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

Spring 2004

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

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38980 to 38995 Multiple Sections

Course Description

This semester of Plan II philosophy will be devoted to the study of philosophy and religion and the problems of life (e.g. death) that philosophy and religion are designed to answer. Readings will include texts from ancient Greece and China as well as seminal works from modern philosophy, including Nietzsche and the "existentialists." The course is restricted to Plan II students. There will be two hour exams, one of which may be replaced by a paper (with the instructor's permission) and (tentatively) a three-hour final.

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 gives many seminars and lectures for various schools, public groups and Fortune 500 corporations. He used to play jazz saxophone until he found out that his only talent was listening. His wife, Kathleen Higgins, also teaches at UT (Nietzsche, aesthetics, and Chinese philosophy). They have two large fluffy dogs, Lou and Fritz.

Grading Policy

2 exams (or 5-8 page papers) 20% each Class participation, journals and short assignments 25% Term paper (with preliminary drafts) 35%


To be announced. See description above.


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