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Philosophy and Social Inquiry
CSS 273
Spring 2007
Section: 01  

This is a course in the philosophy of social science, tailored to fit into the overall curriculum of the College of Social Studies as its Junior Colloquium. The focus of discussion and occasional informal lectures will be how to characterize human social life as an object of reflection and inquiry, with special attention to the significance of cultural and other forms of diversity, and the nature and role of rationality, normativity, historicity, and power dynamics in both constituting and understanding social life. We shall also consider the importance of material culture and natural-environmental interaction as aspects or components of the "social world," and reflect upon the aspiration to a social science and/or to objectivity as itself a social phenomenon as well as a governing norm of social inquiry. The written assignments will emphasize writing more directly about the social phenomena at issue in the course, rather than about particular philosophers' theories about those phenomena.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: Lecture/DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: (CSS414 AND CSS416 AND CSS418)
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(CSS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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