Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2017Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 55020001 Subject Classification Integrated Courses
Subject Name 科学技術の哲学と倫理[P5B,PN8]
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Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Science and Technology
ミヤゾノ ケンゴ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Tues5-8:IAS K110
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 23 : Philosophy
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Keywords Free Will, Responsibility, Punishment, Mental Disorders 
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General Education
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This course offers an introduction to the philosophical and scientific problems of free will and responsibility. Our questions include; “What does ‘free will’ mean exactly?”, “Are we really free and responsible?”, “Can we be free if our actions are explained by neural activities in the brain?”, “Are mentally disordered individuals responsible for their actions?”  
Class Schedule 1 Introduction
2 Philosophy, Ethics & Theology: Incompatibilism
3 Philosophy, Ethics & Theology: Compatibilism
4 Psychology & Neuroscience: Materialism
5 Psychology & Neuroscience: Determinism
6 Psychology & Neuroscience: Epiphenomenalism
7 Psychiatry: Mental Disorders and Responsibility
8 Conclusion 
There is no required textbook for this course. Suggested readings include;

   Hume, D. (1748). An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, online available at [http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/authors/hume].
   Conee, E., & Sider, T. (2014). Riddles of Existence: A Guided Tour of Metaphysics. Oxford University Press.
   Dennett, D. C. (2003). Freedom Evolves. Penguin.
   Gazzaniga, M. (2012). Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. ECCO.
   Libet, B. (2004). Mind Time: The Temporal Factor in Consciousness. Harvard University Press.
   Zimbardo, P. (2007). The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. Random House.
   Banaji, M. R., & Greenwald, A. G. (2013). Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. Random House. 
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Lecture handouts and PowerPoint slides will be downloadable from the course website. 
Grading Method Grading will be based on essays (50%) and classroom contribution (50%). 
Message Anyone with questions or comments is welcome to visit me during my office hours. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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