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In "Virtue Ethics," a Tapestry of Faith program
The future, which we hold in trust for our own children, will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children. — Marian Wright Edelman
IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we learned about the life of one of our Canadian Unitarian ancestors, Lotta Hitschmanova. We talked about whether everyday games we play are fair, and how fairness relates to justice.
Leveling the Playing Field
Remember this dilemma from today's workshop?
As part of an experiment, you are offered $100. There are two stipulations to the offer: 1) You must share it with a partner. However, you decide how much to keep and how much to share. 2 ) If your partner refuses their share, neither of you gets a penny. How much do you offer your partner? 50/50? What if the partner says, "I won't accept anything less than $90." What do you do?
This experiment was actually performed. Online (Economics vs Logic) you can read the results and many interesting questions they raised, such as "When is keeping a good reputation more important than financial self-interest?" and "How does this dilemma translate into supply-and-demand capitalism?"
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Last updated on Friday, March 16, 2012.
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