|My teaching idol...|
Since I have started a new job, I decided to put some of my old teaching documents online. It's just a small sample, but some people might be interested. They are handouts from classes I taught over the past three years, while employed at Keele University. I've just put up the ones dealing with ethics and the philosophy of law for the time being. I may add more in the future.
Bear in mind that these are intended for teaching purposes. I don't defend any particular views in them. I just try to explain key concepts and arguments, and give students some suggestions for how to evaluate and analyse those concepts and ideas.
Here's what I have up so far:
- Philosophy of Mental Illness - Looks at basic arguments for and against the legitimacy of mental illness diagnoses.
- Life Extension v Life Replacement - Mainly looking at arguments for and against the badness of death and the tedium of immortality.
- Rationality and Efficiency - An introduction to rational choice theory for law students. Also looks at the concept of economic efficiency.
- The Rational Criminal - Examines whether and how criminals might be rational actors.
- Plea-Bargaining and Credible Signalling - Looks at how bargaining theory can be applied to the law.
- Scientific Evidence and Torture - Uses economic concepts to evaluate the worth of scientific evidence and information gained from interrogational torture.
- The Legalisation of Drugs - Covers arguments for and against the legalisation of recreational drug use.
- Prostitution and the Ethics of Sexual Labour - Covers the ethical issues arising from the selling of sex.