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Philosophy (PHIL)
211 Susan Campbell, 541-346-5547
College of Arts & Sciences
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Course Data
  PHIL 423   Top Machines Sci & Soc 4.00 cr.
Advanced inquiry in ethics with a focus on technology. Addresses moral, political, and cultural issues raised by socio-technical systems for everyday living and democratic citizenship. Repeatable once for a maximum of 8 credits when the topic changes.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Alvarado RE-mailHomepage Office:   245 Susan Campbell Hall
Office Hours: 1200 - 1250 T during Fall 2019
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: Syllabus for PHIL 423
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  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  17117 21 30 1400-1650 t 252 STB Alvarado R Additional Web Resources AvailableL
Academic Deadlines
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September 29:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
October 5:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 5:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 6:   Process a complete withdrawal (90% refund, W recorded)
October 6:   Withdraw from this course (100% refund, W recorded)
October 7:   Add this course
October 9:   Last day to change to or from audit
October 13:   Process a complete withdrawal (75% refund, W recorded)
October 13:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
October 20:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
October 20:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
October 27:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
October 27:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 17:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
November 17:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
Info Technology and the Ethics of Privacy Emerging informational socio-technologies are ushering in conditions for new ethical, political, and cultural forms and norms that we have yet to confront, and for which we lack conceptual resources. If we are willing to think of philosophy as the work of creating, fabricating, and testing conceptual resources, then we find ourselves in an interesting philosophical moment with respect to computational analytics, big data, the internet, networks, informatics, and other related sites of socio-technological emergence. Broadly this is a course in 'technology ethics' but since our focus will be on information technologies this will serve more precisely as a course in 'information ethics.' And since within that space our focus will be on the key critical issues of information surveillance, monitoring, tracking, aggregation, and reproduction the course will most precisely be a course in 'the ethics of information privacy'. Confronted with such a subject matter, our philosophical work can hardly be canonical. We will press ourselves into service as philosophers and attempt to do philosophy in this course, which means (on at least one plausible interpretation) thinking experimentally about pressing cultural contests for which concepts have yet to stabilize. In this course, you should expect to learn about philosophy by way of doing philosophy.
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