PHIL 297 - Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 181, 182, 202, 231, 232, or 234.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Honors students or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Most people think that love and friendship are important human goods. Love and friendship also raise a number of philosophical questions.

  • What is love?
  • What is friendship?
  • Do the demands of friendship conflict with the demands of morality?
  • How does erotic love differ from love between friends?
  • Does love admit of rational justification?
  • What is desire? Does sexual desire necessarily objectify its target?
  • Is objectification always morally problematic?
  • Are some sex acts perverse?

We will take up these and related questions in this course. Our readings will be drawn from both historical and contemporary sources. We will read selections from Plato, Aristotle, and Kant to set up the questions and provide some historical background before turning to contemporary discussions of these issues.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed on the basis of active participation in discussions, two papers, and a take-home final exam

Intended Audience:

This course will serve as an introduction to the methods of philosophy, and no previous coursework in philosophy is required.

Class Format:

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PHIL 297 - Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
5LSA Hnrs
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 1107401062
Groundwork of the metaphysics of morals, Author: Immanuel Kant ; introduction by Christine M. Korsgaard ; translated by Mary Gregor, Jens Timmermann., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9780872200760
Symposium, Author: Plato ; translated, with introduction & notes, by Alexander Nehamas & Paul Woodruff., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 1989
ISBN: 9780872204645
Nicomachean ethics, Author: Aristotle. Translated by Terence Irwin, Publisher: Hackett 2. ed. - 5 1995
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