What Are the Main Branches of Philosophy for this Class?

Week 3, Lecture 1 Learning Objectives Identify and explain the goals of the various branches of philosophy Explain philosophy’s main method What are the main branches of philosophical thought for this class? Metaphysics: “‘[T]he queen of the sciences,’ as Immanuel Kant called it – should take pride of place. Philosophy, as they see it, is …

How Is Philosophy Different from Religion?

Week 2, lecture 2 Learning Objectives Explain how religion differs from philosophy and Discuss the methodological differences between these two disciplines. In our previous lecture we discussed how Philosophy differs from Science. Now let's discuss how Philosophy differs from Religion. How does philosophy differ from religion? The religious and philosophical perspectives were often one and …

How Is Philosophy Different from Science?

Week 2, Lecture 1 Learning Objectives Define scientia. Explain how the scientific method differs from Philosophy The word “science” comes to the English language from the Latin term scientia, meaning “knowledge through skillful means.” It is important to recognize that science, in this class, is not a belief system but rather a systematic organization of knowledge …

What Does Philosophy Mean?

"Ways of Knowing" Week 1, Lecture 1 Learning Objective 2: Define "philosophy." What does the word “philosophy” mean? The word “philosophy” comes to us from the ancient Greek term φιλοσοφια (philosophia, “love of wisdom), coined by Pythagoras (570–490 BCE). The term came to him while observing the Olympic games. As the games unfolded it occurred …

Why Study Philosophy?

"Ways of Knowing" Week 1, Lecture 1 Learning Objectives Explain why Philosophy should be studied. Define "philosophy." Two asides. First, some business about exams and learning Before we proceed any further, please take a moment and review these learning objectives above. If you are wondering—as any reasonable student would wonder—"what is going to be on …

Human Head Transplants in China

Karen Rommelfanger and I wrote an editorial for Newsweek discussing some of the ethical issues we think need to be discussed. It's a short piece for a general readership. We also wrote a more scholarly editorial introducing (here) the new special issue of AJOB Neuroscience, the official journal of the International Neuroethics Society, dedicated to Canavero …

Atlanta as a Site for Critical Inquiry for Contemporary Art Students

Below is the abstract for what I'll be presenting at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning's Annual Conference on Scholarly Teaching in May. I've written about these matters previously, for Burnaway/ArtsATL and for Art Papers. These ideas are also a significant part of my essay published in Dawn Keetley's edited volume, "We're All Infected" Essays on AMC’s …