Politics, Freedom and Biology|
Spring 2019 not offered
Biological processes, the natural world, and the human condition have long inspired political thinkers, from Aristotle to the present. This course takes up important ethical and political questions of human freedom that derive from our human capacities and character. We will examine contemporary philosophical problems in four areas: bioethics; biotechnology, especially as related to reproductive technologies; discourses in human freedom and ecology; and the science of judgment and cognition. Texts will include selections from Aristotle, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Saba Mahmood, Allen Buchanan, and William Connolly.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Allen Buchanan, Beyond Humanity? The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement (Oxford University Press, 2013).
John S. Dryzek, The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses (Oxford University Press, 2013).
William E. Connolly, Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed (University of Minnesota Press, 2002).
Michel Foucault, The Foucault Reader, ed. Paul Rabinow (Vintage Books, 2010).
Michael J. Sandel, The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Belknap Press, 2009).
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Assignments will include one mini-oral presentation, one 6-8 pg. essay, a short topic proposal for a term paper, and a final term paper.
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Some major texts may change.
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