Following the Vatican’s release of Pope Francis’s first encyclical on Thursday, Fordham University Assistant Professor of Theology, Science and Ethics Christiana Z. Peppard, Ph.D., has been providing analysis and commentary on the much-awaited papal message on climate change.
Posted in In the News
Tagged Christiana Peppard, encyclical, Environment, Environmental Ethics, Ethics, Just Water, Laudato Si, New York Times, opinion, Pope Francis, Theology, U.S. Catholic Bishops, Washington Post, Water
Felix Gonzales Torres, Untitled (1991).
By: Robert Schmaltz
“Act so that the effects of your action are compatible with the permanence of genuine human life…”
~ Hans Jonas (1984)
Human dignity refers to a kind of value that is difficult to distinguish without first recognizing something unique to the embodied human, the capacity to not only sustain life but radically proliferate a state of wellbeing and the capacity to absolutely annihilate. Humans can improve upon the excellences of physical conditions almost ceaselessly, tenderly care for the most fragile of conditions, and we can break bodies beyond comprehension. Why has some skepticism emerged from comparing the value of dignity to the function of autonomy? I uphold the view that for autonomy to have any worth, which it does, it must be preceded by the recognizable value of dignity. Ultimately, the objective value of human dignity is held in the practice of living and sustaining embodied lives.
By: Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D.
In her book, On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City, sociologist Alice Goffman describes driving her passenger, “Mike,” a young man participating in her 6-year field study, looking to revenge the death of another young neighborhood man (Re: “Heralded Book on Crime Disputed” New York Times, C1, June 6, 2015). Irrespective of the legal implications of Dr. Goffman’s complicity in what might have been a felony, her honest portrayal of her own feelings of revenge and sorrow illuminates the ethical quandaries faced by researchers who immerse themselves in the lives of individuals living in crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged Addiction, Alice Goffman, APA Ethics Code, Celia B. Fisher, Decoding the Ethics Code, drug users, ethical obligations of researchers, Fordham University, Fugitive, moral voice, New York City, On the Run, Research Ethics
Over the weekend, Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Postdoctoral Fellow and Program Administrator for the Adolescent Scientific Access Project Dr. Miriam R. Arbeit graduated from Tufts University with a Ph.D. in Child Study and Human Development, and served as the student speaker for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.
Entitled, “What are we ready to risk? Academia, advocacy, and activism,” Dr. Arbeit’s speech addressed the concept of solidarity and risk sharing, particularly in an academic context.
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues, Opinion
Tagged activism, advocacy, Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter, Center for Ethics Education, Darren Wilson, Ferguson, Fordham University, LGBT youth, LGBTQ, LGBTQ Ethics, Michael Brown, Mimi Arbeit, Morgan Collado, PhD, Sex Ed Transforms, solidarity, Tufts University, White Capitalist Heteropatriarchy
The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education is hosting a 3-day intensive cross-disciplinary graduate course entitled “Theories and Applications in Contemporary Ethics.” The course will take place next week, from May 19-21, 2015 on the Rose Hill campus.
Each day will feature two Fordham faculty members from different departments presenting on and discussing different topics in contemporary ethics. Using a team-teaching approach, this course brings together faculty from six disciplines to provide foundational knowledge about moral philosophy, moral theology, and bioethics, and features lectures and case discussion on issues of current social importance.
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Tagged Adam Fried, Annika Hinze, Bioethics, border crossings, Center for Ethics Education, Cross-disciplinary, Elizabeth Yuko, Ethics, Europe, Fordham University, genetic testing, immigrant detentions, Jason Morris, LGBT youth, Michael Baur, Natural Science, Patrick Hornbeck, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Theories and applications