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What Does it Mean to be a Person of "Good Will?"

A Basic Duty to Yourself and Others What does it mean to be a person of “good will” and why is it important? These are the questions I look at in today’s blog. An important part of Immanuel Kant’s theory of ethics is the Categorical Imperative. The Categorical Imperative determines... Read more →


What are the Moral Considerations in Physician-Assisted Death

Medical Ethics and End-of-Life Decisions Morality depends on the cognitive dimension of our behavior or our thought processes – the way we conceptualize right or wrong and make decisions and reason about how we should behave. Moral issues concern both behavior and conduct. They arise when people are faced with... Read more →


The Lost Art of Ethics and Civility on College Campuses

Where and When Do We Use Ethics? The Golden Rule is a common-sense principle of how we should behave. It can apply to all areas of our lives: How should we interact and communicate with others in our personal lives? How should we behave in the workplace? How should we... Read more →


The Search for a Common Set of Moral Values

May 31, 2017. Published by Steven Mintz, aka Ethics Sage Do all Religions and Cultures Believe in the Same Set of Values? The existence of a common set of values across religions would go far to explain why different cultures and societies believe that The Golden Rule is the basic... Read more →


What is the Value of Using the Greek Fable to Teach Ethics?

How Can We Live Our Lives in Accordance with Virtue? The Greek fable has been used to teach ethics for ages. They date back to the mid-6th century BCE. Aesop’s Fables are the world’s best known collection of morality tales. The fables, numbering 725, were originally told from person-to-person as... Read more →


Should Marijuana Be Permitted? An Ethical Analysis

Individual Rights versus a Communitarian Ethic There are many arguments that have been raised for and against legalizing marijuana as I addressed in my last blog. In this blog, I focus on the morality of marijuana use, rather than the law. Most of the arguments against marijuana are centered on... Read more →


Should Marijuana Use Be Permitted? – A Legal Analysis

Marijuana Legalization at Historic Highs This is the first of a two-part series of blogs on marijuana use. Given that an increasing number of states now permit its use for both medical and recreational use, it is a good time to look at both the legal and ethical issues whether... Read more →


The Ethics of Kindness

Pay it Forward Not everyone associates ethics with kindness. We think of it as part of good manners or civility. Yet, treating others with kindness evokes The Golden Rule – to treat others the way you want to be treated. One example of how we can take tangible actions to... Read more →


United’s Ethical Blunder

What Could United Have Done Differently? Last week we all watched as a United Airlines customer, Dr. David Dao, was dragged off the plane by an airport security officer because he was one of four passengers “chosen” to be kicked off to allow crew members to work another flight or... Read more →


Can You Be Happy Without Being an Ethical Person?

Greek Virtue, Self-Actualization, and Happiness To the ancient Greeks, happiness is the end goal of life. Virtuous behavior contributes to moral excellence. Moral excellence can contribute to a happy life. Thus, being a moral person is essential to living a life of happiness. A person achieves happiness by possessing the... Read more →