Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger
I agree in the sense that I don't think dogmatism in any endeavor is ever appropriate. I do acknowledge that there are grey areas.
However, even if ethics is not applied dogmatically, there are still ethical guidelines that require consideration and interpretation. You noted that the APA's Ethcs code doesn't apply to nonmembers. Well, ok then: which ethical codes do they use as a guide to their professional judgement?
There has to be some overarching, objective and external set of ethics that apply to the profession as a whole. Reading your words, it almost sounds as if you believe ethics is idiosyncratic, subjective and internal.