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Everybody wrestles with questions about ethics. Some of those questions are easy to figure out. Should I murder someone? No! But other questions are more difficult to answer. Examining Ethics doesn’t provide answers to these ethical dilemmas, but instead leaves listeners with tools and ideas from some of the biggest names in moral philosophy and ethics. Academic philosophy and ethics can sometimes be difficult to understand, and our accessible, open-minded content bridges the gap between scholars and everyone else.

Examining Ethics The Prindle Institute for Ethics

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Everybody wrestles with questions about ethics. Some of those questions are easy to figure out. Should I murder someone? No! But other questions are more difficult to answer. Examining Ethics doesn’t provide answers to these ethical dilemmas, but instead leaves listeners with tools and ideas from some of the biggest names in moral philosophy and ethics. Academic philosophy and ethics can sometimes be difficult to understand, and our accessible, open-minded content bridges the gap between scholars and everyone else.

    I Owe You an Explanation…

    I Owe You an Explanation…

    Examining Ethics normally comes out on the last Wednesday of every month…except for the last few months. Christiane explains why, and also gives you an exclusive sneak peek of what we’ve been working on here...

    • 5 min
    41: Ethics Education with Thomas Wartenberg and Chris Robichaud

    41: Ethics Education with Thomas Wartenberg and Chris Robichaud

    We often take for granted the active process of learning about ethics and morality, so today’s show focuses on the source of ethics education: the educators themselves. We hear from two superstar teachers: Chris Robichaud...

    • 20 min
    40: Morality Scaled Up with Joshua Greene

    40: Morality Scaled Up with Joshua Greene

    We often discuss individual morality and ethics on the show–how people should or should not behave on an interpersonal level. But what about groups of people? How should they make sense of their competing value...

    • 27 min
    39: The Authentic Encounter with Beth Benedix

    39: The Authentic Encounter with Beth Benedix

    Beth Benedix is a professor of religious studies, world literature and community engagement and in her book Ghost Writer (A Story about Telling a Story), she explores the ethics of narrative. We covered some of the...

    • 28 min
    38: A Story about Telling a Story (about Telling a Story) with Beth Benedix

    38: A Story about Telling a Story (about Telling a Story) with Beth Benedix

    Humans are captivated by stories. Stories draw people in–they take raw facts and infuse them with meaning and significance. But is it acceptable to take the facts of someone’s life and turn them into an entertaining...

    • 29 min
    37: Pushing Back on Epistemic Pushback with Alison Bailey

    37: Pushing Back on Epistemic Pushback with Alison Bailey

    If a professor told you about pushback from their students, you might assume that their students are complaining about having too much homework, or that the assigned reading is boring. The philosopher Alison Bailey says that...

    • 27 min

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M.Cherry Ep26 - Equating Failure To Persuade As Disempowerment

The power of Cherry’s argument is its insistence upon the moral autonomy of victims.

Its flaw lies in the presumption that the offer of a moral exemplar undermines that autonomy.

If an exemplar is persuasive, it becomes so precisely because of the victim’s moral agency in evaluating that offer. If it is not, the victim’s evaluation is what makes it so.

Honoring victims requires assuming their dignity and self-determination as individuals. Suggesting their will and reasoning are canceled by the mere offer of an exemplar achieves precisely the opposite.

One simply cannot argue concurrently that victims both have moral capacity and lack it. Finding a way to eliminate that contradiction will only strengthen this compelling work.

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