The Redemption of Michael Vick
Webcast Q&A: 28 November 2010, Question 3
I answered a question on the redemption of Michael Vick on 28 November 2010. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
How should we judge NFL quarterback Michael Vick? As an animal lover, I was appalled when the NFL allowed Michael Vick to play pro football again after his dog-fighting episodes. But now that he's doing well, part of me wants to cheer for him, telling myself that he's a "reformed man who deserves a second chance". Is that rational of me? How do we know if someone has truly turned over a new leaf morally after prior bad acts?
My Answer, In Brief: Michael Vick seems to have made true steps in the direction of moral reform, and his amazing performance this season seems to be a product of that.
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