The Philosophy program offers the opportunity to spend a fall term at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Students take a course in philosophy taught by a Dartmouth faculty member (Philosophy 50). In addition, each student will take two courses (Philosophy 60, 61) from faculty of the Philosophy Department at the University of Edinburgh. Students participating in the program must have completed at least two courses in philosophy prior to their participation but not necessarily prior to their application for admission to the program. However, preference will be given to those students who have completed more philosophy courses. A member of the University of Edinburgh philosophy faculty will offer a course at Dartmouth in the summer term. Students going to Edinburgh should consider taking this course. There will be an opportunity to participate in the junior year Honors program while in Edinburgh.
The program provides students with the opportunity to study at one of Great Britain's oldest and finest universities, which has a large and diverse philosophy staff. This staff represents a wide spectrum of approaches to philosophy including both the analytic tradition and the continental tradition. Dartmouth undergraduates should benefit from contact with students doing graduate studies in philosophy. Great Britain has an excellent system of public transportation, so trips to many fascinating sites can conveniently be arranged.
All Philosophy courses taken on the Edinburgh FSP count towards a Philosophy major at Dartmouth. Depending on the topic, these courses may satisfy specific requirements for the major (e.g., the history of philosophy requirement). Students who want courses taken on the FSP to satisfy specific requirements for the major should petition the chair of the Department of Philosophy at Dartmouth.
Prerequisites: At least two courses in Philosophy
Enrollment: Limited to 15 students
Applications available on-line through the Off Campus Programs office.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2014
Living Accommodations: Students live in University of Edinburgh owned flats.
13F FSP Faculty Director: Professor Jim Moor
PHIL 50: Special Topics in Philosophy: Free Will and Responsibility in the Contemporary World
Course Description: Both free will and responsibility are crucial concepts in how we understand ethics, law, and human behavior. In recent decades these two familiar notions have come under pressure from advances in science and technology. Results from brain science and cognitive science raise questions about free will – whether, for example, we are as free in and aware of our decision-making as we usually believe. Results from technology raise questions about responsibility. Given that only computers can process huge amounts of data rapidly, are we becoming less responsible or even irresponsible in letting computers make decisions, especially those that must be made quickly such as those in the stock market or on the field of battle?
14F FSP Faculty Director: Professor Susan Brison
PHIL 50: Special Topics in Philosophy: Is there a Universal Right to Free Speech?
Course Description: Free speech jurisprudence developed in the context of the town square and the printing press and has yet to catch up with the revolution in communication brought about by the Internet. Traditional theories of the value of freedom of expression must now be reexamined in light of technological innovations that have made it possible to communicate, instantaneously, with millions of people around the world. Such advances have, for purposes of regulating speech, rendered national boundaries virtually irrelevant. The United States is exceptional in protecting even extremist hate speech. Given a growing international understanding about the scope and limits of free speech—expressed in other countries' statutes and constitutions and in international conventions—can a philosophical justification be found for a universal right to free speech?
Last Updated: 10/31/13