I teach normative ethics some semesters. In addition, I give courses in animal ethics, research ethics, medical ethics, democracy and inclusion, and free will and moral responsibility. This summer, I will give an all new course in the philosophy of psychiatry and mental health.
Previously, I’ve taught the history of philosophy, mostly with a focus on moral philosophy, as well as modern ethical theories on a first- and second-semester level for both philosophers and other student groups.
As a philosophy teacher, it’s crucial to make the theories and ideas one teaches fully comprehensible to the students. I often stress how the big schools of moral philosophy are connected to our ordinary, pre-theoretical thinking about ethics. It can be tempting to focus on extreme tendencies in philosophical theories, both for the entertainment value and to make it easier for the students to tell different theories apart, but at the end of the day, doing so hurts understanding. Moreover, drawing wise ethical conclusions require a nuanced understanding of ethics in itself as well as the complicated world we live in.