Chris McCord

Office: Benton Hall 309
Phone: (319) 398-5899
(or on campus, just 5713)


About Some of the Courses:

Introduction to Philosophy: This course asks you to grapple with some tough questions: What is the nature of morality? Is there a God? Do human beings have free will? A soul? What, if anything, can we know? You will not find out the answers to these questions until the final day of class.

Ethics: In this course, we study a variety of "theories" about the nature of morality including existentialism, utilitarianism, relgious ethics, duty-based ethics, relativism, and critical race theory, as well as applied ethics (torture, human trafficking, and other topics).  This course is not designed to make you a better person; it will either leave you unchanged or make you a little worse.

Basic Reasoning: This is a course in which you study the nature of arguments themselves -- how they are constructed, how they work, what they are supposed to do, etc. In this course, you learn a method of evaluating arguments, spend time evaluating arguments, and get the opportunity to create your own arguments.  

Working in America:  This course examines some artifacts of philosophy, literature, music, poetry, and history that relate to the theme of work.  So, if you want to get exposed to the humanities AND focus on the theme of work, then this is the course for you!

For more information on these or other courses that I teach, contact me!