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Courses - Fall 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
This course will introduce the basic concepts and techniques of modern symbolic logic, with an emphasis on developing skills in two areas: first, translating between ordinary language and logical notation; second, establishing the validity or invalidity of arguments using the methods of truth tables, deductions, and countermodels. Although the subject of symbolic logic was developed by mathematicians and philosophers for their own special purposes (which we will discuss), logical concepts and techniques have found applications in a variety of disciplines, including computer science, economics, law, linguistics, and psychology. We may also consider some of these applications.
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.
PHIL202
Know Thyself: Wisdom Through Cognitive Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, SCIS
Credit only granted for: PHIL209N or PHIL202.
Formerly: PHIL209N.
How do we improve our decision making? Cognitive science demonstrates that self-knowledge isn't as easy as we think, and that there are numerous biases and fallacies that impact our decision-making in ways that are hard for us to be aware of. In this course you will learn what some of these are and how they have been discovered, and you will explore potential strategies for avoiding these fallacies and for making wiser choices.
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.
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.
PHIL236
Philosophy of Religion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with RELS236.
Credit only granted for: PHIL236 or RELS236.
A philosophical study of some of the main problems of religious thought: the nature of religious experience, the justification of religious belief, the conflicting claims of religion and science, and the relation between religion and morality.
PHIL245
Political and Social Philosophy I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
A critical examination of such classical political theories as those of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, and such contemporary theories as those of Hayek, Rawls, and recent Marxist thinkers.
PHIL308T
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; A Philosopher's Toolkit
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of how formal logic captures (and sometimes defies) logical intuitions, and how it supplies useful tools for clarifying a range of different philosophical problems, from issues of meaning, to issues of ontology and scientific reduction. NOTE: this course presupposes that you have already had some exposure to formal logic.
PHIL308W
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; World Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with RELS319W. Credit granted for PHIL308W or RELS319W.
PHIL308X
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; Philosophy and Time Travel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines the philosophical issues surrounding the paradoxes of time travel. Several solutions are considered, ranging from classical consistency conditions to multiverse theories. Materials include works of philosophy and physics, and time travel narratives from science fiction short stories and movies.
PHIL309A
Philosophical Problems; Art, Imagination, & Emotion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL309P
Philosophical Problems; Philosophy Politics and Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL310
Ancient Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in philosophy or classics.
A study of the origins and development of philosophy and science in ancient Greece, focusing on the pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
PHIL332
Philosophy of Beauty
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 3 courses in PHIL; or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Philosophical theories, historical and contemporary, of beauty, sublimity, and other aesthetic qualities, of aesthetic experience, and of aesthetic judgment.
PHIL338D
Studies in Value Theory; The Ethics of Sex
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for PHIL338D or (PHIL309S in Summer 2016). Questions of sexual morality often deal with emotionally-fraught decisions and real-world problems. This course will appeal to ethical theory to help us think carefully about the issues. We will also use films to provide a common ground for discussions. Topics include monogamy, cheating, open relationships, consent, sex & love, BDSM, pornography, prostitution, bestiality, and pedophilia.
PHIL341
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A critical examination of classical and contemporary systems of ethics, such as those of Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and Rawls.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in philosophy.
PHIL344
Philosophy of Race
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVUP
Credit only granted for: PHIL344 or PHIL308Y.
Formerly: PHIL308Y.
A survey of philosophical arguments involving race and racism. Guiding questions will include: How have philosophers and scientists conceived of the concept of race? Is race a coherent concept? Does it help us explain differences in performance and behavior? What makes racism, racial prejudice, and discrimination wrong? What is the point of equality? Do we owe reparations to victims of racism?
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.
PHIL370
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHIL271 or CMSC250; or permission of the instructor.
This course is an introduction to logical ``metatheory'', that is, to logical reasoning about logic systems themselves. Topics include alternative alternative proof-theoretic presentations of logical systems as well as soundness and completeness theorems for propositional and first-order logic. Along the way, we will deepen our understanding of the elementary set-theoretic concepts underlying first order logic. Other topics may include basic results in the semantics of first order logic (such as the Craig interpolation theorem, the Beth definability theorem, or the Lowenhein-Skolem theorem).
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: C. Manekin. 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.
PHIL412
The Philosophy of Plato
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A critical study of selected dialogues.
PHIL418D
Topics in Epistemology/Metaphysics; Causes and Correlations in the Physical World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL418L
Topics in Epistemology/Metaphysics; Innate Knowledge
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines ideas about what we can perceive, conceptualize, or know, just in virtue of our nature, concerning mathematics, physics, language, or m orality, among other areas. Readings include Plato, Descartes, Locke, Le ibniz, Kant, Chomsky, and several contemporary authors.
PHIL428N
Topics in the History of Philosophy; The Aztecs: Human Sacrifice and Conquest
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST429N, LASC448J, and RELS419J. Credit only grantedN . for HIST429N, PHIL428N, LASC448J, or RELS419J.
PHIL438B
Topics in Value Theory; Nationalism and Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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, covering a number of topics in depth, to provide a springboard for further study and research in the area.
PHIL688T
Selected Problems in Philosophy; Introduction to Semantics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with LING660. Credit granted for LING660 or PHIL688T.
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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PHIL808I
Seminar in the Problems of Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL808K
Seminar in the Problems of Philosophy; Counterfactuals
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL878A
Seminar in Cognitive Studies
Credits: 3 - 9
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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