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Course Description

From the trolley problem to nuclear deterrence, from the ship of Theseus to the Liar, from the prisoner’s dilemma to moral luck, paradoxes and dilemmas are problematic cases, conundrums or puzzles that force us to accept counterintuitive conclusions from apparently acceptable premises or to choose between undesirable (and oftentimes equally plausible) outcomes, with no obvious escape route. The course introduces students to some of the most intriguing issues in the history of philosophy in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and theory of action.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: 

Academic Year (Fall/Spring): Unofficial Transcript – High School Diploma or current high school transcript (for high school students only in applicable classes), Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Summer: None

Refund Policy: The refund policy for Courses at Tufts offerings is dependent on the course length. Please refer to the section details to confirm any exceptions to the standard refund policy. The refund policies are viewable here: https://universitycollege.tufts.edu/policies#Refunds 

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Affiliated With:

  • School of Arts & Sciences