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Fall 2017-2018
PHI 380 / CHV 380 (EM)   na, npdf

Explaining Values

Michael Smith

This course will examine the way in which evaluations permeate our understanding of human action, agency, and responsibility, and what exactly such evaluations amount to. We will approach these issues primarily from a philosophical perspective, but where appropriate this will be augmented by scientific and social scientific perspectives. Topics to be covered include self-control, addiction, weakness of the will, and obedience to authority.

Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly preparation: Reading = 2-3 articles, one mid-term paper and one final paper, each preceded by a drafting and comments exercise.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 40%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
One other course in Philosophy or permission of instructor.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22105 L01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   4   Enrolled:25 Limit:
23857 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
23858 P02 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm T   Class of 1879 Hall   119   Enrolled:8 Limit:13
23859 P03 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Marx Hall   201   Enrolled:6 Limit:13
22564 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled