Philosophy (PHIL)

5300. Independent Study for Graduate Students

Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated for credit.

5301. Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

An introduction to contemporary philosophers such as Russell, Carnap, Ayer, Quine, Putnam, and Kripke.

5302. Introduction to Moral Philosophy

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

Introduction to ethical theory. Readings in historical and contemporary moral philosophy.

5305. Seminar in Aesthetics

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

A consideration of some of the basic problems in aesthetics.

5307. Logic

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

5311. Properties of Formal Systems

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated once for credit.

The development of formal deductive systems. The completeness and consistency of logical systems adequate for the expression of parts of mathematics. A consideration of aspects of the foundations of logic and mathematics.

5312. Seminar in the Philosophy of Science

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated once for credit.

A discussion of selected current, methodological issues in the philosophy of science. Topics may include scientific realism versus nonrealism; theories of scientific explanation; the nature of scientific revolutions; theories of the lawfulness of nature; and feminist theories of science.

5313. Seminar in the Philosophy of Physics

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Examination of philosophical issues associated with physical concepts of space, time, and matter. Topics may include relational versus absolute theories of space and time, and philosophical implications of quantum mechanics.

5314. Action Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

Examination and analysis of the concept of “action”
and related concepts such as “agent” and “intention.”

5315. Seminar in Moral Philosophy

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated once for credit.

A discussion and analysis of significant problems in ethical theory.

5316. Seminar in the Philosophy of Social Science

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

5317. Seminar in the Philosophy of Psychology

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Philosophical examination of contemporary issues in the philosophy of psychology. Topics may include a philosophical analysis of the nature of behavior, consciousness, perception, cognition, and emotion; the nature of psychological explanation; comparison of the science of human psychology with ethology and other biological sciences, the physical sciences, and computer science.

5318. Seminar on Plato

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

5319. Seminar on Aristotle

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

5320. Seminar in the History of Philosophy

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

5321. Seminar on the British Empiricists

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

5327. Seminar on Kant

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

5330. Seminar on Theory of Knowledge

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Problems in the foundations and nature of knowledge. A critical study of recent treatments of the problem of mind. Issues such as the mind-body problem, our knowledge of the existence of other minds, the existence of private languages, will be dealt with in detail.

5331. Seminar in Philosophy of Mind

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated once for credit.

A critical study of recent treatments of the problem of mind. Issues such as the mind-body problem, our knowledge of the existence of other minds, the existence of private languages, will be dealt with in detail.

5333. Seminar on Nietzsche

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

5340. Seminar on Metaphysics

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

5342. Seminar in Philosophy of Language

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated once for credit.

5344. Seminar in Philosophical Logic

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

Topics in the philosophies of logic and mathematics. May include completeness results for non-classical logics, higher-order languages and logics, diagonalization, limitative theorems (Tarski, Godel), paradoxes, and formal theories of truth.

5350. Seminar in Recent Social and Political Philosophy

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated once for credit.

5352. Seminar in Feminist Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

The focus of inquiry might be the history of feminist theory, a school of contemporary feminist theory, an issue or a selection of issues in feminist theory, or feminist approaches to major texts or themes in the history of philosophy.

5360. Seminar in Recent Continental Analytic Philosophy

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students.

Critical reading of selected texts of recent European philosophers such as Derrida, Irigaray, Kristeva, Heidegger, and Foucault; along with related work of analytic philosophers such as Davidson, Quine, Rorty, and Kripke.

5397. Seminar

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Philosophy graduate students. May be repeated for credit.