Ross Moret received his Ph.D. from Florida State’s Department of Religion where he studied in the Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy program. Professor Moret’s teaching and research interests focus on Christian and Muslim political ethics, and he is particularly invested in understanding the ways that social science can contribute to our understanding of how norms are developed, maintained, and challenged in group life. His work on politics, religion, and ethics has appeared in The Journal of Religious Ethics, the Journal of Religion and Society, and Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Dr. Moret also serves as the Faculty Director for Power of WE (Power of We (fsu.edu)) as well as the Honors Program's liaison for the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights. He grew up in South Dakota, but before coming to FSU Professor Moret earned graduate degrees from Florida Atlantic University, Valparaiso University, and Princeton Theological Seminary. When he isn’t teaching or doing research, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, traveling, or seeing a good movie.
Ethics, Art, and Freedom – IDH 3119 (formerly Truth, Justice, and the American Way? Ethics, Religion, and Superheroes - HUM 2937)
What limitations can be justly imposed on the freedom of individuals? Are there certain basic goods that society must provide for citizens so that they can rightly be considered free? This course draws on various moral theories as well as forms of art such as film, narrative fiction, and music to explore what it means to be free in the context of a pluralistic society.
[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity, Ethics, and Scholarship in Practice.]
Freedom and Religion: Liberal, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives - IDH 3140
By addressing issues such as free speech, sexual mores and identity, and compulsory military service, this course examines the ways that religious norms and practices across the globe sometimes come into conflict with the norms of liberal democracy.
[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity, Ethics, and Upper Division Writing (UDW).]
Race and Religion in America Today: The Legacies of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements - IDH 3611
Focusing on the legacies of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, this course explores the ways that appeals to religious concepts and identities have influenced racial relations and politics in America.
[Requirements Satisfied: Diversity, Oral Communication Competency.]
Us & Them: Navigating Disagreements in a Polarized Society - IDH 2602
Contemporary society is deeply divided along political, cultural, regional, religious, racial, and socioeconomic lines. This course will help students to both understand the sources of those divisions and develop strategies to navigate our polarized society.
[Requirements Satisfied: Ethics & Social Responsibility, Oral Communication Competency, and Scholarship in Practice.]