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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 http://www.virtuesofpeace.com, http://www.ethicstalk.org and on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ethicstalk.

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Article 26(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms". In this... more

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly as both a response to World War 2 atrocities and a means to "reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the... more

In tonight's show, we focus on society's search for happiness through material objects. To what extent (if any) are material objects relevant to happiness? If material objects are irrelevant to happiness, then what are the non-material... more

In his Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, Kant famously claims that morality cannot be based on anything outside of the will. Rather, the source of morality is within the individual herself. In this show, we try to get clear on the... more

The historic trials of high ranking Nazi officials after World War 2 introduced "crimes against humanity" to the list of international crimes. In this show, we focus on "crimes against humanity" and the debate surrounding this category of... more

In November 1945 the victors of World War 2 commenced the historic "Nuremberg Trials" - in which a number of defendants including high ranking Nazi officials like Hermann Goering (commander of the German air force or... more

In this week's show, we continue discussing Tolstoy's views on alcohol, focusing on Tolstoy's arguments for complete abstinence in his essay ? "Why do People Stupefy Themselves." Tolstoy claims that even moderate drinking is profoundly... more

In his "Why do People Stupefy Themselves," Leo Tolstoy writes "men drink and smoke, not to keep their spirits up, not for gayety's sake, not because it is pleasant, but in order to stifle conscience in themselves." Written at the time... more

This week we will continue our discussion of violence, focusing specifically on violence used for so called ?humanitarian efforts?. We will consider whether or not there are circumstances in which violence is acceptable. We will... more

In this week's show, we discuss the relationship between violence and power. To do so, we will focus on Hannah Arendt's work "On Violence." What is the nature of power? And is violence ever a legitimate means to obtain power? When... more
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