Course Description

ONLINE: What do all humans have in common? What is our nature? These questions have occupied philosophers for as long as there have been philosophers. Using an instructor-led facilitated discussion, we will explore some of the most influential answers given throughout history, sample a wide range of human thinking and gain insight into how our thinking on the topic has changed over the centuries. We will sample the works of ancient Indian and Chinese thinkers, Plato and Aristotle, and European thinkers during the period of modern scientific thinking. We will also sample a few of the existentialists who deny that there is any natural way of being human. The topic is a wonderful portal into the history of ideas, so this is a fine way to introduce yourself to the study of philosophy. | Facilitated discussion.

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Section Title
Philosophy of Human Nature
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Feb 01, 2023 to Apr 05, 2023
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Section Notes

Students should anticipate about an hour of reading assignments each week. Also, be certain to order the right book. The editor, Kupperman, has authored another book with a similar title, which we will not be using.

Required reading:
Ed. Joel J. Kupperman, "Human Nature: A Reader" (9781603847452)

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