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Phil 380: Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Neuroscience
This course investigates the manifold implications of neuroscience on individuals and society. During the past decades, there has been a considerable increase in knowledge of the structure and functioning of the human brain which has led to the development and application of new brain-related technologies. The course will analyze the philosophical, ethical and societal aspects of these developments. It will introduce students to Benjamin Libet’s experiments and to the debate on free will and individual responsibility these experiments provoked. It will reflect on the relation between brain and mind and will consider the role memory and modifications in memory have on a person’s well-being and identity. It will explore ethical issues in pharmacological cognitive enhancement, i.e. in improving one’s mental performance with drugs, and reflect about hypothetical ways of moral enhancement. Furthermore, it will introduce the philosophical, ethical and societal issues of neuroimaging techniques in medical and non-medical contexts and reflect on possible (future) uses of neuroscientific analytic tools in court and in marketing. Another focus of the course is on philosophical and ethical issues around consciousness, disorders of consciousness and brain death.
 Phil 360: Ethics
A study of the fundamental issues of moral philosophy.

Past Courses

IPRO 497-308 Stimulants for Enhancement Purposes: Exploring Societal and Ethical Issues 
This IPRO project is about pharmacological neuroenhancement, which is the attempt of healthy individuals to use drugs in order to increase mental performance, i.e. attention, arousal or memory. It will investigate the medical, psychosocial and ethical aspects of the use of stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall and other drugs for academic performance enhancement. Based on a survey (questionnaire and interview study) to be planned and undertaken at three universities in the Chicago area, it aims to obtain information on students’ views and experiences concerning pharmacological neuroenhancement. In addition, the group will develop educational materials for the IIT community to help students and faculty become more aware of some of the health, ethical and societal issues.

Phil 332 Political Philosophy
Examination of different conceptions of legitimate political authority; includes discussion of ideas of social justice, natural rights, sovereignty.
Phil 370 Engineering Ethics
A study of the problems of moral and social responsibility for the engineering profession, including such topics as safety, confidentiality, and government regulation.
 PHIL 371 Ethics in Architecture
A study of the moral problems architects must resolve in the practice of their profession, including problems of confidentiality, candor, esthetics, their and economy arising from the special responsibilities of architects to and public, client, employer, and colleagues.
Phil 373 Business Ethics
Ethical issues relating to individual and corporate responsibility, self and governmental regulation, investment, advertising, urban problems, the environment, preferential hiring.
Phil 377 Communication Law and Ethics
This course explores ethical and legal issues concerning communication in diverse contexts such as: the mass media -e.g. print, broadcast, and electronic government and politics; organizational hierarchies - e.g. public and private sector workplaces; academic life - e.g. the classroom, student, and faculty affairs; and interpersonal relations - e.g. love, friendship, marriage.


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