Ethical Issues for 21st Century America
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple – and wrong. – H.L. Mencken, 1920
Arguably, the most insidious and perplexing of our nation’s host of current social problems is the inexorable drift toward a deeply polarized society and the attendant risk of a quick-fix culture. Peter Singer, a widely acclaimed and accessible voice for applied philosophy, frames our nation’s intensifying social disconnectedness as a fundamentally ethical issue adversely affecting the good we can do for the less fortunate among us. In his book, ‘Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter,’ – and our common text – he casts the collective search for counteraction as an obligatory moral dialogue among the educated citizenry living in a democratic society. Before our first meeting, please read the Introduction, Afterword and the first set of essays under the title Big Questions. The course will be conducted virtually; registration is limited to 20 participants.