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Learn how ethics is part of our everyday lives by reading articles and stories that show ethical dilemmas are everywhere.

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

by SKeira Apr 15, 2015
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 Proper Role of Government: Considering Public Goods and Private Goods

by SKeira Apr 15, 2015
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."

Roadmap for a New Vision

by SKeira Jul 22, 2015

The Ethics of "Measuring Up"

by SKeira Apr 15, 2015
Mayes began the workshop with a brief overview of his paper. Mayes claimed that the theoretical framework of "pre" is general notion used to capture preemptive, precautionary, and preventive principles that aim at predicting and pre-empting threats prior to their actualization. A key theme of his paper (drawing from Diprose, Francois Ewald, and others) is the shift from a perception of risk that is naturally occurring and calculable to one that is incalculable and the result of human agency, particularly with respect to how the latter can lead to catastrophe.

Racial Jokes and Racist Jokes

by SKeira Apr 15, 2015

Amoral Victory?

by SKeira Jul 22, 2015

Ethical Problems With Cost Arguments Made In Opposition to Climate Change Policies: The Failure To Value The Harms That Will Be Caused by Doing Nothing.

by SKeira Jul 22, 2015
This post is one of a series of entries that has looked at ethical problems with cost arguments made in opposition to the adoption of climate change legislation and policies. As we have seen in prior ClimateEthics' posts, with the possible exception of arguments that claim the science of climate change does not support action on climate change, by far the most common arguments against action on climate change are claims that proposed climate change policies should be opposed on grounds that they cost too much.

The Mystery of the Food Pyramids

by SKeira Jul 22, 2015
A friend of mine is involved in the HealthWorks, a program at Penn State whose purpose is "to promote health among Penn State students." After getting back to our apartment from one of her HealthWorks classes, while deciding what we were going to make for dinner, she asked me, "Did you know there is a second food pyramid?" I told her that I didn't, and she began explaining what she had learned that day: Harvard had released a corrected and healthier food pyramid a few years ago that differed from the pyramid issued by the US government. As she was explaining the differences to me, I was shocked. I was shocked not about the dissimilar constructions but by the fact that I had never heard of any of it before. So I did a little research.