PHIL. 108 – What is Freedom?
Introduction to philosophy through an investigation of freedom. What is freedom, and why do we value it? Do we have free will? What limitations on individual freedom by society are legitimate? What is a free society?
- Phil 108 satisfies the Individual and Society Gen. Ed. requirement.
- Spring 2017: Lec: MW12-12:50/Dis: F 11 or 12 Prof. W. Small
PHIL 101 – Critical Thinking
Experts agree that critical thinking is both the most important skill for succeeding in college and the most important skill students can learn in college. The skills taught in this class are also those explicitly tested on graduate entrance exams like the MCAT, LSAT and GRE. We will learn the basics of deductive and inductive logic, formal and informal fallacies. Then we will apply these skills by evaluating various forms of reasoning offered in scientific, moral, and popular contexts.
- Phil 101 satisfies the Individual and Society Gen Ed requirement.
- Spring 2017: Two sections: MW 3-4:15 and TR 8-9:15.
PHIL 230 – Justice in a Democracy (Officially listed as “Topics in Ethics and Political Philosophy”)
What is justice? What might a just society look like, and what are some of the means of making our own society more just? We will think about the relation of the idea of justice to other fundamental ideas in political philosophy like rights, equality, and democracy. The aim will be to think clearly about these concepts in order to think about pressing social and political questions: e.g. education and opportunity, taxation and the concentration of wealth, social movements and democratic change.
- Spring 2017: TR 11-12:15, Prof. A. Laden