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:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/10
  • 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
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • 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:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • 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:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • 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 (02)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Forster, Eckart
  • 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: 5/5
  • 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: 5/5
  • 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 (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 (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 (09)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Williams, Michael
  • 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: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Independent Study
AS.150.810 (11)

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Achinstein, 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: 5/5
  • 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 (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 (02)

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

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Forster, Eckart
  • 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 (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: 5/5
  • 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: 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

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 (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: 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: 5/5
  • 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 (11)

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

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Achinstein, Peter
  • 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

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

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:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • 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:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/6
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Franz Kafka in Philosophical and Literary Perspective
AS.213.643 (01)

This course is devoted to close study of the writings of Franz Kafka from both philosophical and literary perspectives. Writings will include Kafka’s short prose works and novels along with philosophical and literary critical interpretations thereof. Readings may include commentaries by Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Albert Camus, Giles Deleuze, and Giorgio Agamben. Primary texts for students from the German section will be in original; any other students may read Kafka in translation.

  • Credits: 0.00
  • Level: Graduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:00PM - 3:00PM
  • Instructor: Gosetti, Jennifer Anna
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

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:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • 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 M 
AS.150.616 (01)Is Scientific Knowledge Possible?W 1:30PM - 3:30PMAchinstein, Peter 
AS.150.622 (01)Graduate Seminar: MetametaphysicsTh 1:30PM - 3:30PMTaylor, Elanor J. 
AS.150.623 (01)Seminar in German IdealismT 1:30PM - 3:30PMMoyar, Dean 
AS.150.810 (01)Independent StudyStaff 
AS.150.810 (02)Independent StudyForster, Eckart 
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 
AS.150.810 (12)Independent StudyMelamed, Yitzhak Yohanan 
AS.150.810 (13)Independent StudyTaylor, Elanor J. 
AS.150.811 (01)Directed StudyStaff 
AS.150.811 (02)Directed StudyForster, Eckart 
AS.150.811 (03)Directed StudyGross, Steven 
AS.150.811 (04)Directed StudyMoyar, Dean 
AS.150.811 (05)Directed StudyRynasiewicz, Robert 
AS.150.811 (06)Directed StudyLebron, Christopher Joseph 
AS.150.811 (07)Directed StudyBok, Hilary 
AS.150.811 (08)Directed StudyBett, Richard 
AS.150.811 (09)Directed StudyWilliams, Michael 
AS.150.811 (10)Directed StudyBledin, Justin 
AS.150.811 (11)Directed StudyAchinstein, Peter 
AS.150.811 (12)Directed StudyMelamed, Yitzhak Yohanan 
AS.150.811 (13)Directed StudyTaylor, Elanor J. 
AS.150.822 (01)READINGS AND SKILLS IN CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY PART IT 4:00PM - 6:00PMPhillips, Ian B, Pickard, Hanna 
AS.150.824 (01)Research SeminarT 4:00PM - 6:00PMMoyar, Dean 
AS.213.643 (01)Franz Kafka in Philosophical and Literary PerspectiveW 1:00PM - 3:00PMGosetti, Jennifer Anna GRLL-ENGL
AS.300.618 (01)What is a Person? Humans, Corporations, Robots, Trees.TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMSiraganian, Lisa Michele