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Humanities Course
Course CodePHIL
Year Opened2003
Sites OfferedLAN, SCZ
Previously OfferedASU, ATN, HAV, BTH, EST, SRF, SUN
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Colonial Life · Beyond America
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Victorian Women · America in the Cold War
The Making of California · The Civil Rights Movement
Politics of Place · Eastern Philosophy
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Nuclear Science · The Critical Essay: Cinema
Medical Sciences: Pharmacology & Toxicology · The Modern City
Writing About Place: The Monterey Bay

Course Description

From the CTY Summer Catalog:

Do we have free will, or do our brains automatically respond to stimuli? What, if anything, distinguishes right from wrong? Philosophers relentlessly pursue fundamental questions of life, and their techniques apply to problems in any discipline. They establish standards of evidence, provide rational methods for resolving conflicts, and create templates for evaluating ideas and arguments. This course surveys several major areas of Western analytic philosophy: metaphysics and epistemology, ethics, and philosophies of mind, language, religion, and science. It explores the nature of the world and our access to knowledge; moral behavior and the nature of good and evil; the relationships between our minds and bodies; and arguments for and against the existence of God. You’ll study historical thinkers like Plato, Descartes, and Hume and contemporary philosophers like John Rawls and Hilary Putnam. You and your classmates will reflect upon philosophical issues through debate, discussion, and formal critical essays, and along the way, you’ll develop your analytical skills and your ability to think independently and evaluate arguments effectively.