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Primate Encounters

PHIL 266
Spring 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENVS 266, SISP 266
Certificates: Environmental Studies

What does it mean to see ourselves as primates, as close evolutionary relatives to other great apes and distant kin to old world and new world monkeys? In this course we will explore the wide-ranging philosophical implications of answers to this question by examining the evolution and behaviors of other primates, the ideas and assumptions (often gendered) of primatologists watching primates, and the thoughts of observers of the primatologists watching primates. We will pursue topics in the philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and ethics. We will adopt a largely comparative perspective and examine philosophical, scientific, psychological and popular writing (as well as films). We will end the course exploring how seeing ourselves as pimates might have implications for the survival of our primate kin, and ultimately our own survival.

Essential Capabilities: Ethical Reasoning
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: None
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(SISP)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on APR-19-2014
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