Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Julia Driver

ProfessorPHD, Johns Hopkins

Julia Driver



Metaethics, Normative Ethics, Value Theory


PHL 304 • Contemporary Moral Problems

41095 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WAG 101

This course considers moral problems that are controversial today and the way that different ethical theories recommend that we approach these problems.  We will be discussing:  Balancing Liberty and Well-Being, Cloning and other forms of Genetic Engineering, Human Enhancement, Limits on what can be sold, Mass Incarceration, Immigration and Global Poverty, Artificial Intelligence, Animal Rights, Climate Change, and Killing.

PHL 322K • History Of Ethics

41300 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WAG 208

This course examines the development of ethical theory from Aristotle to Philippa Foot.  The philosophers to be focused on are Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Richard Price, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, W. D. Ross, Elizabeth Anscombe, and Philippa Foot.  We begin with Virtue Ethics, and proceed through various versions of Deontological and Consequentialist approaches to ethics, and end, again, with Virtue Ethics. We will be discussing the contrasts and connections between each of these thinkers and their views on normative ethics and moral psychology.

PHL 398T • Supv Teaching In Philosophy

41154 • Fall 2019
Meets TH 12:30PM-3:30PM WAG 310

Restricted to Philosophy Graduate Students.


Consent of Graduate Advisor required.

Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Students may register for this course as many as four times, but only three semester hours of credit in this course may be applied toward a graduate degree

Course Description

This seminar, required for the PhD in philosophy, prepares students to teach and to finish the PhD with a teaching portfolio that includes syllabi for courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.


The grade will be based on the following items:

Course Syllabi (2 introductory, 2 upper-division, 1 graduate) 50%

A Statement of Teaching Philosophy 10%

Teaching Observation Reports (2) 20%

Participation 20%


Readings will be made available online.

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