Phil-495- Philosophy Seminar – Fall 2017 - Dr. Elvira Roncalli - Carroll College

This seminar was designed as a laboratory for students to do and practice philosophy. The topic of “moral authority” was selected in light of students’ suggestions of relevant themes for our time and for philosophy.

By reading scholars in the field who have written about “moral authority” in the last twenty years, students engaged in philosophical discussion with one another and identified a specific question on “moral authority,” they chose to investigate philosophically. They researched the specific question and submitted several drafts of their research paper.

The seminar was set up so that students were acting both as “editors” and “organizers” of a public event, a “Symposium on Moral Authority,” and as researchers and authors of papers they would submit to the event. In the former role, they would read and provide feedback on the draft submitted; as authors they would rewrite and edit their draft in accordance with editorial feedback. In order to simulate the review process as close as possible to what is known as “blind review process,” students submitted their drafts anonymously, and were asked not to discuss the papers as “reviewers.” This may have proven to be one of the most challenging aspects of this experience.

The seminar culminated in a public event: a symposium on “Moral Authority” where each student presented his/her findings and answered questions from the audience.

Moral Authority Presentations

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Being a Part of Something Bigger: How Leaders Affect Morality

Abra Casey, Carroll College, Helena, MT

Correctional Officers, Step Off The Treadmill Of Power: The Lack Of Moral Authority In U.S. Correctional Officers

Kavida Naidu, Carroll College, Helena, MT

Gadflies Nibbling

Branan Mull, Carroll College, Helena, MT

Go Your Own Way: The Producer as Moral Author in Entertainment

Taryn Stewart, Carroll College, Helena, MT

Moral Authority and Artificial Intelligence

Jacob Souza, Carroll College, Helena, MT

Moral Authority in Scientific Research

Evelyn Sowers, Carroll College, Helena, MT

Moral Judgment: why should we judge and who has the right to?

Megan Moulton, Carroll College, Helena, MT

Power Versus Authority: Sacrifice Lied or Applied?

Conor Coutts, Carroll College, Helena, MT

Soft Power of Deference: An Analysis of a Key Pillar of Moral Authority

Luke Kendall, Carroll College, Helena, MT

Sources Of Moral Authority: Thinking Beyond Religion And Politics

Rhiannon B. Sturgess, Carroll College, Helena, MT

The Nature of Authority in Nature

Sean Cleary, Carroll College, Helena, MT