Spring 2013 Courses

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018. Love
Sarah Conly T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Pols House-Conf Room
Love. What is the nature and value of love? Why is love so important to us? Is love necessary for a successful life? If so, why? Is lifelong love possible? Is love selfish or unselfish? Is the search for love destructive? Uses philosophical texts and some fictional representations to examine these and other questions.

112. Modern Philosophy
Matthew Stuart M 11:30 - 12:25, W 11:30 - 12:25, F 11:30 - 12:25 Searles-115
A survey of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European philosophy, focusing on discussions of the ultimate nature of reality and our knowledge of it. Topics include the nature of the mind and its relation to the body, the existence of God, and the free will problem. Readings from Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, and others.

120. Moral Problems
Sarah Conly T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Adams-208
Our society is riven by deep and troubling moral controversies. Examines some of these controversies in the context of current arguments and leading theoretical positions. Possible topics include abortion, physician-assisted suicide, capital punishment, sexuality, the justifiability of terrorism, and the justice of war.

221. History of Ethics
Lawrence Simon T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Pols House-Conf Room
How should one live? What is the good? What is my duty? What is the proper method for doing ethics? The fundamental questions of ethics are examined in the classic texts of Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Mill.

225. Philosophy of Science
Scott Sehon M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 CT-16 Harrison McCann
Science is often thought of as the paradigm of rational inquiry, as a method that gives us an unparalleled ability to understand the nature of the world. Others have doubted this rosy picture, and have emphasized historical and sociological aspects of the practice of science. Investigates the nature of science and scientific thought by looking at a variety of topics, including the demarcation of science and non-science, relativism and objectivity, logical empiricism, scientific revolutions, and scientific realism.

227. Metaphysics
Matthew Stuart T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Searles-126
Metaphysics is the study of very abstract questions about reality. What does reality include? What is the relation between things and their properties? What is time? Do objects and persons have temporal parts as well as spatial parts? What accounts for the identity of persons over time? What is action, and do we ever act freely?

258. Environmental Ethics
Lawrence Simon M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Pols House-Conf Room
What things in nature have moral standing? What are our obligations to them? How should we resolve conflicts among our obligations? After an introduction to ethical theory, topics include anthropocentrism, the moral status of nonhuman sentient beings and of non-sentient living beings, preservation of endangered species and the wilderness, holism versus individualism, the land ethic, and deep ecology.

334. Free Will
Scott Sehon M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25 Pols House-Conf Room
Do we have free will and moral responsibility? Can we have free will and moral responsibility if determinism is true? More broadly, can we have free will if all human behaviors can be explained scientifically? Readings from contemporary sources.