PHIL 291 Spring 2013 Violence: Its Trajectory and Its Causes (W)

This tutorial examines Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of our Nature. Why Violence Has Declined (2011). We focus first on the controversial theses that--despite two world wars and the Holocaust--the twentieth century was not the most violent so far, and that, over the entire course of history, human beings have become decreasingly violent. We then turn to the book's explanations of the factors it identifies as leading us to be violent--our "inner demons"--and as curbing our violence--our "better angels."
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: tutorial papers and responses to partner's tutorial papers, in alternating weeks; participation in tutorial discussions
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Philosophy majors and potential majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3400
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PHIL291-T1(S) TUT Violence: Trajectory & Causes (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Alan White
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