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Dr. Bruce Weinstein Ph.D.

Self Description

December 2006: "Dr. Bruce Weinstein is a professional ethicist whose interactive talks show how all of us can make better decisions using 4 simple steps. He received a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a doctorate in philosophy and medical ethics from Georgetown University.

Dr. Weinstein is the author or editor of four books and the author of over 20 articles on ethics. His work has appeared in such publications as Journal of the American Medical Association, Investor's Business Daily, and Family Circle.

His latest book, What Should I Do? 4 Simple Steps to Making Better Decisions in Everyday Life (Perigee/Penguin) was chosen as a Finalist for the Books for a Better Life award. It has just been published in Japanese by Kadokawa Shoten.

He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and other television networks.

Dr. Weinstein is a W.K. Kellogg National Fellow and lives in New York."

Third-Party Descriptions

March 2008: 'Bruce Weinstein, who writes the Ask the Ethics Guy! column for, agrees. "Taking a sick day for a job interview is just as bad as using company time to nap or surf the Internet for fun," he says. "That's not what you're hired for. Sure, 99% of people may do it, but does that make it right? If 99% of people cheated on their taxes, would that make it right for you to do it, too?"'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) BusinessWeek Source Dec 20, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Georgetown University Organization Dec 17, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) Swarthmore College Organization Dec 17, 2006

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Mar 31, 2008 The Issue: Using Sick Time for Interviews: A difficult choice about using time off strains an employee's conscience and leads him to fake being sick

QUOTE: Is it really unethical for a usually faultless and diligent information technology senior director—or any employee, for that matter—to use one measly sick day—fabricating the need to see a doctor for bronchitis—to go on a job interview?

Jan 28, 2008 The Ethics of Office Gambling

QUOTE: It doesn't matter who you're rooting for in the Super Bowl. It's a bad bet to gamble in the workplace.

Dec 20, 2007 Ethics at the Movies

QUOTE: Films—both new and old—remind us that the nature of our actions informs the nature of the consequences, whether in our personal lives or at work.

Nov 27, 2007 The Ethics of Tipping and Regifting

QUOTE: Yes, you should show gratitude to those who help you throughout the year, but do so with sense and sensitivity.

Oct 15, 2007 If It's Legal, It's Ethical…Right?

QUOTE: The recent case of a TV crew allowing a woman to drive while drunk reminds us, when the law falls short, refer to the higher authority of ethics

Sep 27, 2007 The Ethics of Outsourcing Customer Service: Sending jobs overseas may be good for the bottom line in the short term, but frustrated customers will vote with their wallets.

QUOTE: Showing a profound disrespect for customer satisfaction is why outsourcing customer service is unethical, and the damage that this practice does to a company's reputation and long-term financial prospects is why it is an unwise business move.

Jun 28, 2007 Ethics and the iPhone

QUOTE: Does the "i" in iPhone stand for iSolation? It doesn't bode well for society when everyone is plugged in and tuned out

Jun 27, 2007 The Golden Rule, Slightly Tarnished: Sometimes a Good Samaritan Expects a Handout in Return

QUOTE: This is the unspoken agreement between losers and finders, the Good Samaritan pact that provides a flicker of hope when we misplace the pocket-size items that we rely on to navigate our days. But...Some people exploit their roles as finders to make a quick buck.

Washington Post
Jun 21, 2007 The Ethics of Apologies: These few simple rules will help you give apologies meaningfully and accept them gracefully

QUOTE: Recall that fairness or justice requires, among other things, that the punishment should fit the crime, and some forms of wrongful conduct are so serious that a mere "I'm sorry" isn't enough of a response. With these two principles in mind, I propose the following guidelines for giving and accepting apologies.

Jun 14, 2007 The Ethics of Grief: What to do—and what to avoid—when you or a person you care about has lost someone dear

QUOTE: I have some insights that may be useful to you when you find yourself dealing with the loss of a loved one, or when a co-worker or friend is going through such an ordeal .... These guidelines are applications of the five ethical principles that guide us through all of our professional and personal relationships.

Apr 12, 2007 Do I Have to Admit I'm Job-Hunting?: Be fair to yourself by seeing this as an opportunity for both you and the company to benefit (The Ethics Guy)

QUOTE: Our ethical obligation to tell the truth does not mean that we have to answer every question we are asked. Only those with a right to be told the truth can demand a response to their questions.

Mar 22, 2007 Imagine a World Without Ethics: Why do we behave ethically? Just think what life would be like if everyone did what they wanted, without regard for consequences

QUOTE: It doesn't take long to realize that it's in our own interest to take ethics seriously, to do our level best to apply the five Life Principles that we've discussed in this column, and to do what we can to correct the injustices we encounter in everyday life.

Mar 15, 2007 The Customer Isn't Always Right: Business ethics isn't just about what businesses owe customers—it's also about what customers owe in return

QUOTE: Just because you have a right to do something doesn't mean it's right to do it. I can't imagine the management of the store looking kindly on what you're doing.

Mar 07, 2007 Yes, You Can Be Too Generous: Righting a wrong is appropriate, but going overboard is unfair to oneself. Plus: Think twice before firing off that nasty e-mail to a pundit

QUOTE: It is possible to give too much of oneself...However, I don't think your response fits this category. Although the ethical principle of fairness did require you to right the wrong, your going above and beyond the call of duty is praiseworthy.

Feb 28, 2007 Workforce Tattletales: It's difficult, but you really should out a drug-taking co-worker, and yourself when you've been willy-nilly with the expense account

QUOTE: You know that one of your colleagues is abusing drugs while on the job...It may be tempting to think that it's none of your business and to therefore do nothing, but no matter what your job is or where you work, a colleague who is abusing drugs places others—and him or herself—at risk of harm.

Feb 15, 2007 Principle No. 4: Be Fair (Part 2): In order to determine fairness, including just punishment, we need to start by asking the right questions

QUOTE: We now turn to two more ways in which we can evince fairness in everyday life: retributive justice and rectificatory justice.

Feb 08, 2007 Principle No. 4: Be Fair (Part 1): We can learn everything we need to know about the concept of fairness by looking at how some children behave at birthday parties

QUOTE: This story introduces us to three branches of the concept of fairness. Imagine a pie chart that represents justice, divided into three equal wedges. They represent, in no particular order: distributive justice, retributive justice, and rectificatory justice.

Jan 03, 2007 Should I Lie to Help the Company?: Writing book reviews under false names for Web sites is wrong—even if the boss asks you to do it because it could help juice sales

QUOTE: Writing a false review, which here means writing under a fake name or claiming to like a book that you don't—or both—is wrong, plain and simple .... It isn't right to lie just because it may be legal to do so.

Dec 21, 2006 Should I 'fess Up to Lying on My Résumé?: Think that everyone does it, so there's no harm in your little "untruth"? Think again, says the Ethics Guy

QUOTE: widespread lying on résumés doesn't justify your doing the same thing. I can't imagine how you could know that most of your friends and co-workers lied on their own job applications, but even if it's true, it's ethically irrelevant to how you should conduct yourself.

Sep 06, 2005 Fame & Fortune: Bruce 'The Ethics Guy' Weinstein

QUOTE: ...even if one files for bankruptcy and no longer has a legal obligation to repay one's creditors, that doesn't mean one does not have an ethical obligation to pay them back. When we borrow money, whether from a friend, relative or a bank, we're making a promise to re-pay our creditors. Even if bankruptcy laws allow us to wipe out our debt, the people who loaned us money did so in good faith and rightly expect to be re-paid.