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This course will provide an advanced introduction to the philosophy of music with an emphasis on the analytical and empirical traditions (Format: Seminar) Friday 11:30 to 2:20PM, Johnson Library (Hart Hall).
This is a seminar on the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). Students will be introduced to his life and times, read his philosophical texts, and learn to practice his methods in doing philosophy. We'll read his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, his Philosophical Investigations, and selections from several other important works. Students will engage with Wittgenstein's influential contributions to philosophy, such as the Picture Theory and the logicist programme, the critique of analysis, the distrust of essentialism, the notion of language-games, the rule-following considerations, and the infamous private language argument. We will also consider Wittgenstein as an ethical philosopher, a philosopher of religion, and as a ‘philosopher’s philosopher’ combatting skepticism and dogmatism. Special attention throughout is given to Wittgenstein’s distinctive and iconoclastic position on the nature & practice of philosophy. (Format: Seminar 3 Hours) Monday and Wednesday 1:30 to 2:50PM Avard Dixon 116.
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 1:00 to 2:20PM Avard Dixon 112.
After reviewing traditional attitudes toward the environment, this course will explore recent attempts to apply ethical analysis to such problems as pollution and conservation. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which problems of preservation challenge us to extend our traditional norms and values. To what extent, for example, does growing sensitivity to our natural environment require of us a new environmental ethic and oblige us to recognize animal rights? (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Monday and Wednesday 3:00 to 4:20PM Avard Dixon 120.
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) Wednesday 6:00 to 8:50PM Avard Dixon G10.
This course will reflect on the life sciences from a philosophical perspective. Students will examine philosophical (conceptual and theoretical) issues within the life sciences, including disputes about key biological notions such as species, units of selection, adaptation, sex and race. Also, students will survey the contribution of the life sciences to philosophy, including the application of evolutionary thinking to traditional philosophical debates (e.g., about the mind, intentionality, human nature, language, and the arts). (Format: Lecture 3 Hours) Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 to 5:20PM Barclay 311.
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) Monday and Wednesday 1:30 to 2:50PM Avard Dixon G12.
This course is an introduction to the study of philosophy by a close reading of Plato’s Republic. Students are introduced to Plato and Socrates and will examine fundamental and enduring questions about the nature of knowledge, desire, goodness and morality, education, political organization, the soul, the divine, and the practice of philosophy. (Lecture 3 Hours) (Distribution: Humanities-a) Monday Wednesday and Friday 10:30 to 11:20AM Crabtree M14.