Professional Responsibility

C.K. Gunsalus, Ignatia Webs, May 14, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've taught ethics in the past and on reading this would contemplate teaching ethics in the future - but in today's more emlightened MOOC format, rather than a classroom (I wonder what the interest would be in that). These days in the popular press 'ethics' typically is held to mean a set of principles to live one's lfe by that somehow act against one's own interest (this article actually states it outright: "what you’re willing to sacrifice for your principles"). But that's just one view of ethics, and not (to my mind) the best - I am more inclined to want to foster what Hume would call a 'moral sentiment' which can be fostered through the development of compassion and empathy in people.

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