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When is Impropriety a Moral Problem?

July 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Nothing brings out bad behavior in others quite like air travel.  I was reminded of this on a recent flight back from San Diego.  As we were leaving the plane, there was a man attempting to retrieve his bag from an overhead compartment that was in the rear of the plane, many rows back from […]

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What Counts as Discrimination?

May 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Recently, a friend of mine wrote a Facebook post lamenting the fact that his child had been made fun of at school for having a fat parent.  This post was met, rightly, with condemnation of the cruelty and unfairness that children sometimes display toward one another.  People expressed sympathy and encouragement, toward both my friend […]

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Ethics and Gift-Giving: To Return or Not to Return

January 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

As the holiday season finally, mercifully ends, many of us find ourselves on the receiving end of at least one miserable holiday gift.  Perhaps the item is the wrong size or color, a common but forgivable mistake, albeit a slightly insulting one when the giver has grossly over-estimated your size.  Or perhaps the item is […]

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Is Kate Upton Too Young to Be Sexy?

February 23rd, 2012 · 26 Comments

The latest issue of Sports Illustrated’s famous swimsuit issue is now on newstands, its cover graced by a scantily bikini-clad Kate Upton.  Miss Upton is something of a phenom in the world of modeling (or super-modeling, as the case may be), and has also made something of a name for herself by exchanging snide comments […]

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Joe Paterno and Moral Responsibility: Why Phil Knight is Confused

February 1st, 2012 · No Comments

During the recent memorial service for Penn State’s legendary football coach, Joe Paterno, most of the speakers tactfully avoided making comments about Paterno’s role in the now infamous Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.  The majority of the speakers spoke about Paterno’s commitment to winning “the right way,” and about his skills as a leader and […]

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The Behavioral Expression of Ethics: It’s Not About What You Say

May 30th, 2009 · No Comments

As an ethicist, I am often troubled by the failure of most people to recognize the ethical implications of their own actions.  Many of the things we do are actually strong indicators of our ethical views, and we ought to be careful about demonstrating what we actually believe.  In some cases, our actions speak louder […]

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What’s A Contract Got To Do With It? Ethics and Purchasing Foreclosed Homes

May 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Last week, I wrote an article discussing the ethics of purchasing foreclosed homes.  I suggested that there is something ethically suspect about doing so, and that when we do this, we run a very real risk of using others as a means to our ends.  Several individuals replied to this article by arguing that the […]

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Being Ethical vs. Covering Your Ass: The Dilemma of the 21st Century

May 8th, 2009 · No Comments

We live in a CYA world. Most people are pretty focused on their own self-interest, and this is a very natural thing to do. We don’t like to have bad things happen to us, and when we have the opportunity to protect ourselves, we usually feel like it’s okay to do so. But often, CYA […]

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The Ethics of Disagreement: Dealing with the Unreasonable

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In a world of mass media, instant communication, and a myriad of differing opinions about dozens of topics, disagreement is an unavoidable aspect of our lives.  Couple that with the innate desire of many people to “win” in cases of conflict and the widespread lack of reasoning skills that plagues our society, and the stage […]

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Guns, Drugs, and Sex: Struggling for Consistency

April 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

In the last several articles on liberalism and social problems, we have focused on a variety of different liberal arguments regarding illegal drugs, gun ownership, and pornography.  We saw that one can give a liberal argument on both sides of these issues, and that relevant considerations on one matter sometimes suggest an undesirable policy endorsement […]

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