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Beautiful Souls: Seminar 3

Eyal Press’ Beautiful Souls gives us access to a wide range of complicated ethical issues. Key among them is the divergence of our moral obligations.
When Nov 12, 2013
from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where 106 Hub, University Park, PA 16802
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Contact Phone 814-863-5911
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Eyal Press’ Beautiful Souls gives us access to a wide range of complicated ethical issues.  Key among them is the divergence of our moral obligations.  What are we to do, for instance, when what personally believe conflicts with the rules we are supposed to follow as good citizens, or good professionals? Is there sufficient difference to be made between WWII war criminal invoking the Superior Orders defense (99) and the Israeli or Palestinian soldier refusing orders for religious reasons? In this discussion, we will take a closer look at these issues as they relate to religious sentiment, moral pluralism, and the justifications of “refuseniks.”  Discussion will focus specifically on Press’ Chapter 3, “The Rules of Conscience.” I will provide a handout with some notes and brief readings as impetus to an open discussion.

This event is by invitation only from the Penn State Reads staff.  Pizza and drinks will be provided.