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PHL 254 Philosophy and The Democratic Body (3 credits)

For centuries philosophers have tried to understand what it means to be human by analyzing various aspects of the human condition. Unfortunately, the fact that we are embodied beings has not yet received adequate treatment. This course is an attempt to correct many years of philosophical avoidance of the body. We will not begin our inquiry with the assumption that human consciousness is just a given and is the same in all human beings. Rather, we will begin with an analysis of various forms of embodiment and consciousness as affected by the types of bodies that we have and social attitudes towards these bodies.