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Courses for Summer 2021

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PHIL 001-910 Intro To Philosophy Gary Purpura TR 05:30 PM-09:20 PM Philosophers ask difficult questions about the most basic issues in human life. Does God exist? What can we know about the world? What does it mean to have a mind? How should I treat non-human animals? Do I have free will? This course is an introduction to some of these questions and to the methods philosophers have developed for thinking clearly about them. Hum & Soc Sci Sector (new curriculum only) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Humanities & Social Science Sector</span>
PHIL 002-920 Intro To Ethics Paul A Musso TR 01:15 PM-05:05 PM Ethics is the study of right and wrong behavior. This introductory course will introduce students to major ethical theories, the possible sources of normativity, and specific ethical problems and questions. Topics may include euthanasia, abortion, animal rights, the family, sexuality, bioethics, crime and punishment and war. Society sector (all classes) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>
PHIL 003-910 History of Ancient Philosophy Stephanie Wesson MWF 12:00 PM-02:30 PM What is philosophy? How does it differ from science, religion, literature, and other modes of human discourse? This course traces the origins of philosophy as a discipline in the Western tradition, looking to thinkers of Ancient Greece and Rome. We will examine how natural philosophers such as Thales, Anaximander, and Heraclitus distinguished their inquiries from the teachings of poets such as Homer and Hesiod; how ancient atomism had its origins in a response to Parmenides' challenge to the assumption that things change in the world; how Socrates reoriented the focus of philosophy away from the natural world and toward the fundamental ethical question, how shall I live? We will also examine how his pupil, Plato, and subsequently Aristotle, developed elaborate philosophical systems that address the nature of reality, knowledge, and human happiness. Finally, we will examine the ways in which later thinkers such as the Epicureans and Stoics transformed and extended the earlier tradition. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>
PHIL 008-920 The Social Contract Michael Gadomski TR 09:00 AM-12:50 PM This is a critical survey of the history of western modern political philosophy, beginning from the Early Modern period and concluding with the 19th or 20th Century. Our study typically begins with Hobbes and ends with Mill or Rawls. The organizing theme of our investigation will be the idea of the Social Contract. We will examine different contract theories as well as criticisms and proposed alternatives to the contract idea, such as utilitarianism. Besides the above, examples of authors we will read are Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Mill and Marx. Society sector (all classes) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>
PHIL 072-920 Bioethics Dylan Nicol Manson TR 01:15 PM-05:05 PM This course is an introduction to bioethics, focusing on ethical questions arising at the beginning and end of life. Topics will include procreative responsibilities, the question of wrongful life, and prenatal moral status as well as questions of justice related to markets for sperm, eggs and gestation. We will also attend to dilemmas at the end of life, including the authority of advance directives, euthanasia and the allocation of life-saving therapies. Society sector (all classes) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>