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Can Effective Altruism Create a More Caring Community of Givers?

Targeted Charitable Giving to Benefit Society I’ve been hearing a lot about “effective altruism” and decided to do some research and devote today’s blog to the topic. I was particularly struck by the use of the term in a story about Sam Bankman-Fried and the debacle at FTX. When asked... Read more →


What is the Moral Message of Star Trek?

Noninterference in Other Cultures is a Message That Resonates Today I admit it. I am a Trekkie. Readers know I have committed my professional life to upholding traditional ethical values. This is one reason I love to watch various segments of Star Trek. We can't talk about the ethics of... Read more →


What is Virtue Signaling?

Analyzing Virtue Signaling and its Cousins, Political Correctness and Groupthink According to Effectiviology, a website that helps people learn about psychology and philosophy that have practical applications, virtue signaling “is the act of speaking or behaving in a way that’s meant to demonstrate one’s good moral values. For example, if... Read more →


The Morality of Educating Migrant Children by San Diego Teachers

An Ethical Analysis of Rights and Fairness I am for educating migrant children. All children who are residents of California should be educated. The question is whether migrant children have a moral right to be educated. The 14th amendment of the US Constitution established that anyone born in the US... Read more →


Situational Ethics is Killing America

Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide??? Yesterday's insurgency at the U.S. Capitol demonstrates why situational ethics is killing America. No civilized society would condone the storming of the U.S. Capitol. How do we explain it? A small group of people thought it was the right thing to do. Following numerous... Read more →


A Brief Philosophical Analysis of How Trump Has Handled COVID-19

Has He Made Ethical Choices? The ethical issues that surround Trump’s handling of COVID-19 are many. In this blog, I just touch upon the key points of two philosophical reasoning methods -- Kantian Rights Theory and Utilitarianism -- and leave it to the reader to learn more, if they so... Read more →


The Philosophy of George Carlin

A Philosophy for Life George Carlin was an inventive stand up comedian and social critic of the late twentieth century. If you grew up laughing at his humor like me, you may not be aware that he had a philosophic viewpoint about life that resonated with many people. Today's blog... Read more →


What Should We Do About Student Debt?

Fairness, Personal Responsibility and Moral Hazard Issues This blog was first posted on my Ethics Sage website. I’ve made a few improvements since then. Should student debt be forgiven? If so, how much should be wiped clean? This is a big issue for Democratic Presidential candidates and the country. Bernie... Read more →


Do You Have Ethical Intelligence?

What is Your Ethics IQ? – ANSWERS Last week I posted ethics questions and in today’s post I will explain the answers. Ethics is not an exact science so you may disagree. Still, the explanations below are based on ethical standards of behavior that link to a philosophy or other... Read more →


What is Your Ethics IQ?

What is the Right Thing to Do? I’m trying something new this week and the next. In today’s blog I ask ten questions to gauge your knowledge of right and wrong. I WILL POST THE ANSWERS WITH EXPLANATIONS IN NEXT WEEK’S BLOG. Your Ethics IQ measures your level of ethics... Read more →