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Reflection on a First-Year Professorship: The Problem with Ethics Courses

Spending a year teaching philosophy has brought forth a number of experiences and realizations, many of which are negative, unfortunately.  A portion of these are negative because of the structure of the institution and ways in which things are set up; and another moiety is negative because of the relaxation of standards at institutions of higher learning –and I expect it is the case that I’ve seen the worst of the worst at a community college, but, in discussing with fellow grad students, I fear that isn’t necessarily true.  There certainly were positive takeaways, as well.  In this reflection, I’d like to express my concern for the subject matter of ethics, mostly in terms of instruction, but also, in passing, in terms of the disrepair of the branch of philosophy. Continue reading

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