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Moral wisdom for the modern world
Michael W. Austin Ph.D.
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.
Sports can be a school for the virtue of humility, but many aren't allowing this to happen. Fortunately, we can change this, if we are intentional about it.
A medieval monk assesses the president.
To simply dismiss all of the world’s refugees because of some misguided ideas about heaven, or the false gods of safety or Christian nationalism, is simply unacceptable.
I don’t believe that Donald Trump is the answer to what ails us, but neither do I believe that the way forward is to demonize all of his supporters.
If it is intentionally cultivated, the virtue of love can flourish in athletic contexts.
The good of deep and loving relationships with others carries with it an unavoidable vulnerability to pain and suffering, which many are keen to avoid.
Some of the richest human experiences happen when we join with others in a common cause that contributes to the common good as we work together in creative love.
It is in giving ourselves to something greater than ourselves that we experience true success and lasting happiness.
One reason we love the Olympics is that we want to see others achieve incredible things, even through seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Fundamentally, the study of philosophy, whether in a classroom or not, should lead to wisdom for everyday life. And that is a goal we should all value, for its own sake.
Many have exaggerated the value of work, and forgotten about something else we need for true happiness, namely, leisure.
If your son or daughter comes home and informs you that they want to major in philosophy, don't panic! They'll be able to do much more than ask about french fries.
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.