Should Colleges Teach Civil Discourse?

Civility and Ethics Go Hand in Hand If you’re like me, you shake your head almost daily at the increasing number of instances of a lack of civil discourse on college campuses. Whether it’s preventing speakers from sharing their views, shouting them down to prevent others from hearing those views,... Read more →


Ethics Takes a Back Seat to Favoritism in the White House

Family and Business Entanglements Threatens our Democratic Process It’s been more than seven months since Donald Trump began his presidency and it seems just about every ethics rule has been broken, starting with avoiding conflicts of interest, or at least they have been so bent out of shape as to... Read more →


Does Using Social Media Bring Happiness?

Seek Meaning, not Happiness, to Achieve a Well-Lived Life Wanting and valuing happiness is an important prerequisite to the pursuit of happiness. However, some studies indicate that while happiness can be a good thing, pursuing happiness might actually be bad for us. Psychologist Adam Grant suggests that some people look... Read more →


What are the Ethical Issues of Implanting a RFID Microchip in Employees?

Why Not Embed Microchips into All of Us? Perhaps you’ve heard that a Wisconsin company, Three Square Market (32M), is offering to implant its employees with a RFID microchip the size of a grain of rice. It’s already gone viral. The chip functions as an NFC-powered multi-purpose key / credit... Read more →


Is Using Social Media Good for or Harmful to Your Well-Being? 

The Psychological Effects of Using Social Media Research from Harvard University[1] suggests that sharing information about ourselves on social media fires up the pleasure centers of our brains and may shed light on the roots of social media addiction. Activities such as creating a personal blog, making a You Tube... Read more →


Culture of Cheating in College

Why Do Students Cheat Cheating in our schools has become commonplace. About 70 percent of high-school students reported they have cheated. Ninety percent admit to having copied student’s homework. The rate of students who admit to cheating at least once in their college careers has held steady at somewhere around... Read more →


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 →