Paul And Elder: A Critical Analysis

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In both bodies of works, Svara (2015) and Paul and Elder (2009), attempt to discuss with readers the basic issues that are involved in ethics and the overall fundamentals of administrative ethics for political leaders and administrators. Both books have advocates, and share different sources, practices and overall ideas to ethical life. In fact, after doing further research, I’m convinced having a hybrid approach better suites the field of public administrators. Both books propose different weakness and strengths, but throughout, they often shared similar views to ethical development for public administrators. Furthermore, both share the same purpose, both authors comes from different backgrounds therefore, recommend different approaches. …show more content…
When it comes to creating a solution to a problem, at first it seems self-explanatory, but if the situation is complicated it can be very challenging to resolve. Paul and Elder define and analyze ethical reasoning into eight structural components in order to seek out its causes and effects, and provide a practical guide for resolution. Critical thinking essentially is thinking under control, which requires a high level of self- discipline, and focus together with effective problem-solving. Our thinking is often flawed because we lose objective by our ego-centrism (our natural human tendency to be narrow- minded, self-centered and ignore the rights, and well-being of others) and socio-centrism (interest with social practice); critical thinking is necessary to overcome these shortcomings (Paul and Elder, 2009, P. 6-9). In the text, both authors recommend public administrators develop a conscience, not subservient to fluctuating social conventions, theological systems, or unethical laws. When we face potential problems in our lives, we must distinguish the ethical from the non-ethical and the pseudo-ethical, and apply proper ethical principles to those …show more content…
Ethics is not just a list of wrong and right. Equally important is process, and procedures just as much as the overall substance. In fact, in my view, it should cover only processes and procedures so that we can further broaden our understanding of the field. It should also focus on different ways for administrators to properly come up with decisions about what is ethical and what is unethical rather than make choices about good and evil. I’m convinced that ethics are a less matter of moral judgment than of moral

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