The reflections on problematic self-regard in the previous part bring us back to the point that we started with. You cannot avoid ethics. Whatever path we take in life, ethical problems will arise, and we will be challenged to determine for ourselves what it means to live well in the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Each of us plays a part in creating more ethical practices in our society and creating a more just community. Different professions and applied ethics contexts come with their own particular challenges, but each can be assessed by employing much the same tools—including the ideas offered in this primer.


We gratefully acknowledge support from Dalhousie University Libraries and Centre for Learning and Teaching through the Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant and Geoff Brown’s invaluable guidance in the production of this online resource. The primer itself has been greatly improved by feedback from countless colleagues, including Jackie Alvarez, Oliver Boettcher, Andrew Fenton, Landon Gaetz, Meredith Schwartz, Andrea Sullivan-Clarke, Charissa Varma, as well as Dalhousie students in Philosophy 1050/2680 Ethics in Science.


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