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100A Intro to Philosophy Garcia MW 11:15 + disc AL
This course offers a survey of many central philosophical topics: skepticism, personal identity, free will, arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of moral right and wrong, and the meaning of life.  Some of the philosophers we will discuss include Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, and Camus.
100B Intro to Philosophy Graham MW 12:20 + disc AL
The goals of this course are two-fold: to develop and hone students' analytical skills and to look at a number of the central issues in philosophy. Crucial to doing and understanding philosophy is an ability to present, explain, and evaluate arguments; throughout the course we will refine these abilities. By way of an introduction to a number of core philosophical issues we will take an in-depth look at one of the greatest works of philosophy of all time, Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy. In it we will encounter skeptical arguments, arguments for the existence of God, and an argument for mind-body dualism. We will grapple with these issues in addition to questions about free will and ethics.
100 H Intro to Philosophy Eddon TuTh 9:30-10:45 AL
110 Intro to Logic Klement TuTh 1:00-2:15 R2 Logic Logic
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, 4th ed. Requirements: homework and exams. Prerequisites: none.
160 Intro to Ethics Meacham TuTh 1:00 + disc AT Ethics Value
In the first half of the class we'll discuss some of the main theories that have been offered for evaluating what one ought and ought not to do, such as Ethical Relativism, Ethical Skepticism, the Divine Command theory, Utilitarianism, Kantianism, and the Social Contract Theory. In the second half of the class we'll turn to look at some controversial issues in ethics, with possible topics including animal  rights, euthanasia, abortion, infanticide, parental responsibilities,  neonatal circumcision and children's rights.
160 Intro to Ethics James Patten TuTh 1:00-2:15 AT Ethics Value
160 H Honors Ethics Miles Tucker TuTh 11:15-12:30 AT Ethics Value
This course will provide an introduction to analytic moral philosophy. The first section of the course will be dedicated to axiology. We will look at hedonism, preferentism, and objective list theory. The second section of the course will be dedicated to the normative ethics of behavior. We will examine act utilitarianism, Kantianism, and ethical egoism, among others. In each case our focus will be on careful formulation of the relevant doctrines and arguments. Requirements: participation and attendance, two exams, a short presentation, and a term paper. Text: Russ Shafer-Landau, The Fundamentals of Ethics, 2nd Edition (Oxford: 2012).
164.01 Medical Ethics Lisa Cassell MWF 10:10 AT Ethics Value
This class will provide a survey of some of the topics in medical ethics, with possible topics including cloning, distribution of medical resources, homosexuality, abortion, and animal experimentation.
164.02 Medical Ethics Ben Rancourt MWF 1:25 AT Ethics Value
This class will provide a survey of some of the topics in medical ethics, with possible topics including cloning, distribution of medical resources, homosexuality, abortion, and animal experimentation.
164.03 Medical Ethics Julie Rose MWF 2:30 AT Ethics Value
This class will provide a survey of some of the topics in medical ethics, with possible topics including cloning, distribution of medical resources, homosexuality, abortion, and animal experimentation.
164.04 Medical Ethics Jordan Kroll TuTh 1:00-2:15 AT Ethics Value
This class will provide a survey of some of the topics in medical ethics, with possible topics including cloning, distribution of medical resources, homosexuality, abortion, and animal experimentation.
164 H Medical Ethics Peter Marchetto TuTh 2:30-3:45 AT Ethics Value
170 Problems in Social Thought Darin Harootunian MWF 9:05 SB Value
This course is an introduction to modern Western political and social philosophy. We will focus on key works by Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, and Marx and on questions about the nature and limits of political power, rights, and liberty.
310 Intermediate Logic Hardegree TuTh 1:00-2:15   Logic Logic
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.
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320 History of Ancient Philosohy deHarven TuTh 9:30-10:45 HS Hist Hist(A)
This is a survey course that explores how the ancient Greeks and Romans are considered the founders of Western Philosophy.  With pre-Socratic rational cosmology and Socrates' focus on definition and the good life we will see the advent of inquiry guided by reason and argumentation rather than prophetic testimony.  With Plato and Aristotle we will see the birth of formal metaphysics (the study of reality), epistemology (theory of knowledge), philosophy of mind, and of course, ethics.  Finally, a study of the Hellenistic era will show how philosophy became a specialized field more like the one we know today.  The Epicureans, Stoics and Skeptics developed systematic schools of thought that offered competing paths to happiness through physics – knowledge of the cosmos (or lack thereof), our nature and place in that world order, and rigorous logic and epistemology were the guiding principles of the good life.  We may not consider physics central to ethics today, but it is interesting to consider why not.
334 American Philosophy Brandy Burfield MWF 11:15   Hist
A study of American philosophy from the 18th c. through the 20th c. Beginning with Jonathan Edwards, the great Calvinist philosopher, and moving through the 19th c. philosophers influenced by Darwin, we will consider the influence of theology and of Darwinian theory on American thought. Since pragmatism is America's distinctive contribution to philosophy, we will pay special attention to the pragmatists - Peirce, James and Dewey - and to their successors (such as Quine, Davidson and Rorty). Prerequisite: one course in Philosophy.
336 Existential Philosophy Scott Hill MWF 9:05 AL Hist
An introduction to the main themes of Existentialism through seminal writing by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre.
336 Existential Philosophy Donovan Cox MWF 10:10 AL Hist
An introduction to the main themes of Existentialism through seminal writing by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre.
341 Intro to Metaphysics Josh Moulton TuTh 11:15-12:30 M&E
This course will provide an introduction to analytic metaphysics by way of fundamental problems in ontology. In particular, we will examine contemporary views about (i) universals and particulars (ii) propositions and facts and (iii) possible worlds and individuals. In each case our focus will be on careful formulation of the relevant doctrines and arguments. Requirements: participation and attendance, two exams, a short presentation and a term paper. Text: M. Loux, Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, 3rd Edition (Routledge: 2006).
342 Intro to Epistemology Dan McGloin MWF 2:30 M&E
In this course, we will attempt to answer two major questions: 1) Can we know anything with certainty? And 2) Without certainty, what does knowledge amount to? In response to the first question, we will consider varieties of Skepticism, or the idea that we cannot know anything. In response to the second, we will consider contemporary theories of knowledge and justified belief. Toward the end of the semester, we will address a few specific topics according to student interest. Potential additional topics include: A Priori Knowledge, Feminist Epistemology, Other Minds, Naturalized Epistemology, Perception, Self-Knowledge, Testimony, and Virtue Epistemology. Class requirements will include two short papers and one term paper.
343 Intro to Philosophy of Art Heidi Buetow MWF 1:25   Value

The title of this course is "Beauty". We will discus various topics relating to beauty such as: Is beauty objective or subjective? What is the nature of beauty and its relationship to aesthetic taste – do some people have better taste than others when it comes to beauty? What is the relationship between aesthetic taste and gustatory taste – is taste in art really that different from taste in food?  What is the relationship between beauty and morality – does aesthetic virtue have anything to do with moral virtue? What is the relationship between beauty and sexuality – where is the line between the erotic and the pornographic? What are the limits of beauty – can disturbing or revolting things be beautiful? What is the relationship between art and beauty – does beauty still have a place in the art world today, or has art outgrown beauty? What is the importance of taste or beauty in life and in art – is beauty essentially useless or does it have a purpose?

Note: this is a course in aesthetics and not a survey course on the philosophy of art, though we will cover many issues that are central to the philosophy of art.

383 Intro to Philosophy of Religion Kristian Olsen MWF 12:20 M&E
In this course, we will discuss some of the central topics in the philosophy of religion. We'll discuss the nature of the divine attributes and whether they are consistent. We'll also discuss the central arguments for and against God's existence; we'll talk about the ontological argument, the cosmological argument, the design argument, and the problem of evil. Finally, we'll discuss some issues in religious epistemology; in particular, we'll discuss whether we can be justified in believing in the existence of God even if we lack good arguments supporting this belief.
398W Junior Year Writing de Harven by arrangement JYW
A 1-credit pass/fail course that must be taken in conjunction with Philosophy 320.
It satisfies the University Junior Year Writing Requirement.
500 Contemporary Problems Bricker M 3:30-6:00 IE

This course satisfies the new INTEGRATIVE EXPERIENCE requirement.
TOPIC:  Free Will and the Concept of a Person. 
The course will explore, through contemporary analytic philosophical writing, the problem of personal identity and the problem of free will and determinism.  Although the focus is on developing philosophical views through conceptual analysis and detailed argumentation, there will also be an attempt to apply the developed views to real life situations.

553 Topics in Philosophy of Science Meacham M 12:30-3:00 M&E

In this class we'll discuss various issues in the philosophy of space and time. Most of the readings will be taken from two books: Tim Maudlin's Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time, and Frank Arntzenius's Space, Time and Stuff. We'll also probably read some parts of Nick Huggett's Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy.

Likely topics include: whether the world is "gunky", whether the world is "local", the direction of time, relationalism versus substantivalism about spacetime, and the philosophical implications of special and general relativity.
560 Topics in Ethics Graham W 7:00-9:30 Value
In this course we will examine many of the factors moral theorists have thought to be relevant to the moral permissibility and impermissibility of behavior. Among the many questions we will discuss are the following: Are an action's consequences morally relevant to its permissibility? If so, in what ways are they relevant? Is there a moral prohibition against harming others, even in cases in which doing so would bring about the best outcome? If there is such a prohibition, what are its contours? In what ways is consent morally relevant, if at all, to the permissibility of a person's actions? To what extent are we morally obliged to help those in desperate need? Requirements: two take-home exams, no term paper. (Graduate students have the option of doing one term paper in lieu of the two take-home exams.)
591K Kant's Critique of Pure Reason Garcia W 3:30-6:00 Hist Hist(B)

Kant's Critique of Pure Reason is regarded as one of the most significant works in Western philosophy.  Some of the main issues we will discuss include Kant's views about space and time, causality, substance, self-consciousness, synthetic a priori judgment, transcendental idealism, and his use of transcendental arguments in order to reply to skepticism. 

Besides doing a close textual analysis of the 1st Critique, we will also be reading some influential commentators – including Allison, Ameriks, Beck, Guyer, Henrich, Kemp Smith, Kitcher, Langton, Longuenesse, Strawson, and van Cleve, among others – as well as looking at Kant’s relationship to some of his contemporaries, especially Hume.


Early Modern Philosophy


by arrangement Hist Hist(B)

This course will survey some of the significant, recently recovered contributions by women to European philosophy in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries.  Topics will include a variety of issues in metaphysics, epistemology, social and political philosophy, and rational theology, e.g., substance, causation, mind-body problems, mechanism versus vitalism, God, scepticism, sense perception, the gendering of cognitive and moral capacities, as well as women's fitness for education and for careers in the arts, sciences and politics. More specifically we will examine: (1) the sceptical arguments in Marie de Gournay's treatise on the equality of the sexes; (2) Anna Maria van Schurman's Aristotelian syllogisms in defense of the suitability of education for women; (3) Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia's challenges to Cartesian dualism and mind-body interaction; (4) Margaret Cavendish's treatment of mechanism, causation and perception, and her defense of vitalistic materialism; (5) Mary Astell's defense of dualistic interactionism in terms of "vital congruence", and her challenges to occasionalism; and (6) Anne Thérèse de Lambert's use of the gendering of the Cartesian mind-body union to argue for the important social, aesthetic and moral roles that women can play in society. We will examine these philosophers' views in relation to those of Michel de Montaigne, René Descartes, Nicolas Malebranche, Thomas Hobbes, and François Poullain de la Barre.

594P Humean Supervenience Bricker Th 4:00-6:30 M&E
Humean supervenience is the view, championed by David Lewis, that our world can be completely characterized in terms of the distribution of particular, localized events over space and time.  The view constrains what can count as an adequate account of many fundamental philosophical notions, including persistence, counterfactuals, laws, causation, and chance.  In this couse, we will consider the general motivation behind the thesis of Humean supervenience as well as particular Humean analyses put forward by Lewis and others.
594S Formal Semantics Hardegree TuTh 9:30-10:45
We usually understand novel sentences – e.g., this one – with little or no hesitation. How do we accomplish this? According to the received opinion, our linguistic knowledge divides into two modules – roughly, words and rules – which in turn correspond respectively to Lexical Grammar and Compositional Grammar. The present course concerns Compositional Grammar, more specifically Compositional Semantics – the study of how the meanings of compound expressions are derived from the meanings of their parts. We pursue this enterprise within the framework of Categorial Grammar – more specifically, within the framework of Type-Logical Grammar. Topics will include: set theory, type theory, lambda-calculus, categorial syntax and semantics, type-logical syntax and semantics. Prerequisite: Phil 511, or 595T, or graduate status, or consent of the instructor. Requirements: homework assignments. Click here for website.