Graduate Courses

To see a complete list of courses offered and their descriptions, visit the online course catalog.

For current course schedule information and registration, visit SIS.

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Plato and Poetry
AS.040.626 (01)

This graduate seminar will explore Plato’s contributions to the “old quarrel” between poetry and philosophy, encompassing such topics as the relationship between poetic inspiration and human reason, the role of literature in pedagogy, and the metaphysical implications of poetic fiction. We will focus on several Greek texts from the Platonic corpus related to these themes, as well as some later sources that engage with Platonic ideas.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Smith, Joshua M
  • Room: Gilman 108  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

What is a Person? Humans, Corporations, Robots, Trees.
AS.300.618 (01)

Knowing who or what counts as a person seems straightforward, until we consider the many kinds of creatures, objects, and artificial beings that have been granted—or demanded or denied—that status. This course explores recent debates on being a person in culture, law, and philosophy. Questions examined will include: Should trees have standing? Can corporations have religious beliefs? Could a robot sign a contract? Materials examined will be wide-ranging, including essays, philosophy, novels, science fiction, television, film. No special background is required.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Siraganian, Lisa Michele
  • Room: Gilman 208  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar in Modern Philosophy
AS.150.603 (01)

German-style colloquium for advanced graduate students working in the history of modern philosophy. Course will meet synchronously online every other week for the duration of the academic year. Spring offering will carry a separate course number.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 12:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Instructor: Melamed, Yitzhak Yohanan
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar in German Idealism
AS.150.623 (01)

This course explores the transformation of Kantian idealism by F.W.J. Schelling and G.W.F. Hegel in their early years in Jena. Readings will include Schelling's System of Transcendental Idealism as well as Hegel's "Difference" essay and Faith and Knowledge.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Instructor: Moyar, Dean
  • Room: Gilman 288  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Is Scientific Knowledge Possible?
AS.150.616 (01)

Philosophical Views of Descartes, Newton, Duhem, Popper, Carnap, Goodman (grue), Kuhn, and Feyerabend.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Instructor: Achinstein, Peter (Peter)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Graduate Seminar: Metametaphysics
AS.150.622 (01)

Metametaphysics is the study of the nature and viability of metaphysics. In this seminar we will engage with questions about metametaphysics, including questions about the relationship between metaphysics and science, responses to deflationist challenges, and the nature of social metaphysics.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Instructor: Taylor, Elanor J.
  • Room: Gilman 288  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Animal Points of View
AS.150.651 (01)

Are non-human animals conscious? Do they possess a stream of consciousness like our own? This course will explore these questions by asking what it is for an animal to possess a point of view and a temporal point of view in particular.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Brown, Simon Alexander Burns, Phillips, Ian B
  • Room: Gilman 288  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/3
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (02)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Pickard, Hanna
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (03)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Gross, Steven
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (04)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Moyar, Dean
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (05)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Rynasiewicz, Robert
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (06)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Lebron, Christopher Joseph
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (01)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (07)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (09)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Williams, Michael
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (08)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Bett, Richard
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (10)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Bledin, Justin
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (05)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Rynasiewicz, Robert
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (01)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (07)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (03)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Gross, Steven
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (08)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Bett, Richard
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (10)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Bledin, Justin
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (12)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Melamed, Yitzhak Yohanan
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (11)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Achinstein, Peter (Peter)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (12)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Melamed, Yitzhak Yohanan
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

READINGS AND SKILLS IN CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY PART I
AS.150.822 (01)

This course provides skills training for a successful career in philosophy, through engagement with cutting-edge contemporary work across a wide-range of areas of philosophy. As a class, we will choose accessible articles of general interest recently published in top journals. Each student will be responsible for presenting one of these articles to the class and leading discussion, with guidance from the instructors. All students will be required to carefully and closely read each paper for each class, and come prepared to discuss it in depth. The aim of this part of the course is to learn how to read and analyze articles, present work, and engage in constructive philosophical discussion. After presenting the paper, each presenter will be required to write a short reply to it, in the style of the relevant journal. As a class, we will then engage in a mock review process, crafting anonymous referee reports, revising replies in the light of these, and discussing these as editors. The aim of this part of the course is to gain knowledge and skills relevant to writing philosophy and successful publication. The course is open to 1st and 2nd year students. It will meet every other week in both the fall and the spring semesters; each semester is worth 2 credits and students are required to enroll in both. Grading will be based predominantly on participation and effort. Upper-year graduate students may audit the course by permission of the instructors, conditional on their commitment to attend and engage as full members of the class; if student numbers are high, priority with respect to presentations will be given to 1st and 2nd year students.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Phillips, Ian B, Pickard, Hanna
  • Room: Gilman 288  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (13)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Taylor, Elanor J.
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (04)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Moyar, Dean
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (13)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Taylor, Elanor J.
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (02)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Pickard, Hanna
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (06)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Lebron, Christopher Joseph
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar
AS.150.824 (01)

In this course students will present drafts of Qualifying Papers and first dissertation chapters, receiving feedback from students, the instructor and other relevant faculty.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Moyar, Dean
  • Room: Gilman 288  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/6
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (11)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Achinstein, Peter (Peter)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.811 (09)

Please see AS.150.810 for section numbers to use when registering.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Williams, Michael
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.040.626 (01)Plato and PoetryF 1:30PM - 4:00PMSmith, Joshua MGilman 108
AS.300.618 (01)What is a Person? Humans, Corporations, Robots, Trees.TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMSiraganian, Lisa MicheleGilman 208
AS.150.603 (01)Seminar in Modern PhilosophyW 12:00PM - 2:00PMMelamed, Yitzhak Yohanan 
AS.150.623 (01)Seminar in German IdealismT 1:30PM - 3:30PMMoyar, DeanGilman 288
AS.150.616 (01)Is Scientific Knowledge Possible?W 1:30PM - 3:30PMAchinstein, Peter (Peter) 
AS.150.622 (01)Graduate Seminar: MetametaphysicsTh 1:30PM - 3:30PMTaylor, Elanor J.Gilman 288
AS.150.651 (01)Animal Points of ViewM 4:00PM - 6:30PMBrown, Simon Alexander Burns, Phillips, Ian BGilman 288
AS.150.810 (02)Independent StudyPickard, Hanna 
AS.150.810 (03)Independent StudyGross, Steven 
AS.150.810 (04)Independent StudyMoyar, Dean 
AS.150.810 (05)Independent StudyRynasiewicz, Robert 
AS.150.810 (06)Independent StudyLebron, Christopher Joseph 
AS.150.810 (01)Independent StudyStaff 
AS.150.810 (07)Independent StudyBok, Hilary 
AS.150.810 (09)Independent StudyWilliams, Michael 
AS.150.810 (08)Independent StudyBett, Richard 
AS.150.810 (10)Independent StudyBledin, Justin 
AS.150.811 (05)Directed StudyRynasiewicz, Robert 
AS.150.811 (01)Directed StudyStaff 
AS.150.811 (07)Directed StudyBok, Hilary 
AS.150.811 (03)Directed StudyGross, Steven 
AS.150.811 (08)Directed StudyBett, Richard 
AS.150.811 (10)Directed StudyBledin, Justin 
AS.150.811 (12)Directed StudyMelamed, Yitzhak Yohanan 
AS.150.810 (11)Independent StudyAchinstein, Peter (Peter) 
AS.150.810 (12)Independent StudyMelamed, Yitzhak Yohanan 
AS.150.822 (01)READINGS AND SKILLS IN CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY PART IT 4:00PM - 6:00PMPhillips, Ian B, Pickard, HannaGilman 288
AS.150.810 (13)Independent StudyTaylor, Elanor J. 
AS.150.811 (04)Directed StudyMoyar, Dean 
AS.150.811 (13)Directed StudyTaylor, Elanor J. 
AS.150.811 (02)Directed StudyPickard, Hanna 
AS.150.811 (06)Directed StudyLebron, Christopher Joseph 
AS.150.824 (01)Research SeminarT 4:00PM - 6:00PMMoyar, DeanGilman 288
AS.150.811 (11)Directed StudyAchinstein, Peter (Peter) 
AS.150.811 (09)Directed StudyWilliams, Michael