511 - Modal Logic
TuTh 9:30
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/511.

593E - Epistemology
Tu 1:00-3:30
Schaffer, 359 Bartlett
This course will focus on the nature of knowledge, its relation to other mental states, its connection to evidence, practical reasoning, and social practices like assertion. We will read through Timothy Williamson's book Knowledge and its Limits, and John Hawthorne's book Knowledge and Lotteries. Requirements: Seminar paper. Prerequisites: Graduate students and advanced undergraduates only.

593 -- Philosophy of Language
M 3:35 - 6:05
Bricker, 356 Bartlett
This is a course in contemporary analytic philosophy of language focusing on theories of meaning and reference, especially for names and descriptions. It is geared towards graduate students and advanced philosophy majors. The material is often difficult, and requires strong analytical skills on the part of the student. Prerequisite: At least two philosophy courses including elementary symbolic logic.

701 – Selected Philosopher: Descartes
Tu 4:00-6:30
Chappell, 380 Bartlett
Critical study of the major philosophical works of Descartes. Emphasis on topics of current interest, e.g. skepticism, the cogito, ideas and perception, proving the existence of God, mind and body, free will, the passions.
Texts: The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, tr. By Cottingham, Stoothoff, Murdoch, and Kenny. 3 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 1985-91); Descartes, ed. by John Cottingham. Oxford Readings in Philosophy. (Oxford University Press, 1998). Requirements: short papers, class presentations, a term paper. Prerequisite: Graduate status, or permission of the instructor.

Phil 750 -- Metaphysics
Wed 3:35-6:05
Baker, 366 Bartlett
This seminar will focus on the nature of ordinary things -- objects that we encounter in daily life. Such mundane objects include: organisms, inanimate natural objects, artifacts, artworks, people and other medium-sized objects. How are such objects related to, say, particles in physics? Are some or all ordinary things identical to aggregates of particles to which we apply our concepts, or do any of them have ontological significance? There are numerous metaphysical issues that we may consider: for example, the nature of vagueness, the nature of persistence, the usefulness of mereology.

791 -- Aristotle’s Ethics
Mon 3:35-6:05
Matthews, 368 Bartlett
A close reading of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, plus a discussion of some of the most interesting recent secondary literature on Aristotle’s Ethics, including several pieces by former students in this course. Course requirements: two or more seminar presentations, a short paper and a longer paper. Prerequisites: graduate status, or permission of the instructor.

793 -- Animal Minds
Th 4:00-6:30
Kornblith, 360 Bartlett
Many non-humans animals have a complex behavioral repertoire. Must we appeal to mental states in order to explain the behavior of these animals? What is the evidence for attributions of mental states to non-human animals, or, for that matter, to pre-linguistic humans, and how strong is this evidence? If non-human animals and pre-linguistic humans do have mental states, what kinds of mental states do they have? Do they have propositional attitudes? Do they have second-order propositional attitudes? We will examine both the empirical literature and the philosophical literature on these questions. Readings will include work by Colin Allen, Marc Bekoff, Robert Brandom, Tyler Burge, Susan Carey, Donald Davidson, Jerry Fodor, Daniel Dennett, Ruth Millikan, Daniel Povinelli, Elliott Sober, Kim Sterelney, Michael Tomasello, and others. One short paper and a seminar paper will be required.