Phil 100 Problems of Philosophy MWF 9:00-9:50 (Phillips) An introduction to philosophy through such fundamental
problems as the basis of morality; the foundation of state authority,
determinism and freedom, and the possibility of knowledge.
Phil 101 Contemporary Moral Issues MWF 2:00-2:50 ( Sher ) This
course will discuss a number of moral issues of contemporary concern.
Although the topics vary from year to year, some issues that have been
discussed in recent sections of the course include abortion, animal rights,
capital punishment, freedom of expression, the criminalization of addictive
substances, war and terrorism, immigration, and sex and pornography. A
first aim of the course is to help students think through these issues, while a
second is to acquaint students with some of the main approaches that
philosophers have developed for thinking about moral problems.
Phil 104 Introduction to Philosophy of Science MWF 11:00-11:50 (Fagan ) This course examines core features of scientific method and
philosophical accounts of scientific knowledge. Topics include: discovery,
explanation, evidence, theories and models.
Phil 201 History of Philosophy I TR 9:25-10:40 (Siewert) A study of important and influential ideas in the philosophy
of Ancient Greece. Topics will include: the early nature philosophers'
challenge to traditional accounts of the gods and the origins of the cosmos;
Socrates' trial and his call to live "the examined life"; Plato on
the soul, the possibility of knowledge, and the nature of reality; Aristotle's
search for the first principles of science and his conception of the natural
world; Aristotelian, Stoic, and Epicurean ideas on what constitutes a good
human life and how it is to be achieved.
Phil 302 Modern Philosophy TR 2:30 - 3:45 (Kulstad ) This course covers varying
central figures and topics in the history of modern philosophy, primarily in
early modern philosophy, that is, the period in the seventeenth and eighteenth
centuries spanning approximately the timeframe of Descartes to Kant.
Since the exact figures and topics change from year to year, the course may be
retaken for credit. (The term 'modern philosophy' suggests for many people,
misleadingly, that PHIL 302 covers current or at any rate twentieth-century
philosophy. It is important to be clear that it does not. The
terminology is perhaps unfortunate, but it is standard in academia--and not
only in philosophy circles.) This year's version of PHIL 302 covers
specifically Locke, Berkeley, and Hume, commonly known as the British Empiricists,
and influential in a surprising number of ways, inside philosophy and out.
Normally offered every year. The recommendation for majors is that
PHIL 302 be taken only after PHIL 202 -- a more general survey providing
important background, especially on Descartes. For non-majors at least
one previous course in philosophy is recommended.
Phil 303 Theory of Knowledge MWF 1:00-1:50 (Fagan ) What
is knowledge, and how is it possible that we have it? This course examines
important contemporary theories of knowledge, including foundationalism,
coherentism, contextualism, and reliabilism. We will use contemporary
classics in the epistemological literature to exemplify these positions, and to
examine their strengths and weaknesses. We will also examine two different challenges
to the major theories: naturalism and radical skepticism.
Phil 305 Mathematical Logic MWF 10:00-10:50 (Grandy) Logic
is the study of forms of argument, the main goal being to distinguish
correct from incorrect forms. In this course we develop
formal languages and methods for assessing correctness. This requires
facility both in manipulating the language and in thinking about it. Along the
way we discover important strengths and limitations of the
languages, and, by translating back and forth into English, learn a lot about
the logical structure of English. We briefly explore some further
directions for developing logic—many-valued logics, the logic of
necessity and possibility, and if there is time, some tense logic.
Distribution Group III
Phil 306 Ethics MWF 1:00 - 1:50 (Sher) This course deals with fundamental questions of value and
morality-questions such as: What sort of life is best? What kind of person is
it best to be? What does morality require of us? It also deals with important
second-order questions about these fundamental questions- for example: Can
morality be justified? How can we know what's right or good? Is there moral
truth? What is the relation between morality and self-interest? Readings are
drawn from both classical and contemporary sources.
Phil 327 Hist. Social & Political Philosophy TR 9:25-10:40 (Morrison)This
course surveys the European tradition of political philosophy, from Socrates to
the 20th century. Students will read selections from the "greatest
hits"; the most important and influential works of political philosophy in
history. All the great questions of political philosophy are raised by
these texts, questions such as: What is the state? What is
law? What is the basis of political obligation? What is human
nature? What are the proper aims of government? What is the best
form of government?
Phil 352 Philosophy of Psychology TR 2:30-3:45 (Siewert) This course considers fundamental issues regarding
psychology’s method and aims, and the philosophical interpretation of
experimental and clinical findings. This
semester the focus is on the following three sets of questions. (1) What is the
special ‘introspective’ way of knowing one’s own mind? Does psychological
research depend on it? Does its use conflict with the goals of “objective”
science? How does what psychology says about its nature and scope bear on
traditional philosophical debates about knowledge and mind? (2) How do we know
minds other than our own? Do we ordinarily understand others by constructing an
implicit theory to explain other’s
behavior—or is that an over-intellectualization? Does knowledge of
others rely on our knowledge of our own minds (and the assumption that others
are like us)? Does research into child development and autism help us to answer
these questions? (3) What implications does psychological research—including
neuroscientific research—have regarding the notion that we have “free will”?
Does psychology show that free will is an illusion?
Phil 390 Topics in Philosophy F 2:00-5:00 S. Keller
Phil 401 Independent Reading I
Phil 411 Senior Thesis
Phil 505 Mathematical Logic MWF 10:00-10:50 F 11:00-11:50 R. Grandy
Phil 508 Sem. Continental Philosophy M 2:00-5:00 S. Crowell
Phil 524 Seminar in Hegel T 2:00-5:00 H.T. Engelhardt
Phil 536 Seminar in Medical Ethics W 2:00-5:00 B. Brody
Phil 590 Topics in Philosophy F 2:00-5:00 S. Keller
Phil 598 Advanced Independent Reading
Phil 701 Research Qualifying & Thesis
Phil 800 Research and Thesis