Undergraduate Courses

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Philosophy & Science: An Introduction to Both
AS.150.136 (01)

Philosophers and scientists raise important questions about the nature of the physical world, the mental world, the relationship between them, and the right methods to use in their investigations of these worlds. The answers they present are very different. Scientists are usually empiricists, and want to answer questions by experiment and observation. Philosophers don’t want to do this, but defend their views a priori. Why? Can both be right? Readings will present philosophical and scientific views about the world and our knowledge of it. They will include selections from major historical and contemporary figures in philosophy and science. The course has no prerequisites in philosophy or science.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Achinstein, Peter
  • Room: Gilman 50
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND, PHIL-LOGSCI, MSCH-HUM

Philosophy & Science: An Introduction to Both
AS.150.136 (02)

Philosophers and scientists raise important questions about the nature of the physical world, the mental world, the relationship between them, and the right methods to use in their investigations of these worlds. The answers they present are very different. Scientists are usually empiricists, and want to answer questions by experiment and observation. Philosophers don’t want to do this, but defend their views a priori. Why? Can both be right? Readings will present philosophical and scientific views about the world and our knowledge of it. They will include selections from major historical and contemporary figures in philosophy and science. The course has no prerequisites in philosophy or science.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Achinstein, Peter
  • Room: Gilman 50
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/20
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND, PHIL-LOGSCI, MSCH-HUM

Philosophy & Science: An Introduction to Both
AS.150.136 (03)

Philosophers and scientists raise important questions about the nature of the physical world, the mental world, the relationship between them, and the right methods to use in their investigations of these worlds. The answers they present are very different. Scientists are usually empiricists, and want to answer questions by experiment and observation. Philosophers don’t want to do this, but defend their views a priori. Why? Can both be right? Readings will present philosophical and scientific views about the world and our knowledge of it. They will include selections from major historical and contemporary figures in philosophy and science. The course has no prerequisites in philosophy or science.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Achinstein, Peter
  • Room: Gilman 50
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/20
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND, PHIL-LOGSCI, MSCH-HUM

Introduction To Greek Philosophy
AS.150.201 (02)

A survey of the earlier phase of Greek philosophy. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle will be discussed, as well as two groups of thinkers who preceded them, usually known as the pre-Socratics and the Sophists.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, W 1:30PM - 2:20PM
  • Instructor: Bett, Richard
  • Room: Shaffer 303
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 16/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: The Greeks and Their Emotions
AS.040.109 (01)

This seminar is meant as an introduction to the study of ancient emotions, with a particular emphasis on how the ancient Greeks conceptualized, portrayed and lived their emotions through linguistic, literary and artistic expression. After an analysis of how the ancient Greek emotional experience differs from our own, we shall focus on the phenomenon of emotion as deeply rooted in the physical body, and in light of this we will contemplate (and question) its universality. You will also learn how to research and write a paper. Texts will be read in translation. No knowledge of ancient Greek required.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Asuni, Michele
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 18/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction To Greek Philosophy
AS.150.201 (01)

A survey of the earlier phase of Greek philosophy. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle will be discussed, as well as two groups of thinkers who preceded them, usually known as the pre-Socratics and the Sophists.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Bett, Richard
  • Room: Shaffer 303
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Philosophy & Science: An Introduction to Both
AS.150.136 (04)

Philosophers and scientists raise important questions about the nature of the physical world, the mental world, the relationship between them, and the right methods to use in their investigations of these worlds. The answers they present are very different. Scientists are usually empiricists, and want to answer questions by experiment and observation. Philosophers don’t want to do this, but defend their views a priori. Why? Can both be right? Readings will present philosophical and scientific views about the world and our knowledge of it. They will include selections from major historical and contemporary figures in philosophy and science. The course has no prerequisites in philosophy or science.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Achinstein, Peter
  • Room: Gilman 50
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/20
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND, PHIL-LOGSCI, MSCH-HUM

Freshman Seminar: Feminism
AS.150.191 (01)

Historical and contemporary readings in feminist philosophy.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 9:00AM - 11:30AM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 288
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction To Greek Philosophy
AS.150.201 (03)

A survey of the earlier phase of Greek philosophy. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle will be discussed, as well as two groups of thinkers who preceded them, usually known as the pre-Socratics and the Sophists.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Bett, Richard
  • Room: Shaffer 303
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: Moral Relativism
AS.150.113 (01)

Moral disagreement is a puzzling phenomenon, and perhaps a deep one that tells us something about the nature of morality. One familiar response to apparently irresolvable moral disagreements is moral relativism: the view that what is right and wrong is somehow relative to individuals, or to cultures. But even if we reject relativism, the question how we know what we know about morality remains: if we can say nothing on this score, we might end up moral skeptics. We shall look at some recent research in moral psychology (including the evolutionary perspective on morality) to help us understand where our moral judgments come from, and to what extent we can trust them.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 381
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Philosophy of Law
AS.150.355 (01)

In this course we will examine major issues in the philosophy of law, including the nature of law, the role of the Constitution in legal decisions, and the justification of punishment. No previous knowledge of law or philosophy is required.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Moyar, Dean
  • Room: Smokler Center Library
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-PT

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (06)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 3/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Introduction To Greek Philosophy
AS.150.201 (04)

A survey of the earlier phase of Greek philosophy. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle will be discussed, as well as two groups of thinkers who preceded them, usually known as the pre-Socratics and the Sophists.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, W 1:30PM - 2:20PM
  • Instructor: Bett, Richard
  • Room: Shaffer 303
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 18/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Philosophy of Mind
AS.150.245 (01)

Our minds are often thought to be exhaustively and intimately known to us. Despite this philosophers deeply disagree about the natures of the mental states and events which make up our minds. And there is equally little agreement as to what makes such states and events count as mental in the first place. This course will investigate the nature of different aspects of mind and their interrelations. Students will explore debates and puzzles about the nature of perception, memory, imagination, dreaming, pain and bodily sensation, emotion, action, volition and those states commonly classed as propositional attitudes: knowledge, belief, desire and intention. This will put us in a position to ask what if anything unifies such phenomena as mental.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:20PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PM
  • Instructor: Phillips, Ian B
  • Room: Latrobe 107
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/20
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (10)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 2:00PM - 2:50PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 13/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (07)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 2:00PM - 2:50PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 7/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (04)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 1:30PM - 2:20PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 10/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (11)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 1/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (01)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 6/19
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Philosophy of Mind
AS.150.245 (02)

Our minds are often thought to be exhaustively and intimately known to us. Despite this philosophers deeply disagree about the natures of the mental states and events which make up our minds. And there is equally little agreement as to what makes such states and events count as mental in the first place. This course will investigate the nature of different aspects of mind and their interrelations. Students will explore debates and puzzles about the nature of perception, memory, imagination, dreaming, pain and bodily sensation, emotion, action, volition and those states commonly classed as propositional attitudes: knowledge, belief, desire and intention. This will put us in a position to ask what if anything unifies such phenomena as mental.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:20PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PM
  • Instructor: Phillips, Ian B
  • Room: Latrobe 107
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/20
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (05)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 1/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (03)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 1:30PM - 2:20PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 1/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (02)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 1/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (14)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 2:00PM - 2:50PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 13/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Panorama of German Thought
AS.211.265 (01)

This course introduces students to major figures and trends in German literature and thought from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. We will pay particular attention to the evolution of German political thought from the Protestant Reformation to the foundation of the German Federal Republic after WWII. How did the Protestant Reformation affect the understanding of the state, rights, civic institutions, and temporal authority in Germany? How did German Enlightenment thinkers conceive of ethics and politics or morality and rights? How do German writers define the nation, community, and the people or das Volk? What is the link between romanticism and nationalism? To what degree is political economy, as developed by Marx, a critical response to romanticism? How did German thinkers conceive of power and force in the wake of World Wars I and II? What are the ties that bind and rend a community in this tradition? We will consider these and related questions in this course through careful readings of selected works.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: WF 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Tobias, Rochelle
  • Room: Latrobe 107
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-GERM, INST-PT

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (09)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 2:00PM - 2:50PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 10/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (08)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 2:00PM - 2:50PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 10/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (12)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 2:00PM - 2:50PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 12/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Intro to Bioethics
AS.150.219 (13)

Introduction to a wide range of moral issues arising in the biomedical fields, e.g. physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, abortion, surrogacy, and human subjects research. Cross listed with Public Health Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Bloomberg 272
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 9/14
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM

Simone de Beauvoir
AS.150.400 (01)

Seminar on Beauvoir’s moral philosophy, covering the major works of the 1940s. Readings will include selections from The Blood of Others, Pyrrhus and Cineas, All Men are Mortal, The Ethics of Ambiguity, and The Second Sex. Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. (Beginning undergraduates should contact Professor Kosch.) No prerequisites.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 288
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 6/15
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-ETHICS, GRLL-ENGL

Formal Methods of Philosophy
AS.150.434 (01)

For better or for worse (and we think better), during the last century or so, philosophy has become infused with logic. Logic informs nearly every area of philosophy; it is part of our shared language and knowledge base. Vast segments of literature, especially in contemporary analytic philosophy, presuppose basic competence in logic and a familiarity with associated formal methods, particularly set theoretical. The standard philosophy curriculum should therefore guarantee a minimum level of logic literacy, thus enabling students to read the literature without it seeming like an impenetrable foreign tongue. This course is an introductory survey of the formal methods that a contemporary philosopher should be familiar with. It is not mathematically demanding in the way that more advanced courses in metalogic and specialized topics may be. The emphasis is on basic comprehension, not on mathematical virtuosity. Co-taught with AS.150.223 Formal Methods of Philosophy.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Rynasiewicz, Robert
  • Room: Gilman 132
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/15
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-LOGSCI, COGS-PHLMND

Moral Imagination
AS.150.486 (01)

This course explores the relationship between moral principles and how we use imagination to put or fail to put principles to work. We will read widely and eclectically in exploring this relationship.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 12:30PM - 3:00PM
  • Instructor: Lebron, Christopher Joseph
  • Room: Gilman 288
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Evidence, Foundations of Probability, and Speculation
AS.150.483 (01)

The course examines major theories about the meaning of evidence and probability, and in terms of these provides answers to the questions “What is a scientific speculation?” and “When, if at all, is speculating important or even legitimate in science?” No preview study of evidence or probability is required.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Achinstein, Peter
  • Room: Gilman 288
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/15
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-LOGSCI

Philosophy and Disability
AS.150.426 (01)

In this course, we will consider various philosophical issues related to disability. What counts as a disability? What obligations do we have, both as individuals and as a society, to people with disabilities? What counts as respecting people with disabilities, and what counts as unjustifiable discrimination against them?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Bok, Hilary
  • Room: Gilman 288
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Plato's Myths
AS.150.328 (01)

Much attention has been paid to Plato's logoi (arguments). Less attention has been paid to his mythoi (stories). In this course we will examine Plato's myths and their relation to his deductive arguments. We will encounter stories about the Greek gods, love, the soul, and the afterlife. We will read the Euthyphro, the Symposium, the Apology, the Phaedo, the Republic, and secondary literature on these dialogues. No previous coursework in philosophy is required.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Cummings, Cara Rei
  • Room: Ames 320
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 2/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Modal Logic and Its Applications
AS.150.498 (01)

In the first part of the course, we'll investigate the theory of modal logic, considering its syntax, semantics, and proof theory. We'll then turn to some its philosophical applications: epistemic logic, counterfactuals, deontic logic, intuitionistic logic, and the metaphysics of time.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Bledin, Justin
  • Room: Gilman 219
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/20
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND

Theory of Knowledge
AS.150.423 (01)

An advanced introduction to the central problems, concepts and theories of contemporary philosophical epistemology (theory of knowledge). Topics to be explored will includes: what is knowledge (and why do we want it)?; theories of justification (foundationalism, the coherence theory, etc.); externalism and internalism in epistemology; skepticism, relativism and how to avoid them. Reading from contemporary sources.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Williams, Michael
  • Room: Gilman 288
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND

Philosophy and Cognitive Science
AS.150.476 (01)

This year's topic is perception. Questions will include: In what ways might perceptual states be like and unlike pictures? Does what we believe affect what we perceive? Is linguistic comprehension a kind of perception?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Gross, Steven
  • Room: Mattin Center 162
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): COGS-PHLMND

Formal Methods of Philosophy
AS.150.223 (01)

For better or for worse (and we think better), during the last century or so, philosophy has become infused with logic. Logic informs nearly every area of philosophy; it is part of our shared language and knowledge base. Vast segments of literature, especially in contemporary analytic philosophy, presuppose basic competence in logic and a familiarity with associated formal methods, particularly set theoretical. The standard philosophy curriculum should therefore guarantee a minimum level of logic literacy, thus enabling students to read the literature without it seeming like an impenetrable foreign tongue. This course is an introductory survey of the formal methods that a contemporary philosopher should be familiar with. It is not mathematically demanding in the way that more advanced courses in metalogic and specialized topics may be. The emphasis is on basic comprehension, not on mathematical virtuosity.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Rynasiewicz, Robert
  • Room: Gilman 132
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 19/30
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-LOGSCI, COGS-PHLMND

Themes from the Philosophy of Religion
AS.150.331 (01)

Religion has always been a contested and extensively debated topic throughout the history of philosophy, and the topics from the philosophy of religion are still relevant today. In this course, we will look at several of those topics: what is religion? Do we have reason to believe or not believe in God? How does God relate to the world (or are there many Gods)? How can we understand religious practice? And what role (if any) should religion play in our society?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Lossau, Jens Tammo
  • Room: Mattin Center 162
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Classics of Analytic Philosophy
AS.150.473 (01)

A reading of some of the classic philosophical works in 20th Century Analytic Philosophy, beginning with G. Frege and ending with V.O. Quine.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Williams, Michael
  • Room: Gilman 277
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Cinema and Philosophy
AS.300.399 (01)

Do movies have anything to say about philosophical problems? Why is contemporary philosophy so interested in cinema? What are the most productive ways of bringing films and philosophy into conversation?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Marrati, Paola
  • Room: Hodson 305
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 20/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Existentialism in Literature and Philosophy
AS.213.374 (01)

This course explores the themes of existentialism, including the meaning of existence, the nature of the self, authenticity and inauthenticity, the inescapability of death, the experience of time, anxiety, freedom and responsibility to others, in literary and philosophical works. It will be examined why these philosophical ideas often seem to demand literary expression, or bear a close relation to literary works. Readings may include writings by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Heidegger, Rilke, Kafka, Simmel, Jaspers, Buber, Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Camus.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Gosetti, Jennifer Anna
  • Room: Shaffer 100
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Trust: Literature and Philosophy
AS.213.271 (01)

Fake news, policing crises, political polarization, and the like challenge us to reevaluate the notion of trust. The course takes up this challenge with the help of both literary and philosophical texts that shall assist us in posing, and trying to answer, questions such as the following: What or whom should we trust (ourselves, others, neither)? Is it possible and sometimes even preferable not to trust? Or should we cultivate trust in society? If so, how? Authors may include ETA Hoffmann, Hegel, Nietzsche, and others.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Yonover, Jason Maurice
  • Room: Maryland 309
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Feminist and Queer Theory: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality-Intersectional Feminist Theory
AS.363.306 (01)

In this course, we will get to know intersectional feminist philosophy through the lens of a Black feminist epistemology. What does this mean? That means that we will focus on how the contributions of Black feminist authors can bring out the specific political and philosophical nature of an intersectional theoretical framework.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Hussein, Rima
  • Room: Gilman 288
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.150.136 (01)Philosophy & Science: An Introduction to BothMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMAchinstein, PeterGilman 50COGS-PHLMND, PHIL-LOGSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.136 (02)Philosophy & Science: An Introduction to BothMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMAchinstein, PeterGilman 50COGS-PHLMND, PHIL-LOGSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.136 (03)Philosophy & Science: An Introduction to BothMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMAchinstein, PeterGilman 50COGS-PHLMND, PHIL-LOGSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.201 (02)Introduction To Greek PhilosophyMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, W 1:30PM - 2:20PMBett, RichardShaffer 303
AS.040.109 (01)Freshman Seminar: The Greeks and Their EmotionsTTh 4:30PM - 5:45PMAsuni, Michele 
AS.150.201 (01)Introduction To Greek PhilosophyMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMBett, RichardShaffer 303
AS.150.136 (04)Philosophy & Science: An Introduction to BothMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMAchinstein, PeterGilman 50COGS-PHLMND, PHIL-LOGSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.191 (01)Freshman Seminar: FeminismW 9:00AM - 11:30AMStaffGilman 288
AS.150.201 (03)Introduction To Greek PhilosophyMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMBett, RichardShaffer 303
AS.150.113 (01)Freshman Seminar: Moral RelativismM 4:00PM - 6:30PMStaffGilman 381
AS.150.355 (01)Philosophy of LawM 1:30PM - 4:00PMMoyar, DeanSmokler Center LibraryINST-PT
AS.150.219 (06)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.201 (04)Introduction To Greek PhilosophyMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, W 1:30PM - 2:20PMBett, RichardShaffer 303
AS.150.245 (01)Philosophy of MindMW 1:30PM - 2:20PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PMPhillips, Ian BLatrobe 107COGS-PHLMND
AS.150.219 (10)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 2:00PM - 2:50PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.219 (07)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 2:00PM - 2:50PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.219 (04)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 1:30PM - 2:20PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.219 (11)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.219 (01)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.245 (02)Philosophy of MindMW 1:30PM - 2:20PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PMPhillips, Ian BLatrobe 107COGS-PHLMND
AS.150.219 (05)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.219 (03)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 1:30PM - 2:20PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.219 (02)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.219 (14)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 2:00PM - 2:50PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.211.265 (01)Panorama of German ThoughtWF 12:00PM - 1:15PMTobias, RochelleLatrobe 107GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-GERM, INST-PT
AS.150.219 (09)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 2:00PM - 2:50PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.219 (08)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 2:00PM - 2:50PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.219 (12)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, W 2:00PM - 2:50PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.219 (13)Intro to BioethicsMW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PMBok, HilaryBloomberg 272PHIL-BIOETH, PHIL-ETHICS, BEHB-SOCSCI, MSCH-HUM
AS.150.400 (01)Simone de BeauvoirW 4:00PM - 6:30PMStaffGilman 288PHIL-ETHICS, GRLL-ENGL
AS.150.434 (01)Formal Methods of PhilosophyTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMRynasiewicz, RobertGilman 132PHIL-LOGSCI, COGS-PHLMND
AS.150.486 (01)Moral ImaginationTh 12:30PM - 3:00PMLebron, Christopher JosephGilman 288
AS.150.483 (01)Evidence, Foundations of Probability, and SpeculationW 1:30PM - 4:00PMAchinstein, PeterGilman 288PHIL-LOGSCI
AS.150.426 (01)Philosophy and DisabilityF 1:30PM - 4:00PMBok, HilaryGilman 288
AS.150.328 (01)Plato's MythsMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMCummings, Cara ReiAmes 320
AS.150.498 (01)Modal Logic and Its ApplicationsTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMBledin, JustinGilman 219COGS-PHLMND
AS.150.423 (01)Theory of KnowledgeM 1:30PM - 4:00PMWilliams, MichaelGilman 288COGS-PHLMND
AS.150.476 (01)Philosophy and Cognitive ScienceT 1:30PM - 4:00PMGross, StevenMattin Center 162COGS-PHLMND
AS.150.223 (01)Formal Methods of PhilosophyTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMRynasiewicz, RobertGilman 132PHIL-LOGSCI, COGS-PHLMND
AS.150.331 (01)Themes from the Philosophy of ReligionTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLossau, Jens TammoMattin Center 162
AS.150.473 (01)Classics of Analytic PhilosophyF 1:30PM - 4:00PMWilliams, MichaelGilman 277
AS.300.399 (01)Cinema and PhilosophyMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMMarrati, PaolaHodson 305
AS.213.374 (01)Existentialism in Literature and PhilosophyT 1:30PM - 4:00PMGosetti, Jennifer AnnaShaffer 100GRLL-ENGL
AS.213.271 (01)Trust: Literature and PhilosophyTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMYonover, Jason MauriceMaryland 309
AS.363.306 (01)Feminist and Queer Theory: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality-Intersectional Feminist TheoryM 4:00PM - 6:30PMHussein, RimaGilman 288