Matthew T. Phillips

Ethical Towers of Babel

In a commentary about international sports governing bodies, Frank Deford says, “the general problem with international athletic federations is that they’re simply too unwieldy — too many cultures in too many countries. They’re both ethically and organizationally a Tower of Babel.”

When people from different backgrounds try to act together, does diversity in culture and values stand in the way of ethical conduct? Or, given a robust system for making ethical decisions, can that diversity fuel richer discussion and more informed conclusions?

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