Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5300. Independent Study for Graduate Students

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 30 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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5301. Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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5302. Introduction to Moral Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Philosophy Grad only

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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5305. Seminar in Aesthetics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

A consideration of some of the basic problems in aesthetics.

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5307. Logic

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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5312. Seminar in the Philosophy of Science

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5314. Action Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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5315. Seminar in Moral Philosophy

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

A discussion and analysis of significant problems in ethical theory.

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5316. Seminar in the Philosophy of Social Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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5320. Seminar in the History of Philosophy

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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5325. Topics in Africana Philosophy

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy and to others with permission.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. May be repeated for up to nine credits with change in content.

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5327. Seminar on Kant

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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5330. Seminar on Theory of Knowledge

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5331. Seminar in Philosophy of Mind

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5340. Seminar on Metaphysics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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5342. Seminar in Philosophy of Language

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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5344. Seminar in Philosophical Logic

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Philosophy Grad only

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5350. Seminar in Recent Social and Political Philosophy

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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5360. Seminar in Recent Continental Analytic Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5380. Philosophical Issues of Race in the Human Sciences

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit for students who have passed ANTH/LLAS/POLS 5800.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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5397. Seminar

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 18 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission (RG799).

Grading Basis: Graded

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