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Lower Division Courses
PHIL 200 Philosophy and Film
This course will examine a variety of philosophical topics that arise in contemporary films, including Minority Report, The Matrix, Memento, Fight Club, The Big Lebowski and Crimes and Misdemeanors. We will watch these and other films and then read and discuss philosophical texts that highlight interesting philosophical issues that these films raise, such as ones about freedom, consciousness, reality, value, love, self-respect, gender, race, and ethical dilemmas.
P255S: Sustainability Ethics
Upper Division and Graduate Courses
PHIL 420/542 History of Modern Moral Philosophy
This course is a survey of moral philosophy in the Modern period. We will be concerned with the following basic questions: What ought we to do? What is valuable in life? How should we treat others and ourselves? What counts as a happy or fulfilled life? We will read canonical texts from figures such as Thomas Hobbes, Joseph Butler, David Hume, Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill.
PHIL 441 Global Justice & Human Rights
By recent estimates, over 800 million people live in extreme poverty, with nearly 80% of these people living in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. If current trends continue, climate change and persistent environmental degradation will have serious impacts on human well-being and will disproportionately impact the poor. In the past decade, uprisings in the Middle East and Northern Africa, have lead some countries to intervene to end the violence in some cases, but not others. How are we to make sense of what we ought to do, given the social and economic interconnections that exist in today’s society? Do national borders matter morally? Do we need a world state? Are we obligated to make changes in the way we conduct trade and international relations? We often appeal to an idea of human rights to answer these questions, but what kind of work can human rights really do for us? Do we even know what they are? Over the course of the semester, we will take up these questions, carefully considering the key philosophical issues that are at the heart of the global justice debate. While cross-listed with GLBS 441, this is an upper-division philosophy course, more specifically one in political philosophy. While we will be looking at matters with clear practical implications, our focus is on the underlying conceptual issues and normative theories. Thus, we will not be directly focused on matters such as human rights activism, particular aid practices, and so on. Previous experience with philosophy is not required to succeed in the course.
PHIL 480/573—Free Will