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.

Origins of Analytic Philosophy; Frege to Carnap
AS.150.617 (01)

Course description forthcoming. Previous philosophy classes of History of Modern Philosophy and/or Elementary Logic useful. This class is geared toward graduate students in philosophy.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: M 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Williams, Michael
  • Room: Gilman 288  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/15
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-SEM

Graduate Seminar: Truthmaker Semantics & Pragmatics
AS.150.635 (01)

An investigation into the theory of truthmaker semantics and pragmatics and its applications to various problems in philosophical logic and linguistics. This course is geared toward graduate students. Some background in mathematical logic will be useful in this class.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Instructor: Bledin, Justin
  • Room: Gilman 288  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-LOGSCI, PHIL-SEM

Seminar: Philosophy of Physics
AS.150.653 (01)

Physicists, natural philosophers and ordinary people have long held that space and time are fundamental entities, the stage as it were for all bodies and their interactions. Although relativity now teaches us that space and time are not fundamental, but aspects of a single entity, spacetime, it is typically thought that the latter is strictly fundamental, especially given its dynamical role in general relativity as the gravitational field. Yet recent attempts to unify general relativity and quantum mechanics reject this view and instead hold that spacetime emerges from something non-spatiotemporal and more fundamental. But what is the nature of this emergence and from what does spacetime emerge? We will examine a variety of proposals and ask (i) what it means for spacetime to emerge from non-spatiotemporal features and (ii) how this compares with philosophical theories of emergence. On one approach in particular, spacetime (gravity) emerges from the entropy of quantum entanglement. Thus, because it appears to come in various forms, we will also be concerned to understand the concept of entropy. But we will consider other approaches as well (e.g., loop quantum gravity and causal set theory) and attendant issues such as the black hole information loss paradox, the holographic principle, and the conjecture that entangled particles are connected by a wormhole.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: T 2:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Rynasiewicz, Robert
  • Room: Gilman 288  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (01)

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

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (02)

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

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (03)

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

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (04)

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

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (05)

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

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (07)

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

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (08)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate Independent Academic Work
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Bett, Richard
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (09)

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

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (10)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate Independent Academic Work
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Bledin, Justin
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (11)

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

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (13)

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

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (14)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate Independent Academic Work
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Phillips, Ian B
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (01)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (02)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (03)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (04)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (05)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (06)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (07)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (08)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (09)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (10)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (11)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (12)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (13)

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

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

Directed Study
AS.150.812 (14)

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

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate Independent Academic Work
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Phillips, Ian B
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Seminar in Modern Philosophy
AS.150.813 (01)

German-style colloquium for graduate students working in the history of modern philosophy. We will read newly-published work, invite speakers, and have presentations by advanced graduate students. First- and second-year students may register for a grade. Advanced graduate students in history of modern should audit/present

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Instructor: Melamed, Yitzhak Yohanan
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

READINGS AND SKILLS IN CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY II
AS.150.823 (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 graduate 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: 8/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Research Seminar
AS.150.825 (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 Independent Academic Work
  • Days/Times: T 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Moyar, Dean
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/6
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.150.617 (01)Origins of Analytic Philosophy; Frege to CarnapM 4:00PM - 6:00PMWilliams, MichaelGilman 288PHIL-SEM
AS.150.635 (01)Graduate Seminar: Truthmaker Semantics & PragmaticsTh 1:30PM - 3:30PMBledin, JustinGilman 288PHIL-LOGSCI, PHIL-SEM
AS.150.653 (01)Seminar: Philosophy of PhysicsT 2:00PM - 4:00PMRynasiewicz, RobertGilman 288
AS.150.810 (01)Independent StudyPickard, Hanna 
AS.150.810 (02)Independent StudyStaff 
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 (07)Independent StudyBok, Hilary 
AS.150.810 (08)Independent StudyBett, Richard 
AS.150.810 (09)Independent StudyWilliams, Michael 
AS.150.810 (10)Independent StudyBledin, Justin 
AS.150.810 (11)Independent StudyAchinstein, Peter (Peter) 
AS.150.810 (12)Independent StudyMelamed, Yitzhak Yohanan 
AS.150.810 (13)Independent StudyTaylor, Elanor J. 
AS.150.810 (14)Independent StudyPhillips, Ian B 
AS.150.812 (01)Directed StudyPickard, Hanna 
AS.150.812 (02)Directed StudyStaff 
AS.150.812 (03)Directed StudyGross, Steven 
AS.150.812 (04)Directed StudyMoyar, Dean 
AS.150.812 (05)Directed StudyRynasiewicz, Robert 
AS.150.812 (06)Directed StudyLebron, Christopher Joseph 
AS.150.812 (07)Directed StudyBok, Hilary 
AS.150.812 (08)Directed StudyBett, Richard 
AS.150.812 (09)Directed StudyWilliams, Michael 
AS.150.812 (10)Directed StudyBledin, Justin 
AS.150.812 (11)Directed StudyAchinstein, Peter (Peter) 
AS.150.812 (12)Directed StudyMelamed, Yitzhak Yohanan 
AS.150.812 (13)Directed StudyTaylor, Elanor J. 
AS.150.812 (14)Directed StudyPhillips, Ian B 
AS.150.813 (01)Seminar in Modern PhilosophyW 1:00PM - 3:00PMMelamed, Yitzhak Yohanan 
AS.150.823 (01)READINGS AND SKILLS IN CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY IIT 4:00PM - 6:00PMPhillips, Ian B, Pickard, HannaGilman 288
AS.150.825 (01)Research SeminarT 4:00PM - 6:00PMMoyar, Dean