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 1200 - Contemporary Social Problems
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
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.