BA, Mathematics, Swarthmore College, 2016
Aristotle, Aquinas, and Anscombe; Practical Reason and Practical Knowledge; Neo-Aristotelian Ethics and Action Theory; Language and Mind
PHIL 29200-01/29300-01 Junior/Senior Tutorial
Topic: Practical Reasoning
This course explores the nature of practical reason by examining practical reasoning, its activity. We will examine some accounts that philosophers have given of deliberation and of the so-called practical syllogism or inference; we will consider the relationship between the two and ask what they tell us about practical rationality. In the second half of the course, we will consider the perennial question of whether practical rationality requires acting well, that is, ethically or morally.
Meets with Jr/Sr section. Open only to intensive-track and philosophy majors. No more than two tutorials may be used to meet program requirements.