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Doran Smolkin PhD (Illinois, Chicago)
I am a full-time member in the Philosophy Department at KPU. I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois, Chicago. My research and teaching interests are in ethics. I have published journal articles on a variety of moral problems, including the nature of our obligations to future generations; the obligations of physicians to treat patients with HIV; the nature of trust; the nature of fortune; and whether speciesism is a prejudice. I am also the co-author, with Warren Bourgeois and Patrick Findler, of a textbook, Debating Health Care Ethics: Canadian Contexts, 2nd edition. My current research is focused on philosophical questions surrounding moral status.
I see my research as an opportunity to deepen my teaching skills and my skills as a philosopher. I see teaching as an opportunity to improve students’ reasoning and writing skills, and to encourage them to develop their own opinions about complex philosophical questions. At Kwantlen, I frequently teach courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Moral Theory, Life and Death, and Topics in Ethics.