Teaching Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Teaching Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Teaching Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Teaching Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Approach

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This book is the second volume published by the Center for Ethics Studies as an outcome of grant activity supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The first collection of essays, also co- edited by Professor William Staff and myself, appeared in 1991--the final product of an NEH award that enabled us to conduct a two-year program in ethics education at Marquette University. That book, titled Ethics Across the Curriculum: The Marquette Experience, contains fourteen essays written by Marquette University faculty from a variety of disciplines who participated in the program. It is available by writing to the Center.

In September, 1991 Professor Starr and I received a second two- year grant for $194,000 to support a "Midwest Program in Ethics Education." This time faculty from a five-state area of the upper midwest were selected to participate in institutes conducted over two summers in 1992 and 1993. We sought the widest possible mix of participants and, as a result, grants were offered to men and women from both two-year and four-year institutions, public and private, who represented some fifteen disciplines across the academic spectrum. (See the appendix for a list of the summer institute participants.) Consequently, twenty professors from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan came together at Marquette University for an intensive six-week introduction to ethical theory in June and July of 1992.

Sharing the teaching responsibilities with Starr and myself were visiting scholars Richard Kraut (University of Illinois at Chicago), Ralph McInerny (Notre Dame), Thomas Hill (North Carolina), and David Lyons (Cornell). Each of these four lectured on one of the great philosophical works by Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, and Mill that were discussed over the course of the institute. That summer's project had begun with a reading of my own Building a Moral System and concluded with After Virtue byAlasdair MacIntyre.

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