Nella cultura anglosassone, forse per gli effetti combinati del razionalismo e della riforma protestante, l'attenzione nei confronti degli aspetti "applicati" dell'etica e più in generale della filosofia, è assai più marcata. Guardate questo comunicato relativo a una iniziativa promossa dal Centro per la filosofia applicata e l'etica pubblica di Canberra, Australia e dal Carnegie Council "la voce dell'etica nella politica estera", che invece ha sede a New York. Le due istituzioni hanno creato una Web radio chiamata Public Ethics Radio, in cui filosofi e scienziati della politica vengono chiamati a discutere di corruzione, commercio internazionale, interventismo militare e altri ambiti. I principi etici sono davvero anticaglia, merletti per adornare le anime belle? Forse potremmo arrivare a una conclusione del genere, ma almeno discutiamone prima.
Public Ethics Radio; New Media Venture Unites Philosophy and Politics
NEW YORK, Sept 04, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Public Ethics Radio is an innovative online audio broadcast that features scholars and thinkers who engage with ethics in public life. Each episode connects vibrant debates in philosophy with real-world politics, on issues such as military intervention, international trade, and political corruption.
"The idea behind the show is to get careful thinking about political problems out into the world in a new way," says host Christian Barry. "Many of our discussions will be with people who call themselves philosophers, but we hope to be both intellectually rigorous and engaging for non-philosophers at the same time." PER's inaugural guest is the philosopher Thomas Pogge, followed by Leif Wenar on the resource curse, Jessica Wolfendale on so-called torture lite, and Larry Temkin on extending human lifespans.
"We've had some great assistance in putting the show together, both from the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, whose staff has enthusiastically supported this project, and from our sponsors," said Barry. "The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs has agreed to add Public Ethics Radio to its own podcast stream, and the superb German record label Kompakt has generously allowed us to use their music in our show. The producer Steve Rennicks has also composed some original music that appears in the show, and we thank him as well."
Public Ethics Radio is a production of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) in Canberra, Australia -- the world's largest concentration of applied philosophers -- in association with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City. Public Ethics Radio is hosted by Christian Barry and produced by Matt Peterson. Find out more by visiting http://www.publicethicsradio.org or writing to us at contact (at) publicethicsradio (dot) org.
The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing understanding of the relationship between ethics and international affairs. The Council's mission is to be the voice for ethics in international policy. It convenes agenda-setting forums and creates educational opportunities and information resources for a worldwide audience of teachers and students, journalists, international affairs professionals, and concerned citizens. To learn more, go to http://www.cceia.org or contact mlynn (at) cceia (dot) org.