Professional ethics is a branch of applied philosophy and can be understood as the application of ethical concepts and principles to professional practice. It is concerned with rules and standards that distinguish right from wrong. These rules and standards constitute the principles of professional conduct and are the foundation for professional ethics. They are used by practitioners to help identify what they ought to do in particular situations, and they can also be used to evaluate professional behavior.

Professional ethics is a recognized field of study with an established academic literature. Since the 1970s, there has been increasing attention paid to professional ethics and subdisciplines have developed in a wide range of areas such as accounting ethics, banking ethics, engineering ethics, teaching ethics, and so on, ...

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