2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    
    Oct 25, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PL 340 - Chance, Determinism, and Agency

(3.00 cr.)

Many interpretations of quantum mechanics suggest that, at bottom, the universe behaves at random. If true, how do we make sense of the intentional actions of agents or divine providence in a seemingly chaotic world? Alternative interpretations of quantum mechanics suggest that, at bottom, our universe is deterministic. If correct, then how is it possible for agents (either human or divine) to act freely? This course explores such questions surrounding the intersection of agency and physical theory.

Prerequisite: PL 201  and one additional PL 200-level course.



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