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Another line crossed

sjill Wrote: Apr 08, 2012 12:06 PM
Does this mean we would be able to abort adults of certain political persuasions or bio-ethics who lack "mentition" in our opinion? Hmmm. maybe there IS an up-side to this evil idea. (ha ha, we've just got to ridicule this insanity, folks, while fighting it with every fiber of our cognizant being)

Something happens to ethics when it becomes a specialty. It becomes professionalized, certified, rarefied. It becomes something besides ethics. It becomes expertise, not thought or depth so much as focus. Specialization sharpens the mind by narrowing it. As in medical ethics or legal ethics or business ethics. Or, to use a phrase cynics consider an oxymoron, the ethics of journalism.

The new science of ethicism shouldn't be confused with ethics any more than theology is religion. But it's a common enough misapprehension as professional ethicists take the place of ancient sages who taught ethics, not reduced its scope. You can...