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Job Summary

The LSA Honors Program invites applications to teach Honors Core 231/Philo 294: “Reasoning about Reasoning,” beginning January 1, 2018.  Position is pending enrollment demand.

Effort for each section is 25%; GSIs who teach two sections receive a 50% appointment.  Attendance at lecture is also required.

As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces Honors students to some of the fields, questions, meta-questions, and methodologies of the Humanities. What do complexity and ambiguity mean in the humanities? How do we recognize what something signifies? How do we know what we know? These are just examples of the kinds of meta-questions this course will raise. The course relies on a wide range of texts to examine both theoretical concepts and specific problems.

Course Description

Everyone agrees that human beings have an amazing power to reason. This power enables us to challenge our own desires, goals, and habits of mind. It enables us to explain why things happen and to predict what will happen next. In this course, we will explore the relation between reason and faith, reason and morality, reason and science, reason and action, and more. Without the capacity to reason, it would never occur to us to reflect on ourselves, and so it would never occur to us to change how we think and live. In exploring the power and limits of reason, we will be engaging in this very process of self-reflection. Most of our guides will be philosophers. But we will also seek insight from other fields, as well as from short works of fiction and perhaps even a film or two.  Today, more than ever -- when there is such widespread disagreement about what counts as a reliable basis for belief and choice -- it is important for us to consider how we can employ our reason to draw conclusions about what to believe and do.



Course Requirements

2 short papers (approximately 5 pp.), short responses to the literature, quizzes.  

Intended Audience 

This course is designed to be appropriate and exciting for all Honors first- and second-year students, whatever their primary areas of interest.  As an Honors Core course, this course is open only to first- and second-year Honors students.

This course is a discussion section of a larger lecture course and will provide regular guidance from the lead instructor of the course, collaboration with her and other GSIs in the course.  GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a graduate or professional program in a relevant department.

Desired Qualifications*

Some training in philosophy.

Contact Information

Inquiries may be made to Lisa Broome ( Associate Director, LSA Honors.

Decision Making Process

The deadline for application is December 18, 2017, but all positions may be filled by then.

Selection Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled. 

GEO Contract Information

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This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.