PHIL 112 Fall 2014 Philosophy and Human Nature (W)

Also offered Spring 2015

What, if anything, makes us human? Are we fundamentally rational or spiritual? Natural or social? Free or determined? Can we change what and how we are? Are we basically self-interested or other directed? What relevance does knowing our nature have to how we understand and arrange our ethical and political life? Our happiness? How we educate our children? Discipline and punishment? Do men and women share one nature? Is there a fundamental purpose to human life? Can philosophers help us answer any of these questions today? Or have philosophical accounts of nature been surpassed by those found in the natural and social sciences? In this course we critically examine influential philosophical accounts of human nature found in the works of figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Hume, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Rawls, Nozick and Foucault. Readings from the natural and social sciences will also be included.
Class Format: discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent short papers (some graded, some p/f), class participation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first-years and sophomores
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1586
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PHIL 112 - 01 (F) SEM Philosophy and Human Nature (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Jana Sawicki
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Steson Mabie Room 1586
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