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SEMINAR (4 cr.)
Philosophy majors work on their senior theses in conjunction with this seminar, which covers research methodology, textual analysis, applied and theoretical philosophic standpoints, construction of philosophic arguments and meeting objections, and the practice of philosophy in the contemporary world. Your specific project is developed in detail through group discussion and individual guidance. The senior thesis consists of critical analysis of a central philosophic problem related to the theme of the course. During the class you will prepare a critical paper, demonstrating your ability to make use of primary and secondary sources to explain and critique philosophic positions. A summary of the paper is presented orally and discussed in a colloquium with department faculty and student colleagues at the end of the seminar. Offered annually for both the day program and Weekend College. Prerequisites: Instructor permission.