TR 10:45-1:15 Tony Hernandez
This course aims to do philosophy. By doing philosophy students will learn: how to ask philosophical questions, how to assess philosophical arguments, how to think systematically, and how to give good answers to philosophical questions. We’ll do philosophy by setting to answer one question: Does the state have a moral right to rule? After looking at some answers, we’ll see that new, unavoidable questions arise. So, we’ll ask new philosophical questions: What is law? What is morality? How do we know what either are, and can science help us know what they are? What is the state, and what is its role in morality? I’ll unite these questions thematically so that we’ll approach each of these questions in terms of laws. The topics of the course, then, are: state laws, laws of nature, laws of reason, scientific laws, and laws of morality. At the end of course, we’ll go back and reflect on more complete, possible answers to the initial question of the state’s moral right to rule, as well as reflect on the theme of laws in philosophy.
(This course satisfies Individual and Society requirement)