Ethics permeates the field of politics in many ways. The subfield of ethics in the Department of Political Science conceptualizes ethics broadly to include: (1) the study of systems of moral principles; (2) rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular culture or group, etc., as in medical ethics or Christian ethics;(3) moral principles, as in those of an individual and how an individual relates to others; and (4) those parts of philosophy and social science dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.
Students wishing to do a concentration in Ethics should take the Ethics workshop, offered each Spring term, three additional courses offered in ethics and write one of their qualifying papers in ethics. Other courses may be substituted upon approval of the course instructor and the Graduate Director. Undergraduate courses may be taken for graduate credit by using a special topics code and the approval of the instructor and Graduate Director. Unless otherwise indicated, courses and faculty are within Political Science.
Political Science faculty:
Francisco Ayala, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Margaret Gilbert, Philosophy
Brian Skyrms, Logic and Philosophy of Science
Roxane Cohen Silver, Psychology and Social Behavior