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Everybody wrestles with questions about ethics. Some of those questions are easy to figure out. Should I murder someone? No! But other questions are more difficult to answer. Examining Ethics doesn’t provide answers to these ethical dilemmas, but instead leaves listeners with tools and ideas from some of the biggest names in moral philosophy and ethics. Academic philosophy and ethics can sometimes be difficult to understand, and our accessible, open-minded content bridges the gap between scholars and everyone else.
||Clean37: Pushing Back on Epistemic Pushback with Alison Bailey||If a professor told you about pushback from their students, you might assume that their students are complaining about having too much homework, or that the assigned reading is boring. The philosopher Alison Bailey says that...||2/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36: Facing the Synthetic Age with Christopher Preston||We’re in an age known as the Anthropocene, an era in which humans have been the dominant force on earth. We’ve impacted the climate, we’ve shaped the land and in recent years, we’ve made changes...||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35: Finite Responsibility and Infinite Hope with Joel Reynolds||Caring for other people can be difficult. Whether it’s your own children, your parent, or a friend, care work is emotionally complicated and can be physically messy and uncomfortable. Today’s guest, the philosopher Joel Reynolds,...||12/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34: Roles and Responsibilities with Robin Zheng||We’re facing some pretty big problems these days. And whether they’re things like climate change, racism or poverty, these problems are all bigger than we are as individuals. So big, in fact, it can be...||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33: Identity Matters: Standpoint Epistemology with Briana Toole||How do we obtain knowledge? Is it a purely objective, abstract process that has nothing to do with identity? Or does who we are, and where we sit on the social spectrum matter when it comes...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32: Busting Myths about Banning Books with Emily J. Knox||It’s Banned Books Week, and so on today’s show, we’re looking at some of the unquestioned assumptions that tend to go hand-in-hand with the idea of banned books. A lot of people assume that book...||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: Exploring Intellectual Property Rights with Adam Moore||We all interact with intellectual property on a daily basis, and you probably already have some general idea of what intellectual property is and why it might be an important thing to think about. But...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: Learning from History with Elizabeth Anderson||Slavery is immoral. There’s no debate about it these days. But Americans didn’t always think that way. The morality of slavery was a hotly contested issue in the 18th and 19th centuries. So how did...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Ethics of Privacy Online with Andy Cullison||We’ve long considered privacy on the internet to be a privilege we can freely give up, at no harm to ourselves. But in light of the recent Cambridge Analytic scandal, that perspective is beginning to...||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: A Dungeon Crawl Through Moral Alignments||Can necromancers be good people? Can dragons be feminist care ethicists? Why are we asking? In this episode, producer Eleanor Price asks resident ethics expert (and fellow role-playing game enthusiast) Andy Cullison about the moral...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Philosophy and #MeToo with Emily McWilliams||In late 2017, women’s stories of sexual assault, abuse and harassment took the center stage on social media with the hashtag MeToo. But this isn’t the first time people have shared these stories–tales of these...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Perceiving Morality with Preston Werner||Can you see goodness with your eyes or feel immorality in your heart? The philosopher Preston Werner thinks so. He defends an idea called moral perception, which means that just like you are able to...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForgiveness and More: Bonus Material with Myisha Cherry||In Episode 26, producer Christiane Wisehart spoke to philosopher Myisha Cherry about her work on forgiveness and moral exemplars (people who exemplify excellent forgiveness practices — for better or for worse). They had a great...||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Forgiveness and Moral Exemplars with Myisha Cherry||Forgiveness is a big, complicated topic. We often see stories about forgiveness play out in the media, and it probably plays a large role in our personal lives as well. That’s why we wanted to...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: What’s the Deal with Philosophers?||We’re talking about the culture and quirks of the world of moral philosophy on this episode. Specifically, we’re asking questions about the parts of the field of ethics and philosophy that confuse us the most....||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: The Art of Listening with Krista Tippett||Deep, meaningful conversations require active listeners. It’s obvious that part of what makes a good discussion is listening. But as it turns out, being an ethical listener requires effort. Krista Tippett joins us to share...||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Frankenstein and His Creation: Who’s the Real Monster?||Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein introduced the world to archetypes we’re still familiar with: the mad scientist and his terrifying creation. But the novel is more than just a horror classic. It also asks questions about...||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Gaslighting, PTSD and Testimonial Injustice with Rachel McKinnon||Trans people are vulnerable to many types of harms. And unfortunately, some of these harms can come from their “allies”– people who claim to want to help them. On today’s episode, Andy and Christiane talk...||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: White Talk||Ethics On My Mind is our special bonus series for quick discussions of timely ethics issues. Earlier this month, large groups of white supremacists held rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia that erupted in violence, killing one person...||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Layered Landscapes||What is a layered landscape? How should we restore places with complex social and cultural legacies? Producer Christiane Wisehart traveled to Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge in Madison, Indiana to explore how the former military...||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Why Should We Care about Net Neutrality?||We’ve created a new bonus series called “Ethics On My Mind” for quick discussions of timely ethics issues. On this episode, host Andy Cullison explains why we should care about recent changes to net neutrality...||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Ethics of Protest, Part Two||Are protests productive? Should they be? And if they should be productive, what does that productivity look like? In part two of our ethics of protest series, we interview Tabitha St. Bernard, the youth and family...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Climate Justice||Happy Earth Month! Many people think of climate change as something that will affect the world equally sometime in the distant future. But that’s not true. Some communities are already experiencing the effects. Join special guest host Jen...||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Ethics of Protest, Part One||On this episode, producer Sandra Bertin tells the story of the Freeman Field Mutiny, a protest that led to the desegregation of the United States military. Even though the men who participated in the protest...||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Achievement Matters||What are achievements and how should we think about them? How should we talk about them? Philosopher Gwen Bradford’s work on the nature of achievement inspired us to talk about the ethics of naming achievements...||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Wishes of the Dead from Hi Phi Nation||Should society always follow the wishes of the dead? Listen to friend of the podcast Barry Lam dissect this question in the first episode of his new podcast, Hi Phi Nation. We’ll be back with regularly scheduled...||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Skepticism and the Skeptical Skeptics Who Use It||A recent trip to the Creation Museum caused producer Sandra Bertin to be very skeptical of, well, skepticism. Sandra returned to the studio to interrogate the idea of skepticism with host of the show Andy...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: New Year’s Resolutions||This month, we bring you our New Year’s resolutions. But we’re not talking about things like eating less sugar–we’re discussing our ethics-related resolutions. Listen in as we talk about implicit bias prevention walls, effective altruism and...||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Back to Basics||Election day is coming up very soon, so we thought we’d give you all some things to think about as you head to the polls (or if you’re thinking about abstaining). Our producer Sandra Bertin...||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Distrusting the Narrative||A lot of people wouldn’t guess that the first women’s prison in the nation was built in Indiana in 1873. Though it has moved locations and changed names, it is still open and imprisoning women....||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Should Civilians Be Spared?||On today’s episode, we have one major question for philosopher Seth Lazar: is it ever acceptable to kill civilians in war? As with all good questions in philosophy, it turned out to be a lot...||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCallout: Ethics of Voting||Producers Sandra and Christiane want to hear your opinions on voting! Not who you are voting for…but how you think about voting. Do you think everyone should vote? Do you think people should vote in...||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Hoosier Hospitality||What does the idea of “Hoosier Hospitality” really mean? In this month’s episode, we tell the story of a group of hospitable Hoosiers who–in the face of tremendous wartime hysteria–helped Japanese American students escape West Coast internme||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: What Good Is Poetry?||Poet Tarfia Faizullah joins us to discuss her new book, Seam. Tarfia wrote Seam after winning a Fulbright grant to travel to Bangladesh to interview women who were sexually assaulted during the 1971 war with Pakistan. Friend of the podcast and...||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Canal Crisis||This is a story of a failed transportation project that bankrupted the state of Indiana… 200 years ago. We uncover the human suffering this canal system causes and the moral questions it raises. We also discuss questions like:...||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUpdate: What Does a Canal Have to Do with Ethics?||We’re going on a break this month and the month of May in order to work on a very special project. We’ve partnered with Indiana Humanities to create a special three-episode miniseries in which we will...||4/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Ethics in Focus with David Benatar and David Wasserman||Welcome to the second episode in our “Ethics in Focus” series. These bonus episodes get right to the point for people with backgrounds in ethics or philosophy. There are no explanations, just the full-length interviews with...||4/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: To Be a Parent…Or Not||When thinking about whether or not to become a parent, there is a lot more at stake than just deciding when you’re ready or if you even want to. But what are the questions we...||3/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Ethics in Focus with Caspar Hare||Welcome to a new series called “Ethics in Focus.” These bonus episodes get right to the point for people with backgrounds in ethics or philosophy. There are no explanations, just the full-length interviews with some of...||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: There’s No Clear Line in Comedy with Maysoon Zayid||Comedian, actress and tap dancer, Maysoon Zayid joins us to discuss the ethics of comedy, discrimination, and General Hospital. We discuss questions like, “Is it ever okay to make fun of someone?” and “Should you be allowed to make...||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: The “Burden” of Whiteness||Ever wonder what role white people should people play in fighting against racism? The legendary feminist scholar and racial justice activist Peggy McIntosh has some ideas. Maybe you have also wondered, “why does it always feel like...||1/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Can Animals Be Moral?||Summary: In this episode, we tackle the question, “Can Animals Be Moral”? Our host, Andy Cullison interviews philosopher Mark Rowlands to get his perspective. Join us on the journey from animal videos on YouTube to metaphors...||11/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Individuals vs. Groups||In this episode of our ethics podcast, director of the Prindle Institute Andy Cullison interviews Lori Gruen and Martin Wilkinson. Gruen talks with Andy about the Ethics of Captivity. Wilkinson talks about the ethics of organ acquisition.||10/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: The Right Side of History||In this episode of our ethics podcast, director of the Prindle Institute Andy Cullison joins the cultural historian Chris Hager to discuss the phrase, "the right side of history" that people sometimes use in political arguments.||9/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Systems in Sheep’s Clothing||In this episode we hear from producers Sandra and Christiane about their voices. Andrew Cullison interviews Rebecca Gordon about her new book Mainstreaming Torture, and Robin Zheng discusses the concept of Yellow Fever.||8/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
M.Cherry Ep26 - Equating Failure To Persuade As Disempowerment
The power of Cherry’s argument is its insistence upon the moral autonomy of victims.
Its flaw lies in the presumption that the offer of a moral exemplar undermines that autonomy.
If an exemplar is persuasive, it becomes so precisely because of the victim’s moral agency in evaluating that offer. If it is not, the victim’s evaluation is what makes it so.
Honoring victims requires assuming their dignity and self-determination as individuals. Suggesting their will and reasoning are canceled by the mere offer of an exemplar achieves precisely the opposite.
One simply cannot argue concurrently that victims both have moral capacity and lack it. Finding a way to eliminate that contradiction will only strengthen this compelling work.
Think outside of your box
We all have areas that make us uncomfortable to think or hear about. This podcast opens the lid to these issues and examines ideals that we take for granted allowing the listener to reevaluate common societal conclusions!