Nicolson, Donald (2004) The theoretical turn in professional legal ethics. Legal Ethics, 7 (1). pp. 17-23. ISSN 1460-728XFull text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
This article provides a critical evaluation of Julian Webb's recent Legal Ethics article calling for a return to the ontology of being as a means of escaping the 'largely unresolvable' debate between deontic and virtue ethics. It argues that the alleged advantages of ontological theory do not justify turning one's back on the deontic and aretaic traditions. Instead, they can usefully be combined to provide a theoretical grounding for professional legal ethics which pays attention both to the important task of character development and to the content of ethical norms. At the same time, the article argues that Webb's contribution is important in highlighting the need for those interested in lawyers' ethics to take ethical seriously.
|Keywords:||legal ethics, UK legal system, deontic ethics, virtue ethics, Law (General)|
|Subjects:||Law > Law (General)|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Law > Law|
|Depositing user:||Miss Jacqueline Miller|
|Date Deposited:||02 May 2006|
|Last modified:||13 Jun 2016 00:02|