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Courses - Fall 2017
PHIL
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PHIL100
Introduction to Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
An introduction to the literature, problems, and methods of philosophy either through a study of some of the main figures in philosophic thought or through an examination of some of the central and recurring problems of philosophy.
PHIL140
Contemporary Moral Issues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
The uses of philosophical analysis in thinking clearly about such widely debated moral issues as abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, reverse discrimination, the death penalty, business ethics, sexual equality, and economic justice.
PHIL170
Introduction to Logic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: MS
GenEd: FSAR
Development of analytical reasoning skills through study of formal logics, reasoning systems, and fallacious inference patterns.
PHIL209A
Philosophical Issues; Bioethics: Regulating Right and Wrong
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
PHIL209E
Philosophical Issues; Happiness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
This course examines the nature of happiness and its role in the good human life through the lens of both philosophy and psychology.
PHIL209I
Philosophical Issues: Spooky Action at a Distance: Where Physics meets Metaphysics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Einstein believed physics should represent a "reality in space and time,free from spooky action at a distance" and worried that quantum theory failed that test. This course will investigate whether Einstein was right.
PHIL209N
Know Thyself: Wisdom Through Cognitive Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, SCIS
How do we improve our decision-making and overcome our weaknesses and biases? Theory and data from cognitive science regarding these shortcomings will be reviewed, and strategies for addressing them proposed. Students will consider how the findings impact various facets of human life.
PHIL236
Philosophy of Religion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: RELS236.
Credit only granted for: PHIL236 or RELS236.
A philosophical study of some of the main problems of religious thought the nature of religious experience, the justification of religious belief, the conflicting claims of religion and science, and the relation between religion and morality.
PHIL245
Political and Social Philosophy I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
A critical examination of such classical political theories as those of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, and such contemporary theories as those of Hayek, Rawls, and recent Marxist thinkers.
PHIL250H
Philosophy of Science I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
Main issues in the philosophy of science. Special attention to the ways scientific developments have influenced the philosophy of science and how philosophy of science has influenced scientific progress. Case studies of selected historical episodes in which science and philosophy have interacted significantly, focusing on the physical, biological, or social sciences.
PHIL308T
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; A Philosopher's Toolkit
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of how formal logic captures (and sometimes defies) logical intuitions, and how it supplies useful tools for clarifying a range of different philosophical problems, from issues of meaning, to issues of ontology and scientific reduction. NOTE: this course presupposes that you have already had some exposure to formal logic.
PHIL308W
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; World Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as RELS319W. Credit granted for PHIL308W or RELS319W.

This course examines five philosophical traditions: Platonism, Islam, Mexica (Aztec), Yoruba, and Confucianism.
PHIL308X
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; Philosophy and Time Travel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines the philosophical issues surrounding the paradoxes of time travel. Several solutions are considered, ranging from classical consistency conditions to multiverse theories. Materials include works of philosophy and physics, and time travel narratives from science fiction short stories and movies.
PHIL310
Ancient Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in philosophy or classics.
A study of the origins and development of philosophy and science in ancient Greece, focusing on the pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
PHIL328A
Studies in the History of Philosophy; Kant's Copernican Revolution in Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Kant remarked that Hume's attack on metaphysics awoke him from his "dogmatic slumber" and prompted a "Copernican Revolution" in philosophy, with epistemology supplanting metaphysics as First Philosophy. We will examine this revolution in Kant's Prolegomena and Critique of Pure Reason, prefacing our study with the work that started it all: Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.
PHIL332
Philosophy of Beauty
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 3 courses in PHIL; or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Philosophical theories, historical and contemporary, of beauty, sublimity, and other aesthetic qualities, of aesthetic experience, and of aesthetic judgment.
PHIL338A
Studies in Value Theory; Philosophy of Fiction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A philosophical examination of the phenomenon of fiction. Topics include the nature of fiction, the status of fictional entities (both what such the notion of truth in fiction, and the character of our emotional responses to fiction.
PHIL341
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A critical examination of classical and contemporary systems of ethics, such as those of Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and Rawls.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in philosophy.
PHIL360
Philosophy of Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 2 courses in PHIL; and (PHIL170 or PHIL370). Or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Also offered as: LING350.
Credit only granted for: LING350 or PHIL360.
An inquiry into the nature and function of language and other forms of symbolism.
PHIL362
Theory of Knowledge
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses; and PHIL170.
Formerly: PHIL462.
Some central topics in the theory of knowledge, such as perception, memory, knowledge, and belief, skepticism, other minds, truth, and the problems of induction.
PHIL370
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHIL170 or CMSC250; or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Credit only granted for: PHIL271, PHIL370, or PHIL371.
A review of propositional and predicate logic and related topics and an introduction to the semantics and metatheory of first-order logic.
PHIL386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Philosophy department; and junior standing or higher.
Consult Director of Undergraduate Studies: R. Singpurwalla.

Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of philosophy and 3.0 GPA. Carries no credit toward philosophy major.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL408M
Topics in Contemporary Philosophy; Philosophy of Music
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of philosophical questions raised by music, such as: What is a musical work? What is a good performance? What does music express? Can music evoke full-fledged emotions? What is musical understanding? What is the role of imagination in musical appreciation? What is the importance of form?
PHIL418A
Topics in Epistemology/Metaphysics; Models and Simulations in Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
How can cooperative institutions form out of the "state of nature"? How can groups of scientists come to know so much about nature? In the last sixty years, researchers have use mathematical and computer models to answer such questions. This class will explore computer simulation of such phenomena and the theory behind it. No background in programming necessary.
PHIL428B
Topics in the History of Philosophy; Classical Arabic Philosophy by Muslims and Jews
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as JWST429B. Credit granted for PHIL428B or JWST429B. This course is an introduction to classical Arabic philosophy from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries of the Christian era. But unlike most courses on this topic, we shall not be reading philosophy solely by Muslims but also by Jews (and maybe Christians). In a sense, the course is best described by the title of the book by Dimitri Gutas, "Greek Thought, Arabic Culture".
PHIL428K
Topics in the History of Philosophy; Kantian Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course explores Immanuel Kant's moral theory through a careful reading of his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. Questions we investigate include: does Kant have a plausible view of moral worth?; and does he succeed in pinpointing the supreme principle of morality?
PHIL428N
Topics in the History of Philosophy; The Aztecs: Human Sacrifice and Conquest
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST429N, LASC448J, and RELS419J. Credit granted for HIST429N LASC448J, PHIL428N, or RELS419J.

We examine the philosophical worldview and daily life of the Aztecs as as well as arguments concerning the legitimacy of the Conquest.
PHIL454
Philosophy of Space and Time
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A non-technical investigation of philosophical issues in the foundation of physics. Topics may include traditional philosophical problems of space and time, metaphysical issues about the nature of particles and fields, and philosophical problems associated with the introduction of probability into physics, such as the problem of irreversibility in thermodynamics and the problem of objectivity in quantum theory.
PHIL498F
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Topical Investigation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite:Two courses in philosophy or permission of the department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL498G
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Topical Investigation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite:Two courses in philosophy or permission of the department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL660
Metaphysics, Mind, and Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
A basic course on selected issues in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language for beginning graduate students, covering a number of topics in depth, to provide a springboard for further study and research in the area.
PHIL688T
Selected Problems in Philosophy; Introduction to Semantics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as LING660. Credit granted for LING660 or PHIL688T.
PHIL788G
(Perm Req)
Research in Philosophy; Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHIL788I
(Perm Req)
Research in Philosophy; Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHIL799
Master's Thesis Research; Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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PHIL848A
Seminar in Ethics; Nations and Nationalism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL858D
Seminar in Logic and Philosophy of Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL878D
Seminar in Cognitive Studies
Credits: 3 - 9
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL888
Professional Mentoring for Doctoral Students
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
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PHIL889
(Perm Req)
Pedagogical Mentoring for Doctoral Students
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
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PHIL898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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PHIL899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research; Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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