2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    
    Jul 23, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PL 340 - Chance, Determinism, and Agency

(3.00 cr.)

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



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