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Courses - Spring 2019
PHIL
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PHIL100
Introduction to Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
An introduction to the literature, problems, and methods of philosophy either through a study of some of the main figures in philosophic thought or through an examination of some of the central and recurring problems of philosophy.
PHIL140
Contemporary Moral Issues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
The uses of philosophical analysis in thinking clearly about such widely debated moral issues as abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, reverse discrimination, the death penalty, business ethics, sexual equality, and economic justice.
PHIL170
Introduction to Logic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: MS
GenEd: FSAR
Development of analytical reasoning skills through study of formal logics, reasoning systems, and fallacious inference patterns.
PHIL201
Spooky Action at a Distance? Where Physics Meets Metaphysics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Recommended: Students should be comfortable with moderately mathematical presentations. Placement into MATH110 or higher is strongly recommended.
Credit only granted for: PHIL201 or PHIL209I.
Formerly: PHIL209I.
Einstein believed that physics should represent a "reality in space and time, free from spooky action at a distance." He worried that quantum theory failed this test. Later developments suggest that quantum systems really can influence one another instantly, no matter how far apart they are, but the question remains controversial and experiments are not sufficient to provide an answer. This self-contained course will draw on philosophy and physics to investigate the controversy.
PHIL203
The Rights and Wrongs of Killing People
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Credit only granted for: PHIL209J or PHIL203.
Formerly: PHIL209J.
Virtually everyone thinks it's permissible to kill people only in special circumstances. But why is killing usually wrong? Is it ever acceptable to kill an innocent human being intentionally? This course raises these and related questions and examines cases such as terrorism, suicide, abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, war. Except for a brief discussion of animals, all the controversies considered deal with killing and causing death to human beings.
PHIL209G
Philosophical Issues; Philosophy & Sports
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL220
Bioethics: Regulating Right and Wrong
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Credit only granted for: PHIL209A or PHIL220.
Formerly: PHIL209A.
Bioethicists formulate ethical guidelines. They answer questions such as: When life-saving health resources are scarce, who should get them? Should we increase supply of one such resource, kidneys, by buying them from living "donors"? If drug trials in developing countries benefit patients who consent to participate, are the trials ethical, even if the same research would be forbidden in the US? If a sick person aims to hasten her death, how, if at all, might her doctor permissibly help her? In this course, students construct and defend ethical rules in four domains: research ethics, allocation of scarce resources, markets in organs, and physician-assisted dying.
PHIL220H
Bioethics: Regulating Right and Wrong
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Credit only granted for: PHIL209A or PHIL220.
Formerly: PHIL209A.
Bioethicists formulate ethical guidelines. They answer questions such as: When life-saving health resources are scarce, who should get them? Should we increase supply of one such resource, kidneys, by buying them from living "donors"? If drug trials in developing countries benefit patients who consent to participate, are the trials ethical, even if the same research would be forbidden in the US? If a sick person aims to hasten her death, how, if at all, might her doctor permissibly help her? In this course, students construct and defend ethical rules in four domains: research ethics, allocation of scarce resources, markets in organs, and physician-assisted dying.
Restricted to Honors students.
PHIL261
Philosophy of the Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: IE
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: HONR218F or PHIL261.
Formerly: HONR218F.
An evaluation of different kinds of arguments for the claim that the natural environment should be preserved. Perspectives cut across the disciplines of philosophy (environmental ethics and philosophies of nature); economics (cost-benefit analysis); and biology (evolution, ecology, environmental studies).
PHIL282
Free Will & Determinism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
A study of the main positions and arguments in the free will debate in contemporary analytic philosophy.
PHIL308Y
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; Philosophy of Race
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course explores philosophical questions related to race and ethnicity, with particular emphasis on race and ethnicity in the United States. Topics include race concepts, 'scientific racism', and ethical issues related to racial injustice.
PHIL309P
Philosophical Problems; Philosophy Politics and Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL318B
Studies in Epistemology/Metaphysics; The Wisdom of Crowds
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL318D
Studies in Epistemology/Metaphysics; Philosophy & Chomsky's Linguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL320
Modern Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A study of major philosophical issues of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries through an examination of such philosophers as Descartes, Newton, Hume, and Kant.
PHIL328C
Studies in the History of Philosophy; Confucian Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL360
Philosophy of Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 2 courses in PHIL; and (PHIL170 or PHIL370). Or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Also offered as: LING350.
Credit only granted for: LING350 or PHIL360.
An inquiry into the nature and function of language and other forms of symbolism.
PHIL364
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
Formerly: PHIL464.
The study of some central metaphysical concepts and issues including th nature and validity of metaphysical thinking, universals, identity, substance, time, God, and reality.
PHIL366
Philosophy of Mind
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
An introduction to core issues in the philosophy of mind, focusing especially on the basic metaphysical question of dualism versus physicalism.
PHIL386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Philosophy department; and junior standing or higher.
Consult Director of Undergraduate Studies: R. Singpurwalla, rgks@umd.edu. Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of philosophy and 3.0 GPA. Carries no credit toward philosophy major.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL408Q
Topics in Contemporary Philosophy; Virtue
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
What sort of person should I be? What sort of life should I live? How should I treat others? This course will address these questions by engaging with the work of virtue ethicists from ancient Greece to the current day, focusing particularly on what contemporary virtue ethics has to say about personal character and its relation to human flourishing.
PHIL418C
Topics in Epistemology/Metaphysics; We're in this Together: Minds, Morality and Getting Along
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A study of moral attitudes (e.g. forgiveness, toleration, contempt), cognitive processes (e.g. outgroup/ingroup bias, confirmation bias, common knowledge), and group dynamics (e.g. conventions, trend-setting) underlying social division and cohesion.
PHIL418E
Topics in Epistemology/Metaphysics; Causes and Conditionals
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of a perennial topic in metaphysics: the nature of causation. We will pay special attention to analyses of causation in terms of counterfactual statements such as "if the key had been turned the engine would have started" and "if the stone had not been thrown, the glass would not have shattered."
PHIL443
Moral Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 2 courses in PHIL.
Recommended: PHIL341 is strongly recommended for background on the historical authors that the readings make reference to.
Credit only granted for: PHIL408P or PHIL443.
Formerly: PHIL408P.
Philosophers often stress reasoning as the appropriate source for practical and moral action. Would a realistic view of human psychology undermine this assumption? This course will examine recent philosophical and empirical work on the relevance of emotion and/or intuition to rationality, moral worth, and moral judgment.
PHIL445
Contemporary Political Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must have completed 3 credits in philosophy or political theory; or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department. And sophomore standing or higher.
Major trends in contemporary political philosophy: liberal, libertarian communitarian, socialist, feminist.
PHIL470
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: PHIL370; or permission of instructor.
This course will treat a selection of the most important topics in modern logic: alternative proof-theoretic presentations of logical systems, completeness proofs for classical propositional and first-order logic, some basic computability theory, basic limitative results (such as Godel's incompleteness theorems), and some results concerning second-order logic. The primary focus of the course is a study of these fundamental topics, but we will also discuss some of the philosophical issues they raise.
PHIL498F
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Topical Investigation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite:Two courses in philosophy or permission of the department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL498G
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Topical Investigation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite:Two courses in philosophy or permission of the department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL640
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
A basic course in value theory for beginning graduate students, coverin a number of topics in depth, to provide a springboard for further study and research in the area.
PHIL788G
(Perm Req)
Research in Philosophy; Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHIL788I
(Perm Req)
Research in Philosophy; Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHIL799
Master's Thesis Research; Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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PHIL828K
Seminar in the History of Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL848M
PHIL848N
PHIL858P
Seminar in Logic and Philosophy of Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL888
Professional Mentoring for Doctoral Students
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
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PHIL889
(Perm Req)
Pedagogical Mentoring for Doctoral Students
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
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PHIL898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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PHIL899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research; Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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