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Boonin, David Professor


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research overview

  • Professor Boonin's research focuses on the application of philosophical reasoning to issues in applied ethics such as abortion, punishment, obligations to future generations, the moral status of animals and the moral significance of race (e.g., affirmative action and racial profiling).


  • applied ethics


selected publications


courses taught

  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • PHIL 1200 - Contemporary Social Problems
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    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.' Repeatable up to 6 credit hours.
  • PHIL 2150 - Ethics and Sex
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Explores a variety of moral questions relating to sex and procreation. Topics may include arguments for and against the wrongness of masturbation, incest, pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, voyeurism, pornography, sadomasochism, prostitution, abortion, commercial surrogacy and cloning, as well as arguments addressing such additional subjects as what constitutes rape and whether procreation is morally obligatory, optional, or forbidden.
  • PHIL 2220 - Philosophy and Law
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Considers controversies about the law in general and the U.S. system in particular. Questions may include: What is law? What should the law prohibit (e.g., abortion, drug use, prostitution, cloning)? Is there a moral obligation to obey the law? Can civil disobedience be justified? How do we justify punishing those who break the law? Is capital punishment morally justifiable?
  • PHIL 5100 - Ethics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Presents representative positions in normative ethics and metaethics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • PHIL 5290 - Topics in Values and Social Policy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Deals with topics in the area of philosophy and public policy and is often interdisciplinary in focus. Topics vary from one semester to another. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
  • PHIL 5800 - Open Topics in Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Variety of new courses at the 5000 level. See current departmental announcements for specific content. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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