Conversation on Community
Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
My research is focused on developing a multi-layered and holistic understanding of ethical value-structures underlying societal and individual beliefs, practices, and institutions. In assessing the ethical impact of a complex phenomenon, such as the effect of globalization on the issue of personal autonomy, I develop a reflective equilibrium between the relevant empirical factors (such as the cultural context and the focus group for such a study) and the normative forces at work (including ethical norms such as justice and well-being used in assessing the ethical impact of globalization on people’s lives). The ability to look at complex ethical issues from multiple perspectives is also what I most enjoy conveying to my students.