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  • Featured Articles

    The Morality Pendulum

    During the month of June 2007, a nationwide telephone poll of Americans between the ages of 17 and 29 was conducted by the New York Times, CBS News and MTV. The poll’s unsurprising conclusion is that young Americans are leaning left.

    Values or Ethics?

    To a large extent we are shaped by our cultural setting, and its values imprint themselves on our minds in ways most of us are unaware of. But is it really a question of whose values are correct? Indeed, do any values represent a correct standard, or are values of themselves relative?

    Small Concerns

    Although embryonic stem cells are microscopic, their potential usefulness in molecular medicine and medical therapies is huge. Equally huge are the ethical issues surrounding these tiny biological entities. 

    Distinguishing Between Morality and Ethics

    The basis for ethics must be morals, not the other way around.
  • More on Ethics and Morality

    Moral Individualism

    As a new generation prepares to face the world, it’s clear that they have taken seriously their parents’ postmodern teachings on morality: for most of these young people, it’s every man for himself. Is a shared understanding of right and wrong even possible today? 

    Source of Morality

    Morality is a system of principles or rules of conduct to which humans conform. Presently our “wider culture” exemplifies the debasement of rules of conduct with little common agreement as to what rules or principles we should be following.  

    Memory Blockers: Lest We Remember

    Debates are common over ethics within certain areas of scientific research. One such recent discussion involves the potential development of a drug to erase bad memories. Such a drug might be welcomed by those who suffer from PTSD and other disorders. But could memories (good or bad) serve an important purpose?

    Who's Sorry Now?

    The concept of forgiveness being a moral response from a victim to a wrongdoer raises ethical questions, particularly the challenge of forgiving those who are not truly sorry for the wrong they have perpetrated.

    Tales of the Light–Fingered Gentry

    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 who perpetrate stealing crimes in our society. In fact, this time of year is particularly difficult for retailers as shoplifting by the general public is at its peak.

    The Teaching of Moral Values

    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 to students.

    Guardrails for Human Conduct

    There are many sides of democracy that we take little time to think about, but perhaps in this year it is especially worthwhile noting one aspect of democracy that very much shapes our lives.

    Society’s Primary Socializing Agents

    Parents are the primary socializing agents of society and their role goes far beyond care and nurture.

    Changing Standards of Morality

    It is not that most people would disagree that society needs some standards of morality, it is rather a problem of agreeing what those standards should be.

    Science and Sensibility: Do Humans Have a “Moral Sense”?

    How do we determine what is right? It's not as easy as it sounds, despite the fact that there's a vast field of study devoted to the topic which is described using terms like ethics, or moral philosophy.

    Mixing Politics, Religion—And Money

    The involvement of popular and religious figures in swaying the outcome of elections is clearly growing. While most of us are understandably shocked at the inflated importance given to the opinions of celebrities, perhaps we are overlooking the inappropriateness of religious authorities selling their support.

    The Moral Compass

    A compass is a relatively simple instrument based on a simple concept. With its northward facing needle, it is a consistent and true indicator of physical direction. By placing moral in front of compass, we evoke a clear picture of mental processes that point a person in a particular direction in life.

    The Ethics of a Family-Centered Home

    Since ethics deal with the formation and expression of character, there is no better place to begin their development than in the family home.

    The Morality Pendulum

    During the month of June 2007, a nationwide telephone poll of Americans between the ages of 17 and 29 was conducted by the New York Times, CBS News and MTV. The poll’s unsurprising conclusion is that young Americans are leaning left.

    Values or Ethics?

    To a large extent we are shaped by our cultural setting, and its values imprint themselves on our minds in ways most of us are unaware of. But is it really a question of whose values are correct? Indeed, do any values represent a correct standard, or are values of themselves relative?

    The Ethics of Patriotism

    Patriotism, simply defined, is devotion to one’s country. However, a few social commentators are beginning to record what they observe to be a growing trend of antipatriotism, especially in some of the major Western nations.

    Leon Kass: Defender of Human Dignity

    Human dignity is hard to define, but a definition is important if bioethicists hope to preserve it within the various realms of technological advancement.

    Small Concerns

    Although embryonic stem cells are microscopic, their potential usefulness in molecular medicine and medical therapies is huge. Equally huge are the ethical issues surrounding these tiny biological entities. 

    Advancing Toward the Moral Brink

    Modern science is nudging us ever closer to a moral precipice. But can science serve as the arbiter of moral and ethical standards?

    Right and Wrong

    Does humanity have the right to define or even discard moral standards according to personal preference?

    Legislating Morality

    What's at the heart of moral regeneration?

    Distinguishing Between Morality and Ethics

    The basis for ethics must be morals, not the other way around.

    Ethical Jazz or Moral Cacophony?

    Recently an Anglican bishop advanced the idea of godless morality. Is such a concept realistic?

    The Splice of Life: Sex in the 21st Century

    Will biotechnology change our views on sex and procreation?

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