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Monday, September 10, 2012

'The Ethicist' Explains How To 'Be Good'

 
Randy Cohen served as "The Ethicist" for The New York Times Magazine for 12 years.
Courtesy Chronicle Books Randy Cohen served as "The Ethicist" for The New York Times Magazine for 12 years.

After 12 years writing a column on ethics, Randy Cohen is convinced ethics is not a moving target, unique to time or place.

"I believe there are a set of principles that are so profound and so essentially moral that if I were just slightly smarter and slightly more eloquent, I could travel everywhere and persuade everyone that they should apply," he tells Weekend Edition guest host Linda Wertheimer.

Cohen's column, "The Ethicist," was featured in The New York Times Magazine. He answers more questions of scruples in his new book, Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.

More from NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday (click here).

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