Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

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    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

    [Content Caution]

Growth Industry (Take 3)

Posted by Dale Kuehne on March 16, 2010

Polygamy in America

NOTE: When you click through to find the story on the following link you will ALSO need to click the “Featured Article” tab that will appear on the page in order to see the story.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/02/polygamists/anderson-text/

Has morality become synonymous with consent?

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One Response to “Growth Industry (Take 3)”

  1. We reflexively divide social issues into left-right these days, but there are other currents. Libertarians would very much take morality in the direction of consent: anything that is an unforced exchange should be allowed. Communitarians (a loose name for the opposite on that spectrum) would describe morality as supporting the action which moves society in the direction of Good Things, even if individuals are inconvenienced (or worse). Environmental issues, education, health care – perhaps all social issues – have these dual arguments going on. Some people are deeply concerned with individual right and wrong, others would sidestep that and focus on whether individual rights/ group comity are enhanced. I suspect this makes compromise solutions even harder.

    There are likely third and fourth axes of morality that I’m not even considering either, confusing the issues more.

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