PHIL 780 (01) - Special Topics

Special Topics

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Philosophy
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 16174
Advanced study of special topics: a problem, figure, or movement in the history of philosophy, or selected issues, thinkers, or developments in contemporary philosophy. Repeatable with permission.
Instructor Approval Required. Contact Instructor for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to 4 times.
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Subrena Smith

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 MW 1:10pm - 2:30pm HS 250B
Additional Course Details: 

The idea of race has played a crucial role in the modern world. It is taken for granted by most of us. These ideas have been used to legitimate oppression and atrocity, such as slavery, colonialism, and genocide, and they continue to promote injustice today. This suggests that we should question our ideas about race. In this course, we will take a deep journey into the history and dynamics of racial thinking, asking such questions as: Where did the idea of race come from? When did it arise, and what function does it serve? Do human races really exist, or are they pure fiction, and if they do exist, what kind of things are they?  And what about racism? Can we endorse race without being racist, or is racism built into the very idea of race? We will engage with texts from a variety of disciplines, including history, anthropology, biology, psychology, and philosophy, to address these momentous concerns.