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

Spring 2007

T C PHL610 • Problems of Knowledge and Valuation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42845 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
WAG 302

Course Description

This second semester of Plan II philosophy will be devoted to the topics fate & freedom, mind and body, the philosophy of emotions, ethics and "existentialism."

About the Professor Robert Solomon is Quincy Lee Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and is interested in European philosophy, ethics (including questions about ethics in business), and questions in philosophical psychology and anthropology, especially the nature of emotions. He is the author of over forty books, including The Passions, From Hegel to Existentialism, In the Spirit of Hegel, About Love, A Passion for Justice, A Short History of Philosophy, and The Joy of Philosophy. He has been teaching Plan II for a hugely embarrassing number of years but can't break the habit. He has won several major teaching awards including the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT. He also gives seminars and lectures for various schools, public groups and Fortune 500 corporations. He used to play jazz saxophone until he found out that he had no talent. His wife, Kathleen Higgins, also teaches at UT (Nietzsche, aesthetics, and Chinese philosophy).

Grading Policy

Two exams (or 5-8 page papers): 20% each
Class participation, journals, group work and short assignments: 25%
Term paper: 35%


R. Solomon, Introducing Philosophy (8th edition)
R. Solomon, Spirituality for the Skeptic
R. Solomon, Existentialism
R. Solomon, ed. What is an Emotion? 2nd edition (Oxford) ISBN 0195159640


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