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  • What Will Future Generations Condemn Us For?

    By Kwame Anthony Appiah in The Washington Post. "Once, pretty much everywhere, beating your wife and children was regarded as a father's duty, homosexuality was a hanging offense, and waterboarding was approved -- in fact, invented -- by the Catholic Church. Through the middle of the 19th century...
     Posted by: agomberg
  • The Science of Good and Evil

    By Sam Harris from The Daily Beast. " As I argue in my new book, The Moral Landscape , questions about values—about meaning, morality, and life’s larger purpose—are really questions about the well-being of conscious creatures. Throughout the book I make reference to a hypothetical space that I call...
     Posted by: agomberg
  • Laurie Santos: A Monkey Economy as Irrational as Ours

    By Laurie Santos from TED Talks Science of Virtues Scholar Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too. See...
     Posted by: agomberg
  • Wanted: Leaders Who Tell the Truth?

    By Terry Newell from Huffington Post "On March 4, 1865, with the Civil War finally approaching a victorious conclusion, Abraham Lincoln delivered his Second Inaugural Address. Rather than satisfy the audience's thirst for celebration and revenge, Lincoln gave a sermon on the meaning of the war...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • A Crack in the Stoic’s Armor

    By Nancy Sherman from The New York Times "The Stoic doctrine is essentially about reducing vulnerability. And it starts off where Aristotle leaves off. Aristotle insists that happiness depends to some degree on chance and prosperity. Though the primary component of happiness is virtue — and that...
     Posted by: cait
  • Religion and the Science of Virtue

    By Mark Vernon from Gaurdian. "There is an intimate link between religion and morality. It's not fashionable to say so: many argue that talk of a link – and talk is all it is – should be stopped. After all, individuals can clearly be good without God, and religious individuals hardly stand much...
     Posted by: cait
  • Sarah Palin to Publish Book on 'American virtues'

    By Alison Flood from Gaurdian. "The as-yet-untitled book by the former Republican vice-presidential candidate was announced yesterday in a statement from her publisher, HarperCollins. The publisher told American press that the new book would 'include selections from classic and contemporary...
     Posted by: cait
  • The Three Virtues We Need

    By Philip Pullman from Gaurdian. "At first sight, of course, vice is more attractive. She is sexier, she promises to be better companythan her plain sister virtue. Every novelist, and every reader too, has more fun with the villains than with the good guys. Goodness is staunch and patient, but wickedness...
     Posted by: cait
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