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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 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: The New Presidency and Its Problems

  • 10076PHIL 1901  SEM 101

  • This semester's course will discuss central issues raised by the election and agenda of the new US President, in light of competing moral perspectives, informed by social-scientific inquiry. While specific topics will depend on the election's outcome, concerns will include economic and racial inequality, poverty, immigration policy, uses of American power abroad, the political power of economic elites, and divisions and attitudes that are shaping American politics.

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    Combined with: GOVT 1901SOC 1900

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: The New Presidency and Its Problems

  • 17226PHIL 1901  SEM 102

  • This semester's course will discuss central issues raised by the election and agenda of the new US President, in light of competing moral perspectives, informed by social-scientific inquiry. While specific topics will depend on the election's outcome, concerns will include economic and racial inequality, poverty, immigration policy, uses of American power abroad, the political power of economic elites, and divisions and attitudes that are shaping American politics.

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  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: The New Presidency and Its Problems

  • 17227PHIL 1901  SEM 103

  • This semester's course will discuss central issues raised by the election and agenda of the new US President, in light of competing moral perspectives, informed by social-scientific inquiry. While specific topics will depend on the election's outcome, concerns will include economic and racial inequality, poverty, immigration policy, uses of American power abroad, the political power of economic elites, and divisions and attitudes that are shaping American politics.

PHIL 1910

This course provides an introduction to the science of the mind.  Most people have privileged access to one mind, yet this internal experience is often misleading and provides little insight into how minds ... view course details

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PHIL 1911

This section is highly recommended for students who are interested in learning about the topics covered in the main course through writing and discussion.  view course details

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PHIL 1920

This course offers a survey of modern political theory in the West.  We will examine some of the persistent dilemmas of political modernity and the attempts of several canonical political theorists to ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 1615

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 2220

A survey of Western philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries: Descartes, Locke, Spinoza, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. We focus largely on epistemology (ideas, skepticism, belief, knowledge, science) ... view course details

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PHIL 2240

Survey of European social theory from Hegel to Foucault (via Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Weber, and the Frankfurt School). view course details

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    Combined with: GOVT 3745

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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PHIL 2410

This course is intended to introduce and explore some of the big questions about the content, scope, and nature of morality. The first half of the course will focus on various first-order ethical theories, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: STS 2451

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2061STS 2061

  • 4 Credits Graded

PHIL 2621

Throughout history, metaphors drawn from technology of the time have been proposed to understand how the mind works. While Locke likened the newborn's mind to a blank slate, Freud compared the mind to ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 2941

The course looks at the connection between ethics and society.  It does so by focusing on the issues raised by the phenomenon of aid, giving or receiving it, and how we understand and react to it.  We ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 3333

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 3252

Marx is often read primarily as an economic and political theorist or even as a social activist. This course will instead cast him as, first and foremost, a philosopher. Beginning with Marx's early encounters ... view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 3552

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 3300

This will be a course on the set theory of Zermelo and Fraenkel: the basic concepts, set-theoretic construction of the Natural, Integral, Rational and Real Numbers, cardinality, and, time permitting, the ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture. Discussion optional. Combined with: MATH 3840

  • 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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  •  6895PHIL 3900  IND 601

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    • Bennett, K

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  •  6920PHIL 3900  IND 602

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  •  7502PHIL 3900  IND 603

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  •  7504PHIL 3900  IND 605

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    • Marmor, A

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  •  7505PHIL 3900  IND 606

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    • Fine, G

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  •  7506PHIL 3900  IND 607

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    • Hodes, H

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  •  7507PHIL 3900  IND 608

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    • Kosch, M

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  •  7508PHIL 3900  IND 609

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    • MacDonald, S

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  •  7509PHIL 3900  IND 610

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    • Miller, R

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  •  7510PHIL 3900  IND 611

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    • Pereboom, D

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  •  7534PHIL 3900  IND 612

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    • Silins, N

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  •  7535PHIL 3900  IND 613

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    • Sturgeon, N

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  •  7536PHIL 3900  IND 614

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    • Tierney, H

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  •  7793PHIL 3900  IND 615

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    • Starr, W

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  •  7794PHIL 3900  IND 616

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    • Smyth, D

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  •  7795PHIL 3900  IND 617

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    • Markovits, J

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  •  7906PHIL 3900  IND 618

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    • Sethi, N

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  •  8374PHIL 3900  IND 619

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    • Manne, K

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  •  8375PHIL 3900  IND 620

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    • Manne, D

PHIL 3930

This course will survey the rich and sophisticated tradition of Indian philosophical thought from its beginnings in the speculations of Upanishads, surveying debates between Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and ... view course details

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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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    Combined with: CLASS 4662PHIL 6200

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 4261

Topic in 20th Century Philosophy. view course details

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    Combined with: PHIL 6260

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Gottlob Frege & Foundations of Mathematics

  • 16930PHIL 4261  SEM 101

  • Gottlob Frege: his contributions in the philosophy of logic, language and mathematics, and in the foundations of mathematics. We will also consider later writings by others on the topics that Frege addressed.

PHIL 4620

Advanced discussion of a topic in Philosophy of Mind. view course details

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    Combined with: PHIL 6620

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Self-Knowledge and its Limits

  •  9371PHIL 4620  SEM 101

  • Do you know what you want? If so, how? And why does it matter to know yourself? If not, why not? And why might it matter to fail to know yourself? This course will examine self-knowledge, self-ignorance, and the importance of each, using a wide range of readings from psychology, philosophy of mind, epistemology, and aesthetics.

PHIL 4720

What is the relationship between what words mean and how they are used? What is part of the grammar and what is a result of general reasoning? Pragmatics is often thought of as the study of how meaning ... view course details

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PHIL 4901

See Philosophy "Honors." view course details

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  •  6896PHIL 4901  IND 601

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    • Bennett, K

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  •  7493PHIL 4901  IND 602

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    • Boyd, R

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  •  7494PHIL 4901  IND 603

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    • Brennan, T

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  •  7496PHIL 4901  IND 606

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    • Fine, G

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  •  7497PHIL 4901  IND 607

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    • Hodes, H

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  •  7498PHIL 4901  IND 608

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    • Kosch, M

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  •  7499PHIL 4901  IND 609

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    • MacDonald, S

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  •  7500PHIL 4901  IND 610

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    • Miller, R

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  •  7501PHIL 4901  IND 611

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    • Pereboom, D

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  •  7537PHIL 4901  IND 612

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    • Sethi, N

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  •  7538PHIL 4901  IND 613

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    • Silins, N

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  •  7539PHIL 4901  IND 614

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    • Sturgeon, N

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  •  7540PHIL 4901  IND 615

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    • Marmor, A

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  •  8256PHIL 4901  IND 617

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    • Manne, D

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  •  8380PHIL 4901  IND 618

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    • Smyth, D

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  •  8381PHIL 4901  IND 619

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  •  8382PHIL 4901  IND 620

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    • Starr, W

PHIL 4941

This course looks at the philosopher John Locke as a philosopher of dispossession. There is a uniquely Lockean mode of missionization, conception of mind and re-formulations of the 'soul' applied to dispossess ... view course details

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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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  •  7790PHIL 6020  SEM 101

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    • Brittain, C

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 6200

Advanced discussion of topics in ancient philosophy. view course details

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    Combined with: CLASS 4662PHIL 4200

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 6260

Topic in 20th Century Philosophy. view course details

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    Combined with: PHIL 4261

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Gottlob Frege & Foundations of Mathematics

  • 16931PHIL 6260  SEM 101

  • Gottlob Frege: his contributions in the philosophy of logic, language and mathematics, and in the foundations of mathematics. We will also consider later writings by others on the topics that Frege addressed.

PHIL 6410

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

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PHIL 6461

What would happen if, instead of taking an instrumentalist view of the ideas of modern African political thinkers, we consider those ideas as indeed they are, attempts by them to proffer answers to the ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 6220

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 6620

Advanced discussion of a topic in Philosophy of Mind. view course details

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    Combined with: PHIL 4620

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Self-Knowledge and its Limits

  •  9372PHIL 6620  SEM 101

  • Do you know what you want? If so, how? And why does it matter to know yourself? If not, why not? And why might it matter to fail to know yourself? This course will examine self-knowledge, self-ignorance, and the importance of each, using a wide range of readings from psychology, philosophy of mind, epistemology, and aesthetics.

PHIL 6640

Graduate seminar covering a topic in Metaphysics. view course details

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PHIL 6720

What is the relationship between what words mean and how they are used?  What is part of the grammar and what is a result of general reasoning?  Pragmatics is often thought of as the study of how meaning ... view course details

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    Combined with: LING 4425LING 6425PHIL 4720

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHIL 6941

This course looks at the philosopher John Locke as a philosopher of dispossession. There is a uniquely Lockean mode of missionization, conception of mind and re-formulations of the 'soul' applied to dispossess ... view course details

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PHIL 7000

Independent study for graduate students only. view course details

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