Courses

Courses for Winter 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 20B. History of Philosophy

    • From Medievals to Rationalists.​​

  • PHIL 100A. Ethics

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

  • 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 107. Continental Philosophy

    • A survey of recent continental philosophy.

  • PHIL 116. Meaning and Reference

    • An examination of the classical theories of meaning and reference: John Stuart Mill, Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and the theory of direct reference. Investigation of solutions to the classical puzzles of meaning and reference.

  • PHIL 124B. Philosophy of Physics

    • Emphasizes the role that philosophical considerations played in both the evolution and actual practice of science. The major emphasis is on the creation and development of the watersheds of twentieth-century physics: relativity and quantum mechanics.

  • PHIL 134. Moral Psychology

    • 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 evaluation of people and actions.

  • PHIL 138. Normative Ethics

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

  • PHIL 145. Punishment and 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 153. Aristotle

    • The philosophy of Aristotle.

  • PHIL 176. Historical Philosophers

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

  • PHIL 183. Beginning Modern Logic

    • An introduction to the concepts and methods of modern 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 207. Continental Philosophy

    • A survey of recent continental philosophy.

  • PHIL 216G. Meaning and Reference

    • An examination of the classical theories of meaning and reference: John Stuart Mill, Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and the theory of direct reference. Solutions to the classical puzzles of meaning and reference are investigated.

  • PHIL 224B. Philosophy of Physics

    • Emphasizes the role that philosophical considerations played in both the evolution and actual practice of science. The major emphasis is on the creation and development of the watersheds of twentieth-century physics: relativity and quantum mechanics.

  • PHIL 234G. Moral Psychology

    • 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 evaluation of people and actions.

  • PHIL 238G. Normative Ethics

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

  • PHIL 253G. Aristotle

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

  • PHIL 283G. Beginning Modern Logic

    • An introduction to symbolic logic at the graduate level.

  • PHIL 297A. Seminar in the History of Philosophy (Elizondo)

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

  • PHIL 297A. Seminar in the History of Philosophy (Tsouna)

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