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Spring 2018

Lower Division Courses

PHIL 200 Philosophy and Film
A. Cureton

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
M. Pamental

Sustainability Ethics is an experience learning course designed to give students the opportunity to learn about the ethical issues involved in the goal of sustainability, by working with local environmentally-oriented change organizations here in the Greater Knoxville area. Each student will be placed alongside a group of other students in a local partner organization, and will be required to commit 4-5 hours per week, outside of normal class-related time, to work with that organization for the period of the course. Experience learning at the community partner organization will be parallel to, and in conjunction with, deep and sustained reflection on both their experiences and the philosophical works on the conceptual and ethical issues raised by the goal of a sustainable culture. The goal of the course will be to contextualize the philosophical material students are exposed to through the experience learning component of the course, enabling students both to better understand the reality of the issues raised by the philosophical literature, as well as to be better able to articulate and defend their own views about sustainability, thus developing a deeper and more thoughtful environmental citizenship.

PHIL 420/542 History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Adam Cureton

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.

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