Course Catalog - 2019-2020

     

FWIS 196 - CONSCIOUSNESS AND VALUE

Long Title: CONSCIOUSNESS AND VALUE
Department: First-Year Writing Intensive
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Description: This course will examine philosophical topics relating consciousness and value. Some of the questions we will examine include: Why is pain is bad and pleasure good? Could there be value in a world without any conscious beings? Is consciousness itself valuable? Could non-conscious entities, such as plants or computer programs, have moral status? What makes death bad? Some of the philosophical concepts we will examine include concepts of phenomenal consciousness, intrinsic value vs. instrumental value, moral status, and well-being. The course will serve as an introduction to both the philosophy of mind and value theory. Readings will be centered on contemporary articles in analytic philosophy.