This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2021-2022

PHIL 13195-2: Honors Philosophy Seminar

Instructor: Curtis Franks

This seminar is restricted to students in the Glynn Family Honors Program. In this seminar, we learn how to think philosophically about science, art, history, ourselves, and inquiry itself. Unlike many philosophy classes, we spend less time looking at the canon of philosophical writing and more time looking at items from our broader intellectual culture. We discuss things as diverse as U.S Supreme Court cases (in order to see how the law is actually practiced) and modern poetry (in order to see how language can actually be used). We read Plato, but we also look at quantum mechanics and evolutionary game theory. In the end, we hope to have some facility with looking at the full gamut of things we do from a philosophical perspective. Every seminar meeting begins with a workshop, in which we read, discuss, and critique one another's writing. The purpose of these workshops is threefold: to learn how to make pointed, concrete observations and to communicate these clearly and effectively, to learn how to engage constructively with other's ideas, and to learn how to make good use of other's reactions to your work. At the end of the term, you will submit two essays. Your grade will reflect the quality of these essays, your demonstrated understanding of and ability to grapple with the texts and concepts we encounter, and your performance in the writing workshop