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Fri, Mar 15



Ghosts in Our Bones

A Magee Ethics Workshop

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Ghosts in Our Bones
Ghosts in Our Bones

Time & Location

Mar 15, 2024, 9:00 AM CDT – Mar 16, 2024, 12:20 PM CDT

Houston, 5200 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, USA

About the event

With Sean Fitzpatrick, online and in-person hybrid event.

Embedded in our ethical codes is an implicit assumption that we can successfully attain a kind of professional purity. If we follow the rules diligently, we can stay on the proper side of a divide between "ethical" practitioners and "unethical" practitioners. This may lead to two different false assurances -- one, that our work is somehow shadowless, without flaw or potential harm to clients, or two, that the codes themselves are sufficient guides to ensure ethical practice. Lurking behind this fantasy of purity is a deeper belief that somehow we can escape our complicity in systems that are always flawed, protective of those with power, and built with old, outdated, or problematic assumptions that have retreated into the fog of history.

Another path -- the one eloquently proposed by philosopher Alexis Shotwell in "Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times" -- is an acceptance that we will always live and practice within tensions between ethical and unethical, helpful and unhelpful, past and present, conscious and unconscious. Rather than a surrender to scrupulosity -- the endless pursuit of a perfection forever retreating before us -- we can accept our interdependence and participation in the whole: good and bad, harmful and healing. Using film, lecture, and discussion, we will explore how we can perceive, and welcome, the ghosts living in the bones of our profession, our communities, our individual lives.

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