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.

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.

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.

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.

5325. Topics in Africana Philosophy

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to Philosophy graduate students, others with instructor consent. May be repeated for up to nine credits with change in content.

Philosophical problems from across African American philosophy, Afro-Caribbean philosophy, and African philosophy, examined using approaches from Africana analytical, dialectical, existential, feminist, phenomenological, and pragmatist thought. May include a historical focus on ideas from ancient African philosophy.

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.

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.

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.

5380. Philosophical Issues of Race in the Human Sciences

Three credits. Not open for credit for students who have passed ANTH/LLAS/POLS 5800.

The relationship between the concept of race and the concept of the human sciences. Topics will include implications of the question of race for the continued logic(s) of the human sciences and challenges to the presumption that race and racism in the disciplines are results of otherwise race-free sciences.

5397. Seminar

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