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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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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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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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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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PHIL 1410

A survey of the origins of political theory in the Western tradition. Starting with the Greeks and ending in the Medieval era of Aquinas and Dante, this course introduces students to the central debates ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CLASS 1665GOVT 3626

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 1440

We all face difficult moral decisions on occasion. This course introduces students to the idea that we face such a decision several times a day in deciding what to eat. How should facts about animal life ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 1901

Weekly informal discussion of urgent public issues posed by a central theme, such as inequality, foreign policy and immigration, or challenges to liberty and democracy. Recent public lectures organized ... view course details

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    Combined with: GOVT 1901SOC 1900

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Deep Issues of the 2016 Elections

  • 16186PHIL 1901  SEM 101

  • This semester's course will discuss central issues raised in the presidential campaigns in light of competing moral perspectives, informed by social-scientific inquiry. For example, to what extent are current economic inequalities unjust? What is the government's proper role in healthcare and education? What should the government do to reduce racial inequality? What restrictions on U.S. immigration are justifiable? How should the U.S. respond to turmoil in the Middle East? to global challenges to American economic interests, values and international power?

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  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Deep Issues of the 2016 Elections

  • 17281PHIL 1901  SEM 102

  • This semester's course will discuss central issues raised in the presidential campaigns in light of competing moral perspectives, informed by social-scientific inquiry. For example, to what extent are current economic inequalities unjust? What is the government's proper role in healthcare and education? What should the government do to reduce racial inequality? What restrictions on U.S. immigration are justifiable? How should the U.S. respond to turmoil in the Middle East? to global challenges to American economic interests, values and international power?

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  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Deep Issues of the 2016 Elections

  • 17282PHIL 1901  SEM 103

  • This semester's course will discuss central issues raised in the presidential campaigns in light of competing moral perspectives, informed by social-scientific inquiry. For example, to what extent are current economic inequalities unjust? What is the government's proper role in healthcare and education? What should the government do to reduce racial inequality? What restrictions on U.S. immigration are justifiable? How should the U.S. respond to turmoil in the Middle East? to global challenges to American economic interests, values and international power?

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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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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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CLASS 2661

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8159PHIL 2200  LEC 001

  • Please contact Michael Fontaine (mf268@cornell.edu) if you are interested in an optional 1-credit Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (FLAC) course, LATIN 3212.

PHIL 2300

The course provides an overview of a number of famous philosophical puzzles and paradoxes and important attempts to solve them. Among the paradoxes that may be discussed are Zeno's paradoxes of space, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 2415

Many traditional philosophical problems about morality are being illuminated by current work in psychology and neuroscience. We will examine how several such issues (moral judgment, agency, the self, and ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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 2432

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 2640

This course is an introduction to some of the central questions in metaphysics--the study of what there is and how it works. Possible topics include persistence through change, freedom of the will, the ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 2961

This senior seminar offers an intensive research and reading experience in the philosophy of medicine, considering, in particular, questions about what physicians know, how that knowledge informs current ... view course details

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    Combined with: BSOC 4411STS 4411

  • 4 Credits Graded

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

PHIL 3220

A mid-level look at the epistemology and metaphysics of some classical continental rationalists.  Readings from some (but not all) of the following: Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, Leibniz, Wolff, the ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16096PHIL 3220  LEC 001

  • A mid-level look at the epistemology and metaphysics of some classical continental rationalists. Readings from some (but not all) of the following: Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, Leibniz, Wolff, the early Kant.

PHIL 3310

A mathematical study of the formal languages of standard first-order propositional and predicate logic, including their syntax, semantics, and deductive systems. The basic apparatus of model theory will ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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

  •  9578PHIL 3460  LEC 001

  • An investigation of the leading current controversies over standards of justice. Topics include the moral significance of economic inequality, the nature and basis of civil and political liberties, property rights, the proper political role of moral and religious values, the nature and implications of democratic values, and ideals of community. These topics will mainly be investigated through discussion of major works in political philosophy over the last half-century.

PHIL 3621

Consciousness, Free Will, and Physicalism:    Do facts about consciousness and free will conflict with the hypothesis that we are completely physical beings?  In this course we will first assess the two ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16202PHIL 3621  LEC 001

  • Do facts about consciousness and free will conflict with the hypothesis that we are completely physical beings? We will first assess the two most influential arguments for the impossibility of a physical account of the consciousness: the knowledge and conceivability arguments. We will then use these assessments to evaluate a number of possible positions in the ontology of mind. Is the best physicalism eliminativist, reductionist, or anti-reductionist? Is the best anti-physicalism substance dualist, property dualist, idealist, Russellian monist, or panpsychist? Lastly, we will consider the consequences that physicalism has for the claim that we have free will.

PHIL 3810

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

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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

  •  6184PHIL 3900  IND 601

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    • Bennett, K

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  •  7039PHIL 3900  IND 602

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    • Boyd, R

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  •  7395PHIL 3900  IND 603

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    • Brennan, T

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  •  7396PHIL 3900  IND 604

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    • Chignell, A

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  •  7397PHIL 3900  IND 606

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    • Fine, G

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  •  7398PHIL 3900  IND 607

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    • Hodes, H

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  •  7399PHIL 3900  IND 608

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    • Kosch, M

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  •  7400PHIL 3900  IND 609

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    • MacDonald, S

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  •  7401PHIL 3900  IND 610

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    • Miller, R

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  •  7402PHIL 3900  IND 611

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    • Pereboom, D

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  •  7403PHIL 3900  IND 613

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    • Silins, N

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  •  7404PHIL 3900  IND 614

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    • Sturgeon, N

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  •  7405PHIL 3900  IND 615

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    • Marmor, A

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  •  8615PHIL 3900  IND 619

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    • Manne, K

PHIL 4002

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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PHIL 4003

Reading, translation, and English-language discussion of important texts in the German philosophical tradition. Readings for a given term are chosen in consultation with students. view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 6131PHIL 6030

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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

PHIL 4200

Advanced discussion of topics in ancient philosophy. view course details

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PHIL 4220

Advanced discussion of topics or authors in "modern" Western philosophy (circa the 17th and 18th centuries). view course details

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PHIL 4310

First course in mathematical logic providing precise definitions of the language of mathematics and the notion of proof (propositional and predicate logic). The completeness theorem says that we have all ... view course details

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    Combined with: MATH 4810

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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    Combined with: LING 4712LING 6634PHIL 6710

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 4900

See Philosophy "Honors." view course details

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  •  7653PHIL 4900  IND 602

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    • Boyd, R

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  •  7654PHIL 4900  IND 603

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    • Brennan, T

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  •  7655PHIL 4900  IND 604

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    • Chignell, A

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  • 10104PHIL 4900  IND 605

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    • Markovits, J

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7656PHIL 4900  IND 606

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    • Fine, G

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  •  7657PHIL 4900  IND 607

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    • Hodes, H

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  •  7658PHIL 4900  IND 608

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    • Kosch, M

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7659PHIL 4900  IND 609

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    • MacDonald, S

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7660PHIL 4900  IND 610

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    • Miller, R

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7661PHIL 4900  IND 611

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    • Pereboom, D

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7662PHIL 4900  IND 613

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    • Silins, N

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  •  7663PHIL 4900  IND 614

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    • Sturgeon, N

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7664PHIL 4900  IND 615

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    • Marmor, A

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8608PHIL 4900  IND 619

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    • Manne, K

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8609PHIL 4900  IND 620

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    • Starr, W

PHIL 4901

See Philosophy "Honors." view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8618PHIL 4901  IND 601

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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

PHIL 6020

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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PHIL 6030

Reading, translation, and English-language discussion of important texts in the German philosophical tradition. Readings for a given term are chosen in consultation with students. view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 6131PHIL 4003

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 6100

Seminar for first year Philosophy graduate students. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Sat/Unsat

PHIL 6200

Advanced discussion of topics in ancient philosophy. view course details

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PHIL 6220

Advanced discussion of topics or authors in "modern" Western philosophy (circa the 17th and 18th centuries). view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 4421GERST 6221PHIL 4220

  • 4 Credits Sat/Unsat

PHIL 6410

Graduate seminar covering a topic in ethics and value theory. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Moral Philosophy

  • 16200PHIL 6410  SEM 101

  • The seminar will feature outside speakers: Japa Pallikkathayil, Sarah Buss, Jamie Dreier, Anca Gheaus, and Joseph Raz.

    Grad students in fields other than Philosophy must have permission of the instructor/s to enroll.

PHIL 6422

Social science research almost always combines empirical observation (data), the construction of concepts (language), and the logical analysis of the relations between observations and concepts (statistics).  ... view course details

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    Combined with: ECON 6910GOVT 6122

  • 4 Credits Graded

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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    Combined with: LING 4712LING 6634PHIL 4710

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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

PHIL 7000

Independent study for graduate students only. view course details

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  •  7628PHIL 7000  IND 601

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    • Bennett, K

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  •  7629PHIL 7000  IND 602

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    • Boyd, R

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  •  7630PHIL 7000  IND 603

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    • Brennan, T

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  •  7631PHIL 7000  IND 604

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    • Chignell, A

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  • 10106PHIL 7000  IND 605

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    • Markovits, J

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  •  7632PHIL 7000  IND 606

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    • Fine, G

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  •  7633PHIL 7000  IND 607

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    • Hodes, H

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  •  7634PHIL 7000  IND 608

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    • Kosch, M

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  •  7635PHIL 7000  IND 609

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    • MacDonald, S

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  •  7636PHIL 7000  IND 610

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    • Miller, R

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  •  7637PHIL 7000  IND 611

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    • Pereboom, D

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  •  7638PHIL 7000  IND 613

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    • Silins, N

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  •  7639PHIL 7000  IND 614

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    • Sturgeon, N

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  •  7640PHIL 7000  IND 615

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    • Marmor, A

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  •  8582PHIL 7000  IND 616

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    • Starr, W

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  •  8583PHIL 7000  IND 619

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    • Manne, K

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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