Disaster ethicsNew Course in Philosophy!

AS 20095 ST: Disaster, Disease, and Despair: Ethics at the End of the World.

Professor Kim Garchar

When life becomes precarious and our futures uncertain, what do we owe to others? To ourselves? Perhaps most importantly, why should we care? This course explores decision-making in times of crisis and questions about the value of life itself. Weaving existential philosophy throughout our investigation, we attempt to address why we should care at all and why hope is warranted. Authors such as Frankel, Camus, and Beauvoir, all of whom rebuilt their lives after the Holocaust, offer insights into not just how to live, but how to live hopefully.

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The Philosophy Department at Kent State University is located in 320 Bowman Hall. Our faculty represent a wide range of research specializations, and we are all committed to our department's unique pluralistic curriculum.

The department offers the B.A. and M.A. degrees in philosophy, with more than 75 courses from which to choose. In addition to the traditional major and minor, the department is home to the Healthcare Ethics minor. Our courses are integral to the university's Pre-Law minor, the Women's Studies program, and more.




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    Undergraduate Programs

    The Department of Philosophy at Kent State University offers an undergraduate program of study in philosophy

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    The Master of Arts degree program in philosophy at Kent State University offers intensive, in-depth study of philosophy, with particular attention to the diversity and plurality of philosophical methods, perspectives, and traditions, and their relation to other disciplines.