0411. Intermediate Logic (3
Metatheory of the elementary logic of predicates and quantifiers (familiarity with which is presupposed). Proofs that a standard derivation system is both sound and complete; i.e., that all and only logical truths are provable as theorems of the system. Other metalogical issues also explored.
0416. Philosophy of Science (3
Basic issues in the current philosophy of science, and particularly various accounts of such key notations of science as: hypotheses, confirmation, laws, causation, explanation, and theories.
0417. Feminist Epistemology
and Philosophy of Science (3 s.h.)
A discussion of feminist perspectives on knowledge in general and science in particular, ranging from feminist empiricism, to feminist standpoint theory, to feminist post-moderism.
0422. Contemporary Ethical
Theory (3 s.h.)
Issues in ethical theory that have come to prominence in the 20th century. Both metaethical issues (about the meaning and justification of ethical statements) and normative issues (about obligation, responsibility, and goodness) will be examined.
0423. Feminist Ethics
and Political Philosophy (3 s.h.)
An examination of feminism's contribution to ethics, political philosophy, and legal theory. Issues may include: the role of care versus that of justice in determining moral obligations; the nature and causes of women's oppression (including the difference between the sexual oppression experienced by white women and the additional forms of oppression to which women of color/third-world women are subject); pornography and prostitution; equality and difference; essentialism as it pertains to gender and race; feminist jurisprudence; postmodern feminism.
0429. Philosophy in Literature (3
Selected philosophical themes as they appear in classical and modern literature. Frequently the themes concern the "enlightenment project," "modernism," and their critics.
0432. History of Aesthetics (3
A study of major works in the history of aesthetics selected from such philosophers as Plat, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Dewey, Bell, Collingwood, Beardsley, Langer, Dickie, Danto, and contemporary figures.
0433. Problems in Aesthetics (3
An examination of the philosophical issues concerning the nature and importance of the arts and artistic practice, including questions about the nature of aesthetic experience, the definition of art, representation and expression in art, the ontological status of artworks, truth and reference in art, and the values of art.
0435. Classics in Moral
Philosophy (3 s.h.)
Major works in the history of moral philosophy selected from among the writings of such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, Bradley, Ross, and Sidgwick.
0443. Philosophy of
Law (3 s.h.)
Selected philosophical questions raised by laws and legal systems, e.g., questions about the nature and limits of law, and about the concepts of legal obligation, legal responsibility, and legal punishment.
0444. Philosophy of
Mind (3 s.h.)
An examination of such issues as the nature of thought; the possibility of free will; the nature of persons; materialist theories of mind; mentalism vs. behaviorism; and the innate ideas controversy.
0449. Ethics in Medicine (3
Exploration of ethical issues generated by the application of scientific and technological advances to the preservation, destruction, and programming of human life. Topics may include: ethics of medical research, abortion, euthanasia, behavior control, allocation of scarce medical resources, and the ethics of patient-physician interaction.
0451. Philosophy of
Language (3 s.h.)
Development of a theory of meaning and a criterion of meaningfulness, with a study of selected topics in semantics such as vagueness, metaphor, and the theory of reference.
0453. Philosophy of
History (3 s.h.)
Problems of historical knowledge, e.g., problems about the historian's claim to explain historical events (causation in history, reasons for actions, challenges to the objectivity of history) and problems about historical interpretation (including global interpretations of the historical process, such as Hegel's and Spengler's).
0468. Indian Philosophy:
an Introduction (3 s.h.)
Beginnings of Indian philosophical thinking in the hymns of Rig Veda and the upanishads and the major schools of Indian philosophy as they took shape during the next thousand years. The latter include samkhya, the Buddhist schools, the Vaiseskika, the Nyaya and the major schools of Vedanta. Issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and logic emphasized.
Philosophy (3 s.h.)
For Fall 2005 the topic will be Art, History, and Understanding. How do we understand other cultures? How do we get beyond our own horizon of beliefs and practices? Is it at all possible to understand cultures that are - historically or geographically - distant and different from our own? What is the value of trying to understand others? And what role does art and artistic expressions play within this field? In this course we shall be looking at how these questions structure the beginnings of modern hermeneutics in the work of Kant, Herder, Schleiermacher, Hegel, and Dilthey. Combining a systematic and a historical focus, we shall see how each of these thinkers pose a number of questions that are still of relevance to our conception of cultural differences and identity politics.
British and American Philosophy (3
Selected important figures and topics, e.g., Russell, Wittgenstein, Quine, Putnam; Logical Atomism, Logical Positivism, Linguistic Philosophy, and Analytic Philosophy.
0491. Special Topics
in Philosophy: The Socratics (3
The course examines a set of Greek philosophers of the fourth century BC who, like Plato, were directly influenced by Socrates. Until recently, their contributions have been little discussed. However, with the publication of Gabriele Giannantoni`s four volume edition of the fragments of the Socratics in 1990, scholars, especially European scholars, have increasingly been re-examining the contours of philosophy in Athens during the time of Plato and Aristotle. We will be reading work from and about the following Socratics and Socratic schools: Xenophon, Antisthenes (and Cynicism), Aeschines, Aristippus (and the Cyrenaics), Euclides (and the Megarian school), as well as Socratic dialogues of the period whose authors are unknown. The course does not require knowledge of Greek.
0492. Special Topics
in Philosophy: Adorno`s Politics (3
The seminar will be focused on Theodor W. Adorno and the implications of his thinking for current work in social and political philosophy. Of particular interest to us will be the fate of the political in Adorno's assessment of modernity. Is there a space in his otherwise bleak vision of the "totally administered society" for conceptualizing freedom, autonomy and individuality? How can his defense of non-identity be made politically relevant? And, finally, what is the relation between aesthetics and politics in Adorno? How does it differ from Benjamin and Heidegger, and how can his thinking about art's claim to be making speculative judgments in the Hegelian sense be applied in a post-aesthetic or post-modern context? We will start by discussing the Dialectic of Enlightenment. Then we will proceed to look at selected parts of Negative Dialectics before we end by reading some chapters in Aesthetic Theory. Ideally, students should read all three of these books. However, in class we will be focusing only on selections from each. In addition to these primary texts by Adorno, we will be dealing with some of his shorter essays, as well as some contemporary commentators and critics of his work.
0701. Seminar in Aesthetics (3
For Fall 2005, the topic will be Classics in the Philosophy of Art. This course will involve close readings of some of the classic texts in the philosophy of art, including works by Plato, Aristotle, Hutcheson, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Bell and Tolstoy. Other figures, including possibly Schopenhauer and Collingwood, will be examined, time permitting. The assignment for the course will be a term paper. Students will be expected to formulate a proposal for the paper by mid-semester and to tender their final draft at the last class. Participation in class discussions is also expected.
0704. Seminar in Philosophy
of Literary Criticism (3 s.h.)
Topics concern the critic's task of describing, interpreting, and judging literary works, e.g., the language of poetry, metaphor, style, form, symbolism, truth, evaluation, obscenity.
0721. Seminar in Social
and Political Philosophy (3 s.h.)
For Fall 2005, the topic will be Foucault in Africana Thought. This course will be divided into two parts. The first will be a detailed reading of Foucault's archaeological and genealogical approaches as they emerge in The Order of Things and Discipline and Punish and an examination of several of his lectures at the Collège de France and at the University of California at Berkeley. The second part will consist of criticisms and engagements in the thought of several Africana philosophers and social theorists, as well as non-Africana poststructuralists who engage the study of race and racism, such as Cornel West, Judith Butler, Lucius T. Outlaw, Joy James, Sylvia Wynter, B. Anthony Bogues, Paget Henry, Linda Martín Alcoff, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, and John and Jean Comaroff.
0731. Seminar in Philosophy
of Mind (3 s.h.)
Examination of current views of such topics as materialistic accounts of mind, intentionality, the analysis of specific mental phenomena (e.g., belief, consciousness, emotion, desire), ascription of mental attributes to machines.