Corrupt the Youth plans to offer courses in the following areas.
Juries, Judgements, and Justice (Political Philosophy)
How is our jury system structured? What are its strengths and weaknesses? How do broader social and political issues factor into jury selection and decision-making? How can we be sure juries make the right decisions? Why are juries important? Why are burdens of proof important?
Who Knows What: Epistemic Injustice, Oppression, and Exploitation (Race and Gender)
How do issues of race and gender affect our judgments about what a person knows? How do they fit into our idea of who knows what and why they know it? How do issues of race and gender effect the types of questions and demands we make on each other? How can we teach each other about our race and gender-based experiences in ethical ways?
Critical Thinking and Argumentation
through Trust and Deception (Critical Reasoning)
This course is an introduction to critical reasoning and argumentation with a focus on trust and deception. Trust is a core part of our every-day life. It’s everywhere: patients rely upon doctors to give them correct medical information, courts rely upon witnesses to offer sincere testimony, and we trust our close family and friends to keep our secrets and make good on their promises. At the same time, lying and deception are rife. Have you ever told a lie? I haven’t. (In case you didn’t realize: that was a lie; I just lied to you!)
Moral Philosophy (Ethics)
What’s wrong with telling lies? It is okay to break our promises? Is abortion morally permissible? What about euthanasia? Am I a bad person if I eat meat? Many of us have strong and deep-seated opinions on these matters. The goal of this class is to subject these opinions to critical scrutiny and rational evaluation.
The Corrupt the Youth Summer Philosophy Program is funded by individual donors and grants from the American Philosophical Association and PLATO.