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Penn State Reads Seminars

by rjp218 Jul 16, 2015
In Chapter 1 of Beautiful Souls (“Disobeying the Law”) we are faced with a key distinction between morality and legality. Paul Gruninger makes a decision to dismiss his obligation to the law and instead uphold or affirm his moral obligation to persons in crisis (drawing on empathy and compassion and a sense of justice, perhaps). In Chapter 3 we see Avner Wishnitzer make a similar decision, choosing to reject “unjust” legal and institutional norms governing the treatment of Palestinians, and affirming principles of peace and equality. What, then, is the relationship between our moral and legal principles and obligations in a society, and how do these principles and obligations differ? How do we determine whether a law is just or unjust (and, in turn, determine our obligation to uphold or reject the law)? In this seminar we will discuss these questions and others, including broader discussions of the development of moral literacy and adjudicating between legal and moral obligations.

The Rock Ethics Institute participated in a panel discussion on Industry-Sposnored Research

by SKeira Apr 27, 2017
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics was founded in 1991 to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching of high quality in practical and professional ethics by educators and practitioners who appreciate the practical-theoretical aspects of their subjects. The Association facilitates communication and joint ventures among centers, schools, colleges, business and nonprofit organizations and individuals concerned with the interdisciplinary study and teaching of practical and professional ethics.

We're on Google+!

by SKeira Jul 16, 2015
We are pleased to announce that we now on Google+. We'll be posting a variety of content ranging from our event videos, lectures, video blogs, and more! So, check us out and follow our posts!

Registration will open in early January 2014 for the 19th Annual Values and Leadership Conference at Nipissing University

by SKeira Jul 16, 2015
Registration will open in early January 2014 for the 19th Annual Values and Leadership Conference at Nipissing University The CSLEE 19th Annual Values and Leadership Conference will be held September 18-20, 2014, in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. Rock Ethics Institute affiliated faculty will attend the conference and present on the Rock's ongoing work in ethics education and moral literacy. The theme of the conference is: "Toward Transformational Leadership: Values and Ethics for Educational Advancement and Sustainability." Keynote presentations and research papers will address the transformational dimensions of leadership from a variety of perspectives and through a variety of lenses, in and across educational contexts, institutions, and organizations. Unique to this conference is a focus strand on the power of emerging media and technology and ethical decision-making in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary settings.

Join moral leaders and put faith in clean air

by rjp218 Jul 16, 2015
In the middle of the great recession Pennsylvanians may not feel wealthy, but we are the 1 percent. Each year, Pennsylvania pumps out 1 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide, helping to make the United States the largest historical producer of greenhouse gases. One percent may not seem like much, but Pennsylvanians use more carbon than 190 other countries. One-quarter of the world’s population is so poor that they use no fossil fuels at all. They drive no cars, have no air conditioning and never fly in planes. Compared to them, we are carbon wealthy, yet they are the ones to suffer first from the effects of climate change.

Gender Justice and Global Climate Change Network Participates in Side Event at Durban Climate Change Conference

by rjp218 Jul 16, 2015
The Gender Justice and Global Climate Change Network participated in a Side Event at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), COP 17, in Durban, South Africa, on November 30. For coverage of the session, "Gender, Justice and Social Learning: Exploring Theory and Practice in Adaptation," please go to visit our event page.

Chinese University Hosts First Conference in China on Climate Change Ethics

by rjp218 Jul 16, 2015
Nanjing University of Science Information and Technology in collaboration with the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University organized the first conference on climate change ethics in China that was held on October 29 and 30 in Nanjing.

Investigating the Moral Challenges of Solar Radiation Management

by rjp218 Jul 16, 2015
Recently, several Penn State faculty participated in the workshop, "The Ethics of Geoengineering: Investigating the Moral Challenges of Solar Radiation Management," sponsored by the Center for Ethics at the University of Montana. Listen to interviews with workshop participants, including Nancy Tuana, Director of the Rock Ethics Institute, and Petra Tschakert, Assistant Professor of Geography, and view public lectures online.

The Guardian publishes article by Donald Brown

by rjp218 Jul 16, 2015
"Is climate science disinformation a crime against humanity?" Although there is an important role for scepticism in science, for almost 30 years some corporations have supported a disinformation campaign about climate change science. While it may be reasonable to be somewhat sceptical about climate change models, these untruths are not based upon reasonable scepticism but outright falsification and distortions of climate change science.

The New York Times Opinion page cites

by rjp218 Jul 16, 2015
The Worst Ethics Scandal on Capitol Hill? Donald Brown, the ethics professor at Pennsylvania State University who runs the ever-interesting Climate Ethics blog, has posted a provocative piece positing that the recent flurry of ethics investigations in Congress has missed the biggest lapse—failure to put responsibility ahead of politics and meaningfully address global warming.