chapter  3
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An emphasis on moral judgment should be integral to professional education but it should not be treated as dominate of, or determining, professional action; rather, moral judgment is exercised as part of professional choices. To achieve this integration, we need an understanding of professional action that is inclusive of moral judgment. It is widely argued that people act from a frame of mind, an argument often made in the literature on moral philosophy (Taylor, 2007; Habermas, 1985, 1987). This argument provides a way of viewing technical and moral aspects of judgment in action situations. Whether or not the moral aspect is explicitly considered as part of professional education, moral judgment is nonetheless integral to the daily choices professionals make. Ignoring the moral aspect of decisions poses risks for professionals, their clients, and society.