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Colin Mathers

Lecturer
Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-5395
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Colin Mathers

Lecturer
Department of Philosophy
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, DePauw University; MA, Ph.D., University of Rochester

Bio

Although Colin’s area of specialization in graduate school was Epistemology, his interests have turned to questions of both Ethical Theory as well as Applied Ethics topics. When Colin is not engaged in deep philosophical thought, he spends time listening to jazz and enjoys playing bridge.

585-475-5395

Currently Teaching

PHIL-102
3 Credits
This course examines ethical questions that arise in the course of day-to-day individual and social life. Some consideration will be given to ethical theory and its application to such questions, but emphasis will be on basic moral questions and practical issues. Examples of typical issues to be examined are: What are the grounds for moral obligations like keeping promises or obeying the law? How do we reason about what to do? Examples of typical moral issues that may be introduced are capital punishment, euthanasia, abortion, corporate responsibility, the treatment of animals, and so forth.
PHIL-202
3 Credits
This course is a survey of foundational, and normative, approaches to moral philosophy and their motivating moral questions. Topics will include virtue ethics, deontology, consequentialism, and other approaches. Some of the questions to be examined are: How is human nature related to morality? What are the grounds for moral obligations? Is there an ultimate moral principle? How do we reason about what to do? Can reason determine how we ought to live? What are moral judgments? Are there universal goods? What constitutes a morally worthwhile life? Can morality itself be challenged?
PHIL-205
3 Credits
An introduction to symbolic, or formal, deductive logic and techniques, such as truth tables, truth trees, and formal derivations. The emphasis will be on propositional (or sentential) logic and first-order predicate logic.