Computer Science 50
Morality, Information, Logic, Knowledge

Course Description:

Satisfies general education requirement: Philosophical Reflections on Truth and Value (I.B.1). Introduction to the Christian liberal arts through philosophy and the social and ethical impacts of information and computation.  Introduction to the discipline of philosophy from a computational perspective.  Topics include: ethics, information and communication theory, epistemology, logic, and metaphysics.  Philosophical exploration of the nature of information and computation, the relationship between information and knowledge, social impacts of technology, and faithful stewardship with respect to information and computation.  Particular view to sound policy decisions regarding a specific information technology concern; topics vary by semester but examples include: copyright and ownership of information, privacy, professional ethics, and gender and ethnicity concerns in computing fields. Prerequisites: No background in computer science or philosophy is required. (Offered fall semester.)

Kim P. Kihlstrom
Office: Math and Computer Science Building
Phone: 805-565-6864

Fall 2010 Textbooks:

Glymour, Thinking Things Through: An Introduction to Philosophical Issues and Achievements.  MIT Press, 1997, ISBN 9780262571197

Johnson, Computer Ethics, Pearson, 4th ed., 2009, ISBN 9780131112414

Margolis, Unlocking the Clubhouse, MIT Press, 2003, ISBN 9780262632690

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