Basic Course Information

PHL 235: Philosophy and the City


Steven W. Patterson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Philosophy and Religious Studies Dept.,
Chair, Division of Letters
Marygrove College.
Office Phone: 313-927-1539
Departmental Phone: 313-927-1556
e-mail: ude.evorgyram|nosrettaps#ude.evorgyram|nosrettaps
Office: 346 Madame Cadillac Hall
Office Hours: by appointment only


Mondays and Wednesdays, 1030-1145 in Room LA 220

Credit Hours



LS 105 and ENG 107 (or their equivalents)

General Education Area

Religious and Philosophical Traditions

Catalog Description

Philosophy was born, nutured, and came of age in urban environments. From ancient Athens to contemporary Detroit, the tale of philosophy would be incomplete without an account of Ihow cities have shaped philosophical thought, and how philosophical thought has influenced cities. In moral and political terms, the problems of philosophy have ever been city problems. In no other setting have problems of equality, justice, ethics, and identity formation been thrown into such sharp relief as in the world's urban environments. This course will introduce students to philosophy through the lens of reflection about the nature and specific philosophical challenges of urban environments. Reciprocally, it will also introduce students to the practice of reflection about urban environments through the use of philosophical tools, concepts and methods.

Required Texts

Philosophy and the City, ed. Sharon Meagher, State University of New York Press, 2008. ISBN-10: 0791473082. ISBN-13: 978-0791473085.

Other resources to be used in this class will be made available at no charge online or through the Marygrove College library. Consult the Course Plan and Assignment Schedule for further details.

Please note: While no books are required for purchase, it is strongly recommended that you obtain or secure access to a collegiate level dictionary and thesaurus (I recommend the handy combination of both in the Oxford Pocket Dictionary and Thesaurus, American Edition, ISBN 0-19-513097-9), and a style manual for written English such as the classic Elements of Style by Strunk and White (Fourth Edition, Allyn & Bacon, ISBN 0-205-30902) Regular access to and use of such references will be assumed.

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