Philosophy and Morality

Jon Moline discusses the relationship between ethics and practical wisdom. He argues that a sense of priority honors the autonomy of the self, is fundamental to human agency, and is central to an understanding of the absolute rights of human beings. He comments on the relationship between moral philosophy and religion, the state of academic philosophy in America, and the role of philosophy in a technologically sophisticated society.

At the time of this interview, Moline, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1979-80), was professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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