Regarding Glen Cipriani’s contention that Bee ethics columnist Andrew Fiala of Fresno State is “dangerous,” (letter, March 31) I couldn’t agree more. Since Socrates was forced to drink poison, philosophers have been thought of as dangerous precisely because they dare question conventional wisdom, customs and entrenched ideologies.
That skeptical outlook is also a mark of true democracy where wisdom rests ultimately with us, the people, rather that with some “higher authority” seen as the guardian of all truth once and forever.
But Andrew Fiala is no relativist who sees no differences between right and wrong, truth and falsehood. Rather, he seeks to give us tools to examine ethical assertions from various perspectives thereby allowing the individual to make informed decisions and to act on them.
We Fresno Bee readers are fortunate to have a professional philosopher as a regular columnist to stretch our minds and and help guide us in finding our own version of truth.
Earl Cruser, Visalia