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The Ethics Blog


The Door-Gunner’s Mischief: 

Who is to Blame for War Crimes and Moral Injury?

POSTED ON APRIL 3RD BY PAUL WOODRUFF (DIRECTOR OF THE ETHICS PROJECT)

While serving in the army in Vietnam in 1969, waiting for a helicopter to take off, I asked the 18-year-old door-gunner whether he liked his job, and he told me that he did. Here’s why: “Sometimes the pilot flies low over the boonies and lets me shoot up some hooches.” With the people in them. Read more.


Moral Injury

POSTED ON MARCH 26, 2020 BY ROBERT PRENTICE (FACULTY DIRECTOR OF ETHICS UNWRAPPED)

This posting is prompted by a recent book, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe.

This highly-regarded book is about the Troubles (and more) in Northern Ireland.  The detailed descriptions of the violent struggles and political battles between the IRA and the British authorities is as horrifying as it is riveting. Read more.


Ethics and the Reputation of the Tech Industry

POSTED ON MARCH 3, 2020 BY REBECCA TAYLOR (UT ETHICS PROJECT INDUSTRY FELLOW)

What makes a system “good”? This may feel like an odd question for those of us working in the technology industry to ask ourselves. But we must.

We are seeing the first signs of recruitment risk for technology companies.

As described in a January 12, 2020, New York Times Sunday article, new graduates are having second thoughts about whether to work for technology companies. Read more.


Welcome to the Ethics Blog sponsored by the Ethics Project at The University of Texas at Austin!

POSTED ON FEBRUARY 20, 2020 BY PAUL WOODRUFF (DIRECTOR OF THE ETHICS PROJECT) 

Some time ago, a group of faculty members at UT from different departments set up The Ethics Project with two missions: to bring together the scholars at UT who write and think about ethics, and to lay the groundwork for the ethics center we hope will take root here as funding becomes available. Read more.