Courses

Courses for Spring 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 20C. History of Philosophy
    • From the Empiricists and Kant.
  • PHIL 100A. Ethics
    • An examination of the fundamental concepts, theories, and problems of mor al or political philosophy.
  • PHIL 100E. Metaphysics
    • Introduction to the philosophical study of the most general and fundamental features of reality. Topics vary, but may include universals, particulars, identity and individuation, substance, the nature of persons, causation, an d the nature of time.
  • PHIL 107. Continental
    • A survey of recent continental philosophy.
  • PHIL 133. History of Political Thought
    • A study of one or more important figures from the history of political thought.
  • PHIL 134. Moral Philosophy
    • An examination of the nature of desires, emotions, the imagination and other aspects of human psychology, and of the ways these bear on the moral eval uation of people and actions.
  • PHIL 143. Philosophy of Law
    • An introduction to some of the main issues generated by the philosophical question, "What is law?" In what sense is conduct made obligatory by the existence of law? What, if any, is the relationship between law and morals? What are rules? What does it mean to say that a rule exists? Do courts really apply rules or merely pretend to do so?
  • PHIL 149 Action Theory
    • An examination of philosophical topics connected with human action, e.g. th e role of intentions and desires in the explanation and justification of ac tion and the nature of practical reason.
  • 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 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.
  • PHIL 180. Philosophical Psychology
    • An examination of some of the concepts of the mind such as those of desire, intention, action, perception, sensation, and the unconcious.
  • PHIL 184. Intermediate Modern Logic.
    • Further application and development of the predicate calculus, including the calculi of identity and description. An introduction to the metalogical questions of completeness, consistency, and decidability.

Graduate

  • PHIL 296E. Seminar in Metaphysics
    • Graduate seminar in metaphysics. Specific subject matter is selected by the instructor and descriptions are available in the department office before each quarter.
  • PHIL 207G. Continental Philosophy
    • An examination at the graduate level of recent continental philosophy.
  • PHIL 233G. History of Political Thought
    • A study at the graduate level of one or more important figues from the history of political thought.
  • PHIL 234G. Moral Philosophy
    • An examination at the grduate level of the nature of desires, emotions, the imagination, and other aspects of human psychology, and of the ways these bear on the moral eva luation of people and actions.
  • PHIL 249G. Action Theory
    • An examination at the graduate level of philosophical topics connected with human action, e.g. th e role of intentions and desires in the explanation and justification of ac tion and the nature of practical reasons.
  • PHIL 250E. 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 266A. Kant
    • An examination at the graduate level of the philosophy of Kant with special attention to the critique of pure reason.
  • PHIL 276. Historical Philosophers
    • Examination at the graduate level of historical philosophers beyond those covered in Philosophy 106 and 151-166.
  • PHIL 280. Philosophical Psychology
    • An examination at the graduate level of some of the concepts of the mind such as those of desire, intention, action, perception, sensation, and the unconcious.
  • PHIL 284. Intermediate Modern Logic.
    • Further application and development of the predicate calculus, including the calculi of identity and description. An introduction to the metalogical questions of completeness, consistency, and decidability.