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2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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PHI 181 A-Z - Topics in Philosophy

Semester Hours: 1-3

This course provides an in-depth study of a problem in philosophy. The specific topic for the course varies from semester to semester. Examples of possible course topics are free will versus determinism, the nature of truth, philosophical approaches to issues in psychology, space and time, personal identity, autonomy, or other topics of contemporary philosophical interest.

Current Special Topics

PHI 181Q: Harry Potter & Philosophy

This course examines some of the philosophical issues raised in J.K. Rowling’s monumental Harry Potter series. These include, but are not limited to: the nature of evil; “pure blood”; time travel; education and childhood; transformations (of objects into objects, and of persons into other species);  kinds of causation (ordinary; with words and spells; with magic); souls, Horcruxes and persons; free will and destiny; and death.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
May be repeated for credit when topics vary. As individual subjects are selected, each is assigned a letter (A-Z) which is affixed to the course number. (Formerly 181, 3 s.h.)

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