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Ethicist Lee talks about Spitzer scandal

Professor of Philosophy Steven Lee was featured in a front-page article, “N.Y.'s hopes have been dashed by sex scandal” in the Wednesday, March 12 edition of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Lee, whose scholarly specialties include applied ethics, explained why the betrayal runs so deep “reveals as much about our society” as what the scandal says about one politician.

The article talks about the “reliable slate of reactions” that follow revelations and sex scandals: disappointment, repugnance and anger. Reactions are often stronger and more emotional when the person at the center of the scandal has built a career and a reputation on “fighting the good fight” and prosecuting the misdeeds of others.

A member of the faculty since 1981, Lee holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Delaware and his Ph.D. from the University of York in Toronto. He has written and co-written several books and articles, and is frequently consulted for his expertise in ethics, nuclear weapons and just war theory.

He is the editor of the new volume “Intervention, Terrorism and Torture: Contemporary Challenges to Just War Theory,” published by Springer in December 2007 and based on papers submitted at a recent meeting of the American Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.

Earlier that year, he was awarded a visiting fellowship in the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

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