PHIL 401 - Undergraduate Honors Seminar
Fall 2013, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to Honors concentrators in Philosophy and others by permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term, the final grade is posted for both term's elections. F.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The aim of this course is to help students prepare to write an Honors thesis in philosophy during the Winter Term of 2013. It is open to any senior with a declared Honors concentration in Philosophy. Anyone who does not satisfy this requirement will be admitted only with special permission from the professor. In the seminar students will develop their ability to evaluate works of philosophy and to present their own philosophical positions in writing. To this end, they will spend the first two weeks honing the skills needed to identify the arguments in philosophical texts. They will then choose a thesis topic and select the texts they will read on this topic. This reading will be the basis of their writing assignments, and of the class presentations correlated with these assignments.

Course Requirements:

By the end of the seminar, each student will have produced a critical summary of the literature on his or her topic, a brief prospectus of the thesis he or she intends to write on this topic, and the first chapter of this thesis.

Intended Audience:

Honors concentrators in Philosophy

Class Format:

2hr/wk seminar


PHIL 401 - Undergraduate Honors Seminar
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
11Dept Hnrs Sr
W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (SEM)
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