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PHILOSOPHY: THE BIG QUESTIONS
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Australia - University of Melbourne - 'Australian Universities'
UC Course SubjectPhilosophy
Number & Suffix: 53
Full UC Title: PHILOSOPHY: THE BIG QUESTIONS 
Transcript Title: PHIL: BIG QUESTIONS 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Lower Division 
Course Description: This course introduces philosophy through an examination of big questions in three areas of philosophy: (1) Ethics. Does the moral rightness of an action depend solely on its consequences? Or are there some actions, like torture, which are morally wrong no matter how desirable the consequences? What is the moral status of animals? What is the responsibility of members of developed countries for global poverty? Is it morally permissible to spend money on non-essentials while children die of preventable poverty-related causes? (2) Knowledge and skepticism. What is knowledge and do we actually know what we take ourselves to know? Do we know that there is an external world or might we be subject to a massive illusion created by an evil demon? How is it possible for scientific knowledge of laws of nature to be based on limited observation of empirical facts? (3) Personal identity. What makes you the same person as you were ten years ago? Can you survive the loss of parts of your body? Can you survive with half of your brain? Is it important that I empathize with my past and future selves? What is death? Is death bad? How do Buddhist philosophers argue for the claim that there is no self? 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: PHILOSOPHY: THE BIG QUESTIONS 
Partner University Department: Philosophy 
Partner University Course Number: PHIL10002