Fall 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHIL 101-02 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.
1330:MR   BOSLER 208
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.
0930:MWF   ALTHSE 08
PHIL 102-02 Moral Problems
Instructor: James Sias
Course Description:
An introduction to ethics treating normative ethical theories and their philosophical underpinnings, with consideration of contemporary moral problems.
1030:MWF   STERN 103
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 313
PHIL 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Harold Pohlman
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 180-01 and MEMS 200-11. 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.
1330:TR   DENNY 110
PHIL 180-02 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Kathryn Heard
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 180-02 and MEMS 200-12. 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 311
PHIL 201-01 Ancient Philosophy
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
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   LIBRY ALDEN
PHIL 252-01 Philosophy of Art
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 252-01. The discipline of aesthetics is primarily concerned with philosophical questions about art and beauty. This course will examine classic and contemporary Western discussions of such questions as, What is art? How can we determine what a work of art means? Are beauty and other aesthetic qualities subjective or objective? How should the quality of a work of art be assessed? Is there a general way to describe the creative process? What are the driving forces in the unfolding of art history? We will encounter such giants of the Western intellectual tradition as Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Hegel, and also such contemporary figures as Arthur Danto, Richard Wollheim, and Kendall Walton. Prerequisite: one prior course in art history or philosophy or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as ARTH 252.
1500:MR   LIBRY E. ASIAN
PHIL 255-01 Philosophy of Law
Instructor: Kathryn Heard
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LAWP 255-01. Fundamental problems of legal philosophy are considered, including the nature of law, the justification of legal authority, the relationship between legality and morality, the nature of judicial decision-making, theories of punishment, and/or issues involved in civil disobedience. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as LAWP 255.
1500:MR   DENNY 304
PHIL 261-01 Freedom and Responsibility
Instructor: Chauncey Maher
Course Description:
The chocolate pretzels stare back at me from the cupboard. Its late, Im tired, I dont need any more to eat, but I finish the bag. I feel as if I cant help myself. Is my action voluntary? Maybe it is. But is it freely done? If I am simply matter in motion, like a stone rolling down a hill, its hard to see how any of my actions could by genuinely free. If thats true, then it seems human affairs should be dramatically altered. Would it make more sense for us to treat one another like rocks, propelled by forces beyond our control? Should we cease blaming and praising one another for what we do? What is it about any action that makes it worthy of praise or blame? By reflecting on these questions among others, you will be introduced to thinking philosophically about freedom and responsibility.
1330:MR   BOSLER 314
PHIL 261-02 Philosophy of Humor
Instructor: James Sias
Course Description:
Examination of specific problem, author, text, or movement. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
1330:MR   TOME 117
PHIL 303-01 Epistemology
Instructor: Susan Feldman
Course Description:
This seminar will probe key issues in epistemology, such as: the nature of knowledge and justification, the challenge of skepticism, the relation of sense perception to conceptual thought. Prerequisites: three prior courses in philosophy, at least two at the 200 level, or permission of the instructor.
1330:TF   DENNY 21
PHIL 401-01 Feminist Philosophy of Mind
Instructor: Jeffrey-Joseph Engelhardt
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   ALTHSE 07
PHIL 401-02 Feminist Philosophy of Mind
Instructor: Jeffrey-Joseph Engelhardt
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.
 
PHIL 500-01 Animal Ethics in Theory and Practice
Instructor: Amy McKiernan
Course Description: