HUMT-2000 : Philosophy of Human Person & Social Identity

Humanities | College of Arts and Sciences | UG

  • LSAP Goal 1 Response to the Cry of the Earth
  • LSAP Goal 2 Response to the Cry of the Poor
  • LSAP Goal 3 Ecological Economics
  • LSAP Goal 4 Adoption of Sustainable Lifestyles
  • LSAP Goal 5 Ecological Education
  • LSAP Goal 6 Ecological Spirituality
  • LSAP Goal 7 Community Resilience and Empowerment
  • 16 Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

About this Course

Does natural science occupy a privileged position when it addresses perennial questions about human nature? Are religious beliefs compatible with a scientific worldview? What are social identities and in what sense can we describe gender and race as social constructs? How do social identities inform our understanding of the world? Given all that we know about the way that our lives are shaped by biology and culture, can we still describe human beings as free? The aim of this course is to Introductionduce students to a series of contemporary philosophical debates about the status of science and religion, the nature of social identities, and the nature of human freedom. Along the way, we'll explore how these debates mirror some of the conflicts in contemporary political discourse.