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4 Tips to Help You Make Better, More Ethical Decisions
A few weeks ago we talked to , Director of the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics and associate professor at the University of Baltimore, who told us about his goal to create a Philosophy Camp for adults and why such an initiative is important.


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The ABCD Guide to Ethical Decision-Making

A series of questions we can use to examine ethical issues we are faced with, centered around 4 dimensions:

  • Awareness
  • Beliefs
  • Consequences
  • Decision


A. Awareness of ethical issues

A. Awareness of ethical issues
Assess if you are aware of the ethical issue you’re a part of, with questions like:
  • Do we know all the facts?
  • Is this an ethical problem or a legal one? Or bot...


B. Beliefs around ethical issues

B. Beliefs around ethical issues
Establish your moral beliefs, principles, values and virtues, or lack thereof, with questions like:
  • What kind of person am I? Would I want this done to me or to those ...


C. Consequences of ethical issues

C. Consequences of ethical issues
Use moral imagination to think about consequences for yourself and others, not only now but into the future as well:
  • Who may be affected by my decision?
  • How may my d...


D. Decisions related to ethical issues

D. Decisions related to ethical issues

Decide what is the best thing to do when faced with moral issues, considering questions like:

  • Would I mind my action being broadcast on the six o’clock news?
  • Could I justi...



Personal Or Core Values

They are what you consider most important in your life, literally what you “value. ” They are broad concepts that can be applied across a wide range of circumstances, as opposed to narrow answers t...

The Benefits Of Having a Core Value

  • Having a core values list helps you make better decisions. The decisions you make come more quickly and efficiently than they would without it.
  • Being unconscious of your core values makes you likely to keep repeating the same mistakes.

Creating a List Of Personal Values

The core values that are most valuable to each of us come from our own personal experience, not from being taught.

As you put them into practice you’ll get better at internalizing these values and they’ll express themselves subconsciously with smaller decisions, as well.

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One of the reasons why Stoicism is enjoying a revival today is that it gives concrete answers to moral questions.

Aristotle gave us an alternative conception of happiness

It cannot be acquired by pleasurable experiences but only by identifying and realizing our own potential, moral and creative, in our specific environments, with our particular family, friends and colleagues, and helping others to do so. 

Thomas Hobbes explained

Hobbes, an English philosopher, believes mankind's nature to be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short as described in his book, The Leviathan.

This is why people adhere to social c...

Moral issues

The 'Show, don't tell' rule is especially pertinent when it comes to immoral acts.

Until a book becomes moving pictures, any moral issue with it doesn't seem to reach national press levels, because it shows these contentious issues to a wider audience.  If you show the act, but don't tell anyone what to think about it, the fact that an author or film-maker hasn't clanged down a big sign saying 'And this is bad' is tantamount to advocation. 

GoT's similarities with the Leviathan

A Song of Ice and Fire might very well deliberately echo Leviathan. The notion that, without protection from the Iron Throne, the land falls into an every-man-for-himself struggle does echo the ideas laid down in Leviathan. 

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