PHIL 181 - Philosophical Issues: An Introduction
Summer 2017, Section 201
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 182, 202, 231, 232, 234, or 297.
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This section of PHIL 181 examines classical and contemporary philosophical theories in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and social and political philosophy. Classes will be a mixture of lecture and discussion. In addition to exploring philosophy per se, we will also apply theory to real world problems and concerns including considering whether artificial intelligence ‘thinks’, what are the limits of freedom of expression in a democratic society, and how do we understand and define the concept of ‘race’. In tandem with reading primary philosophical texts, students will be responsible for accessing podcasts, videos and articles as posted on Canvas online. The transferable skills acquired during this course include refining critical skills in reading and writing; identifying and understanding distinctions amongst competing theories; and applying theory through discussion, writing and presentation.

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Students will be assessed on the basis of class participation, a midterm response paper, a final paper, and a final exam.


PHIL 181 - Philosophical Issues: An Introduction
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201 (LEC)
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TuTh 4:00PM - 8:00PM

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