PHIL 611 - Seminar in Current Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
2 - 3
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be elected three times for credit.
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We will examine several philosophical issues that arise in connection with future technology. First, a number of important questions are raised by the potential for significant human enhancement: about the metaphysics of human nature and of personal identity, about the desirability of vastly extended lifespan, and about plasticity in human well-being. Casting our eyes to the future also raises the question of how much we should care about distant outcomes: should we reduce existential risk at all costs in order to guarantee the existence of trillions of future humans? And which visions of the distant future are worth working towards? How should we weigh equality against autonomy, average well-being against total well-being, the conservation of old forms of life against the creation of new ones, and the value of individual subjects (whether human, post-human, or animal) against the value of species and ecosystems? Finally, the potential for artificial general intelligence raises significant questions in both ethics and the philosophy of mind, in addition to the more applied and pressing problem of how AGIs can best be aligned to our values.

PHIL 611 - Seminar in Current Philosophy
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001 (SEM)
6Graduate Standing
F 12:00PM - 2:30PM
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