Friday’s Public Affairs Discussion Group to address professional ethics

The weekly Public Affairs Discussion Group will continue this Friday with a talk titled, “Political Ethics—An Oxymoron?”

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, the Beamer-Schneider Professor in Ethics; Shannon E. French, director of the Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence and associate professor of philosophy; and Joseph White, the Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy, will lead the discussion on Friday, Dec. 6, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Dampeer Room at Kelvin Smith Library.

The word “politics” has positive connotations for a few political theorists, but most people seem to associate it with manipulation, coercion, lies and hypocrisy. In politics—even more than in other aspects of life—it is especially common to hear that something that would ordinarily be judged bad must be done for “the greater good.”

How, then, can one talk about “political ethics”? What standards should be expected?

The group will discuss these questions and more at Friday’s lunch.

Since 1989, faculty, emeriti, students and staff have gathered on Fridays for a brown-bag lunch and to discuss topics in public affairs.

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