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Care vs. Autonomy: Nudging for Health and Relational Judgment in Reflective Professional Practice

When: Sep 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Where: 110 Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16803

The lecture will discuss the tensions between the ethical obligation to respect autonomy and the ethical obligation to provide care and promote human flourishing. It identifies the question this relationship poses for bioethics, psychology, and the helping professions such as medicine, nursing, social work, counseling, and public health. The pros and cons of three ways to resolve this tension are considered: (1) by appeal to reason, (2) by designing or curating contextual conditions influencing choice (often called “choice architecture” or “nudging”) in ways that constrain autonomy but do not violate its core value, and (3) by appeal to relational judgment in communicative and reflective professional practice. Care vs. Autonomy: Nudging for Health and Relational Judgment in Reflective Professional Practice - Read More…

Idioms of Ethical Life: A Conference in Honor of the Work of Dr. Dennis J. Schmidt

When: from Oct 28, 2016 8:00 AM to Oct 29, 2016 5:00 PM
Where: Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA 16802

The Idioms of Ethical Life is an invitation to think with the work of philosopher, Dennis Schmidt. Schmidt has argued that the transformative character of thinking that constitutes the ethical is a matter of the idiom, that is, it is worked out in the singularity of situations. For Schmidt, ethics belongs to the very nature of thinking, properly understood. Dennis Schmidt, who was actively involved in the Rock Ethics Institute, is now Professor of Philosophy at Western Sydney University. This conference brings together some of the leading philosophers in the area of continental philosophy to reflect on the importance of his contributions to the profession. Idioms of Ethical Life: A Conference in Honor of the Work of Dr. Dennis J. Schmidt - Read More…