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Heroic Tale Ethics, Part 2: Print the Legend No More

Civilization constantly (if infuriatingly slowly) learns from its experiences, and ethics evolve, change and, presumably, improve. The list is as long as human existence, and the learning process continues.

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Heroic Tale Ethics, Part 1: Gary Thorne, the Bloody Sock, and Curt Schilling's Good Name

ESPN reporter Gary Thorne broke the ethics rules by repeating a rumor as fact, and Curt Schilling's reputation, and a great sports story, was harmed as a result. And that's important.

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"Ick!" versus Ethics, Part 1: The Infantilization of Ashley

Many people, and even some ethicists, will react emotionally to what is new and strange and label it unethical, a tendency that has been dubbed "the Ick Factor." Airplane flight was initially regarded by many as not just dangerous but wrong: if God had wanted man to fly, He would have given him wings.

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"Ick!" versus Ethics, Part 2: Designer Disabilities

For decades ethicist have been warning of the coming era of "designer babies," and now it is arriving in an unexpected form, with parents using technology to create imperfect babies! Ick! How can this possibly be ethical?

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Read earlier commentary in these category archives:

 

     

10/29/2009

Obama and the Peace Prize

10/12/2009

The Nice Magistrate

10/12/2009

Bank of America and the Thumbless Customer

9/13/2009

George Washington’s Ethics Primer

9/13/2009

Fairness Conundrums: the Pitcher, the Blogger, and the Runner

8/30/2009

Fairness and the 100 Million Dollar Man

8/30/2009

The Price Change Dilemma

8/9/2009

The Ethics of Sarah Palin, Part Two 

8/9/2009

Obama, YouTube, Health Reform and Honest Abe

8/9/2009

Firing the Hero

8/9/2009

Make Way for Goslings 

8/9/2009

The Case of the Locker Librarian

8/9/2009

Of Nader and the Ethics of Terry McAuliffe

7/28/2009

What's Wrong with Coupon Settlements?

7/28/2009

Late Night Ethics: Letterman vs. Palin

7/14/2009

Thank You, Senator Ensign

7/14/2009

The Reclaimed Gift and “The ‘Field of Dreams’ Principle”

7/7/2009

The New York Times Kidnapping Dilemma

7/7/2009

"The Court Jester" and the Power of Bias

7/7/2009

Palin's Ethics

6/26/2009

The Ethics of Daniel Hauser's Forced Medical Treatment

6/26/2009

Shielded in San Francisco

5/26/2009

Clearing the Ethical Fog in the Torture Debate

5/26/2009

Obama at Notre Dame

5/26/2009

The Miss USA Controversy

5/4/2009

Bad Consequences from a Good Rule

5/4/2009

Replacement Children, Idle Ethicists, and the Nikolas Evans Saga

5/4/2009

The Gossip Columnist's Ethics

4/21/2009

The Child Porn Politician's Money

4/21/2009

Wrong Lessons from a YouTube Traffic Stop

4/5/2009

You Can’t Fix Stupid, But You’d Better Try to Fix Incompetent

4/5/2009

"The Ethicist" and the HIV-positive Housemate

4/21/2009

Wrong Lessons from a YouTube Traffic Stop

3/28/2009

When the President Is on Personal Business

3/28/2009

"The Worst Husband in the World"

3/17/2009

Legal But Unethical: The Case of the Favorite Judge

3/4/2009

Facebook Ethics

3/4/2009

The "Racist" Cartoon

2/15/2009

The Octuplet Mom: Nothing to Be Done

2/15/2009

Joe Torre's Breach of Trust

2/15/2009

A Messy Abortion, or Something Else?

1/31/2009

AIG, the Bonuses and the President's Parties

1/31/2009

The Bad News Bears Play Basketball

1/24/2009

More “American Idol” Ethics: Simon Stands Up for Integrity!

1/24/2009

Minding Civilization in Muncie

1/24/2009

Geithner: A Sign of Ethical Compromises to Come

1/8/2009

The Ethics of “Barack the Magic Negro”

1/8/2009

The Good Samaritan and the Unethical Friend

1/8/2009

The Illinois Ethics Follies


   
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