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The Ethics Professors: Political Scandals, Clothing Consciousness & Federal Fumbles

May 23, 2013

Would you pay more for an article of clothing if it meant the person who made it worked in safe factory conditions and earned a fair wage?


On this broadcast of Up to Date Ethics Professors Wayne Vaught and Clancy Martin  join Steve Kraske to look at whether shoppers and retailers should bear some responsibility for welfare of the workers producing the goods we buy.

Plus, they examine the reentry of two disgraced politicians to the halls of government, the recent revelations regarding the Justice Department's collecting of Associated Press phone records, and the Supreme Court's ruling in a David and Goliath case.

Wayne Vaught is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of philosophy and medicine, and director of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics at UMKC. His primary research focus is in the area of biomedical ethics, with an emphasis on ethical issues in pediatrics. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy, psychology and religion at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., a master's in philosophy at Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy with a concentration in medical ethics from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Clancy Martin is a professor of philosophy at UMKC. He works on 19th and 20th Century European philosophy, the intersections of philosophy and literature, and the ethics of advertising and selling. Clancy has authored, coauthored and edited several books in philosophy, including Love, Lies, and Marriage, Honest Work with Robert Solomon and Joanne Ciulla, and The Philosophy of Deception. He has published more than two dozen articles and reviews on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Romanticism and the virtue of truthfulness and has also translated Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Clancy also publishes fiction in Noon, McSweeneys and elsewhere. Clancy earned his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Texas at Austin.