There are some things you want to do, and some things you have to do.
But is there anything you truly "ought" to do? What if anything do we
owe to other people (or animals, or ourselves)? You've probably heard
it said that we should treat other people like we want to be treated.
But why? What if they don't want to be treated that way? Are there
any genuine moral or ethical facts? Are they just relative to
culture? Do the ends always justify the means, or are there some
things we shouldn't do no matter what good may come of them? What
does it mean to be a good person? This discussion-based class will be
a comprehensive survey of normative ethics, meta-ethics, and applied
ethics. Special topics include: killing, liberty, punishment,
equality, and justice.
1 hr, Fridays, 10:00am - 11:00am
- Teacher: Mara Donahoe
In this class we watch movies from different time periods and explore their meaning through a historical lens. We discuss what was it like to live during this time. What were the social, political, and economic conditions? Was there something about this time period that really stands out? What else can we learn about the time through the movie? Additionally, we examine the filmmaking: the directing, writing, acting, costumes, sound, editing, music, cinematography and see how effectively these elements tell the story. Students participate in group discussions and write a response every week.
1.5 hr, Mondays, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
- Teacher: Josh Mann
Does time really pass? If so, how fast? One second per second? (But that's not a speed, is it?) If we travel through time, could we move any faster toward the future? Could we travel backward in time? If not, is that because of some law of physics, or a more basic law of logic? If you went back in time, could you change the past? Would you want to? What can thinking carefully about the possibility of time travel teach us about free will, the nature of consciousness, and personal identity over time? This seminar-style course looks closely at the physics and philosophy of time travel. We use science-fiction (film and literature) to make the pertinent logical paradoxes, cosmology, and quantum-mechanics more tangible.
No special physics or philosophy background required.
1 hr, Fridays, 9:00am - 10:00am
- Teacher: Alexi Burgess