This Week at The Ethical Society of Austin

April 22

Further Ethical Dilemmas from “Ethics for Everyone”

Is there an “Ethical Method” analogous to the “Scientific Method”? Can it help us solve ethical dilemmas? In his book, Ethics for Everyone: How to Increase Your Moral Intelligence, Arthur Dobrin highlights Amy Guttman and Dennis Thompson’s “Standards of Deliberation”:

  1. Every appeal to reason or principle you use must be one that could be accepted by other reasonable people;
  2. The factual claims you make must be testable by reliable and nonprivate methods; and,
  3. All your reasons must be offered in public. You shouldn’t solve ethical problems based on secret information.

We will try out these standards when addressing the various nuances of Dobrin’s ethical dilemmas. Jon Meador leads.

Our Sunday Ethical Education For Kids (SEEK) will be in session, from 10:30 until noon, the same time as our meeting.


5604 Manor Road

10:00 am – Coffee and conversation

10:30 am – Program begins

ESA Statement of PurposeThe Ethical Society of Austin is a humanistic organization inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society. Our faith is in the responsibility and capacity of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world. Our commitment is to the worth and dignity of the individual, and to treating each human being so as to bring out the best in him or her.  Members join together to assist each other in developing ethical ideas and ideals…to celebrate life’s joys and support each other through life’s crises…to work together to improve our world and the world of our children.

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