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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.