Courses

Courses for Winter 2019

Undergraduate

  • PHIL 1. Short Introduction to Philosophy

    • An introductory course in western philosophy.

  • PHIL 3. Critical Thinking

    • Practical reasoning, argumentation, and the analysis of language as instruments of sound thinking in everyday life.

  • PHIL 4. Introduction to Ethics

    • An examination, at an introductory level, of such ethical issues as: why be moral, moral relativism, the nature of virtues and vices; and possibly consideration of practical ethical problems such as abortion or war.

  • PHIL 20B. History of Philosophy

    • From Medievals to Rationalists.

  • PHIL 100A. Ethics

    • An examination of the fundamental concepts, theories, and problems of moral or political philosophy.

  • PHIL 100D. Philosophy of Mind

    • Discussion of some central questions about the mind: are people identical to their bodies? What is it to feel, believe, or desire something? What distinguishes intelligent thinking from a computer’s activities? What is the connection between language and thought?

  • PHIL 100E. Metaphysics

    • Introduction into the philosophical study of the most general and fundamental features of reality. Topics vary, but may include universals, particulars, identity and individuation, substance, the nature of persons, causation, and the nature of time.

  • PHIL 116. Meaning & Reference

    • An examination of the classical theories of meaning and reference: John Stuart Mill, Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and the theory of direct reference. Investigation of solutions to the classical puzzles of meaning and reference.

  • PHIL 124D. Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics

    • Examines the history of the development of quantum mechanics, focusing on the philosophical conundrums that arose from the tortured process of finding a theory that “worked.” This is done at the conceptual level, with minimal reliance on mathematical techniques.

  • PHIL 131. Advanced Topics in Applied Ethics

    • Advanced topics in applied ethics.

  • PHIL 144. Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Law

    • Study of advanced topics in the philosophy of law.

  • PHIL 145. Punishment and Responsibility

    • An examination of some of the philosophical problems of punishment and responsibility: The rationale of punishment and the legal doctrine of mens rea; the analysis of conditions of responsibility, relations between punishment, responsibility, retribution, guilt, shame, etc.

  • PHIL 150D. Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Mind

    • Advanced topics in the philosophy of mind. Specific subject matter is selected by the instructor and descriptions are available in the department office before each quarter.

  • PHIL 150E. Advanced Topics in Metaphysics

    • Advanced topics in metaphysics. Specific subject matter is selected by the instructor and descriptions are available in the department before each quarter.

  • PHIL 153. Aristotle

    • The philosophy of Aristotle.

  • PHIL 173. Frege

    • An examination of the work of the German philosopher and logician, Gottlob Frege.

  • PHIL 176. Historical Philosophers

    • Examination of historical philosophers beyond those covered in Philosophy 106 and 151-166.

  • PHIL 183. Beginning Modern Logic

    • An introduction to the concepts and methods of modern symbolic logic. Emphasis is placed on problems of translating English expressions into logical symbols and on the development of skills in using the formal proof procedures of sentential and predicate logic.

Graduate

  • PHIL 216G. Meaning and Reference

    • An examination of the classical theories of meaning and reference: John Stuart Mill, Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and the theory of direct reference. Investigation of solutions to the classical puzzles of meaning and reference.

  • PHIL 224D. Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics

    • Examines the history of the development of quantum mechanics, focusing on the philosophical conundrums that arose from the tortured process of finding a theory that “worked.” This is done at the conceptual level, with minimal reliance on mathematical techniques.

  • PHIL 231G. Advanced Topics in Applied Ethics

    • Advanced topics in applied ethics.

  • PHIL 244G. Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Law

    • Advanced topics in the philosophy of law.

  • PHIL 245G. Punishment and Responsibility

    • An examination of some of the philosophical problems of punishment and responsibility: The rationale of punishment and the legal doctrine of mens rea; the analysis of conditions of responsibility, relations between punishment, responsibility, retribution, guilt, shame, etc.

  • PHIL 250D. Topics in Philosophy of Mind

    • A study at the graduate level of topics in the philosophy of mind.

  • PHIL 253G. Aristotle

    • A study at the graduate level of selected writings of Aristotle.

  • PHIL 273G. Frege

    • An examination of the work of the German philosopher and logician, Gottlob Frege.

  • PHIL 276G. Historical Philosophers

    • Examination of historical philosophers beyond those covered in Philosophy 106 and 151-166.

  • PHIL 283G. Beginning Symbolic Logic

    • An introduction to symbolic logic at the graduate level.