Category Archives: 2003

Mini Grants for OU Faculty and Students

May 4th, 2003


The Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics is accepting applications for research and travel grants of up to $1,500.


Applicants must be Ohio University graduate students or faculty members.


Grants are for research in applied or professional ethics or for travel to conferences to present papers on applied or professional ethics.


Grant funds must be expended within one year of award.


Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report and a detailed budget.


Descriptions of successful grants excerpts from final reports may be posted at the Institute website.


May 4, 2003, at 5pm


Submit brief description of your research, amount requested, description of how you will use grant funds, and detailed budget, to contact address below.

Submit brief description of the conference, amount requested, evidence that you will be presenting there to contact address below.


Institute for Applied & Professional Ethics
202 Ellis Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Cultural Relativism, Toleration, and the Problem of Intolerant Cultures

David Copp
University of Florida
October 16th, 2003, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Bentley 236

coppThere are significant moral disagreements between people of different cultures. When we realize this, we can begin to think that our ethical ideas reflect nothing more than our own culture. And of course, our culture is only one of many. This thought can lead us to cultural relativism — the conclusion that the moral frameworks of different cultures are “equally valid”. It can then take us to the further conclusion that we ought to be tolerant of behavior and beliefs that reflect moral cultures different from our own. This line of reasoning is fallacious, however, and the recommendation of toleration is actually incompatible with cultural relativism. Moreover, the conclusion that we ought to be tolerant is much too simple. The existence of cultural disagreement cannot immunize the world from culturally sanctioned viciousness. The real issue is how to respond to moral disagreement in an intellectually informed and morally sensitive way.

DAVID COPP is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Florida. He has taught previously at Bowling Green State University, the University of California, Davis, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Simon Fraser University. He is author of Morality, Normativity, and Society (Oxford University Press, 1995), and of many articles in moral and political philosophy. He is an Associate Editor of Ethics.

Moral Naturalism and Three Grades of Normativity

David Copp, University of Florida
October 17th, 2003, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Ellis 111copp


Building Ethics Modules into Courses

2003 December 3rd, 9:00 am to December 4th, 5:00 pm
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Building Ethics Modules is a two-day workshop designed to help Ohio University instructors include ethics components in their classes. The workshop will focus on the development and implementation of ethics modules tailored to the field and subject matter covered in individual courses.

Participants will work individually, with other faculty, and with members of the institute to develop ethics modules. Each participant will receive $300 stipend upon completion of the workshop.

About 120 Ohio University faculty members have participated in the institute’s Building Ethics Modules workshops since the first workshop, in 1990. Participants have come from a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from industrial engineering to dance. Some have incorporated ethics into existing classes, while others have created new courses focusing on ethics.

Enrollment in the 2003 workshop is limited to 20 (first come / first serve). Register by filling out the on-line registration form (recommended), or send a one-page proposal to the Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics, 202 Ellis Hall. Hard-copy proposals should name the course into which the ethics module will be added; describe some ideas you have at the moment about how you might do it; and outline of the problems you foresee and hope to overcome by adding the new material.

Applications must arrive by Friday, November 7, 2003. The Institute will notify applicants by November 14.