Evaluators as Advocates

Evaluations, assessments, and audits in public administration provide a unique and heavily relied upon service to their clients - a facts-based report regarding the goals and objectives of the program, agency, or policy. Because these evaluators operate in the public sphere, they have an additional task of keeping the public interest in mind when carrying... Continue Reading →

The Good Life – for the Individual and the Public Administrator

One of the age-old philosophical questions, what does it mean to live a good life, is one that has not been answered sufficiently. But with a continually advancing global and scientific community, people are closer than ever to answering what makes a good life. There have been many who claimed to have answered this question,... Continue Reading →

The Experience Machine

The thought experiment referred to as “the experience machine” was first put forth by Robert Nozick in his 1974 book Anarchy, State, and Utopia in an attempt to destroy the hedonistic and perhaps the utilitarian position that pleasure, happiness, and avoidance of bad is the only good. In this experiment, Nozick asks if given the... Continue Reading →

Designer Babies: The Ethics of Gene Selection

In the dull, grey, squat building that housed the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, the World State processed and hatch people from preserved ovaries through what they describe as the Bokanovsky Process. “A bokanovskified egg will bud, will proliferate, will divide. From eight to ninety-six buds, and every bud will grow into a perfectly... Continue Reading →

Hiding the Cure for Cancer

            To some of the more credulous and suspicious of our nation, the idea that someone would possess and hide the cure for cancer is not so far fetched. There have been conspiracies and whispers of such a misdeed on the internet dark web and even in popular social media sites claiming that Big Pharma,... Continue Reading →

The Ethics of Reparations

“there was an original traceable offense - a taking, a theft, a rape, a dispossession, a confiscation [and] there isn't a thinking person who can say ‘no’ to that. The evidence is very clear and it mounts with every every chapter of historical inquiry” - he goes on to explain that there is “hardly one official brick piled on another that wasn't piled there by unpaid labor...and [the wealth from that labor is] piled, actually in the Treasury Department and the federal financial system who took that free labor in those dead souls and turned it into capital and it's back pay and it's owed and it's overdue”

The Case of Baby M and the Ethics of Surrogacy

THE FACTS OF THE CASE: Elizabeth Stern was not infertile, but had multiple sclerosis and she and her husband William Stern were worried about the potential health implications of pregnancy, including temporary paralysis, and transmitting genes that might put a child who shared them at risk of developing the same illness. The Sterns and Mary Beth... Continue Reading →

At the Door: Deontology and Duty

When asked “what would you do?” when the Gestapo is at the door asking if you are harboring any Jews, the answer is actually a simple ethical answer to a simple ethical question (Paul and Elder, 25). Lie! Lie to the officer, slam the door and go enjoy some lekach with your new Jewish friends.... Continue Reading →

The Trolly Problem

The Trolley Problem is a (now) classic problem that forces people to make a serious moral decision. The general format of the problem is as follows:  You are alone at the controls of a runaway trolley barreling toward five people who would most certainly die. The brakes and controls (horn, doors, etc) do not work... Continue Reading →

Brod’s Dilemma

It was Summer 1924, and Max Brod was in Franz Kafka’s office. Kafka died of tuberculosis in Austria leaving his dear friend, Brod, two written requests. Brod sat down at Kafka’s paper strewn desk, moving stacks of writings to make room. The first note, undated written in pen read:  Dearest Max, My last request: Everything... Continue Reading →

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