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Ethics Talk

Ethics Talk: Philosophy, Flourishing and The Good Life


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Socrates said that talking about virtue and the good life is one of the most important things a human being can do. That's where "Ethics-Talk" fits in. Born in 2009 in the Department of Philosophy & at Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant, Michigan), the Ethics-Talk network now spans 3 continents. To learn more , visit us at, and on twitter at

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This show continues our discussion of 5/8/2020, "What We Owe to Ourselves: Duties to Ourselves and What it Means to Violate Them". We began that show with a discussion of humiliation between persons ("A to B Humiliation"). We... more

In Part II of his Metaphysics of Morals (1797), philosopher Immanuel Kant discusses the duties that we have to ourselves. In this show, we focus on this section of Kant's work and discuss whether the transgression of these duties... more

In his "On the Basis of Morality" (1840) Arthur Schopenhauer criticizes Immanuel Kant's ethical theory as being "cold," "unsympathetic" and "without feeling". Schopenhauer claims to depart from Kant's view as found in The Groundwork for... more

We continue discussing Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, focusing on the relationship between the individual, rational being and the Commonwealth or "World City". This week we will be approaching the topic from the lens of... more

In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius repeatedly affirms that human beings are both reasonable and social. And in Book X, Verse 2, he appears to identify a deep connection between aspects of human nature when he claims ?what is... more

In this show, we sit down with Caitlin Cheevers (President) and Randi Shaffer (Promotional Manager) of the Central Michigan University Chapter of Invisible Children. Caitlin and Randi will discuss the hugely successful KONY 2012... more

In this show, we introduce the listener to 'Atrocity Law' - the legal framework which saw a growth spurt with the historic Nuremberg trials of Nazi Germany. But atrocities also occurred in World War 1 - including atrocities against the... more

On March 8-9, 2012, The International Criminal Court Student Network (ICCSN), with generous support from Central Michigan University, convened an historic conference in The Hague, Netherlands, on the eve of the The International... more

In her 1892 address to the U.S. Judiciary, Elizabeth Cady Stanton developed a profound argument about the importance of educational development and political equality to solitude and the proper use of one's "birthright to self-sovereignty". In... more

We continue to discuss the ?development clause? of Article 26(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which states that "Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the... more
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