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Fall 2015 Courses

Philosophy 1 Problems of Philosophy - Professor Peter Thielke
T&Th 9:35 - 10:50 AM; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall 203
This course gives insight into questions about how to live and our place in the universe, from written materials that are both exceptionally good and that are representative of the discipline of philosophy. The courses covers three areas of philosophy: epistemology (knowledge), metaphysics (the nature of things) and ethics. Specifically, we will talk about the problem of skepticism; the relation between minds and bodies; the nature of intentional action; freedom of the will; moral luck and the justification for punishment.

Philosophy 2 Introduction to Ethics - Professor Julie Tannenbaum
MW 1:15 - 2:30 PM; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall 203
The course surveys major questions in and about ethics. How much aid do we owe to those in need of shelter, food, and medical treatment? What is the value of life when it comes to abortion and war? We will also take a step back and ask whether our ethical beliefs are objective or instead relative to a person or culture. If there are not universal moral rules, what implications might this have for tolerating differing cultural practices? This class has no prerequisites.

Philosophy 31 Ethical Theory: ancient to early modern – Professor Julie Tannenbaum
MW 2:45 - 4:00 PM; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall 203
This course examines some of the most influential ethical theories in western philosophy, touching on the works of philosophers such as Aristotle, Hume and Kant. What if anything can they tell us about how we ought to live today? Is acting virtuously necessary for living a good life? Are a person’s motives relevant to how we morally assess an action? What is the relationship among emotion, desire, and reason? This class has no prerequisites.

Philosophy 38 Bioethics – Professor Ann Davis
TR 9:35 - 10:50 AM; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall 202
Topics may vary, but will generally include some of the following: health, disease, medicalization, & over diagnosis; 'evidence-based' medicine; drug-testing, use, & prescription; cross-cultural medicine/race & medicine; eugenics; disability; reproductive ethics.

Philosophy 57 Philosophy of Technology – Professor Laura Perini and Professor Brian Keeley
TR 2:45 - 4:00 PM; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall 202
The course investigates broad issues such as the nature of technology and our relationship to it, how technology affects the sense of self and community, its relationship to changing values, and how technology is involved in how we think about the future and about the past. An additional goal of the course is to raise awareness of the invisible and ubiquitous technologies around us. Specific areas of focus may include social media, the quantified self-movement, surveillance, and design.

Philosophy 60 Logic – Professor Luca Struble
TR 2:45 - 4:00 PM
Logic is part — but only part — of thinking and arguing clearly. When we reason, we usually pay close attention to the content of the argument under scrutiny. There is, however, more to an argument than its content. Logic abstracts from the content of arguments and uses a formal language to capture an argument’s structure. As you learn logic, your ability to recognize valid and invalid patterns of reasoning improves. Logic can also be particularly helpful for standardized tests like the GRE or LSAT.

Philosophy 80 Philosophy of Mind – Professor Luca Struble
TR 1:15 - 2:30 PM
What can philosophers tell us about the mind? This course explores approaches—including scientific approaches—to explaining what the mind is. Can any of these views account for consciousness? Do they explain how thoughts can be about things? Do they allow that our mental states cause our actions? How can we know when something has a mind?

Philosophy 186H Topics in History of Modern Philosophy: Hegel and Schopenhauer – Professor Peter Thielke
TR 1:15 - 2:30 PM; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall 202
An examination of issues central to 17th to 19th century philosophy. Topics might include the debate between rationalism and empiricism, the limits of reason, the nature of substance and mind and the nature of human experience. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 42.

Philosophy 190 Senior Literature Review – Professor Laura Perini
TR 11:00AM - 12:15 PM; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall 202
Satisfies the senior exercise requirement for philosophy majors. Literature review of a philosophical issue. In consultation with faculty, each student selects a philosophical issue or question to investigate and researches a list of readings. The finished product is a comprehensive explanation of the current literature on the student’s topic. Letter grade only.