PHIL 127
Meaning and Value Spring 2022
Division II Writing Skills

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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 on a fixed weekly schedule agreed to by the instructor and participants.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3545
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Four or five tutorial papers (5-6 pages in length), five or six critiques (2-3 pages in length), and one rewrite.
Prerequisites: None. This tutorial is an appropriate first course in PHIL.
Enrollment Preferences: First-years and sophomores, and students who need to fulfill their 100-level requirement for the philosophy major
Unit Notes: This course meets the 100-level PHIL major requirement.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students will meet in pairs or trios for this tutorial. Each student will write a lead tutorial paper (5-6 pages in length) or a peer critique (2-3 pages) in alternating weeks. The instructor will provide timely comments on writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.

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