Consult SPIRE for latest information, including meeting times and places.
Click here for printable SCHEDULE GRID.

# Title Instructor Time Gen Ed Major
100 Intro to Philosophy Perez Carballo MW 11:15 + disc AL
 
100H Intro to Philosophy (Honors) Kornblith TuTh 10:00-11:15 AL

This course is restricted to Commonwealth College first-year students.

110 Intro to Logic Klement TuTh 1:00-2:15 R2 Logic
Introduction to symbolic logic, including sentential and predicate logic. Focus on translating English statements into symbolic notation, and evaluating arguments for validity using formal proof techniques. Text: Hardegree, Symbolic Logic: A First Course, 4th ed.
Requirements: exams. Prerequisites: none.
160 Intro to Ethics Meacham MW 12:20 + disc AT 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   TuTh 1:00-2:15 AT Value
RAP course
160H Intro to Ethics (Honors)   TuTh 2:30-3:45 AT Value

This course is restricted to Commonwealth College students.

164 01 Medical Ethics Graham MW 4:00 + disc AT Value
 
164 02 Medical Ethics   MWF 10:10 AT 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   MWF 11:15 AT 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   MWF 12:20 AT 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   TuTh 10:00-11:15 AT Value
RAP course
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 06 Medical Ethics   MW 9:05 AT 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.
164H Medical Ethics (Honors)   TuTh 11:30-12:45 AT 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   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 1:00:2:15 R2 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.
Click here for WebSite.

321 History of Modern Philosophy Klement MW 2:30-3:45 HS Hist(B)
 
328 Plato and Aristotle deHarven TuTh 1:00-2:15 Hist(A)

 

336 Existential Philosophy   MWF 1:25 AL
An introduction to the main themes of Existentialism through seminal writing by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre.
341 Intro to Metaphysics Eddon TuTh 11:30-12:45 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. 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   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 Intro to Philosophy of Art   MWF 1:25
What is art? This class will begin by pursuing this question and will proceed through several more specific questions about the meaning and value of art. Readings will be contemporary and from the analytic tradition. Students will write a mid term paper and a term paper. At least one prior class in philosophy is strongly recommended.
346 Intro to Philosophy of Language   MWF 11:15 M&E
An introductory survey of traditional problems and theories in the philosophy of language, such as: what is meaning?  do proper names have meaning?  how do definite descriptions function?  what is the relation between thought and language?
371 Philosophical Approaches to Gender Antony TuTh 10:00-11:15 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   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.
391N Early Modern Philosophy of Nature   W 1:00-3:30 Hist(B)
Materialism, Dualism, and Idealism.
398W Junior Year Writing Klement by arrangement JYW
A 1-credit pass/fail course that must be taken in conjunction with Philosophy 321.
It satisfies the University Junior Year Writing Requirement.
500 Contemp Problems (Integrative Experience) Antony Tu 4:00-6:30 IE M&E

This course satisfies the new INTEGRATIVE EXPERIENCE requirement.
Topic:

514 Math Logic 2   MWF 11:15 Logic
 
553 Topics in Philosophy of Science Meacham Th 10:00-12:30 M&E
 
555 Topics in Philosophy of Mind Levine W 4:00-6:30 Value
 
591A Topics in Ancient Philosophy deHarven Th 4:00-6:30 Hist(A)

 

591R Responsibility and Rationality Vavova W 1:00-3:30 M&E
Some think that a kind of coherence (among action, will, and values) suffices for moral responsibility. This seems implausible when applied to the indoctrinated son of an evil dictator. He is coherent and yet plausibly less blameworthy for his murders than we might be for ours. An analogous worry arises for those who take coherence to be sufficient for rationality. Some ideally coherent characters, such as the evidence twisting conspiracy theorist, seem less than fully rational. What is the difference, if there is one, between "normal" agents like us and these coherent eccentrics? We'll consider the ethical and epistemological issues in parallel to see if they could be mutually illuminating.
592J Topics in Early Modern Philosophy O'Neill Th 1:00-3:30 Hist(B)
TOPIC: New Narratives in the History of early Modern Philosophy
595C Cosmology Bricker M 4:00-6:30 M&E

 

595S Formal Semantics Hardegree TuTh 10:00-11:15 Logic
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 310, or graduate status, or consent of the instructor. Requirements: homework assignments. Click here for website.