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PHIL 184

On-Campus Extended Studies Course

An on-campus course offered during the Winter or May term. May be offered for .5 course credits or as a co-curricular (0 credit). Counts toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits

Winter Term information

Ashley Puzzo

184A: Critical Thinking and Logic Puzzles

Course Fees:None
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 10am - 1 pm, MTWF
Location: Asbury 201

This course will be an introduction to the study of elementary critical thinking. Focus will be on logical fallacies, syllogistic logic, and elementary probabilistic reasoning including Bayes' Theorem. Course will highlight the use of critical thinking skills in problem solving and will be of use to those preparing for a graduate level examination such as the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT. Coursework: participation, three exams, and a short, 3-5 page critical essay.

Andrew Cullison

184B: Debating Current Events

Course Fees: None
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 1-4pm, MWR; 1-5pm, F
Location: Prindle Center

This course will be an intense ethical debate competition. Each week, students will be divided into teams and given a variety of current event stories to learn about. The goal will be to prepare for a debate style competition to be held at the end of each week. The ethical issues we consider will range across a wide area of topics and disciplines including, contemporary media, personal morality, science and medicine, business, technology, and politics.

Student will learn how to identify ethical issues in current event stories, construct well-reasoned arguments for answers to moral questions these events raise, orally present those arguments in a competitive setting, and judge the quality of someone else's argumentation.

All classes, small group meetings, and debates will be held at The Prindle Institute for Ethics. Transportation will be provided for all students who require it.

Students will have their own individual cases to prepare each week (2-3 cases). For each case a student has been assigned, they must write a brief 3-5 page essay about that case in which they develop and defend an answer to an ethical question about that case. Total writing requirement will be approximately 6-9 short brief argumentative essays.

May Term information

Richard Lynch

184A: Government of the Living

Course Fees: None
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 1-3:30 pm, MTWRF

One of the most accessible ways to encounter the thought of Michel Foucault--one of the most important philosophers of the 20th Century, who has impacted disciplines as diverse as history, psychology, education, public health, sociology, etc.--is through his lecture courses at the College de France. These courses presented his work in progress, as he was thinking it through, in language that was geared to a wide public. His 1980 course, On the Government of the Living (just published in English translation) explores the relationships between truth, power, and knowledge--key themes for Foucault--through a reading of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and early Christianity. Our focus will be a reading of these lectures (and some related texts; we'll start with Sophocles' play); students will be expected to participate actively, share leadership of some of our discussions, write a few very short papers, and one longer paper. We will thus simultaneously get a solid introduction to Foucault's thought and have the chance to work on the cutting edge of Foucault scholarship.