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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017. Courses of Study 2017-2018 is scheduled to publish mid-June.

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 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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  • 3 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: Justice and Politics in the Trump Era

  •  9497PHIL 1901  SEM 101

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    • Konya, N

      Miller, R

  • This semester’s course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government’s role in healthcare and the environment, racial inequality, the political power of elites, populism, authoritarianism, globalization, and the proper use of America’s global power. Brief readings in political philosophy and social science will be starting points for informal discussion and mutual learning among diverse perspectives.

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    Combined with: GOVT 1901SOC 1900

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Justice and Politics in the Trump Era

  •  9990PHIL 1901  SEM 102

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    • Jochim, J

      Miller, R

  • This semester’s course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government’s role in healthcare and the environment, racial inequality, the political power of elites, populism, authoritarianism, globalization, and the proper use of America’s global power. Brief readings in political philosophy and social science will be starting points for informal discussion and mutual learning among diverse perspectives.

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    Combined with: GOVT 1901SOC 1900

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Justice and Politics in the Trump Era

  •  9991PHIL 1901  SEM 103

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    • Miller, R

      Zimmer, D

  • This semester’s course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government’s role in healthcare and the environment, racial inequality, the political power of elites, populism, authoritarianism, globalization, and the proper use of America’s global power. Brief readings in political philosophy and social science will be starting points for informal discussion and mutual learning among diverse perspectives.

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

  •  8092PHIL 2200  LEC 001

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    • Brennan, T

  • 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 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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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 2432

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9056PHIL 2430  LEC 001

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    • Marmor, A

  • There will be weekly discussion sections held 5 times during the semester.

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    • Nov 29, 2017
  • 17083PHIL 2430  DIS 203

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    • Sep 13, 2017
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    • Nov 29, 2017

PHIL 2530

In this course we will examine some of the major arguments regarding the existence and nature of a supreme being - ontological, cosmological, teleological, Pascalian, and moral arguments. We will also ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: RELST 2630

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 2945

This course will expose students to the theory and practice of civil disobedience in historical and contemporary perspectives. Do citizens have obligations to obey unjust laws? What makes disobedience ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 3785GOVT 3785

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 3180

Writings about mind, language, logic, mathematics and knowledge from 1872 to around 1920. We will focus on writings by Brentano, Meinong, Frege, and early work by Russell. Time permitting, we will also ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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 3230

An intensive study of the metaphysical and epistemological doctrines of the Critique of Pure Reason. Some editions of the course may also consider Kant's ethical views as laid out in the Groundwork of ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture. Discussion optional. Combined with: GERST 3590

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: MATH 2810

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 3480

Explores the most important debates in contemporary philosophy of law. We will examine the distinction between law and other social practices, the relation of law and morality, the problem of legal authority, ... 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

  •  6193PHIL 3900  IND 601

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    • Bennett, K

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  •  7379PHIL 3900  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Brennan, T

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  •  7382PHIL 3900  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Hodes, H

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7383PHIL 3900  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Kosch, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7384PHIL 3900  IND 609

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7385PHIL 3900  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Miller, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7386PHIL 3900  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Pereboom, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7387PHIL 3900  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Silins, N

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7389PHIL 3900  IND 615

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    • Marmor, A

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8499PHIL 3900  IND 619

    • TBA
    • 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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  •  9085PHIL 4200  SEM 101

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    • Brennan, T

PHIL 4490

Feminist approaches to questions in metaphysics, epistemology, language, and value theory. view course details

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    Combined with: FGSS 4491PHIL 6490

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 4730

Introduces methods for theorizing about meaning within generative grammar. These techniques allow the creation of grammars that pair syntactic structures with meanings. Students look at several empirical ... view course details

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    Combined with: LING 4421LING 6421PHIL 6730

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 4900

See Philosophy "Honors." view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  9962PHIL 4900  IND 601

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    • Bennett, K

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7638PHIL 4900  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Brennan, T

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  9206PHIL 4900  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Markovits, J

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7641PHIL 4900  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Hodes, H

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7642PHIL 4900  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Kosch, M

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7643PHIL 4900  IND 609

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7644PHIL 4900  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Miller, R

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7645PHIL 4900  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Pereboom, D

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7646PHIL 4900  IND 613

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    • Silins, N

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7648PHIL 4900  IND 615

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    • Marmor, A

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8492PHIL 4900  IND 619

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    • Manne, K

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8493PHIL 4900  IND 620

    • TBA
    • Starr, W

PHIL 4901

See Philosophy "Honors." view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8502PHIL 4901  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

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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  •  9153PHIL 6200  SEM 101

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    • Brennan, T

  • Co-taught by Prof. Rachana Kamtekar.

PHIL 6410

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

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 6490

No description available. view course details

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    Combined with: FGSS 4491PHIL 4490

  • 4 Credits Sat/Unsat

PHIL 6730

Introduces methods for theorizing about meaning within generative grammar. These techniques allow the creation of grammars that pair syntactic structures with meanings. Students look at several empirical ... view course details

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    Combined with: LING 4421LING 6421PHIL 4730

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 6740

Addresses current theoretical and empirical issues in semantics. view course details

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    Combined with: LING 7711

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Polarity, Alternatives, Modality, Pragmatics

  • 17491PHIL 6740  SEM 101

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    • Abusch, D

      Rooth, M

PHIL 7000

Independent study for graduate students only. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7612PHIL 7000  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Bennett, K

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  •  7613PHIL 7000  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Boyd, R

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  •  7614PHIL 7000  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Brennan, T

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9208PHIL 7000  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Markovits, J

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7616PHIL 7000  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Fine, G

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7617PHIL 7000  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Hodes, H

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7618PHIL 7000  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Kosch, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7619PHIL 7000  IND 609

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7620PHIL 7000  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Miller, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7621PHIL 7000  IND 611

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    • Pereboom, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7622PHIL 7000  IND 613

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    • Silins, N

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7623PHIL 7000  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Sturgeon, N

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7624PHIL 7000  IND 615

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    • Marmor, A

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8466PHIL 7000  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Starr, W

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8467PHIL 7000  IND 619

    • TBA
    • 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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  • 1 Credit S/U NoAud