Posts tagged "morality"

Moral Ambivalence in Modern China

From The Lancet, an article by Charles Stafford on Deep China: the Moral Life of the Person, a new book by Arthur Kleinman, Yunxiang Yan, Jing Jun, Sing Lee, Everett Zhang, Pan tianshu, Wu Fei, and Guo Jinhau (University of California Press, 2012): Of course, mixed feelings are at the heart of ethical discourse and...

Not all Sex is a Scandal

Cain, Sandusky, Catholic Priests. Sex has been in the headlines a lot lately. But some important distinctions are getting lost in the rush to categorize offenses, blurring the difference between crimes against marriage with those against women or minors, or the crimes of institutions with those of individuals. So much commentary about the cover...

Saved and Sacked; Fruits and Roots

Taking a qeue from William James (and the bible), David Bromwich asks if it's too late to examine the Obama-Bush presidency.  How has the first black president, who promised to return America to "the high moral ground" and by race and rhetoric signaled an allegiance to equality and justice, proven to be the perfect...

Death Squad Morality

07 February 2006 The New York Times’ Benedict Carey reports on the innate human capacity for “moral disengagement,” an adaptable “moral compass” that allows people to act in contradiction to the personal convictions and code of ethics, whether in the commission of their jobs — such as the prison workers who staff executions, or soldiers who...

In Defense of Relativism

03 February 2006 Austin Dacey, in one half of a pair of New York Times op-ed responses to Pope Benedict XVI’s new God-is-Love encyclical (the second written by Father Lorenzo Albacete), takes up an idea missing from “Deus Caritas Est”: Benedict’s pre-papal statements about the secular-humanist “dictatorship of relativism” which, the argument goes, rejecting moral absolutes, organizes its morality solely around...

Daily Links 17 December 2004

Just Like a Greek Tragedy Not content with proving the existence of God, Google aims to recreate His mind. Mob Morality Stoner jokes about biblical precedents for wedding-party hook-ups; a Catholic comic speculating on her “get-out-of-hell-free card”; Will and Grace’s shallow materialist Karen musing about transforming an historic church into a gay bar; a Scrubs character telling his fiancee it “sucks” that...

Daily Links 14 November 2004

Bar Mitzvah Lessons (Not) Learned Hasdai Westbrook, on Bar Mitzvah lessons: “Mr. Wolf fixed his gaze on me. ‘I believe in God for one reason only,’ he said. A pause for effect, a great suck of breath through the nostrils; then he started in again: ‘I read in the paper about the Big Bang—you know...

Gay Marriage, GOP Secret Weapon

Gay Marriage, GOP Secret Weapon 05 November 2004 Was the “moral value” of homophobia this election’s X-factor? By Jeff Sharlet My colleague Ann and I decided to tune out of the election coverage around 1:30 am. We left the friends with whom we’d been watching to walk to the F train the long way, crosstown...

Fashionable Madmen

“That the ethic of conscience is intrinsically insidious seems scarcely a revelatory point, but it is one raised with increasing infrequency; even those who do raise it tend to segue with troubling readiness into the quite contradictory position that the ethic of conscience is dangerous when it is ‘wrong,’ and admirable when it is ‘right.’… “…[T]he most...

The Difficulties of Genocide

On the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Revealer editor Jeff Sharlet looks at the memorials and morality tales on offer from the Western press. At this juncture I’d like to tell you a joke. There’s a Jew, a Cambodian, and a Bosnian. Or maybe it should be a Jew, a Kosovar, and a Tutsi. An Armenian,...