Fall 2009

HAVING ARGUMENTS

Listed in: English, as ENGL-01

Faculty

Michele Barale (Section 01)

Description

This course will study some of the arguments that structure our thinking about contemporary concerns–for example, punishment; animal rights; the right to die.  Although we might have strong opinions about these topics, it is nonetheless the case that all of our judgments about the “rightness” of our ideas, feelings, and behaviors can be (and undoubtedly will be) questioned by someone else with very different opinions.  The goal of this course is not to discover the “right” way to think about euthanasia or vegetarianism. Instead, we will examine the kinds of evidence and authority, logic and structure that produce strong arguments in favor of thinking one way or another.  Readings will include such authors as Kazuo Ishigura, Toni Morrison, George Orwell, Peter Singer, and Charles Johnson.

Preference given to sophomores.  Limited to 12 students.  Fall semester:  Professor Barale.  Preference given to first year and second year students. Limited to 12 students. Spring semester:  Dean Lieber.

If Overenrolled: Students admitted in consultation with the Dean of Students' office and/or their academic adviser. Preference given to sophomores.

Keywords

Writing intensive

Offerings

2013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 20122013-14: Offered in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 20152013-14: Offered in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 20152013-14: Offered in Fall 2013
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 20132013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 20102013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2014
 

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