I am suspicious enough of the Disney empire to feel skeptical that it will prove an ally in the moral education of my new son. Take Disney’s Pinocchio. In this version of the classic Italian children’s tale, Jiminy Cricket advises the puppet Pinocchio who aspires to become a real boy: Always let your conscience be your guide. As an ethicist and parent, what quarrel could I have with this advice?
For one thing, once anointed as...
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Darlene Fozard Weaver is an assistant professor of theology at Villanova University, where she teaches Christian ethics. She is the author of Self Love and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press).