INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Alvarez
SCHEDULE: Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00PM – 1:50PM
In the first half of the course, we will discuss the nature of human knowledge, drawing on both Eastern and Western perspectives and approaches (e.g., religious, philosophical, scientific, and aesthetic).
In the second half, we will focus on human conduct and valuation, emphasizing some of the dominant approaches to ethics, such as naturalism, existentialism, contextualism, objectivism, and conventionalism. We will work with primary sources, including works (or brief selections) by Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Mill, John L. Mackie, David Wiggins, Nelson Goodman, W. V. Quine, Jonathan Edwards, Saint Bonaventure, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Mahavira, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita.