Courses

Courses for Winter 2017

Undergraduate

  • PHIL 1. Short Introduction to Philosophy
    • An introductory course in western philosophy.
  • PHIL 3. Critical Thinking
    • Practical reasoning, argumentation, and the analysis of language as instruments of sound thinking in everyday life.
  • PHIL 4. Introduction to Ethics
    • An examination, at an introductory level, of such ethical issues as: why bemoral, moral relativism, the nature of virtues and vices; and possibly consideration of practical ethical problems such as abortion or war.
  • PHIL 20B. History of Philosophy
    • From Medievals to Rationalists.
  • PHIL 100B. Theory of Knowledge
    • Investigates fundamental questions surrounding the nature of human knowledg e and human justification, such as: What do I know? What am I justified in believing? What is it to know something? What is it to hold a justified belief?
  • PHIL 100D. Philosophy of Mind
    • Discussion of some central questions about the mind: are people identical to their bodies? What is it to feel, believe, or desire something? What distinguishes intelligent thinking from a computer's activities? What is the connection between language and thought?
  • PHIL 124C. Philosophy of Space/Time
    • Is space a thing or a series of relations holding between objects? Does time pass differently for different observers, or in different parts of the universe? Consideration of these and other questions lead to an examination of contemporary physics.
  • PHIL 138. Normative Ethics
    • An examination of what makes actions morally right or wrong and people morally good or bad.
  • PHIL 145. Punishment & Responsibility
    • An examination of some of the philosophical problems of punishment and responsibility: The rationale of punishment and the legal doctrine of Mens rea; the analysis of conditions of responsibility, relations between punishment, responsibility, retribution, guilt, shame, etc.
  • PHIL 150A. Advanced Ethical Theory
    • Advanced topics in ethical theory. Specific subject matter is selected by the instructor and descriptions are available in the department office before each quarter.
  • PHIL 153. Aristotle
    • The philosophy of Aristotle.
  • PHIL 160 Descartes
    • The philosophy of Descartes.
  • PHIL 183. Beginning Modern Logic
    • An introduction to the concepts and methods of moder symbolic logic. Emphasis is placed on problems of translating english expressions into logical symbols and on the development of skills in using the formal proof procedures of sentential and predicate logic.

Graduate

  • PHIL 296A. Seminar in Ethics
    • Graduate seminar in ethics. Specific subject matter is selected by the instructor and descriptions are available in the department office before each quarter.
  • PHIL 297A. Seminar in the History of Philosophy
    • Graduate seminar in the history of philosophy. Specific subject matter is selected by the instructor and descriptions are available in the department office before each quarter.
  • PHIL 224C. Philosophy of Space/Time
    • A study at the graduate level of the philosophy of space/time.
  • PHIL 238G. Normative Ethics
    • A study at the graduate level of normative ethics.
  • PHIL 250A. Topics in Ethical Theory
    • An examination at the graduate level of topics in ethical theory.
  • PHIL 253G. Aristotle
    • A study at the graduate level of selected writings of Aristotle.
  • PHIL 260G. Descartes
    • A study at the graduate level of selected writings of Descartes.