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RECENT COURSES & READING GROUPS                                     

Moral Issues in Business 

Fall 2021 (online lecture, asynchronous)

Lebensphilosophie Series.1

“Life in Health and Sickness”

Spring 2020 (online)

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This was a semester-long, interdisciplinary reading group, involving both doctoral students and faculty members. We studied the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Helmuth Plessner, Georges Canguilhem, and other major representatives of Lebensphilosophie (German, "life philosophy", or "philosophy of life"), a school of thought that is grounded on cultural criticism, sociology, and philosophical biology. It focuses more on the corporeal and lived elements of human experience and life.

I will organize more of these reading groups in the future. If you are interested in the rich tradition of Lebensphilosophie, please feel free to join our group. I will post new updates here. 

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Course Description. In this course, we will rely on various theoretical perspectives including sociological, economical, feminist, and decolonial in exploring and analyzing moral issues in business. More specifically, we will learn about the values and assumptions that undergird business and economic market relationships. We will address issues dealing with the moral and ethical foundations of capitalism and free markets as a socio-economic system.

The works of the thinkers that are discussed in this course include R. M. Hare, Richard Rorty, Joseph A. Schumpeter, Gerald Gaus, Erik Olin Wright, Karl Marx, Immanuel Kant, Maurice Hamington, and Ann E. Cudd.