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International Journal of Applied Philosophy (IJAP)

Elliot D. Cohen, Editor

The International Journal of Applied Philosophy is committed to the view that philosophy can and should be brought to bear upon the practical issues of life. Accordingly, this peer-reviewed journal publishes philosophical articles dealing with practical issues in business, education, the environment, government, health care, law, psychology, and science. Recent issues have included discussions of affirmative action, alcohol abuse on college campuses, animal rights, business ethics, gambling, journalism ethics, just-war theory, liberalism, medical ethics, retribution, terrorism, and torture. The journal’s coverage of practical issues has attracted wide attention, including articles in the November 26, 2006 and August 10, 2002 issues of The New York Times.

Print and electronic subscription options are available for both institutional and individual susbcribers. All issues of the journal, from volume 1 (1983) to the present, are included with each electronic subscription.

APPE members will receive a 25% discount ($40 vs. the usual rate of $53) for individual subscriptions to the electronic version of International Journal of Applied Ethics (IJAP) including electronic access to all issues (22+ volumes) of IJAP. To subscribe, click on the following link: International Journal of Applied Ethics (IJAP) .

Posted October 31, 2008

Launch of the Library: A Global Digital Library on Ethics

A new global digital library on ethics was launched on 9 October 2008. This library provides users free access to full text versions of about 200 journals and more than a million documents in the field of applied ethics.

The digital library on ethics was developed by, a global network organization with the objective of empowering people in all regions of the world to reflect and act on ethical issues. They developed the Library to ensure that persons and institutions – especially in Africa, Asia and Latin-America – have access to good quality and up to date knowledge resources. There is no cost involved in using the library. Individuals only need to register (free of charge) as participants on the website to get access to all the full text journals, encyclopedias, e-books and other resources in the library.

The library does not only offer free access to knowledge sources, but also offers participants the unique opportunity to submit their own documents on applied ethics (like articles, journals, books, dissertations, newsletters) to the Library. This will ensure that their publications get more global exposure.

More information on how to access the library as well as on how to submit documents to the library is available on the website

Posted: June 29, 2005

Organizational Ethics: Healthcare, Business, and Policy Journal 

Special issue on organizational ethics component of ACGME Outcome Project now available.

The Outcome Project was initiated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in response to concerns that physicians were not being trained to deal with the complexities of a changing healthcare environment. The project was launched in 1999 with the identification of six areas of expertise or competencies that residency training programs are expected to teach and monitor, and it details what types of expertise and obligations are required in each of the six competencies.

Academic medical centers are currently scrambling to understand and implement these competencies. The ACGME leaves the specifics of implementation and measurement up to the individual residency program, so there is no universal standard or “best practice” that individual programs can measure their results against. This is expected to change when the project begins its fourth phase in 2011.

Two of the six competencies are directly related to organizational ethics: the competencies on “professionalism” and “systems-based practice.” These two competencies are the subject matter of a special issue of Organizational Ethics, which is addressed to medical educators, physicians, administrators, and residents who are interested in the appropriate development and implementation of the ACGME competencies.

Ann E. Mills, Msc(Econ), MBA, Patricia H. Werhane, PhD, and Matthew K. Wynia, MD, MPH, begin the issue with “Introduction and Foreword to the Special Issue on ACGME Requirements for Residents on Professionalism and Systems-Based Practice.” Lisa H. Newton, PhD, describes the differing concepts of professionalism associated with medicine and business in “Professionalism in Medicine and in Business: In Search of Organizational Ethics.” Edward M. Spencer, MD, and Rebecca Bigoney, MD, examine the concept of medicine more closely in “Toward a New Concept of Professionalism: Being a Physician in Today’s Healthcare System.”

In “Business Practices, Ethical Principles, and Professionalism,” Ann E. Mills, Msc(Econ) and Mary V. Rorty, PhD, address questions of what business practices are, and why goals may not produce desired outcomes in healthcare systems. Evan G. DeRenzo, PhD, in “Individuals, Systems, and Professional Behavior,” focuses on the healthcare organization as a system, and Paul Alexander Clark, MPA, in “Can Organizational Ethics Programs Influence Management Initiatives?” describes how competing obligations can be weighed within the context of a system. To close, David T. Ozar, PhD, introduces an educational program that details the ACGME outcomes and the barriers he sees to producing these outcomes in “The Challenges of a Residency Education Program for Competencies in Organizational Ethics.”

To obtain a copy of the special issue, contact Organizational Ethics at (240)420-0036 or

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