Courses

Courses for Fall 2018 

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 be moral, moral relativism, the nature of virtues and vices; and possibly consideration of practical ethical problems such as abortion or war.

  • PHIL 20A. History of Philosophy

    • From Thales to Aristotle.

  • PHIL 100A. Ethics

    • An examination of the fundamental concepts, theories, and problems of moral or political philosophy.

  • PHIL 100F. Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

    • An introduction to the philosophical analysis of the concepts and methods of science, treating such topics as: explanation, confirmation, causation, scientific laws, the interpretation, meaning and reference of scientific theories, theory reduction and theory change, and scientific revolutions.

  • PHIL 112. Philosophy of Religion

    • A study of some of the following topics: religious language, the existence and nature of god, the problem of evil, religious experience, religion and morality, the rationality of religious belief.

  • PHIL 121. Political Philosophy

    • Analysis of fundamental political conceptions; the state, sovereignty, political obligation, natural rights, natural law, etc.

  • PHIL 130. Freedom and Determinism

    • Determinism is the doctrine that the laws of nature plus the past necessitate the future. Is determinism compatible with the view that we often act freely and are often morally responsible for what we do?

  • PHIL 137. Aesthetic Theory

    • A study of some major works in the philosophy of art from Plato to the present, with emphasis on the development and analysis of the basic concepts employed in criticism of the arts.

  • PHIL 138. Normative Ethics

    • An examination of what makes actions morally right or wrong and people morally good or bad.

  • PHIL 139. Meta-Ethics

    • An examination of problems concerning the meaning and justification of moral judgments.

  • PHIL 150E. Advanced Topics in Metaphysics

    • Advanced topics in metaphysics. Specific subject matter is selected by the instructor and descriptions are available in the department before each quarter.

  • PHIL 151. Pre-Socratics

    • A study of the pre-Socratic philosophers.

  • PHIL 152. Plato

    • The philosophy of Plato.

  • PHIL 156. Hellenistic Philosophy

    • An examination of the thought of major Greek philosophers of the Hellenistic period.

  • PHIL 166A. Kant

    • An examination of the philosophy of Kant with special attention to the critique of pure reason.

  • PHIL 176. Historical Philosophers

    • Examination of historical philosophers beyond those covered in Philosophy 106 and 151-166.

Graduate

  • PHIL 237G. Aesthetic Theory

    • A study at the graduate level of the development and analysis of the basic concepts employed in criticism of the arts.

  • PHIL 238G. Normative Ethics

    • An examination of what makes actions morally right or wrong and people morally good or bad.

  • PHIL 239G. Meta-Ethics

    • An examination of problems concerning the meaning and justification of moral judgments.

  • PHIL 250E. Topics in Metaphysics

    • A study at the graduate level of topics in metaphysics.

  • PHIL 251G. Pre-Socratics

    • A study at the graduate level of selected writings of the pre-Socratic era.

  • PHIL 252G. Plato

    • A study at the graduate level of selected writings of Plato.

  • PHIL 256G. Hellenistic Philosophy

    • A study at the graduate level of selected writings of the Hellenistic philosophers.

  • PHIL 266A. Kant

    • A study at the graduate level of selected writings of Kant.

  • PHIL 276G. Historical Philosophers

    • Examination of historical philosophers beyond those covered in Philosophy 106 and 151-166.

  • 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 296D. Seminar in the Philosophy of Mind

    • Graduate seminar in the philosophy of mind. Specific subject matter is selected by the instructor and descriptions are available in the department office before each quarter.