• Spring 2016

    Spring 2016

    Philosophical Anthropology

    Darwinian evolution has challenged our self-understanding. Man is capable of sublime art, selfless giving and rich conscious experience. Yet our brain evolved primarily as a tool of survival, competition and cooperation.

    What does our evolutionary origin mean for who we are? Are we mere bio-machines that have been directed towards other ends?

    This course aims to give the student a basic understanding of some important contemporary and historical responses to this question. After a primer on evolutionary theory and evolutionary psychology, the body of the course will focus on three philosophical responses: embracing physicalism, defending mind-body dualism, and finding new solutions through metaphysical innovation. We will read both contemporary and historical texts.

 

Past courses:

2016-’17 Metaphysics

2015-’16 Philosophical Anthropology

2014-’15 ¬†Logic

2013-’14 Research and Writing Tutorial