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.
Posted in Bioethics, Fordham University Conferences and Events
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
Book Review: The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015). ISBN 978-0-300-18027-5.
Reviewed by Michael S. Dauber
Peter Singer’s new book The Most Good You Can Do is the latest installment in a series of works dedicated to advancing altruism as a way of life. The book expands directly on Singer’s work in The Life You Can Save (2010), a best-selling text that argued that our obligation to help the poor overseas is just as strong as the obligation to save a drowning child one comes across in a river: if one can easily help, one is required to, and distance and nationality are not excuses to withhold aid.
Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher
On Thursday, April 30th, Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Dr. Celia B. Fisher was interviewed by ABC 7 Eyewitness News on the ethics of the right to biological parenthood and the moral responsibility of prospective parents. These issues were raised in the context of actress Sofia Vergara’s current legal battle with her ex-fiancé regarding the future of two frozen embryos they created when they were together.
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues
Tagged ABC 7 Eyewitness News, Biological Parenthood, California, Celia B. Fisher, Center for Ethics Education, Custody, Fordham University, Frozen Embryos, legal battle, Modern Family, Moral responsibility, New York Times, Nick Loeb, ownership, Sofia Vergara, surrogacy