LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University will host a public lecture on Ethics Across Cultures. Dr. Douglas Birsch, professor of philosophy at Shippensburg University, will speak on “Buddhist Ethics and the New Millennium” on Monday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hamblin Hall of Flags (Robinson Hall 115). The public is invited to this free lecture.Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
According to Joan Whitman Hoff, professor of philosophy at Lock Haven University and director of the Ethics Center, “Buddhism is considered to be one of the most significant philosophies in our contemporary age. Huston Smith, philosopher and religious scholar, claims that it is a very psychological philosophy, one that focuses on the present.” She added, “Dr. Birsch's talk aims to help us understand better some of the significance of Buddhism in the contemporary age.”
Birsch teaches courses in philosophy and ethics, including Ethical Issues and Computer Technology, Comparative Religion, Concepts in Buddhism, and The Ethics of War and Terrorism. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Value Inquiry and a member of the Chambersburg Hospital Ethics Committee. Birsch is author of “Philosophical Issues: A Brief Introduction” and “Ethical Insights: A Brief Introduction.” He co-edited “The Ford Pinto Case: A Study in Applied Ethics, Business and Society” and “The DC-10 Case: A Study in Applied Ethics, Technology and Society.” More information on Birsch is available at http://webspace.ship.edu/drbirs/
Birsch’s talk has been made possible by the Lock Haven University Foundation