Serena Lai

Serena Lai
Research Interests: Aristotle, Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics, Logic, Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Methodology

Previous Education

BA in Music and Philosophy, University of Georgia, 2011

Interests

Aristotle, Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics, Logic, Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Methodology

Recent Courses

PHIL 29200-04/29300-04 Junior/Senior Tutorial

Topic: Aristotelian Teleology

Aristotle’s teleology is often regarded as his most innovative contribution to Western philosophy, especially in the realm of natural science. In this course, we will explore questions related to Aristotelian teleology. What the relationship between teleology and the four-causal theory? What is the relationship between teleology and natural necessity? How universal is Aristotle’s teleology? What are the limits to teleological explanation? What are the alternatives, both ancient and modern, to teleological explanation? Readings from both primary texts and modern authors. No Greek required.

Meets with Jr/Sr section. Prerequisite: Open only to philosophy majors. Intensive-Track Majors should reach out to the instructor to be enrolled manually. No more than two tutorials may be used to meet program requirements.

2019-2020 Winter