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I have to disagree on Cohen. He may sometimes get things right, but his approach to ethics is profoundly crippled by his assumption that the circumstances underlying any given problem are themselves the result of an ethical process and are inherently fair, so that any bucking of the rules is therefore unethical.

He's not really much of an ethicist. More of an apologist for the status quo.

Hey PW: That sounds about right for a NYT column.

I think he had this answer right though. And in the one before it he told a woman to continue her extra-marital affair so he's not completely rigid.

I'm easily amused by anyone who calls him/herself an ethicist since my understanding of the subject extends only to the belief that the correct decision is always the most painful one.


Ouch from me as well! And obviously Cohen refrained from criticising Bush & Co. if I read your post correctly Robin!

Helga: No, I'm pretty sure that Cohen was criticizing BushCo's VA budget item that doubled co-pays for some vets. The NYT will get letters about that for sure.

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