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The Swamp: To Drain or Not To Drain

I don’t always agree with President-elect Donald Trump, but I concurred when he tweeted, in the wake of House Republicans’ secretive January 2, 2017 vote to gut the Independent Ethics Office: “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as […]

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America is Awesome… Right?!

As Senator Ted Cruz recognized this week, “Every civilized nation agrees that torture is wrong.” I take it as a given that many of the actions spelled out in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s majority report constitute torture by any reasonable definition. Americans certainly would have defined them as such had they been done to Americans […]

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Why Good Teachers Do Bad Things

Rachel Aviv’s article “Wrong Answer” in a recent New Yorker issue presents a textbook case of why good people do bad things.  The article tells the story of the recent cheating scandal in the Atlanta School District, which was one of the worst of a string of school cheating scandals across the U.S.  Forty-four of […]

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Miopía moral

La miopía moral es una distorsión de la visión moral que previene que los problemas éticos sean claros y distinguibles.

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Aquí para ganar: Jack y el sesgo del auto-servicio

El sesgo del auto-servicio se refiere a cuando racionalizamos de manera que respalda nuestras creencias preexistentes y lo que percibimos como nuestros propios intereses. En este caso de estudio se examina la version del sesgo del autoservicio que construía Abramoff. 

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Aquí para ganar: Jack y las racionalizaciones

Las racionalizaciones, con respecto a le ética del comportamiento, son las excusas que se da la gente por no vivir a la altura de sus propios estándares éticos. En este video se examinan las racionalizaciones que daba Abramoff por sus acciones.

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Balance moral

Cuando hacemos algo bueno, empezamos a pensar que somos muy buenas personas, y entonces nos permitimos la licencia de no cumplir con nuestros estándares éticos. Este fenómeno es conocido como el balance moral.

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Revenge Porn Sites

In teaching ethics in a business school, I typically focus upon decision making errors that well-intentioned people make.  I do so because I believe that most of my students do have good intentions, as do most people in business.  They want to have careers that they can be proud of. But even people of good […]

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Back to the Movies—Les Miz

In my previous Ethics Unwrapped blog post, I noted that in Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln,” President Lincoln is portrayed as have taken a utilitarian ends-justify-the-means approach to securing passage of the Thirteen Amendment in order to end slavery.  Rather than follow a deontological, rule-based “thou shalt not lie” approach, Lincoln is willing to tolerate lying […]

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