From the days of ancient India through modern European and American times, philosophers have developed ideas about what it is that makes humans distinct from other animals. This course will sample widely from their ideas. We’ll read and discuss Buddhist texts, and the thought of Confucius, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, Karl Marx, and several existentialists. It’s a wonderful way to experience the range of human thinking about this fascinating topic. • Facilitated discussion.