Ethics and Morality

Interview with Paul Zak: The Virtuous Cycle, Pay It Forward

Spring 2013

The Virtuous Cycle: Pay It Forward

Dan Cloer

In this interview, neuroeconomist Paul Zak discusses a possible biological basis for morality and then puts it in the larger context of moral absolutes.

Moral Individualism

Fall 2012

Moral Individualism

Brian Orchard

As a new generation prepares to face the world, it’s clear that they have taken seriously their parents’ postmodern teachings on morality.

Source of Morality

July 24, 2009

Source of Morality

Brian Orchard

Morality is a system of principles of conduct to which humans conform. Presently there is little agreement about which such principles to follow.

Lest We Remember

April 8, 2008

Memory Blockers: Lest We Remember

Brian Orchard

While many struggle with the fear of losing their memories, others would dearly love to be able to forget.

Who's Sorry Now?

February 9, 2009

Who’s Sorry Now?

Brian Orchard

The concept of forgiveness, particularly forgiving those who are not truly sorry for the wrong they have perpetrated, raises ethical questions.

Tales of the Light-Fingered Gentry: Shoplifting and Christmas

December 23, 2008

Tales of the Light-Fingered Gentry

Brian Orchard

The practice of “lifting” is an ancient but also a very current problem that is not only (or even mainly) restricted to the criminal element.

Book Review: Prewired

Fall 2008


Dan Cloer

The idea of a moral basis for behavior is uniquely human. Morality implies that we bring judgment to our decisions.

August 12, 2008

The Teaching of Moral Values

Brian Orchard

The school system has not only changed with the times in regard to the teaching of morality, but has openly advocated a more moral relativistic approach.

June 26, 2008

Guardrails for Human Conduct

Brian Orchard

There are many sides of democracy, but perhaps in an election year it is worthwhile noting one aspect of democracy that very much shapes our lives.