Current Controversies & Philosophy

OSH 265 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: TBA
Instructor: Adam Hauptfeld

Course Description

Reasoned public debate is often impeded by the social, political, and financial allegiances of the participants. The philosophy class is a special place governed by the suspension of all such biases, the adoption of an open mind, and the pursuit of truth wherever it may lead. A philosophy class is therefore the ideal setting for discussing current events with one's peers, aided by the instructor who will provide relevant background knowledge, a primer on ethical theory, and an introduction to philosophical concepts we can use to think about our values and how they relate to what is happening in our world today. 

Week 1 Introduction to ethical theory    
Week 2 Public safety and public health 
Week 3 Property rights, inequality, and redistribution 
Week 4 Fake News
Week 5 "Nudging" - The philosophy of our most recent economics Nobel laureate 
Week 6 Native American Mascots

Adam Hauptfeld  
is a current graduate student at the University of Miami. He graduated from the University of California - Santa Cruz in 2009 with a BA in Philosophy. His interests are in metaphysics and epistemology.

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