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Course Schedule for PHILOSOPHY - Spring 2017
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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4897 PHIL-205-01 Symbolic Logic 1.00 LEC Theurer,Kari L. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  An introduction to the use of symbols in reasoning. Prepositional calculus and quantification theory will be studied. This background knowledge will prepare the student to look at the relation of logic to linguistics, computer science, mathematics, and philosophy. Students cannot receive credit for this course and Philosophy 255, Philosophy of Logic.
4898 PHIL-223-01 African Philosophy 1.00 LEC Wade,Maurice L. WF: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  What is African philosophy? Currently, among the scholars addressing this question, no single answer prevails. Some hold that philosophy, by its nature, transcends race, ethnicity, and region and hence that terms such as “African philosophy,” “European philosophy,”and “Asian philosophy,” are all rooted in misunderstanding what philosophy fundamentally is. Some argue that prior to the very recent work of African scholars trained in formal (often European) departments of philosophy, African philosophy did not (and could not) exist. Others argue that while (many of) the peoples of Africa have little or no tradition of formal (written) philosophizing, the differing worldviews embodied in the myths, religions, rituals, and other cultural practices of ethnic Africans constitute genuine African philosophy. Yet others find African philosophy in the critical musings of indigenous African (so-called) wise men or sages. In this course we will critically examine the variety of possibilities, forms, and practices in Africa and elsewhere that might be referred to appropriately as “African philosophy” and attempt to understand why the notion of “African philosophy” is so especially contentious. (May be counted toward African Studies.)
5132 PHIL-246-01 Hum Rgts: Phil Foundations 1.00 LEC Wade,Maurice L. WF: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  This course will survey and critically assess arguments in favor of the existence of human rights, arguments about the legitimate scope of such rights (who has human rights and against whom such rights can legitimately be claimed), and arguments about which rights ought to be included in any complete account of human rights. Specific topics will include (but not necessarily be limited to) the philosophical history of human rights discourse, cultural relativist attacks on the universality of human rights, debates concerning the rights of cultural minorities to self-determination, and controversies concerning whether human rights should include economic and social rights.
4899 PHIL-255-01 Philosophy of Logic 1.00 LEC Ryan,Todd TR: 8:00AM-9:15AM TBA NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This course will introduce students to propositional and (first order) predicate logic, while engaging in philosophical reflection on a range of issues related to modern formal logic. In particular students will first study techniques for representing and analyzing arguments using the symbolism of each formal system. We will then consider some of the many philosophical issues surrounding formal logic, such as the nature of truth and inference, semantic paradoxes, and the attempt by Russell and others to use advances in formal logic to resolve traditional problems in metaphysics and epistemology. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and Philosophy 205, Symbolic Logic.
4900 PHIL-283-01 Early Modern Philosophy 1.00 LEC Ryan,Todd TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA Y HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  The history of Western philosophy from approximately 1600 to 1750, with major attention given to Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley and Hume. This course fulfills part two of the writing intensive (WI) requirement for the Philosophy major.
4901 PHIL-285-01 20th Cent Analytic Philosophy 1.00 LEC Theurer,Kari L. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Philosophy, said Wittgenstein, is the "bewitchment of the intelligence by means of language," and in his later work he sought to counter the thralldom of language by investigating its many uses. So have other writers from Russell, Ayer, and Ryle to the American philosophers Quine and Goodman. Their approach to philosophy, influenced by spectacular developments in logic and science, was largely "analytic," but their aims were traditional: to limn the prospect of human knowledge and release human intelligence from confusion and superstition. We will study their writings to understand their approach and to assess what it is to do philosophy in the 20th century.
4913 PHIL-288-01 Modern Philosophy 1.00 LEC Vogt,Erik M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This course will provide a survey of 18th century European philosophy; to be more precise, we will examine texts by representatives of both French and German Enlightenment thought. The first section of the course will focus on Rousseau's and Diderot's contributions to political and aesthetic thought; the second section will be concerned with Kant's epistemology and with some of his shorter texts on political and aesthetic thought. The goal of this course consists in both defining Enlightenment thought and unearthing the fateful dialectic at its very heart. Methodologically, this course will employ an approach owed to the tradition of Critical Theory. This course fulfills part two of the writing intensive (WI) requirement for the Philosophy major.
5123 PHIL-329-01 Dennett 1.00 LEC Lloyd,Dan MW: 11:30AM-12:45PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in at least one course at the 200-level or above in Philosophy, Neuroscience, or Psychology.
  Contemporary philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of evolution, and even philosophy of religion have all been usefully and creatively rocked by the thought of Daniel Dennett. This course will explore selected writings of Dennett and critical responses.
4725 PHIL-374-01 Minds and Brains 1.00 SEM Lloyd,Dan MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM TBA NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  The neurosciences have made striking progress in recent years toward understanding the brains of animals and human beings. Through readings in philosophy and science we will consider what contribution this explosion of neuroscientific data can make to our understanding of the mind.
4354 PHIL-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Work conducted in close consultation with the instructor of a single course and participation in teaching that course. Duties for a teaching assistant may include, for example, holding review sessions, reading papers, or assisting in class work. In addition, a paper may be required from the teaching assistant. This course may count as one of the 11 total required for the major, but will not count as one of the six required “upper-level” (300 and above) courses. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
4921 POLS-105-01 Intro Pol Philosophy 1.00 LEC Dudas,Mary J. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first-year students
  An introduction to the philosophical study of political and moral life through a consideration of various topics of both current and historical interest. Topics include environmentalism, ancients and moderns, male and female, nature and nurture, race and ethnicity, reason and history, and reason and revelation.
5066 RELG-308-01 Jewish Mysticism 1.00 LEC Kiener,Ronald TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Religion 109.
  An examination of the secret speculative theologies of Judaism from late antiquity to the present. The course will touch upon the full range of Jewish mystical experience: visionaries, ascetics, ecstatics, theosophists, rationalists, messianists, populists, and pietists. Readings will include classical texts (such as the Zohar) and modern secondary studies.