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Three themes will be interwoven during the course of the term. The first originates in the Nicomachean Ethics’ discussions of happiness and fortune, naturalism in ethics, action theory, practical wisdom, weakness of will, friendship, etc. Some of these discussions will be pursued in the contemporary secondary literature on the Ethics (Ackrill, Heinaman, Olfert, Müller, etc.). The second is constituted by the historical responses to Aristotle’s virtue ethics from Stoicism, Hume, Kant and contemporary neo-Platonism (Chappell). The third involves contemporary discussions of virtue ethics on issues such as naturalism and egoism (Anscombe and Annas), the nature of character-based virtue ethics (Hursthouse, Zagzebski, etc.), other varieties of virtue ethics (such as Hurka’s consequentialist version); the application of virtue ethics in areas such as bioethics, legal theory and environmental ethics (Oakely, Cimino and Hursthouse); and the limits of virtue ethics in relation to one’s life (Goldie and Wolfe).
Using the Bhagavad Gītā as the guide to our narrative, we will undertake an extensive examination of Indian Philosophy that predates it and to which it is responding (roughly to 800 BC), as well as much that is at least in part inspired by it (to about 1000 AD). This will involve studying some of the framing considerations of the Indian tradition (such as the four ends of life), the origins of the orthodox, Brahmanical tradition in the Vedas and Upaniṣads, the heterodox response to them from the atheistic Buddhist, Jain and Charvaka, the epistemology and logic of the Nyaya school, the broadly monistic metaphysics of some of the Vedanta schools, and the dualism of the Saṁkhya school. Since almost all the Indian traditions take the practice of Yoga as essential to the practice of philosophy, the course will include a set of 6 (optional) sessions with Dr. Sandala, who is an experienced teacher and practitioner of Yoga.
This course provides an overview of the philosophical revolution that followed in the wake of Kant, often referred to as Germany's counterpart to the French Revolution. This strain of philosophy challenged the traditional understanding of the relationship of mind and world and the nature of reality itself. The course begins with J.G. Fichte's late eighteenth-century attempt to carry on the spirit of Kantian critical philosophy by grounding it in the radical freedom of the 'I' before considering such figures as the early German Romantics, Schelling, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 11:20AM Sir James Dunn Building 406.
This course either focuses on topics not covered by the current course offerings in a department or program or offers the opportunity to pilot a course that is being considered for inclusion in the regular program. [Note 1: Prerequisite set by Department/Program when the topic and level are announced. Note 2: When a Department or Program intends to offer a course under this designation, it must submit course information, normally at least three months in advance, to the Dean. Note 3: Students may register for PHIL 2991 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.] (Format: Variable) Wednesday 6:00 to 8:50PM Avard Dixon 120.
An introduction to the history and philosophical problems of ethics in the western tradition. This will acquaint the student with a number of received traditions based on metaphysical, religious, rational, and pragmatic grounds, as well as introduce certain fundamental perennial problems of moral decision-making. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Monday Wednesday and Friday 11:30 to 12:20PM Avard Dixon 111.
This course investigates ideas about the self in the western philosophical tradition, including work in contemporary philosophy. Issues may include freedom and responsibility, otherness, the relationship between mind and body, the relationship between humans and animals, the impact of trauma, suffering or oppression on self- identity, and the existence or non-existence of the soul. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Distribution: Humanities-a) (Exclusion: Any version of PHIL 1611 previously offered with a different title) Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 to 2:20PM Sir James Dunn Building 113.