PHIL 112
Philosophy and Human Nature Spring 2015 (also offered Fall 2014)
Division II Writing Skills
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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.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3525
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent short papers (some graded, some p/f), class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-years and sophomores
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills

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