Ethics

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The minor in Ethics is an attractive opportunity the Department of Philosophy & Religion can offer students as a welcome, minor load in a liberal arts education that enriches both their humanity and professional cache. For example, one can imagine a business administrator or physician assistant with a minor in ethics as someone a good employer would especially want on board.


Minor Requirements

The minor in Ethics consists of 15 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Course

Choose one of the following:

  • PHI 2110 Introduction to Philosophy (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 2200 Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Ethical Problems (3 s.h.)

Elective Courses

Choose 12 s.h. from the following courses:

  • PHI 2110 Introduction to Philosophy (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 2200 Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Ethical Problems (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 2000 Ethics Bowl (3 s.h. for three-year participation)
  • PHI 3200 Business Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 3400 Medical Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 3350 Environmental Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • PHI/REL 3600 The Meaning of Death (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 4200 Ethical Foundations of Criminal Justice (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 4850 Seminar in Philosophy (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 4990 Independent Study in Philosophy (3 s.h.)
  • REL 1500 Eastern Religions (3 s.h.)

Contact the Ethics Program

Dr. Kevin Hoffman

Kevin Hoffman, Ph.D.

Chair & Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion
(910) 480-8530
Trustees 200D
Dr. Kevin Hoffman
Kevin Hoffman, Ph.D.

Chair & Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion

B.A., Valparaiso University; Ph.D., Fordham University

Bio:

My introduction to philosophy explores fundamental ideas about justice and personal love—two topics we spend a great deal of time sorting through regardless of job or technical degree.  In courses on religion, my approach is existential, treating questions of faith just as those who hold their beliefs actually do.  In either case, what matters is that these things matter, since what we care about, and how we understand those concerns, determines how we live outside the classroom.  No surprise, then, that my own scholarship devotes special attention to the Danish writer Søren Kierkegaard, who once said: “If we should believe nothing that we cannot see with our physical eyes, then we first and foremost ought to give up believing in love.”  More surprising may be how students end up learning something about their own selves—for example, whether one truly, actually thinks playing a video game is more enjoyable than changing a diaper.  At first blush, the answer seems obvious until you try to fit that answer into a coherent view of what is worthwhile in human life.

In addition to books and fountain pens, my other tools include a hammer, saw, drill, block plane, and sewing machine.  These are handy for constructing a cool desk and chair, for example, to go with the books and pens.

Publications include The Divine Madness of Romantic Ideals, A Reader’s Guide for Kierkegaard’s Stages on Life’s Way, and the forthcoming Exceptionally Common Courage, Fear and Trembling and the Puzzle of Kierkegaard’s Authorship.

(910) 480-8530
Trustees 200D