Fall 2017

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHIL 101-01 Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Jeffrey-Joseph Engelhardt
Course Description:
An introduction to Western philosophy through an examination of problems arising in primary sources. How major philosophers in the tradition have treated such questions as the scope of human reason, the assumptions of scientific method, the nature of moral action, or the connections between faith and reason.
1330:TF   EASTC 405
PHIL 101-02 Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Susan Feldman
Course Description:
An introduction to Western philosophy through an examination of problems arising in primary sources. How major philosophers in the tradition have treated such questions as the scope of human reason, the assumptions of scientific method, the nature of moral action, or the connections between faith and reason.
1030:TR   EASTC 405
PHIL 102-01 Moral Problems
Instructor: Amy McKiernan
Course Description:
An introduction to ethics treating normative ethical theories and their philosophical underpinnings, with consideration of contemporary moral problems.
1030:MWF   DENNY 110
PHIL 103-01 Logic
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
Course Description:
The study and practice of forms and methods of argumentation in ordinary and symbolic languages,focusing on elements of symbolic logic and critical reasoning, including analysis and assessment of arguments in English, symbolizing sentences and arguments,constructing formal proofs of validity in sentential and quantificational logic.Offered every semester, or every three out of four semesters.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 207
PHIL 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 180-01. An introduction to the history of political thought, focused on such problems as the nature of justice, the meaning of freedom, the requirements of equality, the prevalence of moral dilemmas in political life, the question of whether we ought to obey the law, and the importance of power in politics. We will also discuss how these issues continue to resonate today.This course is cross-listed as POSC 180.
1500:TR   DENNY 313
PHIL 201-01 Ancient Philosophy
Instructor: Marc Mastrangelo
Course Description:
Cross-listed with CLST 200-01. This course is an introduction to central questions, claims and arguments in ancient philosophy, centering on the work of Plato and Aristotle. Potential questions include: What is the value of reason and knowledge? What is knowledge? Is it always better to be just than unjust? What constitutes a good human life? What kind of thing is a human being?Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
1030:TR   DENNY 304
PHIL 204-01 American Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
An introduction to major philosophical texts and themes originating in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This course will cover such thinkers as Emerson, James, Peirce, Dewey, and Santayana and themes such as naturalism, transcendentalism, in particular, pragmatism. Contemporary developments in the American philosophical tradition may also be included.Prerequisites: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
1330:TF   DENNY 103
PHIL 251-01 Philosophy of Religion
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
This course focuses on philosophical issues arising from religious belief and practice.Topics treated may include: the existence and nature of god or gods; the contested relation of a god to moral values; faith and reason as sources of belief or ways of believing, as expressed in classic texts by thinkers such as Aquinas, Hume, Kierkegaard, and William James, as well as in contemporary texts. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 110
PHIL 254-01 Philosophy of Science
Instructor: Susan Feldman
Course Description:
This course considers such issues as the distinction between science and non-science; the relation of evidence to scientific theories; truth and rationality in science; competition among theories; the nature of scientific explanation; methods of scientific thinking; the impact of science on society. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
1330:MR   EASTC 300
PHIL 261-01 Identity, Global Culture, Allegiance
Instructor: Jean-Pierre Karegeye
Course Description:
Society never ceases to address issues of meeting of cultures, race, tradition, modernity, belief, immigration, the local, the global, etc. These issues--where the question of identity arises--have not disappeared in global culture, multiculturalism and post-identity/racial society; rather they operate in new contexts and recently in that of the debate surrounding gender, immigration, national identity and patriotism in France and United States. As we read texts and watch movies, written and produced by authors from various periods, geographic locations and cultural positions, we will explore dimensions of core identity shaped by our allegiances and affiliations. We will assess identity/Culture as a plural and changing notion and will elucidate the complex ties that link writing/image to a range of intersecting topics that define individual and common identity. This course combines theory, research and students personal experience and explores how people perceive and shape personal identities and how they create, maintain, and use common/social/cultural identities. It will involve application of concepts both within class and outside class settings through class work, interactions, and interviews. Students are free to share their personal experiences, stories and identities in class. In other words, Students will explore both case studies and theoretical perspectives.
1330:MR   DENNY 112
PHIL 301-01 Metaphysics
Instructor: Jeffrey-Joseph Engelhardt
Course Description:
This seminar will treat key issues in metaphysics, such as the self and personal identity, free will, universals and particulars, causation, reductionism, naturalism, realism and anti-realism, and the very possibility of metaphysics. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least two at the 200 level, or permission of the instructor.
1500:TF   EASTC 107
PHIL 401-01 Senior Seminar
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
Course Description:
A seminar focusing in depth on a selected philosophical topic, author or text with special emphasis on student philosophical writing and voice. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least one at the 300-level, or permission of the instructor.
1500:MR   EASTC 301
PHIL 500-02 The White Moderate
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
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PHIL 550-01 On Philosophical Remedies for Racism
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
Course Description:
 
PHIL 550-02 Knowledge and Society
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
Course Description: