2020 Fall Term
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INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
An introduction to philosophical thought. Representative philosophers and representative issues, such as the nature of ethical reasoning, rival theories of knowledge, and the individual's relation to society, are considered. The emphasis is on argument and analysis, and on issues which are relevant to philosophical problems.
TRUTH AND THE MEDIA
There is a vast array of media outlets, political talking heads, and mass-marketed paraphernalia that claim to know what you should know, how you should feel about it, and what the best things are for you. We live thoroughly media-ted. This course critiques our current media culture on the veracity/rationality of their epistemic claims.
In this course, students will develop skill in recognizing, constructing, and evaluating arguments, both deductive and inductive. Methods include identifying formal and informal fallacies, techniques for determining the validity of deductive arguments, and symbolizing English arguments.
INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
The first half of this course studies major ethical theories, offering students some frameworks for moral reasoning. The second half of the course applies those theories to a variety of current moral issues of immediate relevance to the students' lives.
This course concentrates on the main movements in philosophy from Descartes through Kant. Principal works from the major philosophers will be read.
ETHICS OF GAMING
The course uses central ethical theories to investigate gaming. We will focus on questions such as "What is a game?" "What is cheating?" "How is my identity and agency within a game related to my identity and agency outside of a gaming environment?" "What distinguishes esports from non-esports?" "How can we ethically treat professionals in the gaming industry?"
PHILOSOPHY OF GENDER AND RACE
This course examines the philosophical assumptions underlying concepts of gender and race. Topics include: historical and contemporary arguments about race and gender as biological categories; the relationship between the use of these categories and the persistence of sexism and racism; and race and gender in theories of subjectivity.
Variable topics.Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Repeatable
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable