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Right and wrong, East and West…

About the Instructor

Kevin Rickman, is a PhD student in the philosophy department. He originally studied philosophy and English at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside campus, and moved to Hawai’i to continue his studies in the graduate program in comparative philosophy and in the Second Language Studies department. His area of specialization is ethics, with a focus in Japanese, Chinese, and American Pragmatist philosophy as well as philosophy of language. Once he finishes his studies at UH-Manoa, he will be writing my dissertation in Japan and Taiwan while undergoing intensive language training in Japanese and Mandarin. His career goal is to teach philosophy in Asia.

For inquiries: email: rickmank@hawaii.edu

Summer 1 (online synchronous)

This course revolves around questions of morality, how we determine what is right or wrong and why, and the ethical systems of argumentation that we use to support those determinations. Many of the ethical systems we explore in this course are from Euro-American traditions, but material from Asia will also be used in order to expose students to new ways of thinking. Since this is an asynchronous course, students will receive information in multiple modes including recorded lectures, videos, readings, and other material posted to our class site.

This course distinguishes itself with a focus on the comparative East-West element, which is often lacking at other universities. Students who are interested in globalization, cross-cultural, and historical aspects of social perspectives are encouraged to take this course as it will focus on important modes of thinking that have led cultures from both the East and the West to take the shape they now have.

Fulfills the general education requirement: DH

Updated 12/21/2020