Oct 21, 2021  
2013-2014 Academic Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

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PHIL 242/2116 - Philosophical Anthropology (3 cr.)



Description
In this course we engage and explore various philosophical accounts of human nature. What are the unique features of the human being? Ever since Aristotle defined man as a rational animal, as the animal with language, or as a political animal, there have been various attempts at defining what is specifically human. Other philosophers have emphasized, in addition to rationality and an interest in public life, the religious dimension of human beings. These considerations lead to further questions: What is the good life, and what role do reason and passion play in it? Are human beings essentially selfish, or are we ‘hard-wired’ for altruism? This course comes to grips with these fundamental philosophical issues from a variety of places and periods.

When Offered
Offered occasionally.



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