Magazine article U.S. Catholic

University Ethics

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

University Ethics

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James F. Keenan, S.J. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)


Universities regularly teach ethics across their curriculum and in graduate courses at professional schools, but as James Keenan writes, the university itself does not engage seriously with ethics when pursuing its goals and mission. Simply put, Keenan asks that the university practice what it teaches.

The lack of such ethical engagement has consequences so dire that merely establishing a code of university ethics will not correct the problems the book relates. Rather the whole university--administration, faculty, staff, and students--must create a culture of awareness first, and then a culture of ethics. The culture of awareness will expose the areas where ethical behavior is flourishing and the (often hidden) places where it is sadly lacking. Given a strong and generous commitment, the university will then be positioned to create, celebrate, and cultivate a culture of ethics.

Keenan, a well-published ethicist, has researched his topic thoroughly. …

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