Mondays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 26–Apr. 30
Coordinator: Rachel Jones
In this course, we will explore a range of different philosophical approaches to ethical and moral problems. We will examine some of the most influential ethical theories, such as virtue ethics, Kantian rule-based approaches, consequentialist approaches, and feminist ethics of care. We will also address specific ethical problems arising from contemporary technologies. The course will conclude with a discussion session where we will debate the relative merits of the different theories and approaches examined.
- Mar. 26: Introduction to the course; Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. Dr. Chris DiTeresi, assistant professor in philosophy and director of undergraduate programs for philosophy at Mason. His research and teaching expertise is in Aristotle, philosophy of science (especially biology), and American pragmatism. DiTeresi has a PhD in conceptual and historical studies in science from the University of Chicago.
- Apr. 2: Kantian deontological ethics vs. ethics of care approaches. Dr. Rachel Jones, associate professor in philosophy and chair of the Philosophy Department at Mason. Her research and teaching interests are Kant, post-Kantian continental philosophy, philosophy of art, and feminist philosophy. She holds a PhD in philosophy and literature from the University of Warwick, UK.
- Apr. 9: Consequentialism and the ethical problems arising from emerging technologies. Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick, assistant director, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at Mason. His area of expertise is in the ethical and social implications of emerging technologies, especially military technology. He has a PhD in political theory and public policy from the University of Maryland.
- Apr. 16: Brain injury, consciousness and bioethics. Dr. Andrew Peterson, research assistant professor, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at Mason, with expertise in bioethics, consciousness, and the ethics of neuroimaging after severe brain injury. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario.
- Apr. 23: Nicomachean ethics and Alain Locke’s “The Ethics of Culture.” Dr. Rose Cherubin, associate professor of philosophy and director of graduate programs for philosophy at Mason. Her research interests include the relationships between inquiry, justice, beauty, and good in the works of Aristotle and Alain Locke.
- Apr. 30: Concluding discussion. Doctors Jones, Kirkpatrick, and Peterson will return.