Posts Tagged ‘ethics’

Stephen Hicks interviewed by Glenn Beck

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Dr. Stephen Hicks was interviewed by Glenn Beck for the Glenn Beck Podcast. The discussion ranged over capitalism and socialism, the ethics needed for a free society, Greek virtues, intolerance and indoctrination in education, Ayn Rand’s egoism, whether a meaningful life requires transcending failure, the differences between Antifa and Nazi Brownshirts, whether the National Socialist really were socialist, postmodernism, whether Nietzsche’s “God is dead” is nihilistic or liberating, whether World War I was the cultural breaking point, Dadaism, Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, whether history repeats itself, how to return to constructive dialogue, should we be optimistic or pessimistic, and more.

The audio-only link is here, and the video versions are at YouTube and embedded here:

High School Entrepreneur Day

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

eday1At this year’s High School Entrepreneur Day, co-sponsored by the EBA department and CEE, more than 120 local high school students learned about the facets of entrepreneurship from professors and received advice from a panel of local entrepreneurs. Students explored the personality traits of an entrepreneur, discussed the economics of entrepreneurship, and competed against each other in a business planning exercise. Students also received a gift from CEE of materials related to entrepreneurship and ethics.

Shawn Klein on the Ousted Olympic Badminton Players

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Bloomberg interviewed CEE professor Shawn Klein on the recent badminton scandal at the Olympics. Four players were disqualified for losing on purpose, which they apparently did in order to play against weaker opponents in future matches, increasing their chances at winning a medal. “You have to play hard, you can’t just mail it in,” [Dr. Klein] said in a telephone interview. “But as I think about it more and what sports is, rules of the game and good sportsmanship, I started wondering when is it appropriate to kick them out of the game and is it really that wrong?”

Read the article here.

Profiles in Liberty: Douglas Den Uyl

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

In this extended interview, philosopher Douglas Den Uyl responds to a series of questions about his life and work. Den Uyl is the author of many works. His latest book, co-authored with Douglas Rasmussen, is Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics.

Watch the video at Stephen Hicks’s site.

Previous Profiles in Liberty:
Philosopher Douglas Rasmussen.
Economist David R. Henderson.
Philosopher Tibor Machan.

Profiles in Liberty: David R. Henderson

Friday, February 17th, 2012

David R. Henderson is associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and research fellow with the Hoover Institution. He has written for the New York TimesFortune, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Reason, as well as scholarly articles for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of Monetary EconomicsCato JournalEnergy Journal, and many others.

Watch the interview at Stephen Hicks’s site.

David Henderson’s web log at Econlog.
Stephen Hicks talks with David Henderson about seven myths about free markets.

Upcoming Symposium: Morality Without God?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Rockford University Campus Intervarsity and the Secular Student Alliance will co-sponsor a symposium presenting different perspectives on this question.

Is life purposeless or meaningless without belief in a particular God or religion?

Without God, does that mean “anything goes”?

Does belief in a particular God or religion incline one to morality?  Does it matter which religion or God?

Join the discussion on:

Tuesday, November 30th

Peterson Auditorium, STARR

4-5:30 PM

All are welcome!

A New Minor in Ethics at Rockford University

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Great news via Stephen Hicks’s website: the Department of Philosophy at Rockford University announced a new minor track in Ethics.

The core courses include several sponsored by CEE: Introduction to Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Sports Ethics, Business and Economic Ethics, Ethics and Entrepreneurship, and Ethical Theory. The department will also offer occasional special topics courses with a strong value component that can count toward the minor.

Take a look at the flyer for the Ethics minor here [PDF].

The Entrepreneur as Misfit

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Dan PallottaWe know that the entrepreneur takes on the financial risk of her venture, but Dan Pallotta at Harvard Business Review reminds us that the entrepreneur takes psychological risks as well. By seeing the world differently than others and acting on her vision — by embracing the inner misfit — the entrepreneur must be willing to make herself vulnerable. This vulnerability, says Pallotta, “is the most poignant quality in every entrepreneur I know.”

Read the rest of this excellent post at Harvard Business Review.

Douglas Rasmussen on “Natural Goodness”

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Dr. Douglas Rasmussen, our final guest speaker of Spring 2010, gave two lectures at Rockford University recently. Dr. Rasmussen is professor of philosophy at St. John’s University in New York and is coauthor (with Douglas J. Den Uyl) of Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2005). Here, Dr. Stephen Hicks interviews Dr. Rasmussen about his talk on Philippa Foot’s book Natural Goodness, given to Professor Klein’s Ethical Theory class:

CEE Spring 2010 Guest Speakers

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship has invited three interesting guest speakers to Rockford University this semester:

William Kline: David Hume and Ethics

March 17

Dr. William Kline is Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at University of Illinois, Springfield. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has published in the Journal of Value Inquiry and the Journal of Business Ethics.


Jeffrey P. Orduno: Property Rights and the Law

March 30

Jeffrey Orduno is an associate in the law firm of McGreevy Williams. He is a Rockford University alum and received his JD from John Marshall Law School. His practice includes business litigation and transactions, as well as matters related to land use and construction.


Douglas B. Rasmussen: Aristotle and Contemporary Ethics

April  23 & 26

Dr. Douglas Rasmussen is professor of philosophy at St. John’s University in New York. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Marquette University. Dr. Rasmussen has authored numerous articles in a variety of journals and is coauthor (with Douglas J. Den Uyl) of Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2005).

All who are interested may attend. We hope to see you there!

Also, view the PDF of our flyer.

Locations and exact times forthcoming.

For more information, contact CEE [at]