Philosophy

Derek A. Leben, Bioethics, Fall 2015

Course Description:

We often face moral decisions, but perhaps nowhere are moral decisions more difficult and complex than in the field of medicine. This course will address some of the major ethical issues within the medical field and potential approaches to navigating these difficult problems. The readings are divided into four units: (I) the physician-patient relationship, (II) policies of medical institutions, (III) end of life issues, and (IV) reproductive issues. Students will be responsible for at least two presentations throughout the semester that will discuss the readings and promote class discussion. While there are midterm and final exams, the course will be run as a seminar with a focus on class debate.

Required Texts:

• Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Bioethics, Spring 2014

Course Description:

We often face moral decisions, but perhaps nowhere are moral decisions more difficult and complex than in the field of medicine. This course will address some of the major ethical issues within the medical field and potential approaches to navigating these difficult problems. The readings are divided into four units: (I) the physician-patient relationship, (II) policies of medical institutions, (III) end of life issues, and (IV) reproductive issues. Students will be responsible for at least two presentations throughout the semester that will discuss the readings and promote class discussion. While there are midterm and final exams, the course will be run as a seminar with a focus on class debate.

Required Texts:

• Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Bioethics, Spring 2017

Course Description:

We often face moral decisions, but perhaps nowhere are moral decisions more difficult and complex than in the field of medicine. This course will address some of the major ethical issues within the medical field and potential approaches to navigating these difficult problems. The readings are divided into four units: (I) the physician-patient relationship, (II) end of life issues, (III) reproductive issues, and (IV) policies of medical institutions. Students will be responsible for at least two presentations throughout the semester that will discuss the readings and promote class discussion. While there are midterm and final exams, the course will be run as a seminar with a focus on class debate.

Textbook:

- Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine- 8th Edition

Syllabus: 
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Derek A. Leben, Concepts of Human Nature, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course will examine historically important views of human nature and critically evaluate them. Discovering what features are natural to humans is important for personal identity, the ethical treatment of humans, and political planning. We will divide these views into four broad categories: (I) noble animals, (II) satisfiers, (III) environmental products, (IV) evolutionary and historical products.

Texts:

De Anima by Aristotle
Civilization and its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B.F. Skinner
The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Concepts Of Human Nature, Spring 2014

Course Description:

An introduction to some ways in which ethical and social thought has been influenced by different views of human nature. Readings are from such authors as Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Freud.

Required Texts:

Walden Two by B.F. Skinner
The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
The Better Angels of Our Natures by Steven Pinker
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

Derek A. Leben, Concepts Of Human Nature, Spring 2015

Course Description:

An introduction to some ways in which ethical and social thought has been influenced by different views of human nature. Readings are from such authors as Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Freud.

Required Texts:

-The Study of Human Nature edited by Leslie Stevenson
-Walden Two by B.F. Skinner
-The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
-The Better Angels of Our Natures by Steven Pinker

Derek A. Leben, Concepts of Human Nature, Spring 2017

Course Description:

This course will examine different historical views of human nature and critically evaluate them. Discovering what features are natural to humans is important for personal identity, political planning, ethical treatment of humans and animals, and determining the impacts of medicines and technologies. We will discuss seven views, which characterize humans as essentially:

1. Noble Animals
2. Satisfiers (of appetites, emotions, happiness)
3. Makers
4. Environmental Products
5. Evolutionary Products
6. Machines
7. Experiencers

Texts:

All readings will be provided electronically through Courseweb! I am asking that, in appreciation for not needing to buy books, you please go to the trouble of reading the texts. You can pass the class without doing the readings, but why would you want to? These are some of the most important things ever written in human history, and now is your opportunity to read them!

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Derek A. Leben, Environmental Ethics, Fall 2014

Course Description:

This course deals with moral and philosophical issues having to do with humanity's relationship to the environment and humanity's duties toward future generations and perhaps to nature itself. It will deal both with theory and with practice.

Required Texts:

-Environmental Ethics Pojman and Pojman

Derek A. Leben, Environmental Ethics, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This course deals with ethical issues having to do with humanity's relationship to the environment. The course is divided into an introductory segment followed by three units. The first unit is about “anthropocentric” approaches to the environment, which view humans as the only thing of moral value. The second unit looks at attempts to expand the realm of moral standing to animals, species, life, and even nature itself. The third unit addresses corporate and governmental responsibilities, if any, to the environment.

Required Texts:

No textbook- all readings are available on courseweb.

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Environmental Ethics, Spring 2013

Course Description:

This course deals with moral and philosophical issues having to do with humanity's relationship to the environment and humanity's duties toward future generations and perhaps to nature itself. It will deal both with theory and with practice.

Required Texts:

Syllabus: 

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