Associate Teaching Professor of Philosophy and Computer Science
Vance Ricks is an associate teaching professor at Northeastern University, holding joint appointments with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and Khoury College of Computer Sciences. Ricks earned his doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. His teaching and research focus on moral philosophy, ranging from the ethics of digital technologies to the works of John Stuart Mill.
Before joining Northeastern, Ricks was an associate professor of philosophy at Guilford College. He has published works on the implications of social networks for friendship and for gossip, and he has forthcoming publications on autonomous vehicles and on the moral worldviews portrayed in so-called “prestige” television shows. He recently helped edit and contribute chapters to the Mozilla Foundation’s Responsible Computer Science Playbook, a guide for both computer science instructors and others who want to incorporate ethical reasoning into their curricula.
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432 Renaissance Park
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(In-person or online, by prior arrangement)
Mon/Wed/Fri 1:45 – 2:30pm
Debating Ethical Controversies
Introduces students to the fundamentals of moral theory; ethical reasoning; social and political philosophy; as well as theories of social, political, and institutional change. Emphasizes in-depth ethical analysis and evaluation of the issues studied, their social and historical sources and context, as well as the way in which responses to them can and should lead to institutional and policy changes. Offers students an opportunity to be selected for an off-campus competitive debate experience. This course is modeled after the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl debates on current social and ethical issues.
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