PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Section: 002 Science Fiction and Philosophy
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Science fiction and philosophy are deeply linked through their common use of "thought experiments." Our main goal will be to motivate and explore philosophical questions by appeal to thought experiments from important works of science fiction. We will read the novels Hyperion (Dan Simmons), The Ophiuchi Hotline (John Varley), and Manifold Time (Stephen Baxter), as well as a number of shorter works. Philosophical topics to be covered include skepticism about knowledge, anthropic reasoning, and personal identity, as well as ethical topics surrounding religious belief, cloning and human genetic engineering. Students will have the option to write a short piece of science fiction in fulfillment of the final essay requirement.

PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
P
45654
Closed
0
3Y1
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
35287
Closed
0
4Y1
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0441634842
The Ophiuchi hotline, Author: by John Varley., Publisher: Ace Books Ace ed. 1993
Required
ISBN: 0385263481
Hyperion, Author: Dan Simmons., Publisher: Doubleday 1st ed. 1989
Required
ISBN: 034543076X
Manifold time, Author: Stephen Baxter., Publisher: Ballantine Pub. Group 1st ed. 2000
Required
ISBN: 031233656X
Best of the best : 20 years of the Year's best science fiction, Author: [edited by] Gardner Dozois., Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin 1st ed. 2005
Required
ISBN: 1892391473
Asimov's science fiction : 30th anniversary anthology, Author: edited by Sheila Williams., Publisher: Tachyon Publications 1st ed. 2007
Required
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