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At CUNY, a rare seminar explores the ethics of being a professor

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Yunghi Kim

Steven M. Cahn is teaching a seminar in academic ethics, one of only a few such courses ever taught, at the Graduate Center of the City U. of New York.

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Yunghi Kim

Steven M. Cahn is teaching a seminar in academic ethics, one of only a few such courses ever taught, at the Graduate Center of the City U. of New York.

In one of Plato's dialogues, Socrates warns a student that teachers can be dangerous. "You do not even know to whom you are committing your soul," Socrates says, "and whether the thing to which you commit yourself be good or evil."

That passage is a favorite of Steven M. Cahn, a professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. This semester he is exploring it in a graduate seminar in academic ethics, one of the few such courses that has ever been