Article by Abe Schwab Appears in Journal of Medical Ethics

The article “The ASBH code of ethics and the limits of professional healthcare ethics consultations” by Abe Schwab, associate professor of philosophy, was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

From the abstract:

From the beginning, a code of ethics for bioethicists has been conceived of as part of a movement to professionalise the field. In advocating for such a code, Baker repeatedly identifies ‘having a code of ethics’ with ‘professionalization’. The American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) echoes this view in their code of ethics for healthcare ethics consultants (HCECs) and the subsequent publication in the American Journal of Bioethics.

Taking for granted that a code of ethics could be a valuable asset for HCECs, this essay has two aims. First, there are good reasons to doubt that the label ‘profession’ has significant meaning for HCECs. Attempts to accurately conceive of a profession fall into two broad camps: substantive and formal. Substantive conceptions should be rejected. Specifically, substantive conceptions beg the question about what it means to be a profession, which produces devastating problems for practical application. Formal conceptions of profession (eg, Davis’ conception) avoid begging the question, but do so at the cost of identifying the responsibilities of a profession.

Using the term ‘professional responsibilities’, then, requires additional explication and classifying HCECs as professionals requires the identification of their role-specific responsibilities.

Second, this essay will critique the ASBH code of ethics for HCECs as a first articulation of these responsibilities. As written, this code of ethics has limited value for HCECs because most of the responsibilities identified in this code do not identify HCEC-specific responsibilities. In closing, some important strategies to improve upon this initial attempt to define the responsibilities of HCECs are identified.

Bernd Buldt to Edit New Philosophy Collection from Oxford University Press

Bernd Buldt, professor and chair of Philosophy, will be the editor for volume 9 of Rudolf Carnap’s Collected Works by Oxford University Press.

He will be part of an international editorial project involving leading scholars from Canada, Germany, and the US.

Rudolf Carnap, a German-American philosopher, while trained as a physicist, gained critical importance as a founding member of and a beacon for what would become a dominating intellectual force in the 20th Century: Analytic Philosophy.

Erik Ohlander Presented a Paper at an International Conference in the UK

Erik Ohlander, associate professor and program coordinator of religious studies, presented a paper titled “Who Were Ibn al-Jawzi’s ‘Deluded Sufis’?” at the international conference “Sufis and Mullahs: Sufis and Their Opponents in the Persianate World.”

The event was held at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter (UK), April 14-16.

Read the abstract here (on page 10).


Ten faculty members awarded summer research grants

Ten faculty members were awarded summer research grants through the Office of Sponsored Programs. The grants are for tenured and tenure-track faculty through two programs: Summer Faculty Grants and Senior Summer Faculty Grants.

This year’s grants went to the following faculty members:

Nurgul Aitalieva, assistant professor of public policy: “Trust and Public Support for Government Spending: A Cross-National Examination”

Jeff Casazza, associate professor of theatre: “The Integrated Actor: Reconnecting the Voice, Mind and Body”

Zesheng Chen, assistant professor of computer science: “Information Dissemination in Online Social Networks”

Qing Hao, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology: “Computational Modeling of Effect of Blood Flow Dynamics on Thrombus Growth”

John Licato, assistant professor of computer science: “Advancing Developmental AI with Late Piagetian Theory”

Punya Nachappa, assistant professor of biology: “Factors Determining Vector Competence in Three Thrips Species Ability to Transmit Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus”

Vamsi Nalam, assistant professor of biology: “Evaluation of Soybean Transgenics Expressing a Host Defense Regulatory Gene, PHYTOALEXIN DEFICIENT4 (PAD4) For Enhancing Resistance to Soybean Aphid”

Lucas Rodesiler, assistant professor of secondary education: “For Teachers, By Teachers: An Investigation into Teacher-Generated Online Professional Development”

Abe Schwab, associate professor of philosophy: “Rethinking Conflicts of Interest”

Lachlan Whalen, associate professor of English and linguistics: “Ireland Unfree: Contemporary Irish Republican Prison Writing”

Bernd Buldt Contributes to Kant-Lexicon

9783110443998Bernd Buldt, professor and department chair of philosophy, contributed to a collaborative effort of over 200 experts worldwide to produce the Kant-Lexikon, published by DeGruyter.

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) is considered the central figure in modern philosophy. This three-volume, three-thousand page encyclopedia details Kant’s work.

Buldt contributed nine entries to this project, including items on Kant and the history of metaphysics, history of philosophy, and history of reason.