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.

July 24, 2009

Source of Morality

Brian Orchard

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.  

Lest We Remember

April 8, 2008

Memory Blockers: Lest We Remember

Brian Orchard

Debate emerges from time to time regarding the ethics involved in certain areas of scientific research. One such recent discussion involves the potential development of a drug to erase bad memories. 

February 9, 2009

Who’s Sorry Now?

Brian Orchard

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.

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 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.

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 to students.

June 26, 2008

Guardrails for Human Conduct

Brian Orchard

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.