Fall 2019

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHIL 101-01 Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
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   TOME 117
PHIL 101-02 Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
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.
0930:MWF   EASTC 411
PHIL 102-01 Introduction to Ethics
Instructor: Jim Sias
Course Description:
An introduction to the philosophical study of morality, focusing on concepts of right and wrong, virtue and vice, and wellbeing. This course provides students the opportunity to hone their ethical reasoning skills by critically examining how some of historys most influential philosophers thought about issues in morality. Students will also develop more general skills, such as evaluating philosophical arguments, and expressing and defending their own ideas in writing.
1030:MWF   ALTHSE 08
PHIL 103-01 Logic
Instructor: Susan Feldman
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   DENNY 104
PHIL 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Kathryn Heard
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.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
PHIL 180-02 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Toby Reiner
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 180-02. 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.
0900:TR   DENNY 313
PHIL 201-01 Ancient Philosophy
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
Course Description:
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   EASTC 410
PHIL 203-01 19th Century Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
This course treats major texts by significant 19th century philosophers such as Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche.Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
1330:MR   EASTC 314
PHIL 205-01 Confucius & Confucianism
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
It is often said that that, some 26 centuries after the life of Confucius, China remains a Confucian culture. This may well make him the most influential philosopher in human history. This course will closely read Confucius's Analects, as well as other texts attributed to Confucius. We will then read ancient followers such as Mencius and Hsn Tzu and examine their rich atmosphere of philosophical debate. The course will finish with the neoConfucianism of figures such as Wang YangMing, whose profound philosophy was also influenced by Taoism and Buddhism.
1330:TF   EASTC 301
PHIL 220-01 Biomedical Ethics
Instructor: Amy McKiernan
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PMGT 220-01. A study of ethical issues arising in the context of medical practice, biomedical research, and health related policy making, with focus on the ethical concepts, theories and reasoning methods developed to clarify and resolve these issues. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as PMGT 220.
0930:MWF   ALTHSE 207
PHIL 256-01 Philosophy of Mind
Instructor: Jeff Engelhardt
Course Description:
This course investigates the nature of the mind and its relation to the brain, body, and the surrounding world. Analyses of these topics will draw on information from fields such as psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or computer science. Prerequisite: one previous course in philosophy, or permission of the instructor.
1500:TF   EASTC 314
PHIL 285-01 Justice in World Politics
Instructor: Toby Reiner
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 208-01. An examination of how states ought to make ethical decisions about policies of global scope. Should asylum seekers and economic migrants be granted access to social services? How must states fight wars? How ought resources to be distributed between countries? We will explore the philosophical underpinnings of the arguments that have been developed in response to at least two of these questions. This course is cross-listed as POSC 208. Prerequisite: 180 or POSC 170, 180, or permission of the instructor.
1030:TR   DENNY 212
PHIL 301-01 Metaphysics
Instructor: Jeff 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:MR   EASTC 112
PHIL 401-01 Senior Seminar
Instructor: Susan Feldman
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.
1330:W   EASTC 108
PHIL 500-01 Philosophy of Education
Instructor: Amy McKiernan
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PHIL 500-02 Propaganda
Instructor: Susan Feldman
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PHIL 550-01 Art, Humor, and the Absurd
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
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PHIL 550-02 Coherentist Theories of Epistemic Justification
Instructor: Susan Feldman
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PHIL 550-03 Situationism, Character, and Responsibility
Instructor: Jim Sias
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PHIL 550-04 An Analysis of Epistemologica Reliabilism
Instructor: Susan Feldman
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PHIL 550-05 Norms
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
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PHIL 550-06 Class Oppression Using a Standpoint Theory Framework: A Modern Approach
Instructor: Jeff Engelhardt
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