While every doctoral student is studying for the highest degree in the field, each one is doing so for their own reasons. One pursues the dream of an intrinsically rewarding career; another to advance the state of scientific or humanistic knowledge. Others are in school to improve their well-being or the well-being of loved ones; to assist the disadvantaged here and elsewhere; to help develop improved methods of caring for animals or the environment. Other reasons may not sound as noble but are equally powerful: to make more money, become famous, expand opportunities for advancement, or acquire flexibility in a work schedule.

Just as each individual's career plan is formed against the background of their specific aspirations, so one's ethical values are formed against the background of their specific desires. The steps we must take to attain our career objectives are, therefore, morally-laden steps. We may describe them as ethical interests.

Look left, find the assignment marked "Six interests," and click there.

Author: Gary Comstock
Maintained By: Gary Comstock
Last Updated: 2007-08-17