Location: Bowdoin / Philosophy / Courses / Fall 2008


Fall 2008

016. Personal Ethics
Matthew Stuart M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25
Examines some ethical problems and paradoxes that arise in ordinary life, some philosophical theories that bear upon them, and some strategies for making thoughtful decisions about them. Topics may include friendship, lying, love, family obligations, charity, the treatment of animals, abortion.

111. Ancient Philosophy
Sarah Conly M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25
The sources and prototypes of Western thought. We try to understand and evaluate Greek ideas about value, knowledge, and truth.

142. Philosophy of Religion
Scott Sehon T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
Does God exist? Can the existence of God be proven? Can it be disproven? Is it rational to believe in God? What does it mean to say that God exists (or does not exist)? What distinguishes religious beliefs from non-religious beliefs? What is the relation between religion and science? Approaches these and related questions through a variety of historical and contemporary sources, including philosophers, scientists, and theologians.

200. History, Freedom, and Reason
Lawrence Simon M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
A study of the political philosophy and philosophy of history of Kant, Hegel, and Marx.

220. Bioethics
Sarah Conly M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Examines issues central for physicians, biological researchers, and society: cloning, genetic engineering, biological patenting, corporate funding for medical research, use of experimental procedures, and others.

223. Logic
Scott Sehon M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
The central problem of logic is to determine which arguments are good and which are bad. To this end, we introduce a symbolic language and rigorous, formal methods for seeing whether one statement logically implies another. We apply these tools to a variety of arguments, philosophical and otherwise. We also demonstrate certain theorems about the formal system we construct.

375. Metaphysics of the Self
Matthew Stuart T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
Examines metaphysical theories about our nature, the unity of consciousness, and our persistence over time. Readings include classic early modern texts (Locke, Hume, Reid, Butler), important 20th century contributions (Shoemaker, Williams, Parfit), and Eric Olson’s 2007 book, What Are We?.