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Fall 2010

013. The Souls of Animals
Matthew Stuart T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
Do animals have souls? Do they have thoughts and beliefs? Do they feel pain? Are animals deserving of the same moral consideration as human beings? Or do they have any moral status at all? Readings from historical and contemporary sources.

111. Ancient Philosophy
Jason Bowers M  11:30 - 12:25
W  11:30 - 12:25
F  11:30 - 12:25
The sources and prototypes of Western thought. We try to understand and evaluate Greek ideas about value, knowledge, and truth.

152. Death
Matthew Stuart M  10:30 - 11:25
W  10:30 - 11:25
F  10:30 - 11:25
Considers distinctively philosophical questions about death: Do we have immortal souls? Is immortality even desirable? Is death a bad thing? Is suicide morally permissible? Does the inevitability of death rob life of its meaning? Readings from historical and contemporary sources.

200. History, Freedom, and Reason
Lawrence Simon M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
What are the causes of historical development? Is history progressive? Do freedom and reason manifest themselves in history? A study of the development of political philosophy and philosophy of history in nineteenth-century German philosophy from Kant through Hegel to Marx.

223. Logic
Scott Sehon M  9:30 - 10:25
W  9:30 - 10:25
F  9:30 - 10:25
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.

332. Origins of Analytic Philosophy
Scott Sehon M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
An examination of the beginnings of analytic philosophy. Examines the major works from 1879 through the middle of the twentieth century, including works by Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, A. J. Ayer, Rudolf Camap, and W. V. Quine. Topics include objectivity and truth, the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of language, theories, evidence, and meaning.