Ethics Professors Tackle Congressional Pay in the Government Shutdown

Two professors from UMKC shared their thoughts on the ethical issues behind the government shutdown.
Two professors from UMKC shared their thoughts on the ethical issues behind the government shutdown.

University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty weigh in

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Thousands of federal employees are going without paychecks because of inaction in Congress.  So is it really ethical for members of Congress to keep accepting their own paychecks?

On a recent segment of KCUR-FM’s Up to Date, the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Ethics Professors tackle the issue of Congressional pay during a shutdown.

Wayne Vaught is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of philosophy and medicine, and director of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics at UMKC. His primary research focus is in the area of biomedical ethics, with an emphasis on ethical issues in pediatrics. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, psychology and religion at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., a master’s in philosophy at Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy with a concentration in medical ethics from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Clancy Martin is a professor of philosophy at UMKC. He works on 19th and 20th Century European philosophy, the intersections of philosophy and literature, and the ethics of advertising and selling. Clancy has authored, coauthored and edited several books in philosophy, including Love, Lies, and Marriage; The Philosophy of Deception; and with Robert Solomon and Joanne Ciulla, Honest Work. He has published more than two dozen articles and reviews on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Romanticism and the virtue of truthfulness and has also translated Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Clancy also publishes fiction in Noon, McSweeney’s and elsewhere. Clancy earned his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Texas at Austin.

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