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Moral wisdom for the modern world
Michael W. Austin Ph.D.
Part 2: There are ways to improve our character, but they require intentional effort.
Most of us are not virtuous, but neither are we vicious. We have mixed characters. What can we do to bridge the character gap in our own lives? What can we do to make progress?
According to Bertrand Russell, the key to happiness is to turn one's focus outward, eschewing self-absorption and engaging both others and the world around us.
Parents need to ask themselves some hard questions about their role in the good and bad of youth sports.
Understanding opposing arguments on the morality of abortion.
Based on his years of participation in and observation of Gun Culture 2.0, an expert offers a three-part counterargument to my claims in "Virtue and Guns."
There is no incoherence in the notion of a perfect God. When understood with sufficient precision and detail, 'the idea of God that most Westerners accept' is coherent.
True healing begins when physicians allow patients to move them emotionally.
There is a neglected question in the gun debates. It is, however, of vast importance: How do guns impact our character?
A morality that only considers potential harm to others is sparse.
We often think of meditation as something that can help us feel better. It may also help us to be better.
If we make becoming a better person one of our goals in life, we must see that the practice of self-examination can help us make progress.
Just because there are diverse religious beliefs, it does not follow that religious belief is mere subjective preference or opinion.
We hear a lot about the right to own a gun, but we need to craft laws and foster a culture that emphasizes the responsibilities that come with that right.
Many religious people see secularism as evil, but there are good reasons for religious people to support a secular society.
When we think about a democratic society, where the common good is valued, and when we think about individual human flourishing, a particular form of liberty is crucial.
The fact that humans have a heart problem actually supports the claim that we need more rational and restrictive gun laws.
The claim that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun is clearly and demonstrably false.
"If guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns!" This claim has been around for decades. Is it true?
Is there something morally wrong with parking the bus?
Most of us, at the core, are a mix of good and evil. There is a gap, a character gap, between who we are and who we should be.
Elicka Peterson-Sparks argues that there is a strong connection between certain forms of conservative Christianity in the United States and criminal behavior.
What could a Republican pro-life candidate do to disqualify him or her from office in the minds of philosopher Tully Borland and others who share his view? Anything?
What determines the nature of a coach's influence on athletes? There are many factors in play, but a primary one is the character of the coach.
A vulnerable and inspiring story from sportscaster John Saunders.
What does it say about our character if we deport 600,000-800,000 people who have essentially grown up in our country back to a place they've never known?
Confidence is key for attaining worthwhile goals.
There are too many people focused on making money off of youth sports in the United States, while putting the health and other interests of young athletes at risk.
Whatever one's views are concerning politics, ethics, and religion, we should engage in discussion, dialogue, and debate about these issues.
The United States should play the world's game the world's way. We need promotion and relegation to truly compete with the world's best at the beautiful game.
Michael W. Austin, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University.
I believe that the ethical insights of philosophers past and present are relevant to our lives in very practical ways. "Ethics for Everyone" is a place to explore these insights for the purpose of improving our lives.