PHIL 3013 - How I Create the World
Modern theories of the human mind place an extraordinary emphasis on the way in which our thoughts and language shape the way the world appears to us. Our freedom to create the world as we see fit and the responsibility we share for bringing into existence a world either just or unjust has been a central concern of philosophies that have been called “existential.” This course will trace the history of these ontological questions with a special focus on human freedom, our ability to shape and determine world history through language, and our responsibilities as agents of change. As creators, we are both free and hopelessly burdened by the weight of our choices. In do so doing, it will introduce students to philosophy’s longstanding struggle to make sense of this creative freedom that binds us together.
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