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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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The Lost Art of Civility It seems today, more than ever before, we are witnessing uncivil behavior in a broad spectrum of society. We hear about basic rudeness; harsh words, expletives shouted at others, and seeking out others with whom we disagree to forcefully make our point or criticizing theirs.... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Ethics Sage
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U.S. News Data is Skewed Towards the Richest Institutions Do you look at college rankings to decide which college to attend or where to send your kid? Stop it! It’s a waste of time and the information is not reliable. That’s the opinion of Valerie Strauss, education reporter for the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Lie: Don’t Lie. What to Do??? According to Merriam-Webster, a white lie is “a lie about a small or unimportant matter that someone tells to avoid hurting another person.” According to relationship psychologist, Devon McDermott, quoted in a piece by Wendy Rose Gould on Business Insider website, “The biggest problem... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ethics Sage
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From Ethics Hero to Goat On July 12, 2018, J&J was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who had claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The punitive damage part of the award ($4.14 billion) was the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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C-A-T-E-R To Another Person’s Needs This blog extends the discussion in my previous blog on meaning in life to address developing meaningful relationships. Meaning in life refers to whether one’s actions are worthwhile and are accompanied by a sense of value in one’s accomplishments. Meaningful relationships can build self-esteem and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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The Keys to a Life Well-Lived “Living a meaningful life is all about connecting and contributing to something bigger than you are.” -- Emily Esfahani Smith What am I here for? How can I lead a meaningful life? When do I feel fulfilled? People have been debating these existential questions... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Mathaus, You make interesting points. The best way for me to explain why philosophy is important is when ethical dilemmas occur it helps to turn to philosophical methods of reasoning to guide one's response.We can consider whether my intended actions honor obligations to others; whether they bring more harm than good; and whether they are just. It seems to me psychology is a good tool after the fact -- what did I do and why -- whereas philosophy asks: What should I do if I am a good person and want to do the right thing. It's true evil people might use philosophy to rationalize unethical, even awful actions. Philosophical reasoning methods always "assume" the decision-maker has moral intentions. Otherwise, all bets are off on whether the user of philosophy will do the moral thing.
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Why Ghosting Can Be Harmful to Your Health I have previously blogged about the ethics of ghosting. I revisit the issue in this blog because I just read a piece about a college student who developed an “exit survey” for those who ghosted her online after dating. She asked questions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Ethics Sage
Well said. Teachers, especially, have to be aware of the perception of bias when gifts are accepted. Take the high road is my motto as a former professor who was offered gifts many times.
Great stuff, James. Thanks for your contribution to the dialogue on moral courage.
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Results of Studies Highlight Deficiencies in Learning Experiences I can’t say I was surprised to read last week in a Wall Street Journal article, also reported on Today.com, that grade school teachers have been experimenting with a no homework policy for schoolchildren. In the article, a second grade teacher is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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Treat Others Civilly and Expect the Same in Return I’ve blogged about civility in the workplace before. Today’s blog is an extension of others on this issue. Civility represents the quality of our behavior with others in our communities. This is important for business because how we treat others signals... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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The Chaos Stock Market The stock market gyrations that are causing whiplash can be attributed to many factors including uncertainty about the federal funds rate, whether the tax stimulus of 2017 has run its course, and a host of arbitrary considerations brought on by President Trump’s inconsistent messages about tariffs,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Ethics Sage
I agree with you although we should remember comparing the Chinese/Asian culture with Americans is somewhat questionable because of cultural values. As I understand it, Asians are more willing to follow the rules and society might expect it whereas Americans are more likely to challenge the rules and societal norms about following rules is murky at best.
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What Ever Happened to the Fundamental Value of Academic Integrity? Having taught at the college level for over 30 years, I thought I had seen it all but along comes hoax scholarship – papers written by academics solely to get publications without regard to the accuracy of statements/facts in these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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What is Moral Courage? Courage. What is it? Is it bravery? Is it the strength of one’s convictions? Is it the same as integrity? Is it an ethical value that we all should aspire to achieve? Ayn Rand said in her classic book The Fountainhead that “Integrity is the ability... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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Blog by Pepperdine University student Ivy This week I will post five blogs from students at Pepperdine University. Professor Carolyn Galantine assigned students to choose a blog and post comments. I appreciate students' inclusion of my blog in their responses. This is blog #5. People need to realize that pregnancy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Blog by Pepperdine University student David Kim This week I will post five blogs from students at Pepperdine University. Professor Carolyn Galantine assigned students to choose a blog and post comments. I appreciate students' inclusion of my blog in their responses. This is blog #4. There are many different business... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Blog by Pepperdine University student Beth This week I will post five blogs from students at Pepperdine University. Professor Carolyn Galantine assigned students to choose a blog and post comments. I appreciate students' inclusion of my blog in their responses. This is blog #3. Let me preface this post by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Has President Trump gone too far? Has President Donald Trump gone too far with his “America first” program? Is he ignoring the needs of other countries including our historic allies? Has Trump’s actions violated the very values we seek to aspire including fair treatment, empathy and caring and concern for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Ethics Sage
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Blog by Pepperdine University student Victoria Dong This week I will post five blogs from students at Pepperdine University. Professor Carolyn Galantine assigned students to choose a blog and post comments. I appreciate students' inclusion of my blog in their responses. This is blog # 2. Last week at Happy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Blog by Pepperdine University student Andy Zhang This week I will post five blogs from students at Pepperdine University. Professor Carolyn Galantine assigned students to choose a blog and post comments. I appreciate students' inclusion of my blog in their responses. This is Blog #1. If there’s one thing we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Workplace Ethics Advice
I do fear whistleblowers will gather negative information about a company's actions and then use it when most advantageous to blow the whistle and, perhaps, get a financial reward.
Thanks. I'm glad it is useful.