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Rediehs Wins International Essay Contest

LauraRediehsAssociate Professor of Philosophy Laura Rediehs was named a co-winner in the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs’ 2012 international student/teacher essay competition, “Ethics for a Connected World.”  Rediehs won in the teacher/postgraduate category, the Carnegie Council announced this past week.

The essay question was, “In your opinion, what is the greatest ethical challenge or dilemma facing the planet?”

We have let economics replace ethics as a guide to life, and in doing so, we have devalued people and the associated virtues of respect, cooperation, empathy, and compassion,” Rediehs writes in the opening of her essay. “This problem underlies and complicates the more specific ethical challenges we face.”

Later in the essay, she writes, “Ethics is about the well-being of people, and so it is ethics that should be the end while money is merely one kind of means. By restoring this proper relationship, we resist the temptation to regard money and ethics as existing in opposition to each other.”

Rediehs will receive an Amazon gift card, a copy of Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader, and a Carnegie Council winner’s certificate.

In total, the Council received 211 entries from 26 countries (plus some foreign nationals living in the U.S.). The youngest contestants were 14 and the oldest was 50.

Rediehs has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion from Earlham College as well as a master’s and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. She is the coordinator of St. Lawrence’s peace studies program and teaches a wide range of philosophy courses, including Philosophy of Science, Modern Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Reasoning, and Symbolic Logic and also courses in Peace Studies.

Read Rediehs' essay.

Posted: February 25, 2013

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