Was taking philosophy morally ok?

Leadership Education

After a whole semester of learning about moral principles and debating whether some very controversial topics are morally ok, I can proudly say I still really don’t know what is and what is not morally right or wrong.

To me, the thought of waking up at 7am sounded like going back to high school, but thanks to Gary Fuller, this class was nothing but boring(most days). Gary was exciting, a little crazy, and a whole lot of passionate when it came to moral philosophy. He wanted us to learn, challenge ourselves, and have fun.

Within this class, I didn’t just learn how to think philosophically, but also how to navigate my way through philosophical issues in this world. Although I was uncomfortable discussing issues such as abortion, gay rights, euthanasia, capital punishment. etc., it forced me out of my comfort zone which is exactly what leaders need to experience, and why not start that at a younger age?

As a leader its good to come across others with different view points as yours. Within this class it allowed me to see others view points that weren’t based off of just opinion. With philosophy, it brings into matters what is morally right and wrong or just and unjust. This allows other to defend sides that may be just to some and unjust to others. It’s a teeter-totter of ideas that get balanced out on determining whether it is right or not. Across the board, there were so many reasonings as to why these topics were morally wrong and right. Being able to have real conversation and see how others perceive things is vital for being a good leader in being able to understand others perspectives and challenge new ones as well.

As I take this knowledge with me in the future, ethics takes an effect in it as well. This ties in with leadership because in order to be an ethical leader you should be virtuous of individuals and their motives. As I continue on through college I strive to be an ethical leader and do whats right in any situation. With this class, it has given me the skills to do just that.


Gary Fuller’s Christmas Party


Point of Information

Leadership Education

I would just like to begin this post by saying that if I was undecided about a major, I would know for sure that I do not belong where I might have to debate frequently. If you know me, you’d know that the thought of having to argue with someone is not my speciality. As part of my LAS protocol, I had to take a debate class where we practiced two types of debates against our classmates. I will say though, this class really opened my eyes since it took place right around the presidential debates. We learned all about different styles of debates, types of logical fallacies, and how to properly argue a topic with someone. I’m not going to say that I am in any way better at debating than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, but I will say that comparing what I learned in class to what I saw on TV, it makes me cringe a little bit when I constantly watched them “breaking the rules of debate”. Although I will admit that this class was definitely not my favorite, I will admit that it did open my eyes to the many ways that it will impact my leadership experience. Often times, we as humans try too hard to get everyone to agree with you, but sometimes you have to accept that people are have their own opinions that they are entitled to, and if they are passionate enough about them, you won’t be able to change it. There are all sorts of leaders around the world that are very passionate about different things which can lead to some head budding when you think that your ideas might be better. This class helped me realize the importance of hearing everyones side to an issue and being open to hearing what they have to say.

I am happy to say that I have learned so much and gained so much knowledge about debate from this class and I will definitely be taking what I learned and applying to my life and my future jobs.