May 25, 2022

Ethics Center Book Clubs Discuss Wellness, War and Money, Climate Justice | UGM News

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University’s Center for the Study of Ethics in Society is hosting a series of lively online discussions on hot topics during Spring 2022 semester book clubs. the first of three books begin Tuesday, January 25, and continue through At the beginning of April on Webex.

The first 10 people who sign up for each book club will receive a free copy of the book. Fill out this form to register. Upon registration, attendees will receive meeting details and instructions for joining discussions. See the leaflet.

  • Philosophy undergraduate student Henry Curcio will lead discussions on “Wellbeing as the Fulfillment of Value: How We Can Help Each Other Live Well” by Valerie Tibere. The author argues in the first half of the book that wellness is about realizing or realizing our appropriate values ​​over time. In the second half of the book, she applies this theory to the problem of how to help others, especially our friends. Ethical questions include: What is human well-being? What is happiness? What does it mean to live a good and happy life? What are the things included in a good life? How do you find value in life? What role do our loved ones, especially our friends, play in our well-being? How does their well-being force us to sacrifice ours and vice versa? Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. to Tuesdays, Jan. 25 and February 1, 8 and 15.
  • Dr. William Santiago-Valles, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies, will moderate discussions on “Wars and Capital” by Eric Alliez and Maurizio Lazzarato. This book explains how war, money and the state’s monopoly of violence are the ontological elements constituting capitalism. Economics does not replace war, but continues war through state regulation of currency, economic sanctions, and the making of war (by various means) internally and externally. Topics include the state, the war machine and money; appropriation of the war machine; permanent civil war; new colonial wars; total wars; Cold War Strategy Games and Fractal Wars of Capital. Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. to Wednesdays March 2, 16, 23 and 30.
  • Dr. Ronald C. Kramer, professor of sociology, will moderate the debates around his book “Carbon Criminals, Climate Crimes”. Focusing on the intersection between business and government, this book describes and explains what business, the U.S. government, and the international political community have done, or haven’t done, with respect to global warming and climate change. climatic disturbances. Using the concept of ‘climate crimes’, this book raises a number of ethical questions, including: do corporations have an ethical responsibility beyond accumulating capital and enhancing shareholder value? Do state officials and government agencies have an ethical responsibility to identify public environmental harm and take action to mitigate that harm? What is the difference between criminal justice, social justice, environmental justice and climate justice? Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. to Mondays March 21 and 28 and April 4.

Students can earn WMU Signature credit for any journal club they attend all scheduled meetings for. Learn more about the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society and its journal clubs.

About the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society

In August 1985, the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society was established after WMU faculty from all programs met to discuss their common interests in the study and teaching of ethics. ‘ethics. Each academic year, the center sponsors a number of public presentations dealing with a wide range of ethical issues.

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