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Topics in Philosophy:

Experimental and occasional courses taught by either visiting professors or permanent staff. Courses offered under this rubric will vary from year to year.

1 unit — Daly, Furtak, Hernandez-Lemus, Hourdequin, Rosensweig, Sriram, Vose, Wright

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Climate change raises difficult questions of justice and equity: How might the burdens of reducing emissions be fairly shared among nations? Who should pay for adaptation in climate-vulnerable regions? Who has a say in climate decisions? PH203 examines fairness, equity, and justice in relation to climate change.
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People's Climate March 2014 NYC by South Bend Voice is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
Examining ecological restoration from an interdisciplinary perspective, providing an introduction to key concepts in restoration ecology, philosophy, and social science.
Ecological Restoration
Ecological restoration aims to assist the recovery of damaged and degraded ecosystems, returning them to ecological health. Restoration depends heavily on the science of ecology -- however, restoration involves social, political, economic, and ethical considerations as well. This course examines ecological restoration from an interdisciplinary perspective, providing an introduction to key concepts in restoration ecology, philosophy, and social science. We will also explore the practice of ecological restoration in Colorado, visiting restoration sites such as Shooks Run Creek, the Waldo Canyon burn area, and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver, where we will participate in restoration work as a class. A key goal of the course is to connect conceptual frameworks for restoration to issues and questions involved in ecological restoration on the ground. Finally, we will discuss a number of emerging topics and controversies in restoration, including debates over native and exotic species, climate change and ecological restoration, and the role of art in the interpretation of restored sites.
In this course, students will learn some of the basic principles of classical and molecular genetics and discuss the impact of genetics from philosophical, social, medical, legal and biological perspectives. Our aim is to help students develop the scientific background needed to understand new developments in genetics and their applications in medicine, reproductive technologies, and agriculture, and to develop the philosophical skills needed to critically reflect on the social and ethical implications of genetics and associated technologies.
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In the Science and Ethics of Genetics, students will study genetics from two distinct disciplinary perspectives – biology and philosophy – while also gaining an understanding of how these disciplines mutually inform one another. In particular, the course will show that ethical questions associated with stem cell research, genetic testing, gene therapy, and assisted reproduction cannot be answered effectively in the absence of basic biological understanding. Conversely, decisions about how to conduct research in biology and how to apply biotechnologies are impoverished in the absence of thoughtful, ethical reflection. This course will assist students in developing the scientific and philosophical literacy necessary to make thoughtful and informed assessments – from both personal and political perspectives – about biotechnology and its role in our lives.

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2021 Block 1 Topics in Philosophy: Philosophies of the Body Topic Details Pallavi Sriram Cornerstone Art Center 302 25 / -2 09/23/2021
Fall 2021 Block 1 Topics in Philosophy: History of Modern European Philosophy Topic Details Alberto Hernandez-Lemus Armstrong Hall 342 25 / 15 09/23/2021
Fall 2021 Block 1 Topics in Religion: Karma & the Ethics of Nonviolence in South Asian Religions: Philosophy and Pract Topic Details Steve Vose Armstrong Hall 256B 25 / 17 09/23/2021
Spring 2022 Block H Topics in Philosophy: Early Modern European Philosophy Rick Anthony Furtak TBA 25 / 25 09/23/2021
Spring 2022 Block 5 Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion Topic Details Helen Daly, Rick Anthony Furtak TBA 32 / 32 09/23/2021
Spring 2022 Block 7 Topics in Philosophy: Psychoanalysis, Self, & Creativity Topic Details J.P. Rosensweig TBA 25 / 25 09/23/2021
Spring 2022 Block 8 Topics in Philosophy: Mysticism Topic Details Peter Wright TBA 25 / 25 09/23/2021
Spring 2022 Block 8 Topics in Philosophy: Classical Chinese Philosophy Topic Details Marion Hourdequin TBA 25 / 25 09/23/2021
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