HONORS 250 - Sophomore Seminar
Section: 002 Evolution of Cognition and Social Science Ways of Knowing
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to Honors students with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

There is now overwhelming evidence for the evolution of life on this planet. This course will review that theory and the evidence for it, not to learn biology, but to understand the implications of believing that human cognition has evolved.

  • What can and do we know?
  • What is certainty and of what can we be certain?
  • How does science differ from ordinary experience?
  • How and why is social science so different from physical science?
  • In what sense are social sciences actually sciences of the artificial since their subject matter — language, family, kinship rules, money, markets, culture — are our creations?

The purpose of this course is to carefully review the philosophical foundations of modern social science disciplines and compare their methods. The disciplines I will emphasize are economics, anthropology, and psychology; political science and sociology will not be neglected if there is interest among the students.

HONORS 250 - Sophomore Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
4LSA Hnrs
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Evolution of Cognition and Social Science Ways of Knowing
003 (SEM)
5LSA Hnrs
Tu 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Th 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Science and the Study of Human Perception
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