News & Opinion Regarding Moral
Philosophy, Environmental Ethics & Public Policy
Ernest Partridge, Ph.D, Lecturer-Consultant, Environmental and Applied Ethics
November 13, 2016
The Gadfly Bytes -- Recent Editorials and Essays
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Attention Philosophy Teachers:
The most recent additions to
Conscience of a Progressive, my book in progress,
Chapter 12, and
Chapter 15 are
essays that I wish I had written while I was teaching courses in ethics.
Now that I have retired, it is too late for me to use them for that purpose.
But not for you. You are welcome to download these chapters and use
them in your courses. I only ask that you include the author's name
and the source. The courtesy of informing me of your use thereof would
also be appreciated. (The copyright on the book is intended as a
deterrence to plagiarism).
Of special interest, I suggest,
Chapter 12, "How is
Morality Possible?" While the ideas therein are not original -- (they
are drawn from psychology, sociology and anthropology) -- they are rarely
included in introductory courses in ethics. Of the many textbooks in
ethics that I have used through the years, I cannot recall that any of them
dealt at any length with these concepts of moral psychology.
Accordingly, I presented these ideas in a series of lectures. In this
chapter I have, at long last, transcribed those notes into essay format.
While I can claim some originality in my defense of moral
relativism in Chapter 15 ("A
Progressive Moral Philosophy"), the remainder of that chapter, now
in preparation, will be adapted from other sources. As of this date, Chapter
13 ("Rights, Justice and Human Dignity") is also still in preparation, but I
expect it to be posted shortly. After I complete Chapter 13, I will
return to the second half of Chapter 15, in which I will present and
defend my answer to the ancient question, "Why be Moral?"
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