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Phillip S Thurtle
CHID 480
Seattle Campus

Special Topics: Advanced Study of the History of Ideas

Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This class will specifically address the relationship between the humanized notion of love (where only humans or human-like animals are thought to feel love) and the more materially based notion of attraction (where even molecules possess forces of attraction). We will look at important moments or properties in the history of universe that manifested a specific type of love and attraction. We will then use these moments to come to a greater understanding of how the property of attraction works in cosmology, chemistry, geology, evolution, spiritualism, social theory, and as a human relationship with nature. We will pay special attention to how attraction can work as a conservative force (by conserving specific bonds) and as a force for transformation (by breaking old bonds to forge new ones).

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Phillip S Thurtle
Date: 01/25/2013