on sabbatical Fall 2021
East College Room 204
Amy McKiernan received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2017, where she focused on ethics and feminist philosophy. Prior to that, Amy earned her M.A. in philosophy and social policy from American University in 2011 and her B.A. in philosophy from The University of Scranton in 2007. At Dickinson, Amy regularly teaches “Practical Ethics,” “Biomedical Ethics,” and “Philosophy of Punishment.” She is working on a book project on the ethics of care in practice. Amy also serves as the Director of the Ethics Across Campus & the Curriculum program.
PHIL 104 Practical Ethics
This course introduces students to contemporary debates in practical ethics. Course materials investigate how theoretical approaches to ethics apply to practical issues, including discussions of animal ethics, environmental ethics, reproductive ethics, civil disobedience, and the ethics of mass incarceration and the death penalty. This course is best suited for students interested in thinking about the relationship between ethical theory and practice, with an emphasis on how power, privilege, and responsibility intersect in our everyday lives.
PHIL 220 Biomedical Ethics
Cross-listed with PMGT 220-01.
PMGT 220 Biomedical Ethics
Cross-listed with PHIL 220-01.
PHIL 253 Philosophy of Punishment
Explorations of specific figures, texts, and issues in historical and contemporary theory. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
PHIL 500 Independent Study