Ethics & Morality

Ethics & Morality

Quotes About Philosophy, by Modern Philosophers

quotes about philosophy March 16th, 2018

Quotes about philosophy, by philosophers, is the subject of this blog. I myself have been collecting philosophical quotes for 25 years now, but obviously the hobby goes way back. In fact, I have a penchant for collecting old books of quotes, and it’s really neat to open a book from the ’30s or ’40s and see what quotes about philosophy, science, politics, and values were like. I believe that a short collection of some intriguing quotes about philosophy by modern philosophers (mostly) is a cool idea, so here I go! Enjoy. 

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Meaning in Life According to Irving Singer

meaning February 21st, 2018

Irving Singer (1925-2015) was a prominent philosopher at MIT. I read his book Meaning in Life: The Creation of Value, and liked it about a B+ on an A-F scale. It is rife with quotes about meaning, fulfillment, ethics, value, values, philosophy, and self-examination. In this blog, I will reflect on a few quotations, but will also provide all the quotes about meaning I found in the book, which are many. Enjoy! 

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Volkswagen Cheated Simply to Make More Money

Volkswagen February 14th, 2018

I learned about Volkswagen’s cheating on diesel emissions a year or two ago. It wasn’t until now that I watched a wonderful documentary on the debacle, Alex Gibney’s expose featured on the Netflix series, Dirty Money. It was outlandishly bad corporate behavior. In this drama, however, the State and Federal authorities were the good guys. Here is my take on it, and a few quotations to channel my feelings about it.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes February 5th, 2018

I was watching the Superbowl tonight, and was really moved by a wonderful quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. It got me thinking about what a powerful leader he was, how many obstacles he faced, and how educated he was. I would imagine that 24 out of 25 Americans know at least a little something about the reverend, and that is saying a lot, considering our spotty record of educating our youth here in America. There are many powerful, interesting, and wonderful Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes, and I present a couple dozen of my favorites, and connect them to the virtues the quotation represents. 

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Bernie Sanders Reflects on Trump’s 1st Year

Bernie Sanders January 29th, 2018

Such a huge conglomeration of lies, deceptions, broken promises, subterfuge, and chicanery has resulted from one year of a Donald Trump presidency (I can’t say I am surprised), that there is plenty of grist for the mill if someone wishes to criticize the man. It’s just been abysmal. A panoply of ostentatious dissembling, propaganda, and class warfare. Conservatives bemoan the power and size of government, and when George W. Bush was in office and now this guy, I see what they’re talking about! For us political progressives, this is a gruesome spectacle to witness, but all hope is not lost. The following is what Bernie Sanders has say to those of us who are worried, dispirited, appalled, or anxious about Donald Trump (the day before the State of the Union Address, 2018). It’s good enough to reprint here:

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Journalism: Its About Truth and Integrity

journalism January 23rd, 2018

It seems like every day we hear Donald Trump mock, deride, impugn, and belittle the news media as “fake” or sub-par. If I had to register my agreement or disagreement with that assessment, I would say I am 75% “calling bullshit” on him, and 25% in agreement. In this blog, I will share a few thoughts about the state, dignity, role, function, ethics, potential, and problems of modern newspapers, magazines, newszines, and television and cable news networks. Blogs I don’t know too much about so I will leave alone. In a word, I believe that journalism is marred by some tragic flaws, if you will, but has enough potential that we need to enliven, rehabilitate, and bolster it.

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Ethics Quotes: Inspiration for Action!

ethics quotes January 19th, 2018

Thousands of quotations about morality, ethics, & good conduct can be found here on Values of the Wise, where ancient wisdom and progressive thinking are brought to life. There is a huge grouping of ethics quotes and quotations about values under the rubric of “Honor, Integrity, & Morality”. How do you make moral decisions? Need inspiration and enlightenment about right and wrong? Look no further, for moral decision making and character are able to be learned, implemented, and improved upon!

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“The Sins of Science”

January 17th, 2018

If you have seen virtually any episode of Black Mirror (here, or on Netflix), you will probably agree that science has brought us magnificent and inconceivable advances, advantages, and opportunities. Anyone who does not have polio, drives a car, or understands space-time would surely concur. But shows such as Black Mirror, or movies such as The Manchurian Candidate, Blade Runner, The Matrix, Children of Men, and Minority Report (a run-down of dystopian films is available here) depict in sometimes gut-wrenching detail what science and technology can render. They are dark, haunting tales of dystopia, tragedy, and absurdity. It’s the same vein that Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe write in, or the incendiary novel 1984, or The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or Goethe’s Faust.  Shows and books such as these tap into a dark part of our unconscious. Themes such as murder, torture, privation, suffering, revenge, domination, and nihilism can get our heart beating fast and our mind racing. It’s harrowing stuff. What follows is a bit of criticism of science and technology, a plea for ethics, and some quotes about science that are enlightening, if worrisome.

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Quotes About Freedom by Famous Feminists

quotes about freedom January 4th, 2018

2018 is expected to be “the year of the woman.” With 2017 showing a rash of sexual harrassment allegations being taken quite seriously, and perps like Bill Cozby and Bill O’Reilly now appearing to have egg on their faces, much progress will hopefully be made this year. Daniel R. Katz edited a wonderful book that features a tremendous number and variety of quotes about freedom by famous feminists, African-Americans, and thinkers of all kinds. It’s entitled Why Freedom Matters. It’s a solid read. Must have 50-60 essays, all of which are more or less good (and some are great). Many are totally foreign to me, and were very welcome.

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The Values of an Excellent Scientist

values of an excellent scientist January 3rd, 2018

Many institutions today are under pressure, under siege even. Though Hollywood was never exemplary of “good values,” it has been rocked with allegations of sexual harassment, just as it has been deeply challenged by racism and anti-Communist malarkey in the past. Politicians score near the bottom of high-prestige occupations, and for good reason. The Supreme Court isn’t even above reproach. In all this tumult and instability, one would hope that science would be a guiding light, akin to the mythical knight. One would be wrong, though. Herein you will find four key values of an excellent scientist.

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