BEGINNERS PHILOSOPHY WITH ALEKS: POLITICS, BODY, AND EMOTION



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COURSE OUTLINE


WEEK 1: WORK AND DUTY

Why do we work? What is the relationship between work and purpose? What is the ideal political and economic structure to suit our needs?

We will study:

Bertrand Russell
Karl Marx

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WEEK 2: ETHICS OF CAPITALISM

What is altruism? What does it actually look like to ‘do good’ in the world? How, if at all, can we live ethically under capitalism?

We will study:

Peter Singer

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WEEK 3: CONSCIOUSNESS AND KNOWLEDGE

What is consciousness? Where is consciousness located? What is the experience of consciousness actually like? What is the difference between the brain and the mind?


We will study:

Thomas Nagel
David Chalmers
L. A. Paul

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WEEK 4: EMOTION AND REASON

What is emotion? What is reason? What is the relationship between emotion and reason? 

We will study:

David Hume

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WEEK 5: FREE WILL AND CAUSALITY   

What is love? What is grief? What is blame? What are the best philosophical attitudes for helping us understand emotions?


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WEEK 6: IDENTITY, RESPONSIBILITY, AND BLAME

What does it mean to have an identity? What does it mean to be responsible for your actions? At what point does an individual become blameworthy for their actions?