We love democracy. As a nation we emphatically declare the importance of granting power to the people and even promote the international spread of democracy as one of our nation's greatest missions. But I'm not convinced it's really all that great of thing. In fact, when it comes to moral and political matters of right … Continue reading Democracy and the Moral Majority: Why Third Graders Know Better
I've learned a lot this semester while teaching my first class in Medical and Healthcare Ethics. We've covered a range of topics that I hope to eventually make videos and write posts about, but one insight in particular has repeatedly been made apparent to me in my personal life: It's inappropriate to respond to everything in the … Continue reading Person vs. Lying Robot: A Lesson In Ethics
One day, after feeling very discouraged by the sense that my students "didn't get" why it was worth talking about gender, race, and other social justice issues as we were in my feminist philosophy class, I started with an impromptu mini-lecture on Ugg boots and hermeneutic horizons. As the semester came to an end and … Continue reading A Cat and Some Sparkly Uggs
Rich, lively conversations can be fun, energizing, and illuminating, but sometimes they can also get quite uncomfortable. This is especially evident when our conversations become more than a place for us to merely vent and get things off of our chests by "reporting the facts" ("Oh, he's really nice;" "The lasagna I had last night … Continue reading Why I Fear a “Fear of the Unknown”
An unusual event happened a couple of weeks ago. I watched two movies in one night. Although I'm not much of a movie buff I do have a clearly demarcated "genre" of movies that are likely to get my two thumbs up--I love comedies like Matilda. Liar Liar. And dark dramas like Magnolia. The Squid … Continue reading True Story: Is This Real Life?
After what people are describing as the most trying and difficult week in Penn State's history, it may seem like everything has changed. But I suspect that really, very little has changed at all. And that, I think, is quite unfortunate. For all of those who felt dismay over the news about Sandusky's repeated sexual … Continue reading Open Letter to Penn State: #WEstillARE…but how and why?