Joshua's research explores what business teaches us about being human--and what it shows us about how we might become more fully human through exchange. More specifically, his work explores how sacrifice in business shapes human desire and understanding. Often, business cultivates attachment to private goods through sacrifice. Economically, sacrifice can take the form of a quid pro quo: I give up something I value to get something else I value even more. However, business can also cultivate detachment from private goods for the sake of the common good. But, in order for business to do so, its practitioners must reframe sacrifice as an offering of what is not theirs to grasp, made for the sake of a good that they share with those for whom it is made. Acknowledging sacrifice as a mindful offering of care, not simply the loss implied by an efficient tradeoff, opens new avenues for conceptualizing how business may catalyze social transformation in an age of unsustainable consumption.
corporate social responsibility, sustainability, social impact, philosophy of economy, philosophy of religion
BCOR 1015 - The World of Business
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021
Provides an overview of the nature business in a global economy. In addition to exploring the economic, governmental, social and environmental context in which businesses operate, students will discover how business creates value and takes advantage of opportunities and challenges. Using examples, cases and projects, students will learn about the business functions in an integrated format. Weekly discussion of current events will focus on entrepreneurship, ethics, international business, business and society, and other topics.
BCOR 2302 - Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Throughout this course students will consider the interconnectedness of law, ethics, values, public policy and regulation. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of individual and organizational responsibility for business. Allows students to consider the relationship between business and ethics in the broader social context, which is necessary to successfully navigate an increasingly complex, global business environment. Duplicate degree credit not granted for BCOR 3010, BCOR 2003.
MBAX 6000 - Socially Responsible Enterprise
Prepares future managers for confronting the truly difficult situations that arise when deploying economic resources, altering the physical environment, and making decisions that affect the lives of investors, employees, community members and other stakeholders. Case-based challenges will be examined in a broad range of contexts, and essential ethical concepts will be explored by drawing on theories from ethics, sociology, economics, political science and philosophy.
PHIL 1500 - Reading, Writing and Reasoning
Teaches students how to write argumentative papers. Each seminar will focus narrowly on some controversial topic. For example, one seminar might focus on the existence of God, whereas another might question whether we have free will. In all cases, a significant portion of the course will be devoted to learning how to write cogent argumentative papers about controversial topics.
PHIL 3000 - History of Ancient Philosophy
Surveys developments in metaphysics, ethics, logic, and philosophy of mind from the Pre-Socratics through Hellenistic philosophy, focusing primarily on the arguments of the philosophers. Topics may include: Zeno's paradoxes of time and motion; Democritean atomism; Plato on knowledge, reality, ethics, and politics; Aristotle on logic and natural philosophy; Epicurus on pleasure and friendship; Epicurean atomism; the Stoics on materialism, determinism, and vagueness; and the coherence and practicality of global skepticism. Recommended prerequisite: 6 hours of philosophy coursework.