Courses

PHIL 5003. Ancient Greek Philosophy (Fa). 3 Hours.

Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Prerequisite: Three hours of philosophy coursework.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4003.

PHIL 5013. Platonism and Origin of Christian Theology (Irregular). 3 Hours.

The study of Plato, Middle Platonism, and Neoplatonism, including Philo, Plotinus, and Proclus, and the influence of Platonism on the Greek church fathers of the 2nd-5th centuries, principally Origen and Gregory of Nyssa and also Pseudo-Dionysius. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4013.

PHIL 5023. Medieval Philosophy (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Includes Augustine, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4023.

PHIL 5033. Modern Philosophy-17th and 18th Centuries (Sp). 3 Hours.

British and Continental philosophy, including Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4033.

PHIL 5043. Nineteenth Century Continental Philosophy (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Study of major Continental European philosophers of the 19th century including Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche. Emphasis on the nature of persons, the question of freedom, and the importance of self-expression, as well as views on knowledge, reality, and the nature of philosophy. Prerequisite: 3 hours of Philosophy.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4043.

PHIL 5063. Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Study of major figures (e.g. Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Foucault, Derrida) and trends (phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, critical theory, deconstruction) in 20th century French and German thought. Topics include human beings and their place in the world, the role of history and culture, and the possibility of critical reflection.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4063.

PHIL 5073. History of Analytic Philosophy (Irregular). 3 Hours.

From Frege to recent figures, including Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, Schlick, Carnap, Ayer, Ryle, Strawson, Quine, including a representative sample of works on the logical analysis of language, logical positivism, and ordinary language analysis. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4073.

PHIL 5093. Special Topics in Philosophy (Irregular). 3 Hours.

This course will cover subject matter not covered in regularly offered courses. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4093.

PHIL 5103. Modern Jewish Thought (Irregular). 3 Hours.

A survey of the main trends in Jewish thought from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century.

PHIL 5113. Social and Political Philosophy (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Selected philosophical theories of society, the state, social justice, and their connections with individuals.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4113.

PHIL 5123. Classical Ethical Theory (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Study of classical texts in the history of philosophical ethics from Plato to Nietzsche. Philosophers covered may include Plato, Aristotle, Butler, Hume, Kant, and Mill. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4123.

PHIL 5133. Contemporary Ethical Theory (Irregular). 3 Hours.

A study of contemporary texts in philosophical ethics from G.E. Moore to the present. Philosophers covered may include Moore, Stevenson, Hare, Foot, and Rawls. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4133.

PHIL 5143. Philosophy of Law (Irregular). 3 Hours.

A philosophical consideration of the nature of law, theory of adjudication, concepts of legal responsibility, liberty and the limits of law, and selected moral-legal issues (abortion, affirmative action, punishment, etc.).

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4143.

PHIL 5183. Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (Irregular). 3 Hours.

In his Critique of Pure Reason, one of the most important works in the history of philosophy, Kant describes how the mind works and claims to solve the major problems of metaphysics. The course is aimed at coming to a basic understanding of Kant's thought and at thinking critically about his claims.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4183.

PHIL 5203. Theory of Knowledge (Irregular). 3 Hours.

An examination of skepticism, the nature and structures of knowledge and epistemic justification, human rationality, and the justification of religious belief. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4203.

PHIL 5213. Philosophy of Science (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Examination of issues related to scientific explanation, empirical foundations of science, observation and objectivity, nature of laws and theories, realism and instrumentalism, induction and confirmation, models, causation, and simplicity, beginning with historical survey set in the context of the history of science but emphasizing works from the 1930s to the current period, often including issues in recent physics.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4213.

PHIL 5233. Philosophy of Language (Irregular). 3 Hours.

A survey of mainstream philosophical theories of meaning, reference, truth, and logical form. Attention given to the views of such figures as Frege, Russell, Tarski, Searie, Dumett, and the advocates of possible world's semantics.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4233.

PHIL 5253. Symbolic Logic I (Fa). 3 Hours.

Rigorous analyses of the concepts of proof, consistency, equivalence, validity, implication, and truth. Full coverage of truth-functional logic and quantification theory (predicate calculus). Discussion of the nature and limits of mechanical procedures (algorithms) for proving theorems in logic and mathematics. Informal accounts of the basic facts about infinite sets. Prerequisite: PHIL 2203 or MATH 2603.

This course is cross-listed with MATH 4253, PHIL 4253.

PHIL 5303. Philosophy of Religion (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Types of religious belief and critical examination of their possible validity, including traditional arguments and contemporary questions of meaning.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4303.

PHIL 5313. Contemporary Jewish Thought (Irregular). 3 Hours.

A survey of trends in Jewish thought in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, focusing on the ways in which Jewish thinkers have responded to the events affecting Jews and the conditions of Jewish life from approximately 1900 to the present.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4313, JWST 4013.

PHIL 5403. Philosophy of Art (Sp). 3 Hours.

Varieties of truth and value in the arts and aesthetic experience, focusing on the creative process in the art and in other human activities.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4403.

PHIL 5423. Philosophy of Mind (Irregular). 3 Hours.

An examination of such topics such as the relationship between mind and body, the mentality of machines, knowledge of other minds, the nature of psychological explanation, the relationships between psychology and the other sciences, mental representation, the nature of the self, and free will and determinism.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4423.

PHIL 5603. Metaphysics (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Theory and critical analysis of such basic metaphysical problems as mind and body, universals and particulars, space and time, determinism and free will, self-identity and individualism, with emphasis on contemporary perspectives. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.

This course is cross-listed with PHIL 4603.

PHIL 5823. Seminar: Spinoza (Irregular). 3 Hours.

PHIL 5883. Seminar: Wittgenstein (Irregular). 3 Hours.

PHIL 5933. Seminar: Philosophical Theology (Irregular). 3 Hours.

PHIL 5983. Philosophical Seminar (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Various topics and issues in historical and contemporary philosophy. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

PHIL 600V. Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

PHIL 690V. Graduate Readings (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Supervised individual readings in historical and contemporary philosophy.

PHIL 700V. Doctoral Dissertation (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-18 Hour.

Prerequisite: Candidacy.