PHIL 389
The Structural-Systematic Philosophy Spring 2010
Division II
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The history of theoretical inquiry since the seventeenth century is plausibly viewed as a process whereby philosophy, for the Greeks the home of virtually all theoretical inquiry, is increasingly deprived of subject matters by the developments of the natural and social sciences. At an extreme, it can appear–and does appear, to many philosophers–that philosophy is left with no proper subject matter except perhaps those sciences themselves. On a different view, however, this process can appear instead as one that clarifies a proper subject matter for philosophy; that subject matter is the all-encompassing domain from which each natural and social science carves its specific domain. Comprehensive philosophical treatments of this all-encompassing domain may reasonably be termed “theories of everything.” This seminar examines central components of such a theory that is currently under development; this is the structural-systematic philosophy presented in Structure and Being (Lorenz Puntel, translated by collaboration with Alan White) and Toward a Philosophical Theory of Everything (Alan White). Among the topics to be examined, as systematically interconnected, are language, knowledge, truth, mindedness, ethics, aesthetics, world history, God, being as such.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 8-12
Class#: 3032
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance, preparation, participation; regular short writing assignments and/or class presentations; a term paper (10-15 pages)
Prerequisites: Philosophy 102 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Philosophy majors
Distributions: Division II

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