Past Courses

 
 

 

 Spring 2024

 

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE
1 Introduction to Philosophy Allen
3 Critical Thinking Charry
4 Introduction to Ethics Lamb
20C History of Philosophy: Early Modern Holden
100A Ethics Elizondo
100C Philosophy of Language  Salmon
100E Metaphysics Falvey
124A Philosophy of Science Barrett
134 Moral Psychology Zimmerman
139 Meta-Ethics Mokriski
143 Philosophy of Law Greene
149 Action Theory Falvey
150A Advanced Ethical Theory Elizondo
184 Intermediate Modern Logic Robertson Ishii
189 Philosophy of Love and Sex Jarrett
     
     
MIXED UNDERGRAD/GRAD
124A/224A Philosophy of Science Barrett
134/234 Moral Psychology Zimmerman
143/243 Philsophy of Law Greene
149/249 Action Theory Falvey
150A/250A Advanced Ethical Theory Elizondo
184/284 Intermediate Modern Logic Robertson Ishii
224F Philosophy of Cognition  Roskies
GRADUATE
296C Seminar in Philosophy of Language Salmon
297A Seminar in History of Philosophy1 Holden
298B Problems in Legal and Political Philosophy  Greene
     
This seminar will examine Hume's metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophical pyschology as it appears in his early work A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40). Our focus will largely be on book 1, "Of the Understanding"
 
 
 

 

 

Winter 2024 

 

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE
1 Introduction to Philosophy Associate
3 Critical Thinking Barrett
4 Introduction to Ethics Associate
7 Biomedical Ethics Associate
20B History of Philosophy: Medieval  Zylstra
100B Theory of Knowledge Zimmerman
100D Philosophy of Mind Roskies
121 Political Philosophy Greene
130 Freedom and Determination Jarrett
135 Contemporary Philosophy Mokriski
136 Advanced Feminist Philosophy Mason
138 Normative Ethics Mason
150B Advanced Topics in Theory of Knowledge Mokriski
151 Pre-Socrates Hanser
153 Aristotle Elizondo
161 Spinoza Zylstra
183 Beginning Modern Logic Allen
     
MIXED UNDERGRAD/GRAD
121/221 Political Philosophy Greene
136/236 Advanced Feminist Philosophy Mason
138/238 Normative Ethics Mason
151/251 Pre-Socrates Hanser
153/253 Aristotle1 Elizondo
183/283 Beginning Modern Logic Allen
     
GRADUATE
296A Seminar in Ethics2 Elizondo
296D Seminar in Philosophy of Mind Falvey
296E Seminar in Metaphysics Robertson Ishii
 
1A selective survey of Aristotle’s philosophy.  Our aims are twofold: first, to understand Aristotle’s general epistemological and metaphysical principles; and second, to understand how Aristotle applies those principles to the special case of human beings, both in his psychology and his ethics.
 
We will read and discuss Frederick Neuhouser’s book Diagnosing Social Pathology.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2023 

 

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE
1 Introduction to Philosophy Associate
3 Critical Thinking Associate
4 Introduction to Ethics Mason
20A History of Philosophy: Ancient Zylstra
100A Ethics Hanser
100F Introduction to Philosophy of Science  Barrett
116 Meaning and Reference Salmon
124C Philosophy of Space and Time Barrett
128 Feminist Philosophy Mason
133 History of Political Thought Greene
145 Punishment and Responsibility Jarrett
150D Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Mind   Allen
150E Advanced Topics in Metaphysics Falvey
160 Descartes Holden
165 Hume Holden
173 Frege Salmon
183 Beginning Modern Logic Robertson Ishii
     
MIXED UNDERGRAD/GRAD
116/216G Meaning & Reference Robertson Ishii
124C/224C Philosophy of Space and Time Barrett
128/228 Feminist Philosophy Mason
133/233 History of Political Thought Greene
150D/250D Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Mind2 Allen
150E/250E Advanced Topics in Metaphysics Falvey
160/260 Descartes Holden
165/265 Hume Holden
173/273 Frege Salmon
183/283 Beginning Modern Logic Robsertson Ishii
     
GRADUATE
296A Seminar in Ethics Hanser
299C Seminar in Philosophy of Science1 Allen
 
1The Science of Non-Human Emotions: In this course, we will survey scientific accounts of emotion and interrogate their philosophical edges. We will be particularly concerned with attempts to study emotions in nonhuman animals, but will also include a module on emotions and artificial intelligence. We will examine the contrast between dimensional and discrete accounts of emotions as separate systems, looking at the interplay between research on humans and that on other animals. We will address the extent to which scientific questions about emotions can be addressed while remaining neutral about any associated conscious experiences, as well as being open to revisions in working definitions and the introduction of new methods of assessment. 
 
On Chirimuuta’s book, Outside Color: Perceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy
 

 

Summer 2023 

 

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE - SESSION A
1 Introduction to Philosophy                         Pierce              
3 Critical Thinking Davies
4 Introduction to Ethics Perkins
100B Theory of Knowledge Falvey
163 Locke Norton
     
UNDERGRADUATE - SESSION B
3 Critical Thinking Neidlinger
4 Introduction to Ethics Canet
7 Bio-Medical Ethics LeBrun
100D Philosophy of Mind King
100A Ethics Charry
146 Philosophy of Literature Dyck

 

Spring 2023 

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE
1 Introduction to Philosophy Associate
3 Critical Thinking Associate
4 Introduction to Ethics Zimmerman
20C History of Philosophy: Early Modern Associate
100A Ethics Hanser
100B Theory of Knowledge Falvey
139 Meta-Ethics Mokriski
183 Beginning Modern Logic Associate
188 Theory of Value Jarrett
MIXED UNDERGRAD/GRAD
116/216G Meaning & Reference Robertson Ishii
150A/250A Advanced Ethical Theory1 Elizondo
164/264G Berkeley Holden
166A/266A Kant2 Elizondo
167/267G Hobbes Holden
175B/275B American Philosophy3 Zimmerman
185/285G Advanced Modern Logic4 Barrett
GRADUATE
296D Seminar in Philosophy of Mind Falvey
298B Seminar in Legal Philosophy Greene
299C Seminar in Philosophy of Science5 Barrett
1 An examination of practical reason and its relation to ethics.
2 An examination of Kant's theoretical philosophy, as developed in his Critique of Pure Reason. We will focus mainly on Kant's account of the conditions under which theoretical cognition, especially in the mathematical and natural sciences, is possible.
3 175B/175B: This course in American Philosophy begins with an examination of Darwin’s theory of natural selection and its consequences for the idea of God-given rights referenced in the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution. We then examine responses to the clash between these ideas formulated by the pragmatists: Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey, who saw pragmatism as a response to both German Idealism and Social Darwinism.
4 185/285G: A course on current applications of model theory and category theory in philosophy of science.
5 299C: A seminar on structure and equivalence in physics.

Winter 2023

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE
1 Introduction to Philosophy Associate
3 Critical Thinking Barrett
4 Introduction to Ethics Associate
7 Biomedical Ethics Associate
20B History of Philosophy: Medieval Zylstra
100D Philosophy of Mind Zimmerman
100E Metaphysics Korman
143 Philosophy of Law Jarrett
150E Advanced Topics in Metaphysics Mokriski
161 Spinoza Zylstra
MIXED UNDERGRAD/GRAD
121/221G Political Philosophy Greene
128/228G Feminist Philosophy Mason
131/231G Advanced Applied Ethics Hanser
133/233G Historical Political Thought Greene
150D/250D Advanced Philosophy of Mind Falvey
175A/275A American Philosophy1 Zimmerman
184/284G Intermediate Modern Logic Robertson Ishii
GRADUATE
296A Seminar in Ethics2 Mason
296E Seminar in Metaphysics3 Korman
297A Seminar in History of Philosophy Tsouna
1 175A/275A: This course in American Philosophy begins with an examination of John Locke’s creationist theory of natural rights, which posits entitlements to life, liberty and property, and an assessment of the role Locke’s ideas played in the American Revolution, the construction of its founding documents, and the struggle to abolish slavery and racial segregation.  We then turn to the growing popularity of Darwin’s theory of natural selection in the subsequent century and its consequences for the idea of God-given rights referenced in the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution.
2 296A: This seminar will focus on the nature of false consciousness and ideology.
3 296E: A seminar on the metaphysics of material objects.

Fall 2022

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE
1 Introduction to Philosophy Korman
3 Critical Thinking Mokriski
4 Introduction to Ethics Mason
20A History of Philosophy: Ancient Neidlinger
100A Ethics Elizondo
100C Philosophy of Language Korman
100F Intro to Philosophy of Science Barrett
130 Freedom & Determinism Jarrett
135 Contemporary Philosophy Mokriski
160 Descartes Zylstra
MIXED UNDERGRAD/GRAD
144/244G Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Law Hanser
145/245G Punishment & Responsibility Mason
149/249G Action Theory Falvey
153/253G Aristotle McKirahan
156/256G Hellenistic Philosophy1 Tsouna
176/276G Historical Philosophy2 Holden
183/283G Beginning Modern Logic Robertson Ishii
GRADUATE
296A Seminar in Ethics Elizondo
296C Seminar in Philosophy of Language Salmon
594 First Year Grad Student Pro-Seminar Korman
1 156/256G: This course focuses on the three main philosophical movements of the Hellenistic period, i.e. the period extending over approximately three centuries after the deaths of Aristotle and of Alexander the Great: Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Scepticism.
2 176/276G: This course will examine the philosophical system of Nagarjuna (c.150-250 AD), the founder of the Madhyamaka (‘Middle Path’) school of Buddhist philosophy. The main focus will be Nagarjuna’s metaphysics, philosophy of language, and epistemology.

Summer 2022

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE - SESSION A
1 Introduction to Philosophy                         Costigan              
4 Introduction to Ethics Davies
7 Bio-Medical Ethics Pierce
100D Philosophy of Mind King
112 Philosophy of Religion Perkins
UNDERGRADUATE - SESSION B
3 Critical Thinking Neidlinger
4 Introduction to Ethics Lamb
100B Theory of Knowledge LeBrun
145 Punishment & Responsibility Britton
164 Berkeley                    Barnes

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Spring 2022

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE
1 Introduction to Philosophy Perkins
3 Critical Thinking Davies
4 Introduction to Ethics Pierce
20C History of Philosophy: Early Modern Holden
100A Ethics Elizondo
100B Theory of Knowledge Zimmerman
100D Philosophy of Mind Zimmerman
139 Meta-Ethics Mokriski
150E Advanced Topics in Metaphysics Mokriski
188 Theory of Value Jarrett
MIXED UNDERGRAD/GRAD
124A/224A Philosophy of Science1 Barrett
131/231G Advanced Topic in Applied Ethics Hanser
141/241G History of Ethics2 Fernandez
147/247G Philosophy of Economics Fernandez
183/283G Beginning Modern Logic Salmon
GRADUATE
297A Seminar in History of Philosophy3 Holden
299A Seminar in Philosophy of Logic4 Robertson Ishii/Salmon
1 124A/224A: A course on logical empiricism.
2 141/241G: A course on Aristotle's Ethics.
3 297A: Empiricism and scientific anti-realism. We'll examine the early modern empiricists' treatment of physical theory, and particularly discourse about particles and forces. Most of the time we will be examining the forms of scientific anti-realism (instrumentalism, fictionalism, expressivism) we find in Berkeley and Hume.
4 299A: This seminar will be on modal logic, modal essentialism in Kripke's Naming and Necessity, and related issues.
 

Winter 2022

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE
1 Introduction to Philosophy Korman
3 Critical Thinking Hanschmann
4 Introduction to Ethics Mokriski
7 Biomedical Ethics Costigan
20B History of Philosophy: Medieval Zylstra
100A Ethics Fernandez
100F Intro to Philosophy of Science Barrett
134 Moral Psychology Mokriski
143 Philosophy of Law Jarrett
160 Descartes Zylstra
MIXED UNDERGRAD/GRAD
116/216G Meaning & Reference Robertson Ishii
128/228G Feminist Philosophy Mason
145/245G Punishment & Responsibility Mason
152/252G Plato1 Tsouna
156/256G Hellenistic Philosophy2 Tsouna
176/276G Historical Philosophy3 Fernandez
184/284G Intermediate Modern Logic Robertson Ishii
GRADUATE
296A Seminar in Ethics4 Hanser
296E Seminar in Metaphysics5 Korman
1 152/252G: This course is a selective analysis of Platonic dialogues belonging to the so-called early and middle periods of Plato's production. The course typically discusses aspects of the Apology, the Crito, the Euthyphro, the Meno, the Phaedo, and the Republic (which occupies the entire second half of the course).
2 156/256G: This course focuses on the three main philosophical movements of the Hellenistic period, i.e. the period extending over approximately three centuries after the deaths of Aristotle and of Alexander the Great: Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Scepticism.
3 176/276G: This course will be about Aquinas on goodness and badness.
4 296A: The seminar will concern the justification of violence in self-defense and in war. The primary texts will be two recent books: Jonanthan Quong, The Morality of Defensive Force and Victor Tadros, To Do, To Die, To Reason Why: Individual Ethics in War.
5 296E: This seminar will focus on the metaphysics of race.
 

Fall 2021

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE
1 Introduction to Philosophy King
3 Critical Thinking Britton
4 Introduction to Ethics Mason
20A History of Philosophy: Ancient Barnes
100B Theory of Knowledge Korman
100C Philosophy of Language Salmon
100E Metaphysics Falvey
130 Freedom & Determinism Jarrett
135 Contemporary Philosophy Mokriski
150A Advanced Ethical Theory Mason
153 Aristotle McKirahan
MIXED UNDERGRAD/GRAD
138/238G Normative Ethics1 Elizondo
165/265G Hume Holden
173/273G Frege Salmon
183/283G Beginning Modern Logic Robertson Ishii
GRADUATE
296A Seminar in Ethics2 Elizondo
297A Seminar in History of Philosophy3 Tsouna
1 138/238G: The topic of this course is moral skepticism. Readings will be drawn from historical as well as contemporary sources and will include (at least) the following: Plato, Nietzsche, Freud, Bernard Williams, and Susan Wolf.
2 296A: The topic of this seminar will be Barbara Herman's The Moral Habitat.
3 297A: The focus of this seminar will be on Hellenistic Philosophy.
 

Summer 2021

Number Title Instructor
UNDERGRADUATE - SESSION A
1 Introduction to Philosophy King
4 Introduction to Ethics Lamb
7 Bio-Medical Ethics Dickey
100D Philosophy of Mind Falvey
112 Philosophy of Religion Zahn
UNDERGRADUATE - SESSION B
3 Critical Thinking Pierce
4 Introduction to Ethics LeBrun
100B Theory of Knowledge Bagwell
145 Punishment & Responsibility Britton
164 Berkeley Barnes