Philosophy Courses Among Fall “Transformative Ideas” Offerings

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A new program for Duke sophomores – which launched earlier this year – will include two Philosophy courses this fall: “The Good Life: Religion, Philosophy, and Life’s Ultimate Concerns” (PHIL 214) and “Science and Society” (PHIL 280S).

The two courses are part of the new “Transformative Ideas” program that is designed to promote open and civil cross-disciplinary dialogue on questions and big ideas that change lives, link cultures and shape societies around the world.

“The Good Life” – taught by instructors from Philosophy, Classical Studies, Religious Studies, Duke Divinity, and the Sanford School of Public Policy – examines how philosophical or religious traditions around the world have answered such questions as: What does it look like for a human life to go well? What leads to human flourishing or “happiness” or “success”? How do our beliefs (of lack thereof) about God or the gods shape our answers to life’s big questions?

The course is cross-listed with Classical Studies (CLST 210), Public Policy (PUBPOL 229), Religious Studies (RELIGION 210), and Ethics (ETHICS 210).

“Science and Society” – taught by Jennifer Jhun of Philosophy – investigates the relationship between science and the people that participate in it, whether they be experts or members of the public. The course is cross-listed with Ethics (ETHICS 281S).

To learn more about the “Transformative Ideas” program and view other courses offered, visit the Trinity College website.