Although there seems to be nothing
sinister at play here, why would a very popular class be canceled?
"The Center on Ethics in Society will
play a role in supporting the creation of new courses
and existing courses in ethical reasoning, and the Center
decided to allocate its limited resources (human and
financial) to this task in the coming years," Professor Rob Reich,
Director of the EiS program told the Stanford
While there was steady interest for
the course throughout the three years the class was offered, the type of students that it attracted varied.
According to [the course's Professor John] McCaskey, the class was largely made up of competing conservative students in the first
largely because two students-one Catholic and one
Ayn Rand Objectivist-extensively promoted the course before registration. By the third
however, the class was much more balanced. 'The
class attracted all sorts of students, right and
left wing,' said the junior. 'Some objectivists,
a couple of
libertarians, a member of Stanford Democrats, and even two
McCaskey told the Stanford Review that
the reason he started to teach the class in the first place was
after America's financial collapse in the late 2000s.
"I thought it was a wonderful
opportunity to get students to explore how Americans
have historically defended the morality of capitalism,"
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