Philosophy After Darwin

Course Description

This course explores two crucial intersections of Darwinian theory and philosophy. Specifically, we explore evolutionary ethics and evolutionary epistemology. This course is intended for students interested in a historical grounding of major philosophical issues of the past 150 years as well as a philosophical grounding of biological approaches to culture and society. Topics include social Darwinism, eugenics, race theory, evolutionary justifications for meta-ethics, religion vs. evolution, naturalized epistemology, and the relationship between evolutionary game theory and conceptions of rationality.