Joseph T. Ricci
A study of philosophical topics at the introductory level. The content of the course is entirely at the discretion of the instructor.
Is biology nothing but chemistry? Have all chemical laws, in principle or in practice, been reduced to physics laws? Are mental states identical to brain states? Each of the following questions asks if one set of claims or entities can be reduced to another set of claims or entities. The course will examine how these reductions would occur, if they occur, and what they are good for. There will be a focus on reduction in the sciences, but other topics in philosophy of mind, value theory, etc. will be pursued. Course requirements are a decent understanding of current popular science and a sense of humor.
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