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Last updated 6 May 2017

Current and/or upcoming
“variable topic” philosophy courses


Fall 2017–2018

PHIL 416 Seminar in Philosophy: Philosophies of Community. The concept of community has many different expressions in both thought and society. This course begins by considering classical conceptions from both Western and non-Western sources and concludes with an examination of contemporary theories. Some of the topics addressed will be democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, socialism, communism, fascism, anarchism, utopia, dystopia, otherness, responsibility, friendship, and love. (Instructor: Schroeder.)

PHIL 449: Special Topics: Animals, Minds, and Morality. What goes on in the minds of the nonhuman animals around us? Does a dog experience the moral emotion of guilt when caught misbehaving? Do ravens display empathy when they console one another after a fight? Can parrots and bonobos understand human language? And might the tiny-brained jumping spiders be capable of abstract thinking? Answers to these and similar questions are not only fascinating in their own right, but have profound implications for the moral status of these animals. Throughout the course, we will draw on and critically examine cutting-edge scientific literature and leading moral philosophy to ask what animals are capable of doing, feeling, and thinking, and how this bears on their moral status and on our responsibilities toward them. (Instructor: TBA)


Spring 2017–2018

PHIL 416 Seminar in Philosophy: Truth in the Trump Era. (Instructor: Capps.)