of following the historical development of ethics (and the practical application of ethical approaches to behavior) Adams mentions a number of great thinkers and writers along the way, and has sharp criticism for some of them. Philosopher John Stuart Mill's utilitarianism in his "Greatest Happiness" principle, for example, is far off from what modern ethics is all about, the author asserts. Adams takes note of Mill's principle of happiness (Utilitarianism) that wholly relies on the "maximization of happiness - understood as pleasure" (86). In Mill's approach, to judge an action or rule of action as making one happy could justify what Adams calls "the most monstrous acts." Some lunatic paranoid maniac could find torture or murdering children acceptable and pleasurable, especially if one "...reasonably calculates that the expected consequence of not doing those acts is likely to be worse" (Anscombe, 1958) (Adams, 86). Obviously, Adams has discarded Mill's ethical approach as inappropriate and obsolete as well. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adams, Paul. (2009). Ethics with Character: Virtues and the Ethical Social Worker. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 36(3), 83-105.

Cite this Article Review:

APA Format

Ethics of Social Practitioners (2013, June 14) Retrieved March 29, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Ethics of Social Practitioners" 14 June 2013. Web. 29 March. 2023. <>