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Steven Mintz
United States
My ethics knowledge and wisdom gives me a unique perspective on accounting and business ethics, fraud and whistle-blowing, societal and workplace ethics issues.
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, ethics advice, traveling, eating, sports
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A Basic Duty to Yourself and Others What does it mean to be a person of “good will” and why is it important? These are the questions I look at in today’s blog. An important part of Immanuel Kant’s theory of ethics is the Categorical Imperative. The Categorical Imperative determines the moral validity for a particular action: “Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.” The “maxim” of our acts can be thought of as the reason behind our acts. This version of the Categorical Imperative... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ethics Sage
Thank you for reading.
Regina, I'm glad you found it interesting. You may be interested in my website:
Of course, the question is how a doctor should deal with them in the context of PAD.
I agree. It shows kindness and one's heart and a sense of community to others.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2017 on The Ethics of Kindness at Ethics Sage
Medical Ethics and End-of-Life Decisions Morality depends on the cognitive dimension of our behavior or our thought processes – the way we conceptualize right or wrong and make decisions and reason about how we should behave. Moral issues concern both behavior and conduct. They arise when people are faced with such questions as: “What should I do (or not do)?” “How should I act?” “What kind of person should I be?” Ethics differs from morals and morality in that ethics deals with standards of goodness or rightness whereas morals refer to a system of beliefs about what is considered to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Thanks. You may want to read other comments on this piece.
Where and When Do We Use Ethics? The Golden Rule is a common-sense principle of how we should behave. It can apply to all areas of our lives: How should we interact and communicate with others in our personal lives? How should we behave in the workplace? How should we conduct ourselves on social media? These are all questions that speak to what is and is not ethical. Consider the following common-sense examples of how being ethical can improve your life and the lives of others. Keep quiet in the theater while a movie is playing. Listen when people speak... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Thanks so much for the kind words. I agree that social media ethics in the workplace is an important issue and one that challenges more and more workers every day. Questions such as: What is the right amount of time to spend on social media during the workday and What are my employer's policy set the tone for the use of social media at work.
May 31, 2017. Published by Steven Mintz, aka Ethics Sage Do all Religions and Cultures Believe in the Same Set of Values? The existence of a common set of values across religions would go far to explain why different cultures and societies believe that The Golden Rule is the basic standard of behavior. Rushworth Kidder, the founder of the Institute for Global Ethics, wrote a book titled Shared Values for a Troubled World in which he traveled the world and interviewed twenty-four thinkers to uncover a “common ground of values that could bring the world’s peoples together instead of driving... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Our Values in the Workplace Seem Skewed Against Pregnant Women Posted on May 31, 2017 by Steven Mintz, aka Ethics Sage Pregnant women and new mothers are suffering increasing levels of unfair treatment at work, including cuts in hours, being put on zero-hours contracts or even forced out of their... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
LS, it's great that one of your readers can pick up the slack. Hopefully, you can keep on track and complete your degree as soon as possible.
These are very good points. Thanks for contributing to the dialogue.
LS, You are in a difficult position to say the least. Having gone through a doctoral program I can't imagine my dissertation supervisor having such questionable credentials. Since you are not a faculty member, I don't think you are obligated to tell anyone right now. However, after you graduate with your degree it might be an appropriate time to let someone know about your concerns -- perhaps HR. But, before doing so be sure get all your ducks lined up before you report it to be 110% sure about your suspicions...Good Luck!
Good advice.
Thanks, Mary Jane. You may be interested in my "Ethics IQ Test." Just click on the Home link on my website: Steve
How Can We Live Our Lives in Accordance with Virtue? The Greek fable has been used to teach ethics for ages. They date back to the mid-6th century BCE. Aesop’s Fables are the world’s best known collection of morality tales. The fables, numbering 725, were originally told from person-to-person as much for entertainment purposes but largely as a means for relaying or teaching a moral or lesson. The Greek fable is a brief and simple fictitious story with a constant structure, generally with animal protagonists, which gives a meaningful message on practical ethics that also conveys a moral message. These... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Maslow’s Hierarchy Can Serve as the Basis for Workplace Culture I have previously blogged about millennials and their workplace needs. This blog updates an earlier one and discussed information provided by Loyalty Works. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs has been around a long time. It describes the basic needs of individuals... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Individual Rights versus a Communitarian Ethic There are many arguments that have been raised for and against legalizing marijuana as I addressed in my last blog. In this blog, I focus on the morality of marijuana use, rather than the law. Most of the arguments against marijuana are centered on the use of the drug for escapism and pleasure. Is it morally right or wrong to be high? Providing a solution to this dilemma is not as easy as pointing out the wrongness of crimes such as murder or rape. Therefore, the marijuana debate cannot be held on similar platforms... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Ethics Sage
I'm glad you think so.
Thanks, Maryjane. I try to make my blogs informative and interesting. Steve
Toggle Commented May 18, 2017 on What Ethics is and is Not at Ethics Sage
Penelope: You make a good point. Thanks for your contribution. Steve Mintz
Thanks, Mary Jane. Keep reading my blogs and other site: Mintz
United, Delta, and American Learning a Lesson in Responsibility Let’s face it. We’re all fed up with the airlines and our treatment on planes. We didn’t need three incidents to remind us about it. We are oftentimes shocked by the coldness of gate attendants and onboard staff. We’re repulsed by... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Witson: I agree. Trust is the basis for business and establishing organizational controls. Steve Mintz