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Philosophy

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F2i

A writing-intensive seminar that provides an in-depth exploration of philosophical approaches and ideas in the context of a specific topic
in philosophy. Possible topics include the philosophy of sex, death, film, media, and the meaning of life. Open to first-year and
sophomore students only.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

An examination of philosophical methods, problems, and ideas from Ancient philosophies, such as those of the Presocratics, Plato,
Aristotle, Epicureans and Stoics. Issues addressed include the human good, the relation of the human to the cosmos, the nature and role
of reason, and the relation between reason and pleasure.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

An examination of major representatives of Early Modern Philosophy, focusing on the works of Descartes, Hume, and Kant. Issues to be
considered include such things as the nature and role of rationality, the relation of the sensuous and the rational, the exercise of freedom,
and the existence of God.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F6

An examination of argumentation, with emphasis on identifying, analyzing, and evaluating arguments. Issues to be considered include categorical, propositional, and predicate logic.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F2i, F8

A survey of major views in Western Political thought, including contractarianism, liberalism, libertarianism and anarchism. Focus is on
the tension between state power and individual freedom. Discussion topics include citizenship, authority, the death penalty,
imprisonment, war, immigration, and animal rights.

Credits:
4

An examination of the historical development of philosophical conceptions of nature and their influence on contemporary environmental
issues, including global warming, pollution, sustainability, population growth, animal welfare, and the relationship between the human
and the natural. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2019-2020.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

An exploration of central problems in contemporary philosophy of religion, such as the arguments for the existence of God, the problem
of evil, the meaningfulness of theological language, and the relationship of faith and reason. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled
for 2019-2020.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

A seminar in which topics of current interest are presented and discussed. Topics may involve both classical and contemporary
philosophical texts. Typically, topics focus on issues that raise significant moral questions in contemporary society.

Credits:
4

An examination of the advent and evolution of the concept of “race,” how it has been treated philosophically, and its application to
ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, scientific methodology, and politics. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2018-2019.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F11

A philosophical examination of education with attention to issues in ethics (what values should guide education?), metaphysics (do we
educate the whole or only part of the person?), and epistemology (what is knowledge and is it the goal of education?). (Course offered in
alternate years; scheduled for 2018-2019.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F2i

The Philosophy of Language attempts to understand the nature of language and its relationship to speakers, their thoughts, and the world.
In this introductory course in the Philosophy of language students examine views on the nature of meaning, reference, truth, the
relationship between language and our speech acts, and the role language plays in our thought. (Course offered in alternate years;
scheduled for 2018-2019.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

An examination of major ethical theories, typically virtue ethics, deontology, consequentialism, and care ethics with special emphasis on
their central arguments and applicability to specific ethical issues.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

An examination of issues concerning the practice of medicine, the application of medical technology, and the business of health care
delivery that have significant implications for an understanding of the good life and/or moral duties and obligations. (Course offered in
alternate years; scheduled for 2019-2020.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

An exploration of major metaphysical issues such as the mind-body problem, materialism vs. theism, and freedom and determinism.
(Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2019-2020.)

Credits:
4

An examination of major issues in the theory of knowledge, such as the nature of knowledge and justified belief, the possibility and
limitations of human knowledge, and the ethics of belief. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2018-2019.)

Credits:
4

An examination of the nature, powers, and limitations of the human mind, as well as its relationship to the body. These issues will be
investigated through key works in the history of philosophy as well as various contemporary works in philosophy and/or related fields
(e.g., biology, psychology). (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2019-2020.)

Credits:
4

A philosophical examination of the meaning and limitations of explanation, primarily in the natural sciences, as well as the nature and
strengths of scientific methodology. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2018-2019.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

This course covers topics at the intersection between philosophy and neuroscience. First, we discuss foundational issues in the philosophy of neuroscience: the goals, methods and theoretical commitments of neuroscience as a scientific discipline. Second, we discuss several themes in ‘neurophilosophy,’ where neuroscience is used to study traditional philosophical issues. Third, we discuss contemporary issues in the field of applied neuroethics, in which scholars respond to ethical concerns arising from basic and clinical neuroscientific practice.   

Credits:
4

An examination of major authors and themes informing the development of feminist theory. Aims include understanding and critiquing
the social, political, moral and intellectual subordination of women to men as well as evaluating the unique contributions of feminist
theory to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2017-2018.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

An examination of prominent existentialists from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Issues include the idea that human beings’ deepest desire
is for meaning in their lives, and that the primary issue in human life is whether and how we own up to this. (Course offered in alternate
years; scheduled for 2018-2019.)

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F11

An examination of the major representatives of American Philosophy, most notably the pragmatists. Emphasis is on issues such as the
nature of philosophical method, the biological/social nature of human beings, the instrumentalist view of knowledge and inquiry, and the
contextual nature of truth and value. (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2018-2019.)

Credits:
1

Junior Philosophy majors wishing to read for honors are required to enroll in this preparatory tutorial. Although required for honors,
enrollment in this course does not guarantee acceptance into the Honors Program.

Credits:
4

An advanced study of specific topics. The course may focus on a central historical figure (Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Whitehead), a specific
period (ancient, medieval, modern, contemporary analytic or continental philosophy), or a major movement (empiricism, process
philosophy, phenomenology.) (Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2018-2019.)

Credits:
4

A tutorial course for senior or junior students. Each student chooses an individual topic in consultation with the departmental faculty.

Credits:
4

A tutorial course for senior or junior students. Each student chooses an individual topic in consultation with the departmental faculty.

Credits:
4

Senior seminar is designed as a capstone experience in Philosophy, requiring both oral and written work. The seminar culminates in the
senior paper, a sustained, sophisticated discussion of a significant philosophical issue.

Credits:
4

A course dedicated to the development of an Honors essay.

Credits:
4

A course dedicated to the development of an Honors essay.

Credits:
2

What is knowledge? How should we live? Can I trust my powers of reasoning? What is the nature of mind/soul? These, and other connected questions, were searchingly examined by Plato and Aristotle, and subsequently by Hellenistic thinkers of the Epicurean, Stoic and Neoplatonist schools living in an unsettled period of history. Each year will offer a special topic in philosophy relevant to the ancient world. This course will be taught in the format of an Oxford tutorial with smaller groups of students meeting each week to discuss assigned readings and present short papers. Part of the Track One: Ancient Greece and Rome: The Foundations of Western Civilization of the European Studies Program.