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Two for the Road: Questions for Reflection


This week's installment in the Ethical Dilemmas on Film series is the 1967 film Two for the Road. Here are some questions to get you started in your reflection: Two for the Road: Questions for Reflection - Read More…

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing: Questions for Reflection


This week's installment in the Ethical Dilemmas on Film series is the 2001 Jill Sprecher film Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. Here are some questions to get you started in your thinking about the film: Thirteen Conversations About One Thing: Questions for Reflection - Read More…

The US Academy of Sciences' Reports On Climate Change and The US Moral Climate Change Failure.


Earlier this month, the United States Academy of Science issued its most recent report on the science of climate change that once again concluded that human-induced climate change was a very serious threat to humans and ecological systems around the world. This Report was entitled "America's Climate Choices 2011" (US Academy, 2011) Among other conclusions, this report found: The US Academy of Sciences' Reports On Climate Change and The US Moral Climate Change Failure. - Read More…

The Third Man: Questions for Reflection


The novelist E.M. Forster wrote "If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country." What does The Third Man have to say about betraying one's friend? Is the betrayal of a friend always inexcusable? Are there more important loyalties - to one's country? One's family? One's religion? Etc. The Third Man: Questions for Reflection - Read More…

The Richard B. Lippin Lecture Series: Moral Development in the Context of Group Games


On April 20, Dr. Carolyn Hildebrandt will discuss the comparative benefits of cooperative and competitive games, and the importance of allowing children to create and regulate their own games within democratic, constructivist classrooms. The Richard B. Lippin Lecture Series: Moral Development in the Context of Group Games - Read More…

The Question of Honor


As an Honors student writing my Honors thesis and purportedly adhering to numerous Honor codes at Penn State, I am obliged to reflect on the concept of "honor." What does it mean to be honorable? Should I be honored because I am in the Honors College, because of academic success...or is it more than that? The term "honor" appears to me to have two very distinct uses. First, there is the honor associated with academic distinction, athletic performance, and extracurricular leadership. But then there is also the honor that can't be written down, formatted and pasted on a r�sum�, the kind of honor that requires integrity and strength of character. Unfortunately, this more profound sense of honor, this deep-seated self-assurance and conviction of purpose is not something that can be easily identified; this sort of honor can only be affirmed by observing an individual's actions over time and in critical moments of mental and physical duress. The Question of Honor - Read More…

The Proper Role of Government: Considering Public Goods and Private Goods


What is a "private good"? Individual life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are commonly cited. Health is a fundamental private good. Some minimal level of material well-being is part of the "good life" envisioned by the founders of the country, but it is important to note that in the Classical tradition on which the founders drew, the good life, or "happiness," included more than material well-being. In this tradition participation in the life of society is commonly considered part of the "good life." The Proper Role of Government: Considering Public Goods and Private Goods - Read More…

The Practical Significance of US Congressman Waxman's Achnowledgement That Climate Change Is A Moral Issue


On March 7th, US Congressman Henry Waxman, speaking at the Center for American Progress, encouraged Americans to see US action on climate change as a moral responsibility. To our knowledge, Congressman Waxman is the first US elected national politician to speak about the moral dimensions of climate change despite the fact that climate change must be understood as essentially a problem that creates a host of civilization challenging ethical issues. For this reason, Congressman Waxman should be commended. The Practical Significance of US Congressman Waxman's Achnowledgement That Climate Change Is A Moral Issue - Read More…

The Nun's Story: Questions for Reflection


The Nun's Story is about the possibility of achieving perfection. What would it mean to be a perfect human being? Would your version of a perfect human being resemble the woman Sister Luke attempts to become? The Nun's Story: Questions for Reflection - Read More…