I am thrilled to begin classes today. I am teaching Logic, Environmental Ethics, and Contemporary Moral Dilemmas. CDM might be my most daring syllabus yet – I am headed to the frontiers of ethics and the outskirts of morality with the following units: Sexual Ethics, Privacy and Honesty, Resources and Consumption, Weapons, Police, and Punishment, and Terrorism, Torture, and Dystopia. In a world where people demand apologies from celebrities on Twitter, out their college roommates, and confine prisoners for 30+ years in solitary, we need new resources and ways of thinking about ethics if we are going to be responsive and awake to often hidden challenges.
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