PHIL 55.001 – FYS: Paradoxes
Instructor: Daniel Muñoz. This course meets TR 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. in PE 2066.
Philosophy is bursting with paradoxes: arguments that appear to derive the unbelievable from the undeniable. In this course, we will learn how to think through philosophical paradoxes and write tight, convincing arguments. We start with ancient paradoxes about infinity and truth; from there, we move to modern problems about probability and causality; and we conclude with an array of moral puzzles about the meaning of life and the absurdity of death. Special attention will be paid to one problem in particular, superficially silly yet deceptively deep: the legendary Trolley Problem.