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PHILOSOPHY

PHIL-685
Selected Topics in Philosophy (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including: medical ethics, philosophy of language, advanced philosophical argumentation, philosophy of reason and passion, bio-ethics, and post-modernism. Usually meets with PHIL-485. Usually offered every term.

PHIL-685
001
PHILOSOPHY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Philosophy (3)

Existentialism

This course focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century existentialism, with a particular emphasis on the role of imagination in creating one's identity. The class reads philosophical works by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Heidegger, and de Beauvoir, as well as literary works by Camus, Dostoyevsky and also Sartre. Meets with PHIL-485 001.

PHIL-685
002
PHILOSOPHY
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Philosophy (3)

Philosophies of Action

In a deontological world, with no transcendental or natural laws ordering human practices, the following questions are asked: how are we to act, collectively and individually; How do we hold ourselves and others responsible for our actions; and on what basis do we evaluate competing claims for our resources, loyalty and participation. These questions are addressed by working through texts by Machiavelli, M. Weber, Arendt, Foucault, Ranciere and others. Meets with PHIL-485 002.