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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 Question of Honor

by SKeira Apr 15, 2015
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.

New study: Does industry have too much sway over food safety?

by SKeira Jul 22, 2015
The report details findings in a number of areas, including respondent's views on topics like outside interference, the tendency of regulatory agency employees to work for industry before or after their tenure at regulatory agencies, thoughts on specific food threats, and proposed policy changes.

The Rock Ethics Institute and Critical Philosophy of Race

by SKeira Jul 22, 2015
Racism is not just a matter of personal feeling. It is deeply embedded in the structure of and institutions of our society and of the world in general. It is reflected, for example, in the distribution of wealth, of health resources, and of educational opportunities.

Food Ethics: Plumpy, RUTFs and Malnutrition

by SKeira Jul 22, 2015
Andrew Rice has an excellent article that touches on many issues related to food ethics in the September 7 issue of the New York Times Magazine. In "The Peanut Solution," Rice describes the development of a highly nutritious peanut paste that has proven to be highly successful at addressing malnutrition in children. It is a product that is highly nutritious, does not need refrigeration, and allows home treatment of malnourished children (a big advantage over other treatment regimens that require lengthy and costly hospital stays). The product in question, Plumpy'nut, is one of a growing number of ready-to-use therapeutic foods (R.U.T.F.) that have garnered attention from health professionals, aid agencies, donors, and as Rice details, companies both big and small and for profit and not for profit.

BP's Warning: Are there limits?

by SKeira Jul 22, 2015

Are Fossil Fuel Industry Commercials Encouraging Americans to Engage In Unethical Climate Change Causing Behavior?

by SKeira Dec 05, 2017
ClimateEthics has written frequently about some obvious ethical problems with cost arguments often made by opponents of climate change policies. Among other problems with cost arguments are that they (a) don't acknowledge duties, obligations, and responsibilities to those most vulnerable to climate change impacts, (b) ignore obligations to prevent human rights violations, (c) wind up being used to give polluters permission to cause great harm to human health and the environment around the world, and, (d) often ignore the costs of doing nothing to reduce the threat of climate change. For instance, see: Ethical Problems With Cost Arguments Against Climate Change Policies: The Failure To Recognize Duties To Non-citizens.

Do Boundaries Vanish Online?

by SKeira Jul 22, 2015
Does the ubiquity and instant nature of these technologies make it difficult for people to judge the consequences of their actions? Or does the false sense of anonymity provided by staying behind a screen make it easy for people to say and do things they would never do in a face-to-face context?