Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to some of the classic problems of philosophy, with emphasis on understanding the nature of philosophical reflection and reasoning. Includes epistemology, ethics, metaphysics and other major branches of philosophy.
Nineteenth Century Philosophy
Important figures and themes of nineteenth century philosophy. Readings chosen from Hegel, Schelling, Schopenhauer, Feuerbach, Marx, Kierkegaard, Darwin, and Nietzsche.
Latin American Philosophy
Latin American philosophical reflection from 4 key eras of the region's history: Pre-Conquest; arguments for/against the Conquest; the 19th century struggle for independence; and exciting currents in 20th century thought (liberation and feminist philosophies).
Philosophical themes in sub-Saharan Africa and the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and the United States. Topics include: what counts as Africana philosophy; race; colonialism; gender; and slavery. Ontological, ethical and socio-political questions considered.
Ethics of Globalization
Consideration of how to make an ethical assessment of globalization's economic, environmental, political aspects. Topics include: the benefits/costs of globalization, who is benefiting and possible alternatives to globalization.
Introductory Poverty Studies
Definition, scope, and measurement of poverty; experiences and effects of living in poverty; individual and structural causes; rights, claims, and obligations regarding poverty; successes and failures in the alleviation of poverty; current proposals.
Living in Poverty
Readings, lectures, field experiences, community speakers, and critical reflection to assist students who are considering internships associated with the Poverty Studies concentration or other similar experiences.