PHIL 152 - Philosophy of Human Nature
Fall 2014, Section 002
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
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Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will investigate the nature of evil. Can we give a unifying account of the nature of evil, or is "evil" too heterogeneous a concept? Are evil characters necessarily incomprehensible in some way or another? If so, what room might that leave for moral responsibility? How can we respond to various kinds of evil without being evil ourselves? We will draw on philosophical, psychological, legal, and historical resources to address these questions and more; along the way we are likely to discuss the freedom of the will and the role of evil in arguments over the existence of God.

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Intended Audience:

This course is designed for those who have never taken a philosophy class before but should appeal to those with a background in philosophy as well.

We will often have reason to study some cases of despicable behavior. Lurid details will be kept to a minimum, but this course may not be for the squeamish.

Class Format:

Two lectures and one discussion a week.


PHIL 152 - Philosophy of Human Nature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MWF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
12Y1 or Y2
MWF 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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