The ethics of practical reasoning—exploring the terrain. / Evans, Tony; Hardy, Mark .

In: European Journal of Social Work, Vol. 20, No. 6, 30.01.2017, p. 947-957.

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The ethics of practical reasoning—exploring the terrain. / Evans, Tony; Hardy, Mark .

In: European Journal of Social Work, Vol. 20, No. 6, 30.01.2017, p. 947-957.

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Evans, T & Hardy, M 2017, 'The ethics of practical reasoning—exploring the terrain', European Journal of Social Work, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 947-957. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2016.1278524

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Evans T, Hardy M. The ethics of practical reasoning—exploring the terrain. European Journal of Social Work. 2017 Jan 30;20(6):947-957. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2016.1278524

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Evans, Tony ; Hardy, Mark . / The ethics of practical reasoning—exploring the terrain. In: European Journal of Social Work. 2017 ; Vol. 20, No. 6. pp. 947-957.

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