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Filozófia és Művészetelméleti Intézet
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Problems and paradoxes from the practical side of philosophy

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Data:  Monday 16.00-17.30  
       
Annotation: On this course we are going to deal with some of the bigger challenges  to
  consistent philosophical reasoning mainly focusing to the practical side. The course will have two major parts: an introductory part on the nature of philosophical problems and paradoxes; and a demonstrational part in which we are going to discuss 5 (plus two more related) philosophical problem (paradox of omnipotence, paradox of deterrence / Kavka’s toxin puzzle, paradox of democracy, the gentle murder, the repugnant conclusion / the non-identity problem). This second part consists two session regarding each problem: a state-of-the-art session and a reading session. In the former the problem itself and its strategies of solution will be presented while in the latter one we read some of the most important papers regarding the problem and discuss it in class.
       
Reading:    
  primary texts will be acessible via MeetStreet and in this web-page  
       
Schedule:    
       
1. 04. Febr. Administration  
     
2. 11. Febr. Metaphilosophy and the nature of paradoxes lecture
     
3. 18. Febr. Quine: Ways of paradox + Lycan: What, exactly is a paradox? reading session
     
4. 25. Febr. Strategies of solving paradoxes - in general lecture
     
5. 04. March Wollheim: A paradox in the theory of democracy reading session
     
6. 11. March ways of solving the paradox of democracy discussion
     
7. 18. March Parfit: Reasons & Persons (ch. 16.) +  reading session
    Parfit: Overpopulation & the Quality of Life
8. 25. March ways of solving Parfit's paradoxes discussion
     
9. 01. April Kavka: The toxin Puzzle + Kavka: Some paradoxes of deterrence reading session
     
10. 15. April ways of solving Kavka's paradoxes discussion
     
11. 29. April Forrester: Gentle Murder, or the Adverbial Samaritan + reading session
    Lewis: Semantic Analyses for Dyadic Deontic Logic  
12. 06. May ways of solving the Gentle Murder paradox discussion
       
       
Assesment:    
       
  It is expected from every student to participate actively in the discussion sessions (50%), plus, it is required to hold a presentation of one of the primery texts (50%)