Dear Curious Souls,
We've just finished up a fantastic first workshop on classic approaches in ethics. We discussed what it means to develop healthy habits and a good character. We grappled with notions of duty and what it means to treat humans as intrinsically valuable. And we attempted to get our heads around what it means to bring about the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers. With each approach we studied, we found ourselves both critical and inspired, realizing the difficulties of ethical thinking and ethical action, but also finding takeaways that will inform our future choices.
Now we head into our second workshop on contemporary approaches in ethics, where we will call into question some of the over-arching assumptions of classic approaches. Are the classic approaches' obsession with the power of reason and the mastery of the emotions missing something important about ethics? Is it right that our moral duties are only to other humans, and not non-human creatures? Is it really true that rational beings are superior to all other living beings? We'll be digging into these and other critical questions about classic approaches as we study contemporary feminist and environmental approaches to ethics. You do not have to have taken the first workshop to join us in this second workshop. We'll fill you in.
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Monica Vilhauer, founder of Curious Soul Philosophy, designs and leads workshops and retreats that approach philosophy as a way of life. She also offers one-on-one philosophical counseling for adults.