Ethical Inquiry: The Ethics of Job Choice

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At around noon every Thursday, the smell of curry and steaming plates of rice wafts out of Wilson 101. While Kabob and Curry may be the incentive for some, in reality, most come for the discussion–vibrant, student-led, philosophical, discursive and oh-so-very Brown. The room was tightly packed with newcomers and regulars alike. I arrived at 12:05 and much to my chagrin, there was a dearth of Kabob and Curry. A regular told me, “You gotta get here at 11:50 for that.”

“Ethical Inquiries” are hosted weekly by the Philosophy DUG on a wide variety of topics, including the ethics of hip-hop discussion last month. This week’s topic hit particularly close to home, especially for juniors and seniors who are all attempting to escape the inevitable question, “what are you going to do post-grad?”

The discussion aimed to ask slightly more (but only slightly) unanswerable questions:

1. What ethical considerations should there be when choosing a career?

2. Do we have a duty to leave the world better than (or as good as) it was when we entered it?

3. What does our choice of career say about our idea of the ‘good life’?

After a short introduction by members of the Philosophy DUG, we were off. The discussion began in a typical liberal arts fashion, with a member of the group answering question #2 with a decisive, “Locke would say, yes, we do,” citing his belief that while you can take some things and claim them as private property, you cannot take so much that would prohibit access to those same things for others.

The commenter also invoked notions of intergenerational justice, the idea that if you are to act rationally, you need to leave the world a better place than it was when you found it because you would want the same done to you. In other words, it’s the golden rule–on a macroscopic level.

But Locke’s credentials for making moral rules–and their application to employment ethics–were quickly contested when someone pointed out that “Locke was also a slave trader.” It was the first acknowledgement of what was to become the ultimate dilemma identified throughout the conversation: lofty ideals vs. practicality and one’s actions.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Ethical Inquiry’s look at nude photo scandals and privacy rights

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The Philosophy DUG’s lunch series, Ethical Inquiry, is hosting a presentation and discussion tomorrow that will delve into the complexities of celebrity nude photo scandals and privacy rights.

When you hear about X celebrity’s most recent nude photo release, do you feel compelled to explore the dark depths of reddit and 4chan trying to find it? Do you feel guilty, as though you’re invading another person’s privacy? Or is it that person’s duty to be more responsible with their personal lives and activities? How are these laws of guilt or fault defined? Ethical Inquiry believes that “leaked” photo scandals violate privacy rights, and they’ll give you free Kabob and Curry if you stop by JWW 501 tomorrow at noon to hear why.

The expectation of privacy through any form of media may very well be a lost cause. Nowadays, if you take a naked selfie, or any other kind of picture on your phone, that picture is most likely going to be saved to your iCloud. So, if Anthony Weiner or Miley Cyrus or whoever else has chosen to share their precarious pictures with the populace, knowingly uploads them to an accessible database, are they not compromising their own privacy?

This event is completely student run, and the presentation will be led by Hannah Begley ’15. She hopes to see the discussion take on a roller coaster of ideas and concepts including, but not limited to, “sex tapes and revenge porn!” If you’re free at 12p.m. tomorrow or just happen to be strolling by JWW, you should check it out. It’s porn and free curry, come on. Oh, and ethics too.

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Apply to be a Meiklejohn for 2014-2015

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A new semester has begun, and Meiklejohns are back in action, continuing to help freshmen navigate the difficult and, at times, anxiety-inducing world of Banner. If you are experiencing awe and envy at the sight of Meiks guiding their designated disciples and feel like you have helpful advice (and a shoulder for crying on), hesitate no further: Apply to be a Meiklejohn for the Class of 2018! The Meik Leadership Committee is holding information sessions on Tuesday (1/28), Wednesday (1/29), and Thursday (1/30) at 7 p.m. in Wilson 101 (and yes, there is free Kabob and Curry involved). Applications are due Tuesday, February 11th at noon and can be found here. Remember, success will mean the ownership of a bright and punny t-shirt.

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Chow Down Brown: What’s cooking at the Blue Room?

Nom worthy? I'd say yes.

Nom-worthy? I’d say yes.

There are some exciting specials coming to the Blue Room to celebrate the new year! Aaron Fitzsenry can always be trusted to keep our tastebuds guessing, and this semester is no exception.

The Blue Room has a new hot entree for Tuesday and Friday nights, the Naked Burrito. Those of you who were lucky enough might have caught a preview of this tasty dish at the end of last semester. Fortunately for those of us who missed it, it’s here to stay! According to Aaron, the culinary team at the Blue Room “will be making a few salsas and guacamole ourselves, will have some really nice new all-natural protein choices (no processing means no extra salt), and will eliminate the tortilla wrapper which saves around 220 calories and 450mg sodium!” Just think: a healthy, delicious Chipotle meal for just a Meal Credit! No frigid walk down Thayer necessary. (More updates after the jump.)

On a related note, the entree rotation is a little bit different at the Blue Room this semester. Kabob and Curry will be featured Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, and Shanghai will be avaiable on Wednesday and Sunday. Unfortunately Mama Kim’s will have to take the semester off, but we’re told that a new restaurant of her own might be in the works. Something else to look forward to? Warm naan bread as an optional extra for Kabob nights.

Stay tuned for updates from Jo’s and the Gate. Meanwhile, go grab a naked burrito and say thanks to Aaron on your stomach’s behalf.