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Dr. Raymond Hain IV

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Office: Siena Hall 128
Tel.: 401-865-2477

Office Hours (Spring 2012):

Tuesdays, 1:30-3pm
Fridays, 1:30-3pm


Dr. Hain received his BA from Christendom College and his MA and PhD from the University of Notre Dame.  Before coming to Providence College he taught at the University of Notre Dame, Catholic University of America, and Xavier University.  His specialization is ethics, especially the Aristotelian and Thomistic tradition, although he works also in applied ethics.  Current research includes the ethics of architecture, and the connections between practical reason and the virtues.

Recent/Selected Publications:

"Building Virtue," Public Discourse, April 20, 2011

"Authority, the Family, and Healthcare Decision Making," Christian Bioethics (forthcoming)

Architecture, Ecology, and Human Flourishing: A Reader (currently in process)

Recent Courses:

Shakespeare and Philosophy

An examination of six Shakespeare plays from all the major genres alongside classic philosophical texts of Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, Montaigne, and others, focusing on four themes: Love, Power, Dependence/Independence, and Cynicism.

Business Ethics

Using Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, selected writings of Karl Marx, and Aristotle's Politics, the purpose of this course is to think about the main rival accounts of the foundations of business and its relationship to society, and then think through a selection of contemporary arguments, each of which draw on one of these traditions.  Each student will also present a case study drawn from a current issue of The Wall Street Journal.

Ethics, Moral Leadership, and the Common Good

After examining the fundamental claims about society made by John Locke, Karl Marx, and Aristotle, we will consider a range of contemporary questions about politics, leadership, and common goods.

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity