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PHIL 127
Meaning and Value Fall 2020 (also offered Spring 2021)
Division II Writing Skills

Class Details

What gives an individual life meaning? Pleasure? Success in fulfilling desires? Flourishing in ways distinctive to a rational agent or a human being (including, for example, developing rational capacities and self-mastery, succeeding in worthwhile projects, cultivating relationships, living morally, developing spiritually)? Can we be mistaken about how well our lives are going, or about what has value? What are the main sources of uncertainty here? Does the fact that our lives will end threaten their meaning? Can luck spoil an otherwise meaningful life? Can science contribute to our understanding of these issues? We’ll examine these and related questions through historical and contemporary readings.
The Class: Format: tutorial; This tutorial will meet remotely by Zoom on a fixed weekly schedule agreed to by the instructor and participants.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 2531
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Five tutorial papers (5-6 pages in length), five critiques (2-3 pages in length), and one rewrite.
Prerequisites: None. This tutorial is an appropriate first course in PHIL.
Enrollment Preferences: First-year students and potential philosophy majors
Unit Notes: This course meets the 100-level PHIL major requirement.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students will write a tutorial paper (5-6 pages in length) every other week, and a peer critique (2-3 pages in length) in alternating weeks, evenly spaced throughout the semester. The instructor will provide timely comments on writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.

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