In an attempt to keep a discussion on sexism and abuse going, I published an article last weekend on Common Edge. All thoughts welcome.
The Shitty Architect: A #MeToo Short Story
There is no place in any professional or personal group to accept "sexually aggressive and abusive behavior" Yet, I regret that colleagues are asking for rescinding professional awards to architects that may have displayed such behavior. The awards are for their work, not their behavior. If this should be a yard stick, lets banish all work from Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
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You bring up an issue insufficiently discussed in this debate: How to evaluate or re-evaluate works by alleged offenders. Daniela Solarie, daughter of Paolo Soleri, had an interesting quote about her being sexually molested by her father. I'm not sure everyone can, or should, compartmentalize, though."...unless a work is an extension or expression of an individual's antisocial behaviors, or enriches and affirms those, I need to assess that work separately from its maker."Sexual abuse: It's you, him, and his work
So is it OK for Harvey Weinstein to win awards for his movies even though?
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Yes. It is also important whether all these people have been convicted of a crime or just accused of it. The "Weinstein case' may be a particular instance of a floundering criminal case.
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Merriam-Webster defines ethics as "an area of study that deals with ideas about what is good and bad behavior : a branch of philosophy dealing with what is morally right or wrong."
Oxford dictionaries define ethics as "Moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an activity." And…
"The branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.
Schools of ethics in Western philosophy can be divided, very roughly, into three sorts. The first, drawing on the work of Aristotle, holds that the virtues (such as justice, charity, and generosity) are dispositions to act in ways that benefit both the person possessing them and that person's society. The second, defended particularly by Kant, makes the concept of duty central to morality: humans are bound, from a knowledge of their duty as rational beings, to obey the categorical imperative to respect other rational beings. Thirdly, utilitarianism asserts that the guiding principle of conduct should be the greatest happiness or benefit of the greatest number"
Richard, regarding your comment, "ethics is not defined by morals":
I try to avoid sentiment, emotions and overly subjective belief in judging legal, even ethical behavior, and look to definitions and accepted rules as the appropriate "standard". I, as a student, once parked in the (empty) faculty lot next to the UVa Architecture School at 4:30 in the morning when I needed to pick up some materials. In the few minutes I was inside, campus police gave me a ticket. I argued, "How can it be judged a parking offence if no one is offended?!" In return I was asked, "Did you park where you were not permitted?" "Yes." "Then pay the fine."
You conveniently demonstrate the competitive nature of ethics and morals, particularly when evaluating other societies (Speer's world) or times as context. That's why we had civil war in this country. But today, with or without specific rules ("Collusion is not a crime."}, especially when someone else is morally offended, mistreated and endangered, it's hard to separate morality from ethics; personal from societal; individual from Institutional. AIA.