What is the good life? Is it dinner with the family, a walk in the woods, a baseball game at the local park? More importantly, is there an ethic within the contemporary, technologically dominated culture of America that gets us to the good life? These are the questions philosopher Albert Borgmann wrestles with in his most recent book, REAL AMERICAN ETHICS: TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR COUNTRY (University of Chicago Press, 2006). More
Read and watch excerpts from a debate last week at Georgetown University in Washington. The believer was Oxford University professor of historical theology, Alister McGrath, a Christian. The atheist was journalist and author Christopher Hitchens, who condemns religious belief as dangerous and juvenile. More
As Congress and the Administration begin an all-out debate on whether and when to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, we want to discuss here what America's moral obligations are now to the Iraqi people. What does America owe Iraq?
Parents want to give their children every advantage in life and they also want do whatever possible to make their children healthy. But what about going beyond opportunities and health to genetic enhancement? Science is opening that door in a big way, and many ethicists debate where the line between health and enhancement should be. More
Read R & E producer Susan Grandis Goldstein’s June 5, 2007 interview with Michael Sandel in Washington, D.C.
In 1988, Larry Youngblood was convicted and sent to prison for raping a child. The evidence was overwhelming but justice was not done, raising the question: in the matter of a serious crime, when someone is given a long prison sentence, should it ever be too late to reopen the case?
The Senate agreed to an immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for many of the illegal immigrants in the United States. If some undocumented workers were able to stay, it could allay fears in many families. When undocumented immigrants have children born in the U.S., those children are considered U.S. citizen. If the parents receive a deportation notice, the families often split.
Expanding medical technologies continue to create a host of new ethical dilemmas. Researchers can now detect early in a pregnancy if a fetus has Down Syndrome. The condition usually results in some degree of physical and mental disability, and armed with that information, some expectant parents face the wrenching decision of whether to terminate the pregnancy. More