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Philosophy in Calvin and Hobbes

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Spring 2016
Philosophy 98/198
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

This course is intended to introduce topics in philosophy using Bill Watterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. The objective of this course is to discuss interesting and important philosophical questions in a fun and engaging manner that will spark further interest in the subject. There will be weekly lectures with a strong emphasis on discussion and participation. The course assumes that students have no background experience in or knowledge of philosophy. Topics discussed include free will, the mind-body problem, philosophy of language, personal identity, death, time, the existence of God, existentialism, ethical theories, animal rights, decision and game theory, and political philosophy. Notable individuals in the history of philosophy whose ideas will be touched on include Plato, Lucretius, Aquinas, Hobbes, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Bentham, and Nietzsche. Notable 20th and 21st century philosophers whose ideas will be discussed include Frankfurt, Grice, Lewis, McMahan, McTaggart, Nagel, Nozick, Olson, Parfit, Rawls, Searle, Singer, and Williams.

The course requirements are attendance, participation, and weekly responses. Students are required to submit 10 responses in order to pass the course. Responses will relate to material covered in class that week, and are due by the start of class the following week on bCourses. Responses should be one or two paragraphs in length, and answer the question posted to the discussion forum on bCourses.

How to Enroll:

Please email me your name, year, and major to receive the CCN. First come, first served. 

Course Contact: tgmadigan AT berkeley.edu

Faculty Sponsor: Lara Buchak

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
Section 1Taylor Madigan
30130 WheelerTu 5p-6:30p1/26full

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Syllabus: Philosophy in Calvin and Hobbes Syllabus.pdfNov 23121kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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