Topics for paper #1 are now up on the Papers page. Paper #1 is due Tue 10/11 at noon.

Exam #1 review sheet

Exam #1 is Friday 9/30 in class; the review sheet is now on the Exams page. [Link fixed now]

There’s a discussion board post due Monday 9/12 at 6am; go to the Blackboard page, and you’ll find it waiting for you.

The overheads from Monday are posted on the “Overheads” page now. Each day from now on, I’ll post the notes. Access the page from the link in the menu above or to the left. Use the password given out in class when asked.

Welcome to PHI 361

This is the home page for Philosophy 361, “Philosophy in Science Fiction”, to be taught in the Fall 2016 semester by Professor Ron McClamrock of the University at Albany Department of Philosophy.

You can get a very preliminary syllabus for this course here.

The course description:

An examination of some central issues in philosophy, using the occurrence of those issues in science fiction as a starting point. Topics to be covered will likely include the following: Can machines think? Through what changes can our self-identity persist? What kinds of beings count as persons? Is time-travel possible? Could the world be a huge illusion? This course will focus primarily on the traditional philosophical issues raised in science fiction rather than on the science fiction itself as literary or cinematic. But the settings for framing these problems will come from science fiction readings, movies, and television.

More information will be posted soon.