PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
Section: 001 Philosophy and Arrival
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This is an introduction to philosophy via the film Arrival and the short story on which it is based, “The Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. We will focus on philosophical questions that these raise.

  • —Is the world we experience to some extent the product of our language or concepts?
  • —Do we have free will?
  • —Why can’t we remember the future as well as the past? What would life be like if we could?
  • —Are causal loops possible? This is not a course about the movie or the story—we won’t primarily be interested in interpreting them. But each of them will provide a touchstone and a source of ideas and examples.

  • PHIL 196 - First Year Seminar
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    001 (SEM)
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    MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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    002 (SEM)
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    MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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