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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2003

T C PHL • PHL 610QA: Problems of Knowledge and Valuation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39885 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
GAR 311
SEUNG

Course Description

This course is designed to cover the classical texts concerning the philosophical view of what it is like to be human and what is the nature of reality. The texts will be drawn from the ancient traditions of both East and West, and their relevance for our age will be discussed. In its approach, the second semester will be quite different from the first semester. Instead of the first semester’s historical approach, the second semester will directly deal with contemporary moral, political and social problems, using the historical perspective the students have gained during the first semester.

About the professor: Professor Seung came from Korea and attended Yale University. His fields of specialty are far ranging: ethics, political philosophy, jurisprudence, philosophy of religions, theory of value and culture. An exciting and demanding teacher, Dr. Seung is the author of Intuition and Construction, Semiotics and Thematics, Structuralism and Hermeneutics, Cultural Thematics, Kant’s Transcendental Logic, and Dante’s Master Plan.

Grading Policy

The final grade will consist of four items: (1) class preparation and participation (10%), (2) one hour test (20%), (3) one short (4 pages double-spaced) paper (20%) and (4) the final examination (50%).

Texts

Plato, The Republic Augustine, The Essential Augustine Mascaro, The Bhagavad Gita Hartshorne, Omnipotence and Other Theological Mistakes Confucius, The Analects Lao-Tzu, Tao-te Ching

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