Ethics and Technology – Part 1

There is a common sense of what technology is, and although it is not wrong in its entirety, it does not reflect the depth and complexity that encompass its definitions – which by the way are far from reaching consensus. The first associations with technology refer to “last generation” devices, cars and modern buildings, among […]

Phenomenology and ethics within organizations

It is increasingly perceived the relevance of active subjects, problem solvers, especially when talking about ethical issues within organizations. A person, in order to act ethically and give answers to ethical problems, needs to highlight the reality at every moment. In Husserl’s phenomenology, the process of arriving at the reality’s evidence involves making epochs, that […]

Survey Experiment: a promising methodological approach

The survey experiment is a very promising methodological approach in scientific research. In this article, which will probably be divided into two parts, I want to summarize in a very objective way what this methodological approach is and why it is so important in the field of experiments. In a second step, I intend to […]

News of speculation about what the organization is and should be, administratively speaking

Faced with the greater intention of explaining what management is, me and my study partner, Professor Paulo Grave, have been led, due to a purposeful and imperative discursive circularity in the construction of an answer-argument, to the elaboration of a speech about a certain complex object – the organization – that corresponds to the convenience […]

Virtues and utilitarianism: an impossible dialogue?

At first sight, utilitarianism and virtue ethics are absolutely incompatible currents of thought: utilitarianism calls for a principle of maximization, to an instrumental calculation of consequences as a criterion for the classification of moral acts, while virtue ethics requires careful analysis of the situation and the context in which the agent finds himself to determine […]

The ethics of Nudges in the time of coronavirus

In the introduction of the book “Nudge: improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness”, Richard Thaler and Carl Sunstein tell the story of Carolyn, a director who runs experiments in school cafeterias whether the way the food is displayed influence children in healthier choices. At the launch of the book in 2008, it was a […]

Book reading tip: “Advice on intellectual work” by Louis Riboulet

Louis Riboulet’s book “Advice on intellectual work” is a great book to be read by anyone who has the desire to have a life of study. In its 16 chapters, the book is full of advice systematized in the beautiful prose of Riboulet, who probably gathered a huge amount of files with the advice and […]

Free will

Today’s idea is a reflection on free will and good action. Although it does not talk about morality, it is implied in the good action provided by free will, will and reason. Free will is a recurring theme both in philosophy and in people’s daily lives. Its concept refers to the freedom of action. Although […]

The virtue ethics approach in Administration

As stated by the professor of Organizational Theory at the IESE Business School (University of Navarra, Spain), Juan Antonio Pérez López (1912-1996), “science can have no other object than to help human beings make the right decisions”. Such decisions can have a technical or technological support, whose criterion is the adequacy of the means / […]

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