#18 Sweating the Small Stuff

Credit:  Alli

Credit: Alli

Philosophers talk a lot about big ethical transgressions: murder, cheating, trolley problems, etc. What about the real-life choices you actually have to make every day? Dustyn and Whitney explore the small ethical transgressions people commit all the time. How bad is it to steal from the self check-out line? Can you lie to kids to make them behave? What about googling someone before a first date?


Rene Chun, The Banana Trick and Other Acts of Self-Checkout Thievery, The Atlantic, March 2018.

Rebecca Hersher, How Small Fibs Lead to Big Lies, NPR, October 2016. 

Garrett, N., Lazzaro, S.C., Ariely, D., and Sharot, T. (2016). Nature Neuroscience. The brain adapts to dishonesty

Welsh, D.T., Ordonez, L.D., Snyder, D.G., Christian, M.S. (2015). Journal of Applied Psychology. The Slippery Slope: How Small Ethical Transgressions Pave the Way for Larger Future Transgressions

Philosophers on Lying

Peyser, E. Don't Google Me Before Our First Date, Cosmopolitan, 2016.