How to understand, formulate and communicate ethical thinking? This is the question the Camden Philosophical Society will grapple with at its regularly scheduled reading and discussion group on the first Tuesday of next month, Dec. 5, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library. All are welcome. The discussion will be introduced and led by Lloyd Gillespie. Lloyd frames the topic in the following way and provides links to the readings we will discuss:
Ethics is ancient. The values and rights systems stretch from the Hittite Empire to Today, throughout all history and most all cultures. Our values systems are what allow us to see the highest visions of our lives, cultures, and governments, by way of a clear conscience, when we practice good and admirable values and have law and legal rights defending these same values. Even though the Hittites developed the oldest known and extant Law Systems protecting Rights and Values, stronger and more fully than their contemporaries, certain Greek city states also had similar practices, as did many other eras’ major cities, as per India, China, England, Spain, certain Persian states and especially America’s constitutional democracy, at least at her founding, and not excluding others not mentioned.
But, how many realize how many times through history these value and rights systems have been corrupted, conflated and outright criminalized, then again rebuilt and again to only degenerate into civil wars and full-blown National Wars. All over values misunderstandings?
“A Systematic Presentation of Peirce’s Ethics,” by James Feibleman (University of Chicago, 1943) is the best explanation of morality and ethics I’ve ever come across. It’s only 13 pages, but it’s dense, and packed full of the information we all need to even begin to understand enough to sort America’s present rights and values dilemmas.
The other reading for our December gathering is by Luciano Floridi, a contemporary Philosopher of Information. Information Philosophy is a neutral method to speak about more sensitive personal and cultural ideas without entering the unwanted prejudices, yet maintaining the full content necessary for successful public discussion and understanding. Contact Sarah Miller for copies of the readings. firstname.lastname@example.org.