This course consists of a discussion of fundamental philosophical issues presented in Platos Republic, such as the nature of morality, selfhood, God, reality, and knowledge. It may also use non-western sources to illuminate and evaluate central presuppositions and preoccupations of the western philosophical tradition that persist today. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Distribution: Humanities-a) (Exclusion: Any version of PHIL 1601 previously offered with a different title) Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 11:20AM Avard Dixon G12.
This course examines shifting and conflicting attitudes towards Nature which impact everything from how we can come to know about nature, scientifically, to ethical implications for how human beings relate to other natural beings. It uses readings from the history of western philosophy, especially from the early modern era, to assess the extent to which we have inherited these convictions or developed alternatives to them. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Distribution: Humanities-a) Monday and Wednesday 1:30 to 2:50PM Barclay 02.
This course focuses on aesthetics and the philosophy of art, drawing on both the history of philosophy (including figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Nietzsche) and on contemporary theories about art. Topics may include the problem of defining art, the role of art and the artist in society, the experience of the sublime, and the nature of aesthetic judgment and taste. [Note 1: This course may count as 3 credits in Art History.] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 to 2:20PM Barclay 02.
This course examines the philosophical developments in the late Ancient and Roman eras within the various schools of the Epicureans, Stoics, Skeptics, Cynics, Romans, and Neoplatonists. Themes may include the nature and possibility of knowledge, the ethics of happiness, the problem of free will, and the nature of the Divine. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 to 3:50PM Hart Hall 101.
In recent decades the philosophical assumptions underlying the life sciences have been seen increasingly as distinct from the physical sciences. This course will examine this difference as well as the linkage between them, then turn to the philosophical issues within evolutionary theory, the notion of species and problems of classification, persistent controversies surrounding sociobiology, genetic control, use of animals in research, and the application of bioethics. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Monday and Wednesday 4:30 to 5:50PM Avard Dixon 118.
This is a course in quantificational logic, concentrating on the nature of logic, methods of deduction, quantification theory, and the logic of relational statements. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 to 5:20PM Avard Dixon G10.
This course introduces the philosophical study of disability. It raises important questions that challenge our thinking and assumptions in a range of ways and explores issues such as: social versus medical models of disability; definitions of impairment and disability, including how they have changed through history; disability as identity and how it interacts with other identities; the relationship between concepts of disability and concepts of well-being; disability and culture; and philosophys treatment of intellectual disability in the context of philosophys traditional valorization of reason. (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) (Exclusion: PHIL 4991 Philosophy of Disability) Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 11:20AM Avard Dixon 112.