An Important Announcement
George Washington’s Ethics Primer
Ethical Analysis Toolkit: Definitions, Principles and Concepts
A large percentage of ethics discussions break down over disputes over definitions and the lack of common terms and concepts. This section contains some useful tools to permit analysis, discussion, and argument to go forward, and to provide a quick reference for readers when one or more of these appear in the Ethics Scoreboard.
The Ethics Scoreboard intends to counter this environment by doing four things:
This site will not attempt to be exhaustive, but will focus on raising ethical issues and observations that are not appearing elsewhere.
Beginning November 1, the regular ethics commentary that has appeared on The Ethics Scoreboard since 2004 will be published instead on the newly launched blog, Ethics Alarms. The new site’s URL: www.ethicsalarms.com. The increasing interest in ethics, along with the large volume of important ethical issues raised by current events, have made it necessary to move to a blog format, where content can be added quickly, daily, and hourly if necessary.
Much of the content will remain the same, including the Ethics Heroes and Dunces, and Unethical websites, But the new format will allow for shorter commentary on a daily basis to accompany the longer essays that have been a staple of The Scoreboard. The format will also encourage more comments from readers, one area in which the Scoreboard, despite over a thousand visitors a day, was consistently lacking.
The Ethics Scoreboard will remain as a resource and an archive. There are nearly 2000 articles here, and some will be revisited on Ethics Alarms. I want to thank the Scoreboard’s many loyal readers and fans, who have kept a steady stream of arguments, kudos, criticism and proof-reading notes coming to my mailbox. I hope you all follow me to Ethics Alarms, and bring some new visitors as well. There is a lot to talk about and think about on the topic of ethics. I look forward to doing both with you.Jack Marshall,
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Naturally, that’s about when the list became
available. In 2003, it seems, Richard Brookhiser
published a book about Washington’s rules and how they formed his
character and influenced his career. The list ended up, finally, on the
web in several places, and I was able to read it. I have attached it below.
Even though it is about almost 400 years old, most
of the rules are still valid. Some of those that are not, are funny. And
some of the rules that are almost universally ignored today, I think,
would be welcome if they somehow gained currency again.
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The David Manning Liars of the Month
The fictional David Manning, a film critic invented by the Sony Corporation, stands for the dubious proposition that as long as your self-serving lie is in a trivial arena (usually entertainment) where dishonesty and misrepresentation are commonplace, or is a lie that nobody believes, it isn’t reprehensible. All intentional public deceptions do harm, however, so The Ethics Scoreboard regularly recognizes The David Manning Liars of the Month, and urges the public to make them come clean…
Edited and with an Introduction by Edward J.Larson and Jack Marshall The courtroom oratory, essays and speeches of America’s greatest lawyer raise fascinating ethical and social issues, while giving us a window into one of the most provocative minds the nation ever produced. Buy “The Essential Words and Writings of Clarence Darrow” book at: