*New Classes Starting September 2015!
*Write me at email@example.com to let me know what you want to take and what your schedule is and I will incorporate your needs and interests into the official schedule of course offerings that I announce in August.
*I intend for the first time to run a course called “Philosophy Today” which will focus on the state of discussions across a range of philosophical fields in the 21st Century and sometimes focus in on new books in philosophy as they come out.
*I also intend to run a new section of the very successful “Philosophy of Science and Knowledge” class that I began teaching for the first time this past spring and to run new sections of any of my other classes that I have traditionally offered which students request.
*Brand new students attend their first session FREE as a no-commitment trial!
In Social and Political Philosophy we overview classic and contemporary philosophical arguments related to the foundations of a just and flourishing society. In the process we address a wide panoply of socially, politically, and morally urgent practical topics. To one extent or another, varying with student interest, we discuss rights, power, justice, liberty, equality, oppression, democracy, oligarchy, monarchy, tyranny, international relations, civil disobedience, individual/state relations, state/society relations, church/state relations, libertarianism, socialism, social justice, concepts of race and racism, concepts of gender and sexuality, feminism, LGBT issues, secularism, the common good, criminal justice, human rights, terrorism, drugs, and the nature and limits of moral legitimacy for legal authority. We also address socially and politically salient controversies in applied ethics. These spheres include sexual ethics (monogamy, promiscuity, polyamory, prostitution, pornography, rape, etc.) business ethics, biomedical ethics (euthanasia, abortion, etc.), ethics of technology, and the ethics of war (including Just War Theory). Sometimes our discussions will be responsive to current events. Major political philosophers we address include Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rawls, Nozick, and Walzer (among many others). There is no university credit for attending these class sessions. For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ. For more about me, see this page.
Effective January 5, 2015 new enrollments into classes are by subscription costing $39.99/week and they grant student weekly 2 hour live and interactive group class sessions led by me directly. I understand that sometimes students are busy and can’t make it every week. My motto is “the year is long”, we have plenty of time to do philosophy when you are available. I occasionally have to cancel class myself and will also refund you in those cases. All your absences and canceled class sessions are automatically refunded, no questions asked, so you wind up paying only for sessions that I actually hold and that you actually attend. And you can automatically self-cancel your subscription completely at any time, using Paypal (or ask me to cancel it for you). After feeling satisfied with a particular class, students are free to move to another class while continuing on the same subscription or to cancel at that point. Students are also welcome to switch to other running class times on weeks they can’t make the class or time that they’re specifically subscribed to. Students can also inquire about regularly alternating between two concurrently running classes or times to accommodate their inconsistent schedules.
Guaranteed 1-on-1 class sessions are also available. They are typically 1 hour long (but we can work out longer sessions if you prefer) and cost $39.99/hr. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about 1-on-1 classes or to ask me about possible changes to the group class schedules to accommodate you. I am flexible.
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