For the Fall semester of 2018, I’m planning an upper level course here at the University of Kentucky in ‘Ethics and Public Policy,’ PHI 531, Section 1, which will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:45 pm. The course will begin with an examination of major moral traditions as well as ethical problems that are special challenges for leadership in the policy sphere. We will then survey a variety of policy areas and documents in which moral consideration is deeply important and needed.
- Educational Aims & Policies
- Mass lncarceration
- Healthcare Ethics
- Economic Development Policies
- Climate Change
- Human Rights
- Research Ethics
- Animal Rights
My former students who have studied ethics and public policy with me have gone on to work in the White House, under both the present and previous administrations, the House of Representatives and the Senate, the State Department, the F.B.I., the Heritage Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and numerous think-tanks, as well as a variety of offices in state government. There is need for study of the kind addressed in this course also for countless advocacy groups and organizations, as well as in current events journalism.
For those interested, here is the University of Kentucky’s page with information about how to register for courses for the Fall of 2018.
For those interested in more information now, you can check out my books on ethics and public policy, including:
Morality, Leadership, & Public Policy (London: Bloomsbury, 2010)
Democracy and Leadership: On Pragmatism and Virtue (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013)
Uniting Mississippi: Democracy and Leadership in the South (Jackson, MS: The University Press of Mississippi, 2015)
In addition, for those who are unfamiliar, I co-host the Philosophy Bakes Bread radio show & podcast that airs on WRFL Lexington, 88.1 FM and in the show we cover a number of public policy topics. Give it a listen!