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Background[ edit ] The Ethical movement was an outgrowth of the general loss of faith among the intellectuals of the Victorian era. In the early nineteenth century, the chapel became known as "a radical gathering-place". Its objective was "The cultivation of a perfect character in each and all.
Davidson was a major proponent of a structured philosophy about religionethicsand social reform. We, recognizing the evils and wrongs that must beset men so long as our social life is based upon selfishness, rivalry, and ignorance, and Ethics across culture above all things to supplant it by a life based upon unselfishness, love, and wisdom, unite, for the purpose of realizing the higher life among ourselves, and of inducing and enabling others to do the same.
And we now form ourselves into a Society, to be called the Guild [Fellowship] of the New Life, to carry out this purpose. As part of his education, he enrolled at the University of Heidelbergwhere he was influenced by neo-Kantian philosophy.
He was especially drawn to the Kantian ideas that one could not prove the existence or non-existence of deities or immortality and that morality could be established independently of theology.
These experiences laid the intellectual groundwork for the ethical movement. Upon his return from Germany, inhe shared his ethical vision with his father's congregation in the form of a sermon.
Due to the negative reaction he elicited it became his first and last sermon as a rabbi in training. The belief that morality is independent of theology; The affirmation that new moral problems have arisen in modern industrial society which have not been adequately dealt with by the world's religions; The duty to engage in philanthropy in the advancement of morality; The belief that self-reform should go in lock step with social reform; The establishment of republican rather than monarchical governance of Ethical societies The agreement that educating the young is the most important aim.
In effect, the movement responded to the religious crisis of the time by replacing theology with unadulterated morality. It aimed to "disentangle moral ideas from religious doctrinesmetaphysical systems, and ethical theories, and to make them an independent force in personal life and social relations.
He therefore attempted to provide a universal fellowship devoid of ritual and ceremony, for those who would otherwise be divided by creeds. For the same reasons the movement also adopted a neutral position on religious beliefs, advocating neither atheism nor theismagnosticism nor deism.
The Adlerian emphasis on "deed not creed" translated into several public service projects. The year after it was founded, the New York society started a kindergarten, a district nursing service and a tenement-house building company.
Later they opened the Ethical Culture Schoolthen called the "Workingman's School," a Sunday school and a summer home for children, and other Ethical societies soon followed suit with similar projects. Unlike the philanthropic efforts of the established religious institutions of the time, the Ethical societies did not attempt to proselytize those they helped.
In fact, they rarely attempted to convert anyone. New members had to be sponsored by existing members, and women were not allowed to join at all until They also resisted formalization, though nevertheless slowly adopted certain traditional practices, like Sunday meetings and life cycle ceremonies, yet did so in a modern humanistic context.
Inthe four existing societies unified under the umbrella organization, the American Ethical Union. In efforts were made to revitalize and societies were created in New Jersey and Washington D. By there were thirty societies with a total national membership of over 5, However, the resuscitated movement differed from its predecessor in a few ways.
The newer groups were being created in suburban locales and often to provide alternative Sunday schools for children, with adult activities as an afterthought. There was also a greater focus on organization and bureaucracy, along with an inward turn emphasizing the needs of the group members over the more general social issues that had originally concerned Adler.
The result was a transformation of American ethical societies into something much more akin to small Christian congregations in which the minister 's most pressing concern is to tend to his or her flock. As ofthere were fewer than 10, official members of the Ethical movement.
One of Felix Adler's colleagues, Stanton Coitvisited them in London to discuss the "aims and principles" of their American counterparts. In the first British ethical society was founded. Coit took over the leadership of South Place for a few years.
Ethical societies flourished in Britain. By the four London societies formed the Union of Ethical Societies, and between and there were over fifty societies in Great Britain, seventeen of which were affiliated with the Union.
Part of this rapid growth was due to Coit, who left his role as leader of South Place in after being denied the power and authority he was vying for.
Because he was firmly entrenched in British ethicism, Coit remained in London and formed the West London Ethical Society, which was almost completely under his control.Business Ethics across Cultures: A Social Cognitive Model Alexander D. Stajkovic Fred Luthans This article presents a social cognitive model that identifies, defines and relates key comprehensive fac- tors that impact on business ethical standards and conduct across cultures.
This new text/reader for Introduction to Ethics courses explores the rich ethical traditions of the West and the East. History Background. The Ethical movement was an outgrowth of the general loss of faith among the intellectuals of the Victorian era.A precursor to the doctrines of the ethical movement can be found in the South Place Ethical Society, founded in as the South Place Chapel on Finsbury Square, on the edge of the City of London.
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Different cultures have different rules of conduct and therein lies the issue addressed in this paper. That issue is: understanding the roots of ethics across the two cultures.
Primary cultural values are transmitted to a culture’s members by parenting and socialization, education, and religion. I’ve learned by sharing the Giving Voice to Values approach with audiences around the world — in India, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, China, the Philippines, the U.A.E., Cairo, Moscow, Costa Rica, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, and all over Europe — that there are key ways to building ethical workplaces across cultures.
Ethical issues across cultures: managing the differing perspectives of China and the USA Dennis A. Pitta Professor of Marketing, University of Baltimore, Baltimore.