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Questions of Academic Ethics


I have some questions for Jonathan Haidt, the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership in the Business and Society Program at New York University’s Stern School of Business; and for education professionals everywhere.  I don’t mean these questions to be, necessarily, criticisms. I offer them only as a suggested new or expanded perspective, line of inquiry, focus, or direction for Dr. Haidt to consider in his position as a world leader in the study of morality and ethics.

What are, or should be, the ethics of a University?

What is the relationship, if any, between those ethics and the Telos of Truth?

If a University chooses the Telos of Social Justice, or, for that matter, the Telos of ANY ideology, over the Telos of Truth, can that university be considered ethical?

Does the education profession have an oath similar to the Hippocratic Oath of the medical profession?

Or a code of ethics, like that of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers?

If so then what is it?  If not then why not, and what should it be? 

Which schools, if any, best exemplify the ethics and oath of the profession? Which are its worst violators?

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