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Joseph T. Ricci
PHIL 200
Seattle Campus

Topics in Philosophy

A study of philosophical topics at the introductory level. The content of the course is entirely at the discretion of the instructor.

Class description

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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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 Annette R. Bernier
Date: 06/28/2010