100, Section 1A - Introduction to Philosophy
100, Section 2B - Introduction to Philosophy
O’Neill, Bartlett 364
An historical introduction to philosophy through the interpretation of early modern texts and the reconstruction and evaluation of their arguments. Issues that we’ll discuss include: Do the physically stronger have the right to subjugate the weaker? Can I prove that God exists? Can I be certain that physical objects exist? Is it necessary that ice will melt in fire? Requirements: regular attendance at lecture, participation in the weekly discussion section, several exams, and brief weekly assignments.
TuTh 1:00-1:50 (AL)
Perin, Bartlett 357
Two lectures, one discussion per week. An introductory
survey of some basic problems in philosophy. Readings will
include texts by Plato, Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, and others.
Requirements: participation in weekly discussion sections, several
papers and/or exams.
100C—Introduction to Philosophy
Kristen Hine, Bartlett 379
This course is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to a number of philosophical issues. We will proceed through the course topically, but will consider both historical and contemporary treatments of the following questions: Does God exist; if so, then how can we explain the problem of evil? Do I act of my own free will, or is my behavior determined? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Requirements: three take-home exams and weekly quizzes. Texts: Introduction to Philosophy, ed. Fred Feldman, and Metaphysics, Richard Taylor.
110 - Introduction to Logic
MWF 12:20 (R2)
Klement, Bartlett 353
Introduction to symbolic logic, including sentential and predicate logic. Focus
on translating English statements into symbolic notation, and evaluation of
arguments for validity using formal proof techniques. Text: Hardegree, Symbolic
Logic: A First Course, 3rd ed. Requirements: homework and exams. Prerequisites:
160 - Introduction to Ethics
MW 11:15 (AT)
Feldman, Bartlett 362
Two lectures, one discussion per week. Consideration of some
of the most important theories about right and wrong, good and
evil, and virtue and vice. In each case, one focus will be on
clear and accurate formulation of the theory. Another focus will
be on understanding and evaluating classic objections to the
theory. Readings from Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Bentham, Mill,
Kant, Ross, Moore, and others. Text: Feldman, Introduction to
Ethics. Requirements: three quizzes; no papers, no final exam.
Each student will be permitted to take one quiz over again at
the end of the semester.
- Introduction to Ethics
Orchard Hill and Central Area Residents Only
This course will provide an introduction to the field of ethics. The course is divided into three sections: (1) Metaethics (the study of the origin and meaning of ethical concepts), where we will consider such questions as “Does morality have its foundation in social convention?” and “Is morality instituted, or perhaps created, by God through natural law or commands?”; (2) Normative Ethics (theories of right and wrong actions), where we will examine several theories concerning the criterion of moral conduct, including utilitarianism and Kantian moral theory; (3) Applied ethics, where we will examine specific controversial moral issues, such as abortion and animal rights. Text: Fieser, Metaethics, Normative Ethics, and Applied Ethics. Requirements: Weekly quizzes and three take-home exams.
160W - Introduction to Ethics
This course provides an introduction to ethics by way of a discussion of doctrines and arguments primarily in one area of moral philosophy: the normative ethics of behavior (the theory of right and wrong action). We will take brief detours into two other areas of moral philosophy: value theory (the theory of good and bad), and virtue theory (the theory of excellence and deficiency of character). We will also study one or two of the following issues in applied ethics: abortion, cloning, world poverty, animal rights, and the environment.
161 - Problems in Social Thought
TuTh 1:00-2:15 (SB)
Ferguson, Bartlett 370
A survey of theories of the ideal relation between citizens and states, particularly focussing on theories of democracy, citizenship and gender, and problems of globalization. We will consider classic defenses and critiques of the state (ancient, liberal, Marxist, anarchist) and views of civil disobedience. Some contemporary feminist and critical race theories of the state and its relation to the family, civil society and the emerging global economy (globalization) will also be covered. No prerequisites. Readings include Somerville and Santoni, eds. Social and Political Philosophy, Jeremy Brecher et al, eds. Globalization from Below: The Power of Solidarity, and a xerox collection of readings. Requirements include class participation, 2 short thought papers, a mid-term in-class exam and a 5-8 page term paper.
164, Section 1 - Medical Ethics
MWF 9:05 (AT)
164, Section 2 - Medical Ethics,
TuTh 9:30-10:45 (AT)
Creighton Rosental, Bartlett 358
Medical Ethics has arisen as a result of controversies over new medical technologies (e.g. cloning and genetics), how and when to use current medical techniques and how to allocate resources when limited (e.g. organ transplants, human and animal research), and whether or not medical techniques should be restricted or banned (e.g. abortion, euthanasia). In this class we will confront these controversial subjects head on and attempt to sort out the important personal, ethical, social and philosophical values that play a role in forming and maintaining the views held by either side in these debates. Classwork will involve presentation of case studies, participation in debates, and exams. Course requirements: exams, quizzes, papers, etc. Prerequisites: None
310 - Intermediate Logic
Hardegree, 363 Bartlett
Continuation of Philosophy 110. Three logical systems are
examined: (1) Function Logic, (2) Identity Logic, (3) Description
Logic. Work is equally divided between translating English
sentences into symbolic notation, and constructing formal derivations.
Requirements: seven exams. Prerequisite: Philosophy 110,
or consent of the instructor.
321 - History of Modern Philosophy
TuTh 1:00-2:15 (HS)
(HS) Chappell, 380 Bartlett
Lectures and discussion. Close study of several classic works by 17th and 18th century philosophers. Emphasis on the clear formulation and evaluation of doctrines and arguments. Texts: Descartes, Meditations; Locke, Essay concerning Human Understanding; Leibniz, Philosophical Essays; Hume, Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Requirements: several short papers; midterm exam; final exam. Prerequisites: none. Note: This course, when taken in conjunction with Philosophy 398W, satisfies the Junior Year Writing Requirement for Philosophy Majors.
329 - Medieval Philosophy
Matthews, Bartlett 368
Survey of medieval philosophy, focusing on such puzzling questions as (1) Is human freedom compatible with God’s foreknowledge of all that will ever happen? (2) Are there good arguments for the existence of God? (3) Is the idea of an omnipotent being coherent? (3) Could morality be adequately based on the mere fact that God wants us to do something, rather than on the reason God has for wanting us to do it? (4) Can there be a thing that is a universal thing?
Text: Hyman and Walsh (eds.), Philosophy in the Middle Ages
Mid-term exam, term paper, and take-home final exam.
Prerequisite: one course in philosophy, or consent of the instructor.
336 - Existentialism
Jason Raibley, Bartlett 382
An examination of central texts and topics from the tradition of European
phenomenology and existentialism. Authors will include Kierkegaard,
Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty. Topics will
include the teleological suspension of the ethical, knowledge and morality
after the death of God, the phenomenological reduction, existence,
the life world, intersubjectivity, and freedom. The following texts
will be used: Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling (trans. Hong); Nietzsche,
The Antichrist & Twilight of the Idols (trans. Hollingdale); Solomon (Ed.)
Phenomenology and Existentialism. Requirements: 3 essay exams, weekly
reading quizzes. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or consent of
361 - Philosophy of Art
In this course, we'll consider some of the following questions. What
is a work of art? Are there objective standards for evaluating works
of art? What is the nature of beauty? Does anything in addition to
beauty play a role in our aesthetic judgments? In answering these
questions, the focus will be primarily, but not exclusively, on the
362 - Approaches to Politics and Society
Michael Rubin, 351 Bartlett
A study of contemporary political theories. Topics include the justification of state authority, distributive justice, and communitarian critiques of liberalism. Readings will include texts by John Rawls, Robert Nozick, G. A. Cohen, Michael Sandel, and others.
383 - Philosophical Approaches to Religion
393M - Philosophy of Mind
Schaffer, Bartlett 359
What is the relation between mind and body?
Where if at all do mental phenomena like consciousness and intentionality
fit into a physical world? Requirements: two short papers and a longer
398W - Junior Year Writing
Chappell, Bartlett 380
513 - Mathematical Logic I
Klement, Bartlett 353
Elementary meta-mathematics and logical meta-theory. Topics include completeness
and consistency proofs for first-order logic, model theory, elementary number
theory, and Gödel's incompleteness theorems. Text: Mendelson, Introduction to
Mathematical Logic, 4th ed. Requirements: problem sets and exams. Prerequisite:
Philosophy 310, or consent of instructor.
551 - Metaphysics
Schaffer, Bartlett 359
In this course we shall discuss consciousness,
conceptual analysis, and the framework of two-dimensional semantics.
Readings will include work by David Chalmers, Frank Jackson, Ned Block and
Robert Stalnaker. Requirements: seminar paper.
592E - Hellenistic Philosophy
Perin, Bartlett 357
A survey of the major schools of Hellenistic philosophy -- Epicureans,
Academics, and Pyrrhonists -- on a wide range of issues in metaphysics,
epistemology, and ethics.
594L - Semantics of Natural Language
Hardegree, Bartlett 363
A presentation of the basic ideas of formal semantics as pursued
in the categorial grammar model, with particular reference to
a novel model of semantic composition. Comparison to the method presented in Heim & Kratzer,
Semantics in Generative Grammar.(cf. Linguistics 610). Topics will include: Set Theory,
Semantic Principles -- Locality, Compositionality, etc.,
Prerequisite: graduate status, or consent of the instructor.
594S - Self-Knowledge
Matthews, Bartlett 368
A consideration of some of the most important recent writings about the knowledge one has of oneself, and of one’s own thoughts and experiences. Writings to be discussed include articles or chapters by Gilbert Ryle, Donald Davidson, Sydney Shoemaker, Roderick Chisholm, David Armstrong, Elizabeth Anscombe, John Perry, Gareth Evans, Peter Strawson, Crispin Wright, John McDowell and Christopher Peacocke.
Texts: Self-Knowledge, edited by Quassim Cassam, and Knowing Our Own Minds, edited by Crispin Wright, et al.
Requirements: A number of short reports, a seminar presentation, and a substantial paper.
Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy, or consent of the instructor.