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Modal Logic


TuTh 10:00-11:15
This course is intended to follow Philosophy 310 (Intermediate Logic), and examines various modal logical systems including alethic modal logic, epistemic logic, deontic logic, tense logic, and the logic of propositional attitudes. Emphasis will be on quantification, identity, descriptions, scoped singular terms, and actuality. Text: Hardegree, Introduction to Modal Logic (available on-line). Prerequisite: Philosophy 310, or consent of the instructor. For more information, consult course website.


Topics in Epistemology


Tu 1:00-3:30
Topic: Metacognition. We will spend the semester carefully reading Joelle Proust's new book, The Philosophy of Metacognition: Mental Agency and Self-Awareness. This book has a very thorough discussion of literature in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, and it develops and interesting and original view.


Topics in Ethics


M 7:00-9:30


Seminar – Formal Philosophy

Perez Carballo

W 4:00-6:30

This course is an overview of recent work on conditionals. Topics include: the canonical semantics for conditionals and some of the alternatives (e.g. expressivist, relativist, NTV, and dynamic theories); the logic of indicative and counterfactual conditionals; the formal criteria that any theory of conditionals should meet; the relationship between conditionals and conditional probability; the analysis of conditional obligations; the relationship between chance and counterfactual conditionals.

Prerequisites (for undergraduate students): three prior courses in philosophy, including one of Phil 110 (Intro to Logic) or Phil 310 (Intermediate Logic), or a similar class.


Kant's Ethical Theory


Th 1:00-3:30

Kant’s moral philosophy is typically regarded as one of the most influential ethical views in Western philosophy, alongside virtue ethics (Aristotle) and utilitarianism (Bentham/Mill). This course is a basic introduction to Kant’s ethics. 

In this course, we will focus on Kant’s overall value theory.  The first half of the course will focus on Kant’s views about (1) moral value.  Some topics to be discussed include his views about human dignity, respect, treating people as ‘ends in themselves’, rights, and the overall relationship between morality and politics.  The second half of the course will focus on Kant’s views about (2) non-moral value.  Some topics to be discussed include his views about happiness, welfare, our obligations to non-rational animals/nature, and ideal vs. non-ideal theory.

There are no course prerequisites. For graduate students, this course can fulfill either a history or an ethics requirement.


Topics in History of Philosophy


W 1:00-3:30


Selected Philosopher – Carnap


F 1:00-3:30
A close examination of the philosophy of Rudolf Carnap (1891-1970), with special emphasis on his Der Logische Aufbau der Welt (The Logical Structure of the World, 1928). Topics include logical positivism, the significance and nature of philosophical problems (or pseudo-problems), empiricism, logic and language. Requirements: in class-presentation, weekly reading assignments and term paper. Pre-requisites: graduate student standing or consent of instructor.


Seminar in Metaphysics


M 4:00-6:30
This course will be an exploration of the metaphysics of relations, and the associated notion of structure.  Among the philosophers we will read are:  Lewis, Armstrong, Fine, Williamson, Sider, and Schaffer.


Seminar in Philosophy of Science


M 1:00-3:30
There's a lot of talk in mainstream epistemology about "the basing relation" and "reasons" for believing something. In this class we’ll try to wrap our heads around what these notions are, whether and why they’re important, and how they fit (in they do fit) with traditional approaches to formal epistemology.
Questions we’ll examine will include: What is the "basing relation", and what role (if any) should they play in an adequate account of epistemic rationality? What are (epistemic) "reasons", and should an adequate account of epistemic rationality be formulated in terms of them? Can either of these notions, and the normative claims people make about them, be made sense of by traditional approaches to formal epistemology? If so, how? And if not, what should we do about it?


Seminar – Morality and Mind


Tu 4:00-6:30


Dissertation Seminar


by arr.