Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

PHL F316K • Science And Philosophy

84375 • Sarkar, Sahotra
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM JGB 2.202
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This course will examine the philosophical implications of modern science starting in the early twentieth century, with attention to biology, physics, and computer science. The focus will be on genetics and the political role it has played from the recovery of Mendel's rules in 1900 to the Human Genome Project. Issues treated will include the ethics of eugenics, genetic engineering, human cloning, and human genetic enhancement. In physics, the focus will be on the failure of determinism in quantum mechanics. In computer science, the focus will be on the idea of logically unsolvable problems.

 

Texts:

Haldane, J. B. S. 1922. Daedelus.
Russell, B. 1922. Icarus.
Glover, J. 1984. What Sort of People Should There Be?
Polkinghorne, J. C. 1989. The Quantum World.
Nagel, E. and Newman, J. 1958. Godel's Proof.

 

 


PHL S313 • Introductory Symbolic Logic

84455 • Juhl, Cory
Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-3:00PM GSB 2.122
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This is a first course in deductive symbolic logic. We'll study formal languages for representing sentences in logically precise ways, we'll study algorithms for evaluating arguments as logically valid or invalid, and we'll get an introduction to some of the surprising discoveries logicians have made about what tasks no algorithm can possibly do.


PHL S318 • Introduction To Ethics

84460 • Krecz, Charles
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM CLA 0.118
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An introduction to ethics by way of an examination of three great ethical theorists. We will be concerned with a number of fundamental ethical questions such as the nature of the good person, the nature of the good life, and criteria for determining moral obligation.

 

Texts:

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, trans. Martin Ostwald.

Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, trans. Paton

Mill, Utilitarianism

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PHL S325M • Medicine, Ethics, And Society

84465 • Leon, Jeffrey
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GDC 4.302
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The application of ethical theory to medical practice is an important part of modern public policy. We look at several approaches to ethics and several areas of medicine to gain insights into medical ethics. This course carries the ethics and leadership flag. Consequently, a substantial portion of the grade will involve ethical issues and reasoning.

 

*Ethics and Leadership flag*