Dr. Burkhardt's research is located primarily within applied ethics, with special interests in death and killing. His ongoing project is to defend the Epicurean view that death is not bad for the one who dies and to explore its implications for other issues in ethics. He is also interested in reproductive ethics, especially the ethics of abortion.
PHIL 1160 - Introduction to Bioethics
Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
Introduces students to moral dilemmas in medical practice, biomedical research, and health policy, placing them in the context of comprehensive ethical theories and core principles of bioethics. Topics may include: euthanasia; abortion; organ procurement; moral status; research on nonhuman animals; navigating cultural differences between patients and health professionals; and the fair distribution of healthcare resources; as well as the bioethical issues arising from technological advances in medicine, including genetic engineering, cloning, and assistive reproductive technologies.
PHIL 1200 - Contemporary Social Problems
Fall 2020 / Spring 2023
Examines competing positions in debates over a wide variety of controversial moral, social and political issues. Topics may include: abortion, world poverty, animal rights, immigration, physician-assisted suicide, freedom of religion, hate speech, cloning, income inequality, pornography, gun rights, racial profiling, capital punishment, overpopulation, prostitution, drug legalization, torture. Formerly titled 'Philosophy and Society.'
PHIL 3160 - Bioethics
Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
Analysis of ethical problems involved in such issues as abortion, euthanasia, organ transplants, eugenics, treatment of the patient as a person and the institutional nature of the health care delivery system. Recommended prerequisite: 6 hours of philosophy coursework.