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Virtue Ethics: Doing the Right Thing

virtue ethics September 17th, 2017

Virtue ethics is one of the top four or five ethical theories. Ethical theories are ways of organizing information in regard to right and wrong. Typically in science, theories can be shown in just one or two experiments or studies to be “false.” However, when it comes to ethics, it’s a bit more nuanced. The other major theories go by names such as utilitarianism, deontology (duty-based ethics), and religious ethics. Other contenders for the Top 10 include ethical subjectivism, religious ethics, casuistry, and authority-based ethics. Virtue ethics is one of my favorites for sure, and I will share some thoughts and perspectives about it in this blog. In the end, hopefully, the readers gain some appreciation for it, see how it is different from competing ethical theories, and recognize how to “use it” in real life (making ethical decisions, facing moral dilemmas, etc).  

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Athenian Democracy: The Birth of Philosophy

Athenian democracy August 10th, 2017

A second conflagration now consumed all Hellas, in particular the city of Athena, and this was the blaze of boldness and self-assurance. The hand of heaven, it seemed, had set itself in benediction upon each man’s shoulder, banishing all timorousness and irresolution. Overnight, the Greeks had seized the stage of destiny. They had defeated the mightiest army and navy in history. Would lesser undertaking could now daunt them? What enterprise could they not dare? ~ Steven Pressfield. Pressfield was discussing the magnificent and hard-fought victory over the gargantuan Persian military in about 500 B.C.E. It ushered in an era of unprecedented progressivism and political change in the ancient city Athens. Athenian democracy is one of the most remarkable and interesting lights in a long and often-dark stretch of highway symbolizing humankind’s ascension to our current (dubious) heights. Read on to learn more about democracy’s dream: the Golden Age of Ancient Athens, Greece.

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Quotes on Integrity & Meaning

quotes on integrity July 25th, 2017

The following are quotes on integrity and meaning. They were excerpted from a chapter in the book entitled Values and Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom. Here is an example of the nature of the quotations you will find:

“The truly moral person is the one who does the right thing without any promise of reward or threat of punishment – without engaging in a cost-benefit analysis.” ~ Alan M. Dershowitz

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Philosophical Thinker: Jason Merchey Quotes

Jason Merchey quotes July 16th, 2017

It is only with a bit of embarrassment that I admit, if I want things I have said – essentially, quotations by Jason Merchey – I have to place them on the web per se. That is, I have assembled a 30,000 quote search engine, but it is a “plug-in” to Values of the Wise’s actual website. It is kind of like having a shoebox full of silver; if someone searches your house but assumes that the contents of the box is shoes, they won’t notice the silver. So it is with plug-ins and websites. Thus, I have to go ahead and put all my quotes into the body of a blog. Sorry if this seems gauche. I guess it’s not any worse than entering oneself into Who’s Who? or placing a Wikipedia article on the web. Well, at any rate, here you have it: Jason Merchey quotes! Enjoy.

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Philosophical Books: Three Down-to-Earth Ones

philosophical books June 17th, 2017

Philosophical books often don’t win many prizes. They can be difficult, abstruse, antiquated, or just plain boring. Most of us realize the power and the merit of reading in the field of philosophy, but are wary of picking up a Nietzsche book. Now, I do recommend the readable and fairly wide-ranging book Philosophy for Dummies, by public philosopher extraordinaire, Tom Morris, Ph.D. However, that is only going to take you so far because it is necessarily wide in its breadth. It’s a good “Cliff’s Notes” version of the field of philosophy, but it isn’t as deep in the area of applied philosophy as you are probably needing. That is where Values of the Wise comes in. Read on for more insight into three wonderful, philosophical books that you can really sink your teeth into and get a lot out of. 

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Questions for Jason on Values and Ethics

April 11th, 2017

Author, thought leader, philosophical thinker, independent scholar, and lover of all quotations (including values and ethics, wisdom, progressive values, inspirational quotes, etc.), Jason Merchey is interviewed for a second time by Jenni Prisk, founder of an organization dedicated to peace and justice, Voices of Women. Author of the books Living a Life of Value, Building a

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Philosophy and Ethics: Overview

April 10th, 2017

This show presents a survey of philosophy, values, and ethics. Jonathan Dolhenty, Ph.D. joins Jason to discuss these heady topics. An attempt is made to be thorough, but also to just touch on some interesting questions that get at the fundamentals. Easier than reading a textbook, Dolhenty of The Radical Academy will enlighten us with his

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Ideas and Principles of Jesus and Socrates

April 8th, 2017

This show boasts two remarkable guests full of wisdom who have striking similarities and differences — with/from each other, as well as with/from Jason. They are very hardworking, passionate, and well-intentioned people full of values and ethics. Questions about the values, principles, and life of Jesus of Nazareth and Socrates of Athens mark this fundamental show.

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Improving the Character and Ethics of Children, Part 2

April 7th, 2017

This is the second show dedicated to the wisdom behind “character education,” how it applies to our values and ethics, essentially the opportunity of schools, parents, and the culture at large to inculcate in children good character, moral substance, and good intentions. If we can avoid a smothering, sectarian approach as we attempt to raise

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Improving the Character and Ethics of Children, Part 1

April 7th, 2017

We’ve all seen examples on television, on the street corner, and in our neighborhoods of kids who are somehow off-track, lacking in the values and ethics department. Obviously that has a lot to do with family, religion, our political situation, and the wisdom of our culture at-large. But could our schools actually be doing a

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