Philosophy (PHIL)Arts and Sciences

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PHIL 1100

A general introduction to some of the main topics, texts, and methods of philosophy. Topics may include the existence of God, the nature of mind and its relation to the body, causation, free will, knowledge ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6200PHIL 1100  DIS 201

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  •  6201PHIL 1100  DIS 202

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  •  6202PHIL 1100  DIS 203

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  •  6203PHIL 1100  DIS 204

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PHIL 1110

This First-Year Writing Seminar is about using philosophy and everyday life and provides the opportunity to write extensively about these issues.  Topics vary by section. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

PHIL 1111

This First-Year Writing Seminar discusses problems in philosophy and gives the opportunity to write about them.  Topics vary by section. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS:Knowledge and the Senses

  • 18341PHIL 1111  SEM 101

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  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS:Philosophy of Science

  • 18342PHIL 1111  SEM 102

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS: Questions about Ethics

  • 18410PHIL 1111  SEM 103

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  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS: The Nature of Morality

  • 18419PHIL 1111  SEM 104

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  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS: Ethics

  • 18448PHIL 1111  SEM 105

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  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute

PHIL 1112

This First-Year Writing Seminar offers the opportunity to discuss and write about philosophy.  Topics vary by section. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS: Philosophy and Death

  • 18344PHIL 1112  SEM 102

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  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS:Speaking for God: Phil of Prophecy&Scripture

  • 18345PHIL 1112  SEM 103

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  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute

PHIL 1450

An introduction to some of the main contemporary moral issues. Topics may, for example, include animal rights, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, sexual morality, genetic engineering, and questions ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17523PHIL 1450  LEC 001

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  • 17524PHIL 1450  DIS 201

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  • 17525PHIL 1450  DIS 202

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PHIL 1900

On a weekly basis, Bethe Ansatz brings together students, Cornell faculty, and other distinguished guests for informal, substantive engagement around a wide range of issues and endeavors: intellectual, ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  •  8881PHIL 1900  SEM 101

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PHIL 1950

In recent years, poverty and inequality have become increasingly common topics of public debate, as academics, journalists, and politicians attempt to come to terms with growing income inequality, with ... view course details

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  •  8727PHIL 1950  LEC 001

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PHIL 1960

An introduction to leading topics in legal theory and political philosophy such as: what the laws should be, how they shape and are shaped by society, how they are and should be interpreted, the proper ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18454PHIL 1960  LEC 001

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PHIL 2200

An introductory survey of ancient Greek philosophy from the so-called Presocratics (6th century BCE) through the Hellenistic period (1st century BCE) with special emphasis on the thought of Socrates, Plato, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CLASS 2661

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8341PHIL 2200  LEC 001

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  •  8343PHIL 2200  DIS 201

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  •  8345PHIL 2200  DIS 203

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PHIL 2310

Covers sentential languages, the truth-functional connectives, and their logic; first-order languages, the quantifiers "every" and "some," and their logic. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8717PHIL 2310  LEC 001

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  •  8718PHIL 2310  DIS 201

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  •  8719PHIL 2310  DIS 202

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PHIL 2430

The course concerns the principles and philosophical arguments underlying conflicts and moral dilemmas of central and ongoing concern to society as they arise within legal contexts. We consider questions ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 2432LAW 6303

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17370PHIL 2430  LEC 001

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PHIL 2455

Bioethics is the study of ethical problems brought about by advances in the medical field.  Questions we'll discuss may include:  Is it morally permissible to advance a patient's death, at his or her request, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: STS 2451

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18975PHIL 2455  LEC 002

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PHIL 2460

Politicians, scientists, and citizens worldwide face many environmental issues today, but they are neither simple nor straightforward. Moreover, there are many ways to understand how we have, do, and could ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2061STS 2061

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17018PHIL 2460  LEC 001

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  • First-Year students not permitted to enroll into this course.

  • 17021PHIL 2460  DIS 203

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  • 17022PHIL 2460  DIS 204

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  • 17342PHIL 2460  DIS 205

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  • 17344PHIL 2460  DIS 206

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PHIL 2525

The central questions of philosophy are perennial and universal. But the answers that are given to them are always historical and idiomatic.  This course aims to introduce its enrollees to how these questions ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 2020

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 10081PHIL 2525  LEC 001

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PHIL 3202

We will study several of Plato's major dialogues, including the Apology, the Meno, Phaedo, and Republic. Topics include knowledge and reality; morality and happiness; and the nature of the soul. view course details

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  •   Combined with: CLASS 3669

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16406PHIL 3202  LEC 001

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PHIL 3210

A selective survey of Western philosophical thought from the fourth to the 14th century. Topics include the problem of universals, the theory of knowledge and truth, the nature of free choice and practical ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: MEDVL 3210RELST 3150

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18062PHIL 3210  LEC 001

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PHIL 3221

A mid-level look at the epistemology and metaphysics of the early modern empiricists and their critics. Topics include: ideas, skepticism, belief, knowledge, science, bodies, minds, God, causation, natural ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17499PHIL 3221  LEC 001

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PHIL 3460

This course will primarily focus on studying and scrutinizing general conceptions of justice. Topics explored typically include liberty,economic equality, democracy, community, the general welfare, and ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 3625

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17165PHIL 3460  LEC 001

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PHIL 3510

This course will focus on the chief philosophical issues surrounding the two most pervasive art forms: literature and music. Many of the issues in philosophy of literature parallel those in the philosophy ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17895PHIL 3510  LEC 001

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PHIL 3640

This course will cover various topics in metaphysics at an intermediate to advanced level. Likely topics include laws of nature (do they merely describe how the world happens to be, or do they prescribe ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17536PHIL 3640  LEC 001

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PHIL 3810

This course will cover various topics in the philosophy of science. view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: STS 3811

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6782PHIL 3810  DIS 201

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  •  6783PHIL 3810  DIS 202

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PHIL 3900

To be taken only in exceptional circumstances. Must be arranged by the student with his or her advisor and the faculty member who has agreed to direct the study. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6214PHIL 3900  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Bennett, K

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7108PHIL 3900  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Boyd, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7474PHIL 3900  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Brennan, T

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7475PHIL 3900  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Chignell, A

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7477PHIL 3900  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Fine, G

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7478PHIL 3900  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Hodes, H

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7479PHIL 3900  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Kosch, M

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7480PHIL 3900  IND 609

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7481PHIL 3900  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Miller, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7482PHIL 3900  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Pereboom, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7483PHIL 3900  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Silins, N

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Syllabi: none
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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7484PHIL 3900  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Sturgeon, N

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7485PHIL 3900  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Marmor, A

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8587PHIL 3900  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Staff

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8931PHIL 3900  IND 619

    • TBA
    • Manne, K

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PHIL 4002

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  8090PHIL 4002  SEM 101

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PHIL 4110

Reading and translation of Greek philosophical texts. view course details

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  •   Combined with: GREEK 7161PHIL 6010

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9762PHIL 4110  SEM 101

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PHIL 4200

Advanced discussion of topics in ancient philosophy. view course details

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  • 17530PHIL 4200  SEM 101

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PHIL 4311

Topics in logic that might be covered will go beyond the standard model-theory and natural deduction systems for classical first-order logic. Topics in the foundations of mathematics that might be covered ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: MATH 4820

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Review of Natural Deduction in Prawitz & SC Format

  • 18028PHIL 4311  SEM 101

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PHIL 4710

An investigation of varying topics in the philosophy of language including reference, meaning, the relationship between language and thought, communication, modality, logic and pragmatics. view course details

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  • Topic: Signalling Games, Language, & Society

  • 16408PHIL 4710  SEM 101

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PHIL 4900

See Philosophy "Honors." view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7739PHIL 4900  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Boyd, R

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7740PHIL 4900  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Brennan, T

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7741PHIL 4900  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Chignell, A

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  • 18889PHIL 4900  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Markovits, J

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7743PHIL 4900  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Fine, G

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7744PHIL 4900  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Hodes, H

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7745PHIL 4900  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Kosch, M

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7746PHIL 4900  IND 609

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7747PHIL 4900  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Miller, R

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7748PHIL 4900  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Pereboom, D

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7749PHIL 4900  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Silins, N

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7750PHIL 4900  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Sturgeon, N

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7751PHIL 4900  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Marmor, A

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8924PHIL 4900  IND 619

    • TBA
    • Manne, K

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8925PHIL 4900  IND 620

    • TBA
    • Starr, W

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PHIL 4901

See Philosophy "Honors." view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8934PHIL 4901  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

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PHIL 6010

Reading and translation of Greek Philosophical texts. view course details

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  •   Combined with: GREEK 7161PHIL 4110

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9763PHIL 6010  SEM 101

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PHIL 6020

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  8093PHIL 6020  SEM 101

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PHIL 6100

Seminar for first year Philosophy graduate students. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Sat/Unsat

  •  6787PHIL 6100  SEM 101

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PHIL 6200

Advanced discussion of topics in ancient philosophy. view course details

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  • 17983PHIL 6200  SEM 101

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PHIL 6210

Graduate seminar covering a topic in medieval philosophy. view course details

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  •   Combined with: MEDVL 6210

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Aquinas’s Philosophical Theology

  • 18065PHIL 6210  SEM 101

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PHIL 6480

This seminar examines in detail the main theories of statutory and constitutional interpretation employed by the US Federal courts, and to shed light on the nature of the debates and disagreements between ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: LAW 7756

  • 4 Credits Sat/Unsat

  • 18743PHIL 6480  SEM 101

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PHIL 6710

An investigation of varying topics in the philosophy of language including reference, meaning, the relationship between language and thought, communication, modality, logic and pragmatics. view course details

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  • Topic: Signalling Games, Language, & Society

  • 17960PHIL 6710  SEM 101

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PHIL 6810

Advanced discussion of some problem or problems in the philosophy of science. view course details

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  •   Combined with: STS 6811

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Philosophical Naturalism and Its Critics

  •  8747PHIL 6810  SEM 101

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PHIL 7000

Independent study for graduate students only. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7713PHIL 7000  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Bennett, K

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7714PHIL 7000  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Boyd, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7715PHIL 7000  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Brennan, T

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7716PHIL 7000  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Chignell, A

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18891PHIL 7000  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Markovits, J

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7718PHIL 7000  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Fine, G

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7719PHIL 7000  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Hodes, H

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7720PHIL 7000  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Kosch, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7721PHIL 7000  IND 609

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7722PHIL 7000  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Miller, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7723PHIL 7000  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Pereboom, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7724PHIL 7000  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Silins, N

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7725PHIL 7000  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Sturgeon, N

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7726PHIL 7000  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Marmor, A

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8889PHIL 7000  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Starr, W

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8892PHIL 7000  IND 619

    • TBA
    • Manne, K

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PHIL 7900

This course is designed to help prepare Philosophy graduate students for the academic job market. Though students will study sample materials from successful job applicants, much of the seminar will function ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit S/U NoAud

  • 18174PHIL 7900  SEM 101

  •