Environment and Society
Interdisciplinary examination of the causes, potential solutions and ethical dilemmas associated with environmental problems on various spatial, temporal, political and social scales (individual to global).
Disease and Culture
Taught jointly by a biologist and philosopher, this course will introduce students to the biological basis of numerous diseases (including AIDS, tuberculosis, syphilis, plague, malaria, Irish potato blight, etc.) and discuss their social, ethical, and cultural impacts.
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.
Consideration of the beginnings of the Western philosophical tradition focusing primarily on Plato and Aristotle.
A study of the nature of art and beauty, what counts as art, contemporary debates about fiction and emotion, sentimentalism, fakes and forgeries, popular music and culture, the nature of appreciation, photography and representation.
Philosophy of Food
Examination of the philosophical aspects of food from historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives. The role of food in Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Ethics and throughout the history of philosophy. The construction of ethical systems in regard to growing food, consuming food, animal rights, and resource management. An examination of aesthetic pleasure and disgust, as well as a consideration of taste"."
Fact, Fiction and Fraud
Examination of the philosophical concept of truth as seen primarily through film. We will question whether or not there can be such a thing as a true story". Final project will include making your own movie."