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emotion vs. reason in ethics - repeated

We will discuss the underpinning of human ethics - whether our code of right and wrong owes its origin more to the emotional or the rational side of human nature.

This is the second meeting on this topic (the first was Oct. 27). If you ended up on the wait list for the 27th and could not attend then, you can RSVP for Nov. 9th. If this meetup is not filled by Wednesday evening, then people who attended on the 27th may also sign up for this one.

British empiricist philosopher David Hume believed that morality was a function of empathy and innate emotional reactions.

Immanuel Kant believed that acting morally was a matter of adhering to a rational moral law, and contended that emotions were often detrimental to ethical behavior.

Aristotle spoke of cultivating moral virtues.

We will also look at the question of "moral worth", what it is that entitles a person or living being to be treated morally instead of as an object.

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  • Patti R.

    I have just joined the Thinking Society. Looking forward to a very interesting topic and meeting other attendees.

    November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great discussion...

    November 1, 2013

  • Linda P.

    Jean. I can imagine the intensity... Our ethics committee meetings ran overtime by several hours....into the evening...values & beliefs...no actual right or wrong...and logical debates & emotional rebounds....so much to understand

    October 29, 2013

  • Jean S.

    From someone that was in the discussion group last Sunday on emotion vs. reason, this is a sink-your-teeth-in topic! It was a 60-40% male to female. Idealism abounded with some good doses of reality. This is a topic to grab hold of it and run for the goal posts! Joe N does a fabulous job with these sorts of topics...

    October 29, 2013

  • Christina B

    I am new to the conversation and group for that matter, but I am very enthusiastic about hearing the different point of views from the group members.

    October 29, 2013

  • Linda P.

    I am looking forward to this discussion. When working at ACMC (Atlantic City Medical Center) as the Social Services Director of the Transitional Care Unit, my supervisor asked if I would be able to accept assignment as our unit rep on The Ethics Committee. It was so rewarding an opportunity!! As a licensed clinical social worker, I ethics is the foundation of my work. Looking forward to very stimulating discussion

    October 24, 2013

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