PHIL 154 - Science Fiction and Philosophy
Summer 2018, Section 201
Instruction Mode: Section 201 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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This course will use science fiction to explore central topics in political philosophy. The first part of the course will examine utopian science fiction works alongside works of political theory to consider what an ideal world (or, if not a perfect world, then a significantly better one) might look like, and what kinds of societies we in the real world ought to strive towards. We will also study real-world attempts to create societies resembling the ones depicted in utopian fiction. Next we will turn to works of dystopian science fiction and use these to consider what possible futures we ought to avoid. Finally, we will consider strategic and tactical questions: What are the most effective ways to achieve political goals? Which tactics are morally permissible, and which aren’t (even if they might be effective)? How are political movements built and sustained?


PHIL 154 - Science Fiction and Philosophy
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201 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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