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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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In this show, we discuss the postmodern critique of the enlightenment and western reason. Postmoderns eschew notions like 'absolute truth' and certainty. We discuss the merits of the postmodern position.

Thinking about going to law school and taking the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)? Wondering when, what, and how hard to study? In this show, some of the Ethics Talk hosts discuss the LSAT and our recent experiences preparing and... more

Join us for a conversation with Krystal Penrose, who is a 2010/2011 "Are You Credit Wise" intern and a student at Central Michigan University. With the support of national student leaders, MasterCard Worldwide developed "Are You... more

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Nolan Kaiser, an expert on political philosophy and constitutional jurisprudence who taught at Central Michigan University for over 40 years. Dr. Kaiser lost his sight and left hand in a tragic accident when... more

This week's episode is a special episode of Ethics Talk. The Center for Professional and Personal Ethics at Central Michigan University was a participating organization in Story Corps' 'National Day of Listening'. As such,... more

Join us for a conversation with Andree Sosler, Executive Director The Darfur Stoves Project. As we have discussed on previous shows, the situation in Darfur is a genocide happening "on our watch". The International Criminal Court... more

Philosopher Cass Sunstein describes a "norm entrepreneur" as an individual who recognizes that the commitment to existing norms is a fragile thing. Further, norm entrepreneurs harness this fragility to move society to express a different set of... more

Lauren Henke, movement coordinator of Invisible Children joins us for a special episode of Ethics Talk. Invisible Children is a movement that uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war... more

On November 4th and 5th, 2010, Central Michigan University will return the remains of 144 Saginaw Chippewa tribal ancestors and associated funerary objects to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, for proper burial.... more

How should we think about alcohol? Can consumption of alcohol be a good thing, from an ethical perspective? Is there a ‘best’ alcohol? What interests are served by our minimum drinking age, and how should we think about exceptions?... more
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