Values & Ethics Chapters

Values & Ethics Chapters


Business Ethics: Doing the Right Thing (V&E-16)

business ethics November 17th, 2017

The goal today is to discuss business ethics, corporations, companies, non-profits, workplaces, and industry: what best practices are, which ethical principles are relevant, what can go wrong, what ought to happen, how corporations fit into the scheme of corporate social responsibility, how business ethics relates to sustainability, the “triple bottom line,” and the like. Ronald F. Duska, Ph.D. is my first partner in dialogue. He served as a past president and executive director of the Society of Business Ethics, and has published many books on this topic. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in the graduate business schools of St. Joseph’s and Villanova Universities. My second guest is Michael Boylan, Ph.D., the John J. McDonnell, Jr. Chair in Ethics as well as the philosophy department chair at Marymount University. In addition to books entitled Natural Rights and The Origins of Ancient Greek Science, he put one out last year named A Just Society – his manifesto on ethics and social-political philosophy.

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Applying Philosophy to Your Life (V&E-14)

applying philosophy November 16th, 2017

What is applied philosophy? How should we live? What is the right thing to do? Are we really free? What ancient ideas and teachings are still applicable to modern life? What can professional philosophers offer us that we can use in a practical way? These are important questions from the realm of applied philosophy, which is an ideal discipline to identify astute questions and provide insight into potential answers. In this excerpt from chapter 14 in the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom, I interview Tom Morris, Ph.D. and Arthur Dobrin, Ph.D., both philosophers, authors, and former professors at major universities to achieve some insight into applying philosophy to your life.

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Leadership: Values- and Ethics-Based (V&E-11)

values-based leadership November 14th, 2017

The following piece, “Values-Based Leadership” is chapter 11 in the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). My industrious and learned partners in dialogue are Tom Morris, Ph.D. and Bernie Horn. In today’s climate, it is especially important that corporate executives, pastors, politicians, and professors in business schools “bring their values to work with them.” Much is on the line, and all those spheres can benefit from an ethical, responsible, dignified form of leadership. When we look at national politics, one might say we desperately need more leadership based on philosophy, ethics, and legitimacy.

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True History: Learning from Our Past (V&E-10)

history November 14th, 2017

In this discussion, we will explore the stories and recollections of persons who have made a minor or major contribution to United States history, fomented progress in one of our many historical struggles, and/or exemplified values and virtues that often belie their marginal social position. These unique “voices” take the form of quotations, essays, narratives, testimonies, and historical records that have been preserved, passed on, or uncovered. My distinguished guest co-authored the book Voices of a People’s History of the United States with Howard Zinn, and has also collaborated with Noam Chomsky on his awesome website. Read on to learn more about the history of the United States you probably didn’t hear about in 6th grade.

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Social Entrepreneurship: Worker-Ownership (V&E-17)

social entrepreneurship November 1st, 2017

The following piece, “Social Entrepreneurship,” is chapter 17 in the book: Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). My enterprising and industrious partner in dialogue is John Abrams. He is the author of The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community, and Place. John is the CEO and founder of the South Mountain Company, a 40-year-old, employee-owned design and building company on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. John’s words are indicated by the initials JA, and mine are JM. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type. Enjoy this look at values-based leadership, business ethics, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and worker-owned business.

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An Ethical and Fulfilling Life (V&E-12)

an ethical and fulfilling life November 1st, 2017

The following piece about an ethical and fulfilling life is chapter 12 in the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). My insightful and experienced partner in dialogue is Jan Phillips. Jan’s words are indicated by the initials JP, and mine are JM. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type. Enjoy this look at an ethical and fulfilling life based on wisdom, enlightenment, self-growth, vision, and fulfillment with author and thought leader, Jan Phillips.

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Teaching Virtue & Character Education (V&E-20)

character education October 29th, 2017

This blog is excerpted from chapter 20 of the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom and explored character, and a phenomenon called character education. We’ve all seen examples on television – and many of us on our very streets – of children and adolescents who are somehow “off-track,” selfish, crass, violent, careless. Obviously, this has a lot to do with the family, community, political and socioeconomic environment in which the child is embedded. Should schools be teaching children how to be good, responsible adults with integrity and ethics? Or does that step on religious institutions’ toes? What would it look like to teach something as hard to communicate as virtue? Jason interviews character education expert, former professor, and author, Bernice Lerner, Ed.D. to find answers to his questions.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (V&E-13)

corporate social responsibility October 28th, 2017

The following piece about corporate social responsibility is chapter 13 in the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). My enterprising and astute partners in dialogue are Mallen Baker and Scott Farrell. Mallen’s words are indicated by the initials MB, Scott’s are SF, and mine are JM. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type. Get ready for an interesting interview with Mallen Baker and Scott Farrell about this critical topic in modern society.

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“Money Values” vs. “Life Values” (V&E-8)

money values October 22nd, 2017

The following piece, “‘Money Values’ vs. ‘Life Values'” is chapter 8 in the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past).  My educated and humane partner in dialogue is noted author and thought leader, Kevin Danaher, Ph.D. His words are indicated by the initials K.D., and mine are J.M. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type. Enjoy this look at “money values” vs. “life values,” based on Kevin’s characterization of two ways of organizing our economic system.

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The Virtue of Liberalism (V&E-7)

liberalism October 18th, 2017

The following look at liberalism is an excerpt from the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom, taken from the name of an Internet-based talk radio show I did in times past. The topic of chapter seven is literally entitled “Liberalism.” My unique and seasoned partner in dialogue is noted author and philososopher, Steven Law, Ph.D. His words are indicated by the initials S.L, and mine are J.M. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type.

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