How does our relationship with technology shape our identities? What is its influence in our social and political lives? This courses confronts the inescapable presence of technology and its transformative potential, examining the power, perils, and promises of technology through a variety of issues such as surveillance and freedom, disinformation and democracy, automation and the end of work, virtuality as a mode of encounter, and technological determinism.
FYSPhilosophy of Monsters
Monsters are our creations: liminal and uncomfortable manifestations of cultural symptoms and counter-values. By interrogating zombies, cyclopes, giant cockroaches and other extravagant figures in philosophy, literature, myths, movies, art, and pop culture, we analyze our most intimate fears, fascinations, anxieties, and hopes.
PHIL 110Einstein and the Big Questions
Revolutionary thinkers give us new ways to view old problems. So it is with Albert Einstein who wrote not only on science, but on philosophy, politics, economics, and religion. This course looks at some of the classic problems in various parts of philosophy through traditional texts and then sees how Einstein challenged the standard positions.
Research that Matters
Jerome Clarke ’17 examines political movements as a Mellon Scholar