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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. Housed in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University (CMU), The Center for Professional and Personal Ethics brings you discussions about ethical issues, both pure and applied. For us at EthicsTalk -- "ethics" is broad and encompasses things that affect a human being's flourishing. To that end, students working with the Center discuss ethics-related topics such as academic integrity, intrinsic motivation, procrastination, and cultivating self-regulation and other powerful habits. Additionally, we discuss study and motivational strategies related to intimidating endeavors such as studying for the bar exam. We are also very interested in how technology can either promote or hinder flourishing and discuss "media ecology" issues including the thought of Walter Ong and the concept of "digital virtue". In addition to our student produced show, scholars, authors and practitioners (such as Michael Strong, Anya Kamenetz, Lindsay Hyde, Thomas Farrell and Dr. Jeffrey Wigand) discuss ethics related issues with the Center's Director. To learn more about the Center, visit us at http://ethics.cmich.edu and follow us on twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/ethicstalk. ******************************************IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS FEED comes from BLOGTALKRADIO and does not include our complete archives. So we set up ANOTHER itunes feed which has the complete archives. thereafter. To access the COMPLETE archives, go to itunes, search for "ethics talk" and click on the hedgehog. Oh, and we like the hedgehog for the same reason that Jim Collins does.

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. Housed in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University (CMU), The Center for Professional and Personal Ethics brings you discussions about ethical issues, both pure and applied. For us at EthicsTalk -- "ethics" is broad and encompasses things that affect a human being's flourishing. To that end, students working with the Center discuss ethics-related topics such as academic integrity, intrinsic motivation, procrastination, and cultivating self-regulation and other powerful habits. Additionally, we discuss study and motivational strategies related to intimidating endeavors such as studying for the bar exam. We are also very interested in how technology can either promote or hinder flourishing and discuss "media ecology" issues including the thought of Walter Ong and the concept of "digital virtue". In addition to our student produced show, scholars, authors and practitioners (such as Michael Strong, Anya Kamenetz, Lindsay Hyde, Thomas Farrell and Dr. Jeffrey Wigand) discuss ethics related issues with the Center's Director. To learn more about the Center, visit us at http://ethics.cmich.edu and follow us on twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/ethicstalk. ******************************************IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS FEED comes from BLOGTALKRADIO and does not include our complete archives. So we set up ANOTHER itunes feed which has the complete archives. thereafter. To access the COMPLETE archives, go to itunes, search for "ethics talk" and click on the hedgehog. Oh, and we like the hedgehog for the same reason that Jim Collins does.
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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. Housed in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University (CMU), The Center for Professional and Personal Ethics brings you discussions about ethical issues, both pure and applied. For us at EthicsTalk -- "ethics" is broad and encompasses things that affect a human being's flourishing. To that end, students working with the Center discuss ethics-related topics such as academic integrity, intrinsic motivation, procrastination, and cultivating self-regulation and other powerful habits. Additionally, we discuss study and motivational strategies related to intimidating endeavors such as studying for the bar exam. We are also very interested in how technology can either promote or hinder flourishing and discuss "media ecology" issues including the thought of Walter Ong and the concept of "digital virtue". In addition to our student produced show, scholars, authors and practitioners (such as Michael Strong, Anya Kamenetz, Lindsay Hyde, Thomas Farrell and Dr. Jeffrey Wigand) discuss ethics related issues with the Center's Director. To learn more about the Center, visit us at http://ethics.cmich.edu and follow us on twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/ethicstalk. ******************************************IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS FEED comes from BLOGTALKRADIO and does not include our complete archives. So we set up ANOTHER itunes feed which has the complete archives. thereafter. To access the COMPLETE archives, go to itunes, search for "ethics talk" and click on the hedgehog. Oh, and we like the hedgehog for the same reason that Jim Collins does.

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MARCUS AURELIUS CONTINUED: MEMBERSHIP IN THE COMMONWEALTH

10/17/2012
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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 self-interest. How does Marcus Aurelius' view of a Commonwealth of rational beings connect with notions of self-interest? Further, how do Marcus Aurelius' exhortations to rid ourselves of anger and promote tolerance and patience connect with one's self-interest? These are some...

Duration:01:00:19

Marcus Aurelius: Reason and Human Fellowship

10/10/2012
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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 reasonable is consequently also social”. In this show, we will explore the meaning of this connection. What is the nature of relationship between the reasonable and the social? Do human beings possess the natural capacity for reason to serve the social? Or are human...

Duration:01:00:03

Kony 2012: Inside the Campaign

3/28/2012
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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 campaign from the inside. Our objective is to provide our listeners with a deeper understanding of the Kony 2012 campaign - its overall aims, and the challenges it has faced. Additionally, both Caitlin and Randi will talk about how this campaign has changed the...

Duration:00:58:39

An Introduction to Atrocity Law: The Armenian Tragedy 101

3/21/2012
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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 Armenian people - a Christian minority living within the then Ottoman Empire - which is currently Turkey. While Turkey does not want to label what happened to the Armenians as "genocide" - many scholars and politicians nevertheless do. In this show, we focus...

Duration:01:00:41

The Historic Student Conference on The Lubanga Trial

3/14/2012
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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 Criminal Court's first verdict which will be delivered on March 14, 2012, in the case of The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. In this show, special guest Megan Blue interviews Hope Elizabeth May, who help organized the conference, and Erica Maylee who not only...

Duration:01:00:41

The Birthright to Self-Sovereignty and The Solitude of Self

2/22/2012
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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 this show, we focus on Elizabeth Cady Stanton's "The Solitude of Self" and its connection to the development clause of Article 26(2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that "education shall be directed to the full development of...

Duration:00:59:42

Reason, Conscience & Development of the Human Personality

2/15/2012
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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 strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms". As we will discuss, the development clause should be read in conjunction with Article 1 of the UDHR which states that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with...

Duration:01:02:33

The Human Right to Education & Development

2/8/2012
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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 show, we discuss this article, focusing on the "development" clause. What might "full development of the human personality" look like?" and why is education aimed at "full development" so important as to be classified as a human right? In order to shed light...

Duration:01:00:18

An Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

2/1/2012
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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 human person". In this show, we explore this document by focusing not only on some of its articles, but also by discussing how it connects to global justice and the rule of law.

Duration:00:53:46

The Material of Happiness

11/16/2011
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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 components of happiness? Our discussion will incorporate some recent concepts found within the domain of positive psychology such as "the hedonic treadmill".

Duration:01:00:27

Reason's True Vocation: Kant's Inner Resources for Morality

11/9/2011
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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 inner resources that Kant believes are essential to moral action. To what extent is reason involved in moral action? To what extent are emotion, fear and desire involved? We will focus on these questions in this week's episode of Ethics Talk.

Duration:01:00:32

The End of Moral Relativism? The Nuremberg Trials & Morality

11/2/2011
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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 crime. At the heart of this debate is the philosophical question about the nature of morality, and its relationship to the law and state sovereignty. Do other countries have the duty and the right to hold leaders accountable if they commit atrocities...

Duration:00:57:35

An Introduction to The Nuremberg Trials

10/26/2011
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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 "luftwaffe") and Rudolph Hess (the deputy fuhrer) were tried for crimes against the peace, crimes against humanity and war crimes. In 1948, the U.S. conducted a second set of trials ("the subsequent Nuremberg trials") in which judges, doctors and businessmen were tried. In this...

Duration:00:59:20

Reasons for Abstinence:Tolstoy's on Why Men Stupefy (Part 2)

10/19/2011
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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 harmful. But why? Are there not occasions when having a drink is indeed the right thing to do? This week's episode of Ethics Talk focuses on this question, the applicability of Tolstoy’s argument to college life, and its relevance (if any) to today.

Duration:01:00:47

Tolstoy's "On Why People Stupefy Themselves"

10/12/2011
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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 when the U.S. was awash in the temperance movement (but about 30 years before the passage of the 18th amendment), Tolstoy claims that even moderate drinking is profoundly harmful. This week's episode of Ethics Talk, focuses on Tolstoy's 1890 essay, its...

Duration:00:59:44

Violence, Humanitarian Efforts, and International Tools

10/5/2011
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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 also discuss a phenomenon known as the “silent majority” and its implications for international conflicts. Lastly, we will address current “tools” available to governments to enforce humanitarian standards on states.

Duration:01:00:42

The Relationship Between Violence and Power

9/28/2011
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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 is the state justified in using violence? We will explore these questions and Arendt's answers to them on this week's episode of Ethics Talk.

Duration:01:00:43

Andrew Carnegie: The Gospel of Wealth and Peace

9/21/2011
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Next Show: September 18, 2011, 7:00 pm NYC Time In this week's show, we discuss Andrew Carnegie's work "The Gospel of Wealth". In our own day, billionaires such as Warren Buffet and Bill & Melinda Gates have not only pledged to donate the majority of their wealth to charity, but also encourage their billionare colleagues to do the same. We will not only discuss the extent to which today's billionaire philanthropists are following the Carnegie gospel, but will also focus on how The Carnegie...

Duration:01:01:06

Awakening Into Action: The Meaning of Human Rights

9/12/2011
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After a 3 month long hiatus, EthicsTalk is back with a new season. In our last show (broadcasted live from The Netherlands!), we discussed our emerging transformational experience with the International Criminal Court - that show was aptly titled "The Intellectual Criminal Court: Our Awakening". Back then, we were just beginning our journey. After that show, many adventures ensued - including personally witnessing the historic ICC proceedings in which arrest warrants for Ghaddafi & co were...

Duration:01:01:30

The Intellectual Criminal Court: Our Awakening

6/13/2011
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In this special show, broadcasted from both The Hague (Den Haag) Netherlands, as well as Leiden, Netherlands, five students from Central Michigan reflect on their experience with the International Criminal Court in Den Haag. These students are enrolled in a special course focused on the amazing and important work of the International Criminal Court, a young court which is empowered with prosecuting individuals for committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. In fact, is was...

Duration:00:58:06