Content on Ethics (Page 4)
A Moral Life? Or a Meaningful Life?
While meaning is certainly subjective, morality is also not completely objective, either.
Quality of Life or Quantity of Life?
As medical technologies continue to grow, we are able to save many more people than in the past. But the ethical challenges will only increase.
Technology and Jewish Values – A Conversation with Professor Steven Goldman
Technologies penetrate every aspect of our lives, often in ways we aren’t even aware of. What Jewish values can and should guide our use of technology?
Liberalism, Loyalty and Israel
The reason why so many liberal Jews are feeling so torn about what is happening in Israel right now — two of our foundational beliefs are in conflict.
3 Cognitive Science Books That Have Influenced My Judaism
As someone whose shelves are overflowing with books about cognitive science, and who often integrates these findings with Jewish teachings, I want to share three books that teach Jewish ideas.
Should We Really Label Our Children? Yes…Sometimes.
Passover reminds us that we are free, which means that we have the freedom to choose how we act. Yet those actions will ultimately define who we are.
Can We Study Religion Scientifically?
What can we learn about ourselves when we study religion scientifically?
A-Rod May Be Guilty, But We All Are Responsible
Obviously, Alex Rodriguez has issues, and there is no excuse for his behavior. But the larger issue for us to reflect on is our own views on cheating, morality and ethics.
Why Bernie Madoff Didn’t Lurk in Dark Alleys
Different forms of stealing have different “feels” to them. Physically taking money from another person feels more violent, more immediate, and less justifiable of an action. “Cooking the books,” however, can easily feel explainable by the perpetrator.
What is Most Surprising About the Religion and Science Discussion?
While conversations about truth and morality often pit science and religion in opposition to each other, when we talk about meaning and values, science and religion can come together in productive ways.
How Much Do We Value Our Values?
Very often, when we talk about values, we want to talk about simple right and wrong — we should be good stewards of the earth, or remember that we have a responsibility to help those in need, or ensure that every human being has certain rights. But while some values are about simple right and wrong, in truth, the vast majority are actually about costs and benefits.
Do We Create Our Own Morality?
While an ethic of “do what you feel” would obviously be disastrous, there may be a way to transform this “moral individualism” into “moral ownership.”