Ask an Ethicist

Ask an Ethicist

Each of us faces ethical dilemmas. Sometimes we are unsure how to handle a specific situation personally, or we wonder why certain groups and institutions handle a seemingly conflicting situation in a certain way. Did we, or they, do the right thing? Was the response ethical? What else might we consider, and how do we plan in advance to respond ethically to situations we are unfamiliar with?

Well, ask an ethicist!

The Rock Ethics Institute “Ask an Ethicist” blog aims to shed light on ethical questions from our readers. Each article in this column features a different ethical question answered by a Penn State ethicist.

The “Ask an Ethicist” blog Is a forum to promote ethical awareness and inquiry to foster ethical literacy. These articles aim to identify and clarify the often hidden moral dimensions of a topic or question, establish facts relevant to ethical analysis, and explain and evaluate some of the different ethical positions and arguments one might take or make on a particular issue or question.They are designed to offer possible approaches to a subject and are not intended as definitive statements on what is or—is not —ethical. The articles present the interests and judgments of each author as an individual scholar and are neither official positions of the Rock Ethics Institute nor Penn State.

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Answered by: Tom C. Hogan, 
Professor of Practice in Human Resource Management at the Penn State School of Labor and Employment Relations
Answered by: Joshua Inwood, 
Associate Professor of Geography with a joint appointment in the Rock Ethics Institute
Answered by: Daryl Cameron, 
Ethics Core Faculty member in Penn State’s Department of Psychology and the Rock Ethics Institute
Answered by: Daniel Susser, 
Assistant Professor of Information Science and Technology and Philosophy / Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute