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Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal
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ISSN Imprimir: 2151-805X
ISSN En Línea: 2151-8068

Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal

DOI: 10.1615/EthicsBiologyEngMed.2020033901
pages 51-60

The Ethics of Claiming in Profession and Society

Mircea Leabu
"Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest; Principal Investigator, "Victor Babeș" National Institute of Pathology, 99-101 Splaiul Independenței, Sector 5, 050096 Bucharest, Romania


A critical attitude forwards human societal development. But for any criticism to be constructive, seeking and proposing solutions are needed to resolve issues; otherwise, conflicts could arise that lead to "claiming." Claiming is the result of an individual's critical attitude. Rationally, claiming must be seen as a necessity for progress, especially social progress. Within the perspective of various ethical theories, I argue that claiming is ethically correct, but no form of claiming is ethical. However, I believe that an ethics of claiming does exist and must be considered for claiming to occur in an ethical manner. By assessing two cases of claiming in academia (one involving attitudes of undergraduate students and the other related to the behavior of a medical doctor performing research), I offer that although the idea of claiming is ethically correct, some exigencies must be followed to place claiming into an ethical framework. In fact, I advocate that for human beings to universalize this idea, they must believe a portion of John Fitzgerald Kennedy's well-known speech, reworded as follows: "Ask not what humanity can do for you, but rather, what you can do for humanity." Thus, criticism accompanied by proposal of solutions represents an ethical attitude related to the broader social concept of claiming, such that even if claiming is justified, it must adapt to an ethical framework if we are to remain within the realm of humanity.


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