New Courses in 2021/2022
2082F/G: Introduction to the Philosophy of FoodA philosophical reflection on food and our current food system. Issues may include food and climate change, food justice, local and global hunger and food insecurity, the industrization of food and agriculture, the moral and political dimensions of genetically modified food, or the treatment of animals and lab cultured meat.
2264F/G: Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy
A first introduction focusing on ancient Buddhism, the course will consider how being, ethics and knowledge connect to salvation from suffering. It will concentrate on Buddhism as philosophy, rather than as a religious practice. As such, the doctrines of the Buddha and his followers will be explained sympathetically but assessed critically.
2265A/B: Talking Philosophy
Can animals speak? Is knowledge of language innate? How do words shape perceptions of the world? Is English in decline? Is it permissible to limit free speech? What should be done to preserve endangered languages? This accessible introduction to philosophy and language addresses such compelling issues, using web-based media.
2997F: Food, Culture, and Values (Special Topics in Philosophy)
Food is a central feature of the human condition—we all need to eat every day, multiple times per day. Food (and our relationship with it) is also psychically powerful and intimate—food comforts, pleases, and unites us in a way few other things do or can. This intimacy and ubiquity make food a central node in our conceptions of personal and cultural identities; food (and our relationship with it) is think with the values that we use to define and orient ourselves within our worlds. Thus, food is an interesting locus for exploring—and critiquing—our personal and cultural values. This course is designed to provoke that often difficult and fraught process of reflective self-discovery and critique, a process made all the more difficult because it is directed at core personal and cultural values that are generally buried so deep as to be hidden even from ourselves. Please note: this course is eligible to fulfill the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion requirement for our new modules.
4331F/G: Women and Science
The course focuses on the intersection between scientific knowledge and women. We consider the historical and sociological contexts that prevented women from accessing and producing scientific knowledge. We then discuss the questions at the center of the feminist reflection on science and the different perspectives produced in the feminist epistemologies.