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Kopeikin, Zak Alexander

Teaching Assistant Professor


Research Areas research areas



  • Metaphysics and epistemology of value, ethical methodology, metaphilosophy, bioethics, value theory, applied ethics


courses taught

  • PHIL 1000 - Introduction to Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Introduces students to the most fundamental questions of human existence, either topically or through various major figures in philosophy. Topics may include free will, the mind-body problem, the nature of the self, the existence of God, knowledge of the external world, the nature of morality, the meaning of life.
  • PHIL 1100 - Ethics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Introductory study of major philosophies on the nature of the good for humanity, principles of evaluation, and moral choice as they apply to contemporary moral problems.
  • PHIL 1160 - Introduction to Bioethics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    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
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    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 1400 - Philosophy and the Sciences
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Considers philosophical topics and concepts related to the natural sciences, such as the following: science and pseudo-science; scientific method; the nature of explanation, theory, confirmation, and falsification; the effect of science on basic concepts like mind, freedom, time, and causality; ethics of experimentation; and the relation of science to society.
  • PHIL 1440 - Critical Thinking
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Develops students' skills in evaluating arguments and other aspects of critical thinking, focusing on the ways people reason and attempt to justify their beliefs. Activities may include modeling arguments, detecting common fallacies, examining the use (and misuse) of scientific evidence, and learning the basics of symbolic logic. Formerly titled "Introductory Logic."
  • PHIL 2160 - Ethics and Information Technology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Examines contemporary ethical issues concerning the use, misuse, and development of information technologies, with particular focus on the consequences such changes may have on the lives of individuals and on the shape of societies. Topics may include hacking and cyber crime; artificial intelligence; robotics and automation technologies, such as drones and self-driving cars; mass surveillance; use of personal information by corporate, law enforcement, and media interests; as well as gaming and virtual reality.
  • PHIL 2270 - Philosophy and Race
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Explores the historical relationship between western philosophy and race and investigates the ways in which philosophy can be used to address contemporary racial issues.
  • PHIL 3100 - Ethical Theory
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2022
    Examines important doctrines and arguments in various areas of theoretical ethics, such as the normative ethics of behavior, axiology, virtue theory and metaethics. Department enforced prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy course work (minimum grade C-). Recommended prerequisite: 6 hours of philosophy course work.
  • PHIL 3160 - Bioethics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    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.
  • PHIL 3190 - War and Morality
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Focuses on moral issues raised by war. When, if ever, can war be morally justified? Are rules of war globally applicable, or are they affected by local religious and cultural frameworks? Are colonized nations bound by the same rules of war as their colonizer states? Are states ever obligated to intervene to stop massacres or genocides in other states? Recommended prerequisite: 6 hours of PHIL coursework.
  • PHIL 3480 - Critical Thinking/Writing in Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Focuses upon the fundamental skills, methods, concepts and distinctions that are essential for the study of philosophy. Basic skills covered include the writing of philosophy papers, the reading of articles and the extraction and evaluation of arguments. Recommended prerequisites: 6 hours of philosophy course work.