PHIL 250 - Changing the World
Winter 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
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Description

We tend to lead with our hearts when trying to do good. This means we focus on causes that are familiar and local, without thinking very hard about their relative moral importance, or how we could have the greatest possible impact. In this course, we will focus on truly global problems, thinking rigorously about their relative moral significance and how much we can reasonably do to solve them with our careers and resources.

The world’s biggest problems can seem permanent and intractable, but the last few decades have actually seen unprecedented improvements in poverty, health, freedom, and literacy. Much can be done, and there is still much to do, if our goal is to make the world a better place. This class will focus on (i) global health and poverty, (ii) animal welfare, (iii) environmental preservation, and (iv) the long-term survival of human civilization. Our conceptual tools will be drawn from a variety of disciplines. We will use moral philosophy to help us think about which issues we should care about most; and we will use empirical research to evaluate the efficacy of various interventions, drawing from economics, sociology, environmental science, and development studies.

The overarching ethical question will be: what are the most important global causes?
The overarching practical question will be: what are the most effective things we can do?
And finally, for all of these causes, how can a single individual make the most difference on the margin with a career, volunteer work, or donations?

Schedule

PHIL 250 - Changing the World
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
25587
Open
30
 
2
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
002 (LEC)
 In Person
25588
Open
30
 
2
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
003 (DIS)
 In Person
25589
Closed
0
 
2
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
004 (DIS)
 In Person
26524
Closed
0
 
2
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
005 (DIS)
 In Person
26525
Open
12
 
-
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
006 (DIS)
 In Person
27056
Open
12
9Y1 or Y2
-
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
007 (DIS)
 In Person
27057
Closed
0
 
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
008 (DIS)
 In Person
27058
Open
6
6Y1 or Y2
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
009 (DIS)
 In Person
27059
Open
10
 
-
F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
010 (DIS)
 In Person
27060
Open
10
7Y1 or Y2
-
F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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