Spring/Summer 2006 (Volume III, Issue 1)


Everyday Ethics

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.

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From The Editors

In Brief

Little Helpers (02)

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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)

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No Quick Fix for Happiness (04)

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An example of pairs of photographs used by researchers in their study of racial preference

Staring Prejudice in the Face (05)

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Sacrificial Rights (and Wrongs) (06)

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Edible Ethics (13)

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An Interview with Michael Pollan



Right and Wrong in the Real World (07)

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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.


Does Ethics Require Religion? (08)

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Civil Defender (09)

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Can You Do Good by Eating Well? (10)

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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.


The Making of a Locovore (11)

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Why I Shop Fair Trade (12)

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Handle with Care (14)

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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)

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Ethics on the Corner (16)

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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?

PeaceMaker video game co-producers Asi Burak (left) and Eric Brown (right), with Laurie Eisenberg, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who has served as an advisor on the game

Digital Diplomacy (17)

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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?


Compassion across Cubicles (18)

By | March 1, 2006

A new research movement tries to keep people from tuning out their emotions when they punch in to work.


Book Reviews

Book Review: Our Inner Ape (19)

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By Frans de Waal
Riverhead, 2005, 288 pages


Book Review: The Happiness Hypothesis (20)

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By Jonathan Haidt
Basic Books, 2006, 297 pages


Book Review: All Rise (21)

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By Robert W. Fuller
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006, 200 pages


Book Review: The Ethical Brain (22)

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By Michael S. Gazzaniga
Dana Press, 2005, 225 pages


Ideas for the Greater Good

The Ethics of Responsibility (23)

By | March 1, 2006

Everyday virtue and the meaning of life




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