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A Well-Balanced Program

The Department of Communication is offers the full spectrum of research and teaching in the discipline of communication. We are housed in the Language and Communication Building (LNCO), equipped with state-of-the art teaching and research facilities, including a telecommunication production facility, film and digital photography labs, web labs, print design labs, interaction labs, and two large media presentation classrooms.

Philosophy of Biology

(How to Make a Mammoth & Engineer a Dinosaur)

The Philosophy of Classification and Taxonomy Transformation, Individuality, and Identity in Evolution and Development. 

What's Wrong with the New Essentialism? Is a Cloned Mammoth Really a Mammoth or Just a Hairy Elephant?

Philosophy of Social Science

Do all humans share a common nature? Are there Economic laws?
Are there psychological universals?
Can we reliably predict human behavior?
Does evolution have a place in explaining human behavior?

In Philosophy of Social Science (PHIL 3375-001), we confront the above questions and many more. Together we assess the strengths (and weaknesses) of various attempts by social scientists to explain human affairs.

Nietzche

Widely known for the doctrines of the Will to Power and the Overman, Nietzche is among the most influential—but also the most misunderstood and misappropriated—of the nineteenth century philosophers. We will aim at developing philosophical control of his unusually lyrical and aphoristic texts. Topics will include: the genealogical method, nihilism, the revaluation of values, the Eternal Return, ressentiment, perspectivism, Nietzche's theory of truth—and, of course, the Will to Power and the Overmann. We will also consider how those themes have been taken up by later Nietzcheans such as Foucault and Nehamas.

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Last Updated: 8/16/22