PHIL 151 - Philosophical Dimensions of Personal Decisions
Winter 2015, Section 002
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Waitlist Notes:
philosophy.staff@umich.edu
Advisory Prerequisites:
Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
Other Course Info:
Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

We can all imagine ways our lives might be better, and ways they might be worse. So too, we can imagine better and worse ways for our lives to end. And it's obvious that the choices we make affect the quality of our lives. In this course, we will examine a variety of philosophical perspectives on these issues. In particular, we will raise the following questions:

  • What makes life worth living? What does it take to lead a good life?
  • What is the relationship between a person’s moral character, her actions, and her well-being?
  • What, if anything,makes death bad? Should we fear death?
  • Is there any such thing as a good death?
  • What does it mean to be rational?
  • What does it mean to make good choices?
  • What is the relationship between choosing rationally and living well?
We will begin by canvassing a variety of philosophical views on these questions. We will also explore how contemporary research in psychology and behavioral economics informs our answers to these questions. Students will develop philosophical skills that enable them to approach these and other important questions carefully, thoughtfully, and rigorously. In particular, students can expect to improve their understanding of arguments, learn to carefully analyze philosophical concepts that appear in these arguments, and learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various philosophical positions.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on in-class participation, quizzes, essays and exams.

Intended Audience:

No previous experience with Philosophy is assumed

Class Format:

4 hrs of lecture w/discussion per week

Schedule

PHIL 151 - Philosophical Dimensions of Personal Decisions
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001 (LEC)
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
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30719
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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