Hardegree, 363 Bartlett
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 http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~gmhwww/310.
Feldman, 362 Bartlett
We will focus on a small number of classic works in the history
of moral philosophy. There will be a lot of reading; texts
will be determined by class interest, but will probably include
works by Plato, Aristotle, Mill, Kant, and Moore. Requirements: take-home midterm exam; take-home final; occasional written homework
assignments. Prerequisites: two courses in philosophy,
including an introductory course in ethics.
Klement, 353 Bartlett
Selected topics in contemporary philosophy of language, including
meaning, reference, naming, truth, speech acts, translation,
and the nature of linguistic representation. Text: The Philosophy of Language, ed. Martinich. Requirements: essay exams; term paper. Prerequisite for Undergraduates: consent of the instructor.
Baker, 366 Bartlett
This course will focus on the issue of the freedom of the will
in theological contexts. First well consider Augustines
anti-Pelagian writings (5th century), which seem to deny (what
is now called) libertarian freedom. Then well consider
Molinas account of middle knowledge (16th century), which
attempts to legitimate libertarian freedom in the context of
Christian orthodoxy. Next well consider contemporary
uses of Molinas work to treat problems that arise in Christian
theology, such as the problem of Gods foreknowledge and
the problem of evil. Finally, well take up criticisms
of Molinas work and its contemporary uses. Texts:
Augustine, Four Anti-Pelagian Writings; Molina, On Divine Foreknowledge; Flint, Divine Providence;
Hasker, God, Time and Knowledge; The Problem
of Evil (ed. Adams and Adams). Requirements: class presentations; short paper; term paper. Prerequisites: graduate status in philosophy, or four or more Undergraduate
philosophy courses; not recommended for Undergraduates.
17th-Century Women Philosophers
O'Neill, 379 Bartlett
595S--Semantics of Natural Language
Hardegree, 363 Bartlett
An introduction to categorial grammar and the semantics of natural
language. Compositionality; locality; type-driven semantics.
Comparison with generative grammar (cf. Linguistics 610). Text: Hardegree, Introduction to Categorial Grammar
(available on-line). Prerequisite: consent of the
instructor. For more information, consult http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~gmhwww/595.
701P--Plato on Knowledge and Reality
Perin, office tba
The seminar will be devoted to a close reading of Plato's Theaetetus
and to the philosophical questions about perception, belief,
and knowledge raised by this dialogue. Texts: Myles Burnyeat's
The Theaetetus of Plato (Hackett, 1990) and John McDowell's Plato:
Theaetetus (Oxford, 1973). We shall also read relevant passages
from other works of Plato and sample some of the more important
secondary literature on the Theaetetus. Requirements: one substantial
seminar presentation and a 15-25 page paper due at the end of
term. Prerequisites: graduate status or permission of the instructor.
No knowledge of Greek is required.
Bricker, 358 Bartlett
A survey of the contemporary debate between "robust"
correspondence theories of truth and "minimalist" or
deflationary theories. Special topics may include: truthmaker
theory (facts, states of affairs); vagueness and the sorites
paradox; contradiction and the Liar paradox. We will read Paul
Horwich's Truth in its entirety, and selections from Scott Soames,
Understanding Truth and Crispin Wright's Truth and Objectivity.
Other authors include: Tarski, Kripke, Field, Armstrong, Lewis,
and Priest. The Oxford anthology, Truth, edited by Simon Blackburn
and Keith Simmons will provide some background essays.
Schaffer, 359 Bartlett
Epistemic contextualism is the view that "knowledge"
functions like an indexical, in that the truth-conditions of
knowledge ascriptions are context-variant. Contextualism has
been said to resolve such longstanding problems as skepticism,
the Gettier problem, and the lottery paradox, interalia. We will
assess the prospects for contextualism.
793S--Speech Act Theory
Klement, 353 Bartlett
RESCEDULED FOR SPRING 2002
Close examination of speech act theory and its relation to philosophy,
with a particular emphasis on the work of J.L. Austin. Topics
include performative utterances, locutionary, illucutionary and
perlocutionary acts, conversational implicature, speakers' and
hearers' meaning, and the relationship between pragmatics and
semantics. We shall also be exploring the potential relevance
(or lack thereof) of these things for traditional philosophical
problems in ethics, epistemology and metaphysics. Texts: works
by Austin, Searle, Grice, Cavell, Strawson, Stalnaker, Martinich,
Vanderveken, Vendler and/or others. Requirements: weekly reading
assignments, seminar presentations and term paper. Prerequisites:
graduate student status, or consent of instructor.
Brown, 358 Bartlett
An examination of some central issues in contemporary Leibniz
scholarship, including the nature of substance, possible worlds,
Leibniz, G. W., Philosophical Essays. Translated by Ariew
and Garber. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1989 (ISBN:0-87220-062-0).
Adams, Robert M., Leibniz. New York: Oxford, 1994 (ISBN:
Cover, Jan and John O'Leary-Hawthorne, Substance and Individuation
in Leibniz. New York: Cambridge, 1999 (ISBN: 0521593948)
Jolley, Nicholas, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz.
New York: Cambridge, 1995 (ISBN: 0521367697).
Rutherford, Donald, Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature.
New York: Cambridge, 1995 (ISBN: 0521597374).