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|Can Democracy Survive – Of Tea Parties and Occupyi|
|Date: ||March 25th, 2012 |
|Information: ||Democracy requires parties and persons who listen respectfully to one another and who seek mutual understanding. Democracy requires citizens that know and act upon the political and social world around them in the light of that knowledge. Democracy requires citizens that care for and commit to the public good. In short, democracy requires civility, intelligence, and passion. Separate these requirements from each other and they become destructive of person and place and society. And yet, this seems to be what is happening in what may be called a time of fragmentation, anger, and distrust. What then is to be done? Thus, my reflection on the current scene, on the 99% and the 1%.
Dr. Howard B. Radest is Dean Emeritus of The Humanist Institute and a member of the National Council of Ethical Culture Leaders. He is a consulting member [emeritus] of the SC Medical Association Ethics Committee. He is consultant to the Center for Preparedness, School of Public Health, University of South Carolina and a former member of the Board of the Association for Moral Education. He is a member of the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophic Thought. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the Appignani Center for Bioethics. He is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Inquiry. He is Board Chair of The Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City.
From 1992-2008, he was Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at The University of South Carolina-Beaufort where he taught medical ethics, comparative religion, and social and political philosophy. He served as Ethics Consultant to Hilton Head Hospital and was Chair of its Biomedical Ethics Committee. He served as Director [Headmaster] of The Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City [1979-1991]. Prior to that he was Professor of Philosophy and Director of the School of American Studies at Ramapo College in New Jersey (1970-1979). He was Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Fairleigh Dickinson University and at The Union Graduate School. He was Executive Director of The American Ethical Union (1963-1969) and Leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, NJ (1956-1963).
Dr. Radest was the founder and first chair (1983-1991) of the University Seminar On Moral Education, Columbia University. He is a member of the Board of the North American Committee for Humanism (NACH). He served from 1978-88 as Co-Chair of The International Humanist and Ethical Union. He was member of the Mental Health Board of Bergen County (NJ) and of the Board of Managers of Bergen Pines County Hospital. He was Chair of the Bergen Country Health and Welfare Council and Vice President of the NJ State Welfare Council. He is on the editorial boards of The Humanist and Religious Humanism.
In addition to his numerous articles, his books are Toward Common Ground (Ungar, 1968), a history of the Ethical Culture Movement in the U.S., Can We Teach Ethics? (Praeger. 1989), The Devil and Secular Humanism (Praeger, 1990), Community Service, Encounter With Strangers (Praeger, 1993), Humanism With A Human Face (Praeger, 1996), Felix Adler: An Ethical Culture, (Peter Lang, Publishers, 1998), From Clinic To Classroom--Medical Ethics and Moral Education, (Praeger, 2000), Biomedical Ethics, editor, (Prometheus, 2007), Ethics and Public Health in a Time of Terror [The Center for Preparedness [CDC] at the School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, 2006], Bioethics: Catastrophes in a Time of Terror [Lexington, 2009].
Dr. Radest received his B.A. at Columbia College, his M.A. in Philosophy and Psychology at The New School For Social Research and his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Columbia University. He is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, He is a member of the Society For the Advancement of American Philosophy, of Phi Beta Kappa, received the Felix Adler Lifetime Achievement Award , the Distinguished Service Award (1994) of The Humanist Institute, The Distinguished Service Award (1993) of the American Humanist Association, The Kuhmerker Award (1988) of The Moral Education Association, and was a Cornell Scholar and a Hillman Scholar. He is listed in Who’s Who and Who’s Who in Education.
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