Presenter: YUAN FANG
What is ethics?
What is “profession”?
history of professional ethics
Brief history of engineering code of ethics
Similarities of ethics in different professions
Differences of ethics in different professions
Softwareengineering code of ethics
ethics (used with a sing. verb) The study
of the general nature of morals and of the
specific moralchoices to be made by a
person; moral philosophy.
Shakespeare -- "When in Rome, do as the
Kant -- "Do not do unto others as you
would not have them dounto you"
the Bible -- "he that diggeth a pit shall fall
ethics (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The
rules or standards governing the conduct
of aperson or the members of a
profession: medical ethics.
“profession” -- “bound by an oath”, Latin
In Roman time – the occupation to be
declared to a taxcollector under oath
Scribonious Largus of Greek – redefined
the “medical profession” in terms of the
The precursor of code of ethics
Hippocratic Oath (400 BC)
Oath of Medical Ethics for physicians to follow
Formed the basis of more recent medical
New York Oath (1807)
New York Oaths:
“I do solemnly declare, that I will honestly,
virtuously, and chastely conduct myself in the
practice of physic and surgery, with the
privileges ofexercising which profession I am
now to be invested; and that I will, with fidelity
and honor, do everything in my power for the
benefit of the sick committed to my charge.”