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Summer Session 1

ASIA 65.001: Philosophy on Bamboo: Rethinking Early Chinese Thought
MTWThF, 01:15 PM – 02:45 PM
Uffe Bergeton

Uffe Bergeton Uffe Bergeton is a historian of early China with a focus on pre-Qin (i.e. pre-221 BCE) language, history and thought. Originally from Denmark, he has lived and studied in France, Taiwan and China. In his first book (The Emergence Of Civilizational Consciousness in Early China: History Word By Word) he uses lexical changes to trace the emergence of proto-anthropological concepts in the Warring States period (481-221 BCE). His current research project uses a similar approach to trace evolving conceptualizations of armed conflict in the pre-Qin period.

Over the last few decades a large number of bamboo manuscripts of hitherto unknown texts dating to the fourth to the first century BCE have been excavated from various sites in China. This wealth of new materials has led many scholars to rethink longstanding assumptions about early Chinese thought. In order to enable students to engage directly with the recently discovered texts and cutting-edge research on them, this course will briefly introduce students to the received classics of the pre-Qin period, such as the Analects, the Mozi, the Mencius, and the Daodejing. Rather than merely providing an introduction to these traditional texts, we will study how recently discovered texts challenge traditional readings of pre-Qin works and lead us to question traditional classifications of pre-Qin works into “schools of thought” or isms such as Confucianism, Legalism, Daoism, etc.

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PLCY 71.001: Justice and Inequality – CANCELLED 5/6/2019
MTWThF, 01:15 PM – 02:45 PM
Douglas MacKay

Douglas MacKay holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the Department of Public Policy on July 1, 2013, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. MacKay’s research and teaching interests concern questions at the intersection of justice and public policy. He is currently working on projects concerning the justice of economic inequality – both domestic and global; the ethics of immigration policy; priority setting in health care; the ethics of public policy research; and the design of welfare policy.

The value of equality is a foundational principle of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence proclaims that “all men are created equal” and possess unalienable rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Constitution of the United States requires that no State “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Additionally, equality has been the goal of a number of influential political movements, including the Civil Rights movement, the Feminist movement, Occupy Wall Street and the LGBTQ movement. Yet despite this prominence of the value of equality, the U.S. is becoming a more unequal society in a number of domains, particularly, with respect to the distribution of income, political influence, and social mobility. This course investigates the value of equality and asks which forms of inequality are unjust and ought to be remedied. We will focus on a variety of different spheres of U.S. social, political and economic life, including the distribution of income and opportunities, health outcomes, education, voting and political influence, employment, and the criminal justice system. We will also ask whether equality is a value that applies beyond U.S. borders, particularly with respect to global disparities in income and wealth, the treatment of migrants, and climate change. The course will feature a combination of lectures and class discussion. Significant instructional time will also be dedicated to developing students’ critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.

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Summer Session 2

HIST 51.001: Latin American Revolutions – CANCELLED 4/2/2019
MTWThF, 11:30 AM – 01:00 PM
Miguel La Serna

Miguel La Serna is interested in exploring the contours of Latin American revolutions and counterinsurgencies. He is currently working on two projects about the political violence in 1980s and 1990s Peru. The first is a narrative history of Shining Path, and the second is a history of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement.

This seminar explores the problem of revolutionary upheaval in Latin American history. Why did people like Simón Bolívar, Pancho Villa, Che Guevara, and Fidel Castro take up arms, and what has been the impact of the insurgencies they helped lead? This explores these and other questions by examining the various causes, manifestations, and outcomes of revolutionary violence in modern Latin American history. Students will develop their interpretive skills through a close reading of English-language primary sources from the wars of the independence to the guerrilla insurgencies of the late-20th century. The seminar begins with an exploration of the wars of independence (1810-1825). Students will then analyze the twentieth-century revolutions in Mexico (1910-1917), Cuba (1953-1959), and Nicaragua (1979). The course concludes with an exploration of the late-20th century guerrilla insurgencies of the Shining Path (Peru), FARC (Colombia), and Zapatistas (Mexico).

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PHIL 51.001: Who Was Socrates?
MTWThF, 09:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Mariska Leunissen

Mariska Leunissen works in ancient philosophy, with special interests in Aristotelian natural philosophy and philosophy of science. Leunissen is the author of two monographs (Explanation and Teleology in Aristotle’s Science of Nature, CUP 2010, and From Natural Character to Moral Virtue in Aristotle, OUP 2017), two edited volumes, and several journal articles and book chapters. Her current work focuses on Aristotle’s uses of signs, testimony, analogy, and other methods for establishing facts in empirically underdetermined domains. She joined the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in fall of 2011. Before coming to Chapel Hill, she completed an MA in Classics and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Socrates is by far the most famous Greek philosopher and, perhaps, the first real philosopher known in the Western tradition. In this seminar, we explore the intellectual and historical context within which Socrates is thought to have revolutionized philosophy so as to better understand his significance for his contemporaries and for us. Our focus, however, will be on the large and perennial human questions that Socrates made his own: How should we live? What is justice? What is virtue? What sort of society should we strive to provide for our families and for ourselves? Each week we will read a part of one of the primary texts and discuss it carefully in the class. These discussions will serve both as a testing-ground for ideas and as preparation for the writing assignments. By learning to talk and write in an engaging but disciplined ways about books and ideas that are both exciting and significant, we will not only be finding out about Socrates but also be taking up the Socratic challenge to live the examined life.

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