Tag Archives: morality

Religion and Morality: You could do more

Immanuel Kant said, “Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.” In the past I was of the opinion that if a moral system makes people … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why my students love Ayn Rand

I think my Introduction to Ethics class is fairly typical. We start with Epicurus and work our way through Aristotle, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, and Immanuel Kant. After those heavy hitters, I try to lighten things up with some … Continue reading

Posted in dignity, education, ethics, justice, Philosophy | Tagged , , , , , | 16 Comments

Arthur Levitt “Defends” Goldman Sachs

Arthur Levitt, the former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman and a senior adviser to Goldman Sachs, says no one puts customer’s first and the firm should stop saying they do. He says this in response to Greg Smith’s op-ed published … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On Lying

Anyone who has taught an introductory course in ethics has discussed the morality of lying, and most of us find that few people endorse an absolute prohibition against lying. Though we like to reject “situation ethics,” we tend to say … Continue reading

Posted in autonomy, ethics, Philosophy | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How happy should you be?

I’ve never considered myself a strict Utilitarian in the narrowest sense of the term, but I always believed that suffering is generally a bad thing and that relieving suffering when possible is morally laudable. I still believe this for the … Continue reading

Posted in ethics, utilitarianism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Commodifying Mindfulness

I attended a presentation last week on the use of mindfulness in marriage and family therapy. I don’t know a lot about Buddhism and would never claim to be an expert. What I do know of Siddhartha Gautama leads me … Continue reading

Posted in ethics, Philosophy, Psychotherapy, Suffering | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Can we talk?

In recent months (perhaps years, now), it seems the religious and irreligious are divided more severely than ever. In response to demands that intelligent design be taught in schools or that evolution not be taught, writers such as Sam Harris, … Continue reading

Posted in bioethics, dignity, education, ethics, Philosophy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment