Faculty Profile

Susan Feldman

Professor of Philosophy (1980)

Contact Information


East College Room 211


Her interests include the history of modern philosophy, the problem of knowledge and skepticism, philosophy of science and ethics, both pure" and "applied" to such areas as the environment, the status of women, medicine and public policy."


  • B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1974
  • M.A., 1976
  • M.A., University of Rochester, 1978
  • Ph.D., 1980

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

PHIL 103 Logic
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.This course fulfills the Humanities (Division I A) distribution requirement and the QR graduation requirement. Offered every semester, or every three out of four semesters.

PHIL 113 Philosophy and the Environment
This course introduces students to philosophy by exploring ideas about, and valuation of, the non-human natural environment. We will analyze concepts of ‘nature’, ‘natural’, ‘wilderness’, and attitudes which go along with them, probe the ramifications of treating non-humans as rights holders, examine the distinction between anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric views, and that between holist and individualist outlooks. Our readings will include classic and contemporary works in environmental philosophy.

PHIL 220 Biomedical Ethics
Cross-listed with PMGT 220-01.

PMGT 220 Biomedical Ethics
Cross-listed with PHIL 220-01.

PHIL 550 Independent Research

Spring 2016

PHIL 202 17th & 18th Century Philosophy
This course treats the Rationalists, Empiricists and Kant, with particular emphasis on issues in epistemology and metaphysics, such as the possibility and limits of human knowledge, the role of sense perception and reason in knowledge, the nature of substance, God and reality.Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 391 Kant:The Critique of Pure Reas
Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason aims to prove how knowledge of objects, and of ourselves, is philosophically possible, and to do so, takes on Hume’s sceptical conclusion about causality, as well as Descartes’ unsatisfactory resolution of scepticism about the external world. Knowledge, Kant famously tells us in the opening of the book, starts from sense experience but does not rest upon it; rather, the human mind plays an active role in forming the objective world. In this seminar, we will confront Kant’s views through close reading of the text and detailed analysis of his arguments, and explore their relevance to contemporary philosophical controversies.