This discussion will explore what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is and argue for the perspective that these machines will one day possess freedom of the will. Furthermore, this discussion will argue that humanity has an obligation to treat these machines as morally responsible agents. I would like to show that science fiction has informed and should continue to inform the conversations we have today about this technological advancement.
Senior Capstone Experience
In addition to the ten required courses, each philosophy major must also complete the Senior Capstone Experience (SCE), normally a thesis, but possibly a set of comprehensive exams. In either case, majors will work in close association with a department mentor; and those majors who do successfully complete the SCE will receive four credits toward graduation.
Senior Capstone Experience
Towards the end of their juinor year, majors will recieve a "Senior Thesis Handbook" that will outline the specific timeline of their thesis process. This will include drafting and presenting thesis proposals, choosing a faculty mentor, deadlines for section and chapter drafts, and dates for individual and group meetings. They will spend their senior year working with their faculty mentor in devising and then writing their thesis paper. See below for examples of thesis projects.
RECENT SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (SCE) TOPICS
Cassandra Sottile '20 "The Revolution's Impact on Frederick County, Maryland” (Advisor: Ken Miller)
Andrew Grier '20 "God, Blood, and Allegiance: How Court and, Country Changed Each Other in 30 Years" (Advisor: Ken Miller)
Nicholas Hayes '20 "Theodore Roosevelt and Masculinity: The 26th, President and the Philosophical and Political Ideas of His, Time" (Advisor: Clayton Black)
Rowan McVey '20 "Women's Airforce Service Pilots of World War, II: Their Fight for Military Recognition in a Male-Dominated, Field" (Advisor: Carol Wilson)
Mari Mullane '20 "Keeping Them Entirely Separate": British, Policy and the Threat of Disease in Revolutionary War POW, Camps" (Advisors: Ken Miller)
Margaret Shannon '20 "Creating A New Gold Standard: The Monroe, Doctrine's Transformation of Early American Foreign Policy" (Advisor: Carol Wilson)
Matthew Underwood '20 "Rebuilding Identity: The Story of, Japanese-American Internment" (Advisor: Carol Wilson)
Alexis Young ' 20 "The Complexities of Loyalism: A Study of the, Female Loyalist Experience in Revolutionary America" (Advisor: Carol Wilson)
Alexander Ramos '20 "Melchior Hoffman: The Exemplar of the Radical Reformation" (Advisor: Janet Sorentino)
Jacob Brown '20 "The German Psyche after World War II" (Advisors: Clayton Black)
Susan Cassibry '20 "In der Theorie und der Praxis. Die, Erinnerungskultur der j,dischen Gemeinde Berlins und die, ungl,ckliche Notwendigkeit der Polizeisicherheit an Orten, der j,dischen Geschichte" (Advisors: Kitty Maynard & Ken Miller)
Maria I Betancur Cardona '20 "The Impact of French Nationalism on, Anti-Semitism, Thesis Title: Le Nationalisme sur la justice : Une Étude de, la France ignorant ses crimes contre l'humanité" (Advisors: Pam Pears & Clayton Black)
Sample Thesis Timeline
Before Jr. YearExplore and Learn
Take advantage of the diverse offering of courses here at Washington College and within the Department of Philosophy and Religion to explore your interests and find topics/subjects that resonate with you.
Juinor YearHone your ideas
Enrolling in PHL 435 (Philosophical Methods) during the fall of your juinor year will provide an excellent opportunity to turn your philosophical interests into workable philosophical questions. At the conclusion of your junior year, you'll be given the SCE guidlines packet mentioned above. Juiniors are asked to submit a summer research plan where they detail steps to turn their philosophical questions into research proposals.
Fall of Senior YearPropose Your Thesis
Having spent the summer researching your questions, you will spend the fall working on your thesis proposal, annotated bibliography, and yes the thesis itself! You will work with your peers in the department and the faculty in refining the scope and scale of your thesis, when it is deemed ready, you will start the writing process.
Spring of Senior YearWrite Your Thesis
You will be encouraged to take advantage of winter break to create as much of a working draft on your thesis as possible, using the spring semester to then turn your work from a draft to a polished thesis paper. Seniors who follow all the departmental deadlines and submit a polished, well reasoned paper will be considered for departmental honors come graduation.