Atlas of Ethics
We have atlases of everything. For everywhere. In our explorations of the ethics cosmos, however, we have not yet found a reliable atlas that maps the connections between places and their associations with philosophers past and present, especially those central to the history of ethics and of ethical ideas.
So...we decided to come up with our own atlas. Philosophers of ethics are first and foremost uncommon navigators, whose original and ground-breaking guide books outline for us their best ideas about how to live the life well-lived. And often, these ideas are associated with particular places. Indeed, philosophers have routinely immortalized places in their most famous works. Think about it. Socrates and Athens. Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Geneva. Alexis de Tocqueville and America.
Mindful of this end...where can you take an Atlas of Ethics? First, you can take it a resource about the special places related to the journeys of philosophers of ethics. Second, and equally important, consider it a charting and mapping of their ethical ideas as well.
In this series of podcasts, we feature and discover the influence and the appeal of the homes and communities where philosophers of ethics once lived or now work as well as the place of their ideas in the contemporary geography of ethics.
Confucius in the Cognitive Age with Donald J. Munro, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Philosophy and Asian Language and Cultures, University of Michigan.