making moral decisions

making moral decisions


Humanity’s Dark Side: Obedience to Authority

obedience to authority March 9th, 2019

There is a strain of experiments buoyed by theory that is in the category of social psychology – the branch of the study of human behavior that locates a human being in their social context. That is, people may have some individuality, some trait-like tendencies to think, feel, perceive, and act in a more or less typical way (i.e., based on their personality type). Social psychologists study how human beings function in relation to their environment. This essentially radical environmental approach doesn’t mimic the approach of Pavlov, Watson, and Skinner – dyed-in-the-wool environmentalists – because the attempt is not to change behavior, but to analyze and predict it. Read on for a brief summary, some elucidating quotations, and one of the most shocking experiments ever to come out of a major university.

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Morality Quotes from Books of Wisdom

Morality quotes August 16th, 2017

One of the themes running through civilization of every stripe since mankind began to organize itself into cities has of course been morality. One of the earliest written sources we still consult is the Hebrew bible – the Old Testament as Christians call it – and as soon as the characters meet God, God is giving them direction. The choice to disobey (and eat the forbidden fruit) is a testament to the will humans possess. We don’t want to be indoctrinated, subservient, and mindless; we desire deeply to decide what we think is right and wrong, good and bad, just and unjust. Click through to see a diverse grouping of morality quotes from books of wisdom: the three books that comprise the Values of the Wise Series. 

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Making Moral Decisions

April 8th, 2017

A popular and well-regarded philosopher and philosophical counselor, Peter Raabe, PhD, shared his wisdom with the listener and Jason about ethical theories — what they are, how they can help us know right from wrong, and how to use them. We all use ethical theories every time we make a moral decision, but often we

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How We Ought to Live, and Why

April 5th, 2017

Socrates, the father of philosophical inquiry and astute student of values and ethics, said: “We are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live.” This “Socratic Dialogue” forms the basis of hours upon hours of inquiry and self-discovery, and such a spiritual robustness is perhaps what the society needs more than “moral values”

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A Life of Value

January 22nd, 2017

What does the idea “a life of value” mean? What values and ethics do wise people have? What are American values? How can one live a life that is both comfortable, fulfilling, and moral? On hand to answer these questions and more is Earle F. Zeigler, PhD, Emeritus Professor from the University of Western Ontario

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