Topic for Spring 2021: Humankind and human kinds. We humans often take ourselves to be different from other animals in some fundamental way - insofar as we're rational, say, or users of language, or are social/political beings. Does a careful examination of the natural world (ourselves included) justify this distinction? Does the answer to this question carry any important implications? After spending some time on these issues, we'll move on to think philosophically about ways that we sometimes differentiate humans from each other, such as race/ethnicity and sex/gender. We often say that these categories are socially constructed. What does this mean? And what legal, ethical, or practical implications does our thinking about this question have? This course is also offered as a full-credit writing option. Students who intend to take the writing option should enroll in the non-writing option. Your instructor will follow up at the start of the course to confirm your option selection.
Advanced Topics in Philosophy II
Completion of or enrollment in Democracy, Freedom, and the Rule of Law (ODFRL), or consent of instructor