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100 01 Intro to Philosophy Kornblith MW 11:15 + disc AL
Two lectures, one discussion section per week.  This first course in philosophy will be divided into two parts: in the first, we will discuss some central questions in ethics; in the second, we will address questions in the theory of knowledge.  Readings include Plato's Gorgias, John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism, Bertrand Russell's Problems of Philosophy, and W V Quine's Web of Belief
100 02 Intro to Philosophy deHarven TuTh 1:00 + disc AL
Plato and Aristotle taught that philosophy begins in wonder.  During this introductory course, we will wonder about the nature and existence of God, knowledge and reality, the mind-body problem, and ethics and morality.  So we will be asking questions like this:  Is there a God?  How do we know that?  If there is, and God is good, why is there evil?  What is knowledge?  How do we get it, and what sorts of things do we know?  What is the relationship between the mind and the body?  What about between the brain and the mind?  Can computers think?  What is a person?  What makes you the same person today as you were yesterday?  Do we have free will?  What is the nature of morality?  Is there an objective right and wrong?  Why should I do the right thing?  How does morality contribute to my happiness, if it does at all?  In wondering about the answers to these questions you will learn the nature of philosophical argumentation and analysis, how to question your assumptions, and valuable critical thinking skills that are applicable well beyond this course.
100H Intro to Philosophy (Honors) Staff TuTh 9:30-10:45 AL

This course is restricted to Commonwealth College students.

This course will introduce you to philosophical topics, philosophical methods, and philosophical history. The first half of the course will focus on the nature of right and wrong actions, and on the nature of political authority. Our historical guides here will be Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Mill. After spring break, the second half of the course will focus on skepticism about the external world, on the rationality of religious belief, and on the meaning of life. Our historical guides here will be Pascal, Descartes, Hume, Moore, Wittgenstein, and Camus. Throughout the course, you will be challenged to develop the skills of (a) textual interpretation, (b) argument extraction, (c) philosophical criticism, and (d) clear and precise writing. This is a 4-credit course.

110 Intro to Logic Hardegree 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 Perez Carballo MW 12:20 + disc AT Ethics Value
This course is an introduction to normative ethics. More specifically, we will focus on questions about what to do and how to live from a moral point of view. We will spend a large portion of the course discussing specific moral questions—e.g. Is it ever permissible to kill someone? How much of our income should we donate to charity? What are our obligations to animals? But we will also look at proposals to give unified answers to all moral questions. Inevitably, we will pause to reflect on the moral questions themselves: What are we asking for when we ask whether something is morally wrong? Is it reasonable to expect a fully general answer to those questions? What makes for a ‘correct’ answer to moral questions?

We will not focus on giving particular answers to specific moral questions, but rather on learning how to give reasons for or against such answers. In addition to introducing you to the major moral theories and giving you some tools to answer specific moral questions, our goal will thus be to sharpen your ability to analyze, evaluate, and craft your own philosophical arguments.
160 Intro to Ethics Cassell TuTh 1:00-2:15 AT Ethics Value
RESTRICTED TO RAP STUDENTS.
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160H Intro to Ethics (Honors) Olsen TuTh 11:15-12:30 AT Ethics Value

This course is restricted to Commonwealth College students.

How ought I to act? What kind of person should I be?  What is the good life for human beings?  This course offers an introduction to some fundamental debates in ethics.  In the first half of the course, we look at the three major ethical schools of thought defended by Aristotle, Kant, and Mill, and address broad themes related to cultural relativism, egoism, and the relationship between God and morality. In the second half of the course, we look at several contemporary debates in applied ethics regarding affirmative action, abortion, animal rights, familial obligations, and world poverty.

164 01 Medical Ethics Kavlakoglu MWF 9:05 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 Gifford MWF 10:10 AT Ethics Value
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 Soland MWF 11:15 AT Ethics Value
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 Washington MWF 12:20 AT Ethics Value
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 05 Medical Ethics Peterson

TuTh 11:15-12:30

AT Ethics Value
Restricted to First-Year Students.
A survey of some of the topics in medical ethics, with possible topics including cloning, distribution of medical resources, homosexuality, abortion, and animal experimentation.
164H Medical Ethics (Honors) Tucker TuTh 2:30-3:45 AT Ethics Value

This course is restricted to Commonwealth College students.

An introduction to ethics through issues of medicine and health care. Topics include abortion,  treatment of impaired infants, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, truth-telling, medical experimentation on human beings and on animals, and the allocation of scarce medical resources. 

170 Problems in Social Thought Harootunian MWF 1:25 SB Value
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 9:30-10:45 R2 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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321 History of Modern Philosophy Garcia TuTh 2:30-3:45 HS History Hist(B)

This course offers an introductory survey to history of modern philosophy.  We will discuss the scholastic background as well as the rise of the so-called new ‘mechanical philosophy’, focusing on topics such as skepticism, the mind-body relationship, the existence of God, innate knowledge, primary/secondary qualities, personal identity, causation, and a priori versus a posteriori knowledge. Thinkers to be discussed include Aquinas, Descartes, Bacon, Galileo, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.

Textbooks for the course include Descartes’ Meditations, Objections and Replies, ed. by Ariew and Cress (Hackett Press, 2006), The Empiricists, ed. by Taylor (Anchor Press, 1960), and Kant’s Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics, ed. by Ellington (Hackett Press, 2002).
334 American Philosophy 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.
335 20th C. Analytic Philosophy Marchetto MWF 2:30 Hist M&E
Consideration of the major trends in British and American philosophy in roughly the first half of the 20th century. Topics include philosophical analysis, logical atomism, logical positivism and "the linguistic turn" in philosophy. Texts: works by Russell, Wittgenstein, Ayer, Kripke and/or others. Requirements: Take-home essay exams, in-class quizzes. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy, or consent of instructor.
336 Existential Philosophy Rose MWF 2:30 AL Hist
An introduction to the main themes of Existentialism through seminal writing by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre.
341 Intro to Metaphysics Kroll TuTh 11:15 M&E
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.
342 Intro to Epistemology Rancourt MWF 10:10 M&E
This course will be divided into two parts: individual epistemology and social epistemology. We will begin with Descartes?s Meditations on First Philosophy, tracking the development from traditional individual epistemology to social epistemology. Topics to be discussed likely include: Certainty, Skepticism, the Analysis of Knowledge, Internalism vs. Externalism, Naturalized Epistemology, Virtue Epistemology, Disagreement, Testimony, Identification of Experts, Feminist Epistemology.
No prior knowledge of epistemology will be presupposed, but this course is not a survey.
Requirements: Exams, Problem Sets, Regular Attendance/Participation, Paper.
Prerequisite: At least one college level course in philosophy, preferably including Phil 110 or its equivalent.
343 Philosophy of Art DiPaolo MWF 1:25 Value
Forthcoming.
371 Philosophical Approaches to Gender Antony TuTh 9:30-10:45 SB,U Value

This course will offer systematic examination of a variety of philosophical issues raised by the existence of gender roles in human society: Is the existence or content of such roles determined by nature?  Are they inherently oppressive?  How does the category gender interact with other socially significant categories, like race, class, and sexual orientation?  What would gender equality look like?  How do differences among women complicate attempts to generalize about gender?  In the last part of the course, we will bring our theoretical insights to bear on some topical issue related to gender, chosen by the class, such as: Is affirmative action morally justifiable?  Should pornography be regulated?  Is abortion morally permissible?  Reading will be drawn from historical and contemporary sources.  Methods of analytical philosophy, particularly the construction and critical evaluation of arguments, will be emphasized throughout.

383 Intro to Philosophy of Religion McGloin 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 Garcia 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 Contemp Problems (Integrative Experience) Bricker TuTh 4:00-5:15 IE M&E

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.

546 Topics in Philosophy of Language Perez Carballo W 3:30-6:00 M&E
This course is an high-level survey of central issues in the philosophy of language. Our main concern will be with the notion of meaning. In the first part of the course we will look at various ways of motivating and developing a powerful approach to meaning in terms of truth-conditions. In the second, longest part of the course, we will look at different questions that arise for this approach to meaning. Which specific questions we will focus on will depend on how things evolve and on the interests of class participants, but they may include: Can a truth-conditional theory of meaning be a theory of understanding? Can it account for the behavior of presuppositions and donkey anaphora? Can we assign truth-conditions to all well-formed, meaningful sentences? Is a truth-conditional theory of meaning genuinely explanatory? How can speakers know the truth-conditions of sentences in their language? Are truth-conditions enough to account the complexities of communication?

This class is only open to graduate students in philosophy or to undergraduates who have taken three prior courses in philosophy. I will only consider making exceptions for students with a strong enough background in linguistics, computer science, and cognate fields. Although this is not a technical class, you will be at an advantage if you have done some formal logic before. I strongly encourage undergraduate students who have not yet taken Phil 110 (Intro to Logic), or a similar class, to contact me as soon as possible.
555 Topics in Philosophy of Mind Levine W 12:20-2:50 M&E
An investigation into several aspects of the metaphysics of mind: conceivability arguments, problems with formulations of physicalism, the option of pan-psychism, and other related issues.
591A Topics in Ancient Philosophy deHarven Th 4:00-6:30 Hist Hist(A)
Plato’s Republic is an intricate and sophisticated work of ethics, psychology, metaphysics, epistemology, and, of course, politics.   In this seminar we will undertake a close reading of this powerful dialogue, guided by Julia Annas’ commentary and an assortment of secondary literature.