Spring/Summer 2006 (Volume III, Issue 1)
What to eat? Where to shop? When to lie? The essays in this issue of Greater Good consider the challenging questions of “everyday ethics.” The issue features two articles on the ethics of eating: an essay by philosopher Peter Singer and an interview with journalist Michael Pollan. Other articles discuss the ethics of employing illegal immigrants and the question of how we can teach children to make ethical decisions in their everyday lives. The issue also includes a profile of a new video game that’s trying to help bring peace to the Middle East.
From The Editors
Little Helpers (02)By | March 1, 2006
Think toddlers are simply self-centered whirling dervishes, capable only of making a mess, waiting to be cared for and picked up after? Think again.
Notes on Peace Camp (03)By | March 1, 2006
Edible Ethics (13)By | March 1, 2006
An Interview with Michael Pollan
From our friendships to our jobs to our conduct in public, seemingly small decisions often pose tough ethical dilemmas, says Joshua Halberstam. He offers guidance for navigating the ethical dimension of everyday life.
Civil Defender (09)By | March 1, 2006
A new movement encourages people to eat food that’s grown close to where they live. The food may be fresher and taste better, but Peter Singer and Jim Mason ask if it’s more ethical to eat locally.
Handle with Care (14)By | March 1, 2006
To deal with everyday ethical problems, kids need more than just a simple list of rules or virtues, argues Nel Noddings. They need chances to talk through their problems with caring and engaged adults.
Always On (15)By | March 1, 2006
Ethics on the Corner (16)By | March 1, 2006
As illegal immigration runs rampant in the United States, so does abuse of undocumented workers. But, asks Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky, what ethical rules should apply to employees who are here illegally in the first place?
Digital Diplomacy (17)By | March 1, 2006
In an industry often criticized for promoting sex and violence, a new video game helps users bring peace to the Middle East. But will anyone want to play?
A new research movement tries to keep people from tuning out their emotions when they punch in to work.
By Frans de Waal
Riverhead, 2005, 288 pages
By Jonathan Haidt
Basic Books, 2006, 297 pages
By Robert W. Fuller
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006, 200 pages
By Michael S. Gazzaniga
Dana Press, 2005, 225 pages
Ideas for the Greater Good
Everyday virtue and the meaning of life
A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.
Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
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