Spring 2014 not offered
ENVS 266, SISP 266|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL-Philosophy)(SISP)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Shirley Strum and Linda Fedigan, eds., PRIMATE ENCOUNTERS: MODELS OF SCIENCE, GENDER, AND SOCIETY
Frans de Wall, et al, PRIMATES AND PHILOSOPHERS
Donna Haraway, PRIMATES VISIONS (portions)
Articles on blackboard.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short response papers and a final project. Participation in class and in outside-class activities will also be expected.