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Course Number Instructor(s) Subfield Quarter Day, Time, Location

PHIL 1 (section 1): Introduction to Philosophy

Is there one truth or many? Does science tell us everything there is to know? Can our minds be purely physical? Do we have free will? Is faith rational? Should we always...

Taylor, G., Cooper, E., Kang, S., Lawlor, K. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30am - 11:20am
300-300

PHIL 3N (section 1): Randomness: Computational and Philosophical Approaches (CS 57N)

Is it ever reasonable to make a decision randomly? For example, would you ever let an important choice depend on the flip of a coin? Can randomness help us answer...

Icard, T., Wootters, M. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
50-52H

PHIL 21N (section 1): Ethics of Sports (ETHICSOC 121N)

This seminar will be focused on the ethical challenges that are encountered in sport. We will focus on the moral and political issues that affect the world of sport and...

Bidadanure, J. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
School of Education 206

PHIL 24F (section 1): Tutorial: Morality and its Critics

What is morality? Why be moral? This course will cover some seminal ideas in ethics from the last 75 years, aimed in one way or another toward these and related questions...

Madigan, T. 2019-2020 Autumn
Wednesday
3:30pm - 5:20pm
260-008

PHIL 49 (section 1): Survey of Formal Methods

Survey of important formal methods used in philosophy. The course covers the basics of propositional and elementary predicate logic, probability and decision theory, game...

Chipman, J. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
9:00am - 10:20am
380-380D

PHIL 60 (section 1): Introduction to Philosophy of Science (HPS 60, STS 200S)

This course introduces students to tools for the philosophical analysis of science. We will cover issues in observation, experiment, and reasoning, questions about the...

McDougal, A., Zweber, A., Longino, H. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:50am
200-030

PHIL 99 (section 1): Minds and Machines (LINGUIST 35, PSYCH 35, SYMSYS 1, SYMSYS 200)

(Formerly SYMSYS 100). An overview of the interdisciplinary study of cognition, information, communication, and language, with an emphasis on foundational issues: What are...

Lassiter, D. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Cubberley Auditorium

PHIL 100 (section 1): Greek Philosophy (CLASSICS 40)

We shall cover the major developments in Greek philosophical thought, focusing on Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic schools (the Epicureans, the Stoics, and the...

Hobbs, L., Slabon, T., Bobonich, C. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
370-370

PHIL 108B (section 1): Aristotle's Physics Book One (PHIL 208B)

A chapter by chapter analysis of Aristotle's introductory discussions of physical theory. Topics to be considered include Aristotle's treatment of Eleatic monism, the...

Code, A. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday
4:30pm - 7:20pm
90-92Q

PHIL 115 (section 1): PreSocratics (PHIL 215)

Exploration of the Greek philosophical inquiry undertaken in the roughly two hundred years before Socrates. This Presocratic period saw vibrant and varied treatment of a...

Pinto, R. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
110-101

PHIL 121 (section 1): History of Political Philosophy (ETHICSOC 121, PHIL 221)

Nation-states issue legal commands, and wield overwhelming power to coercively enforce them. On one hand, this allows states to protect people from each other. On the...

Lenczewska, O., Estlund, D. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
12:30pm - 1:20pm
200-030

PHIL 133S (section 1): Heidegger and Mysticism (RELIGST 181)

A close reading of Heidegger's Being and Time in light of the new paradigm for reading his work, as well as a study of his long-standing interest in mysticism and the...

Gentzke, J., Sheehan, T. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
STLC118

PHIL 137X (section 1): Wittgenstein

An exploration of Wittgenstein's changing views about meaning, mind, knowledge, and the nature of philosophical perplexity and philosophical insight, focusing on the...

Hills, D. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday
11:30am - 1:20pm
80-113

PHIL 137 (section 1): Wittgenstein (PHIL 237)

(Graduate students register for 237.) An exploration of Wittgenstein's changing views about meaning, mind, knowledge, and the nature of philosophical perplexity and...

Hills, D. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
School of Education 230

PHIL 150 (section 1): Mathematical Logic (PHIL 250)

An introduction to the concepts and techniques used in mathematical logic, focusing on propositional, modal, and predicate logic. Highlights connections with philosophy,...

Icard, T., Kim, H., Bassett, R., Sparkes, B., Wilcox, J. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
260-113

PHIL 155 (section 1): Topics in Mathematical Logic: Non-Classical Logic (PHIL 255)

This year's topic is Non-Classical Logic. May be repeated for credit.

Briggs, R. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
9:00am - 10:20am
School of Education 334

PHIL 171 (section 1): Justice (ETHICSOC 171, POLISCI 103, POLISCI 336S, PUBLPOL 103C, PUBLPOL 307)

In this course, we explore three sets of questions relating to justice and the meaning of a just society: (1) Liberty: What is liberty, and why is it important? Which...

Coyne, B., Mrsny, S., Petrov, P., Woodworth, S., Zhao, D., Oh, E., Schwartz, A., Hughes, P., LaCruise, T. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
320-105

PHIL 175B (section 1): Philosophy of Public Policy (ETHICSOC 175X, PHIL 275B, POLISCI 135E, POLISCI 235E, PUBLPOL 177)

From healthcare to voting reforms, social protection and educational policies, public policies are underpinned by moral values. When we debate those policies, we typically...

Bidadanure, J., Hauthaler, N. 2019-2020 Autumn
Wednesday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
Littlefield 107

PHIL 180 (section 1): Metaphysics

This is an undergraduate only class. Intensive introduction to core topics in contemporary metaphysics. What is the fundamental structure of reality? Is it objective? How...

Peacocke, A. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
90-92Q

PHIL 186 (section 1): Philosophy of Mind (PHIL 286)

(Graduate students register for 286.) This is an advanced introduction to core topics in the philosophy of mind. Prerequisite: PHIL 80

Cao, R., Thobani, I. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:50am
320-109

PHIL 194D (section 1): Capstone Seminar

Crimmins, M. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
200-107

PHIL 198 (section 1): The Dualist Undergraduate Journal

Weekly meeting of the editorial board of The Dualist, a national journal of undergraduate work in philosophy. Open to all undergraduates. May be repeated.

Kim, H. 2019-2020 Autumn
Friday
2:30pm - 3:20pm
250-108

PHIL 208B (section 1): Aristotle's Physics Book One (PHIL 108B)

A chapter by chapter analysis of Aristotle's introductory discussions of physical theory. Topics to be considered include Aristotle's treatment of Eleatic monism, the...

Code, A. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday
4:30pm - 7:20pm
90-92Q

PHIL 215 (section 1): PreSocratics (PHIL 115)

Exploration of the Greek philosophical inquiry undertaken in the roughly two hundred years before Socrates. This Presocratic period saw vibrant and varied treatment of a...

Pinto, R. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
110-101

PHIL 221 (section 1): History of Political Philosophy (ETHICSOC 121, PHIL 121)

Nation-states issue legal commands, and wield overwhelming power to coercively enforce them. On one hand, this allows states to protect people from each other. On the...

Lenczewska, O., Estlund, D. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
12:30pm - 1:20pm
200-030

PHIL 229 (section 1): Plotinus and Augustine (PHIL 329, RELIGST 269, RELIGST 369)

Professor's permission required to register. A reading course focused on the influence of Plotinus Enneads on Augustine's Confessions, early dialogues, and sections on...

Sheehan, T. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
360-361A

PHIL 231 (section 1): Introduction to Philosophy of Education (EDUC 204, ETHICSOC 204)

How to think philosophically about educational problems. Recent influential scholarship in philosophy of education. No previous study in philosophy required.

Callan, E. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
8:30am - 10:20am
School of Education 334

PHIL 237 (section 1): Wittgenstein (PHIL 137)

(Graduate students register for 237.) An exploration of Wittgenstein's changing views about meaning, mind, knowledge, and the nature of philosophical perplexity and...

Hills, D. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
School of Education 230

PHIL 239 (section 1): Teaching Methods in Philosophy

For Ph.D. students in their first or second year who are or are about to be teaching assistants for the department. May be repeated for credit.

Slabon, T. 2019-2020 Autumn
Friday
12:30pm - 2:20pm
160-314

PHIL 250 (section 1): Mathematical Logic (PHIL 150)

An introduction to the concepts and techniques used in mathematical logic, focusing on propositional, modal, and predicate logic. Highlights connections with philosophy,...

Icard, T., Kim, H., Bassett, R., Sparkes, B., Wilcox, J. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
260-113

PHIL 255 (section 1): Topics in Mathematical Logic: Non-Classical Logic (PHIL 155)

This year's topic is Non-Classical Logic. May be repeated for credit.

Briggs, R. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
9:00am - 10:20am
School of Education 334

PHIL 275B (section 1): Philosophy of Public Policy (ETHICSOC 175X, PHIL 175B, POLISCI 135E, POLISCI 235E, PUBLPOL 177)

From healthcare to voting reforms, social protection and educational policies, public policies are underpinned by moral values. When we debate those policies, we typically...

Bidadanure, J., Hauthaler, N. 2019-2020 Autumn
Wednesday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
Littlefield 107

PHIL 286 (section 1): Philosophy of Mind (PHIL 186)

(Graduate students register for 286.) This is an advanced introduction to core topics in the philosophy of mind. Prerequisite: PHIL 80

Cao, R., Thobani, I. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:50am
320-109

PHIL 300 (section 1): Proseminar

Topically focused seminar. Required of all first year Philosophy PhD students. This seminar is limited to first-year Ph.D. students in Philosophy. We will focus on some...

Crimmins, M. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
110-101

PHIL 301 (section 1): Dissertation Development Proseminar

A required seminar for third year philosophy PhD students, designed to extend and consolidate work done in the dissertation development seminar the previous summer.

De Pierris, G. 2019-2020 Autumn
Friday
12:30pm - 2:20pm
90-92Q

PHIL 329 (section 1): Plotinus and Augustine (PHIL 229, RELIGST 269, RELIGST 369)

Professor's permission required to register. A reading course focused on the influence of Plotinus Enneads on Augustine's Confessions, early dialogues, and sections on...

Sheehan, T. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
360-361A

PHIL 333 (section 1): Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts Core Seminar (DLCL 333, ENGLISH 333, MUSIC 332)

This course serves as the Core Seminar for the PhD Minor in Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts. It introduces students to a wide range of topics at the intersection of...

Anderson, R., Greif, M. 2019-2020 Autumn
Thursday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
School of Education 210

PHIL 368 (section 1): Philosophy of Biology: Learning and Evolution

Graduate seminar. 2 unit option for Philosophy PhDs beyond the second year only.

Cao, R. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday
12:30pm - 3:20pm
240-110

PHIL 371W (section 1): Speaking for Others (CSRE 271)

Graduate seminar. In this course, we will work together to develop a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the concept(s) of political representation. We will do so...

Salkin, W. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
80-113

PHIL 371E (section 1): New Themes in Democratic Theory

After a tradition of skepticism about democracy, and then a period mostly in the 20th century of virtually unquestioned approval of it, normative democratic theory...

Estlund, D. 2019-2020 Autumn
Thursday
12:00pm - 2:50pm
50-52E

PHIL 376A (section 1): Shared Agency and Organized Institutions

What is the relation between small scale shared intentional agency - as when we sing a duet together - and broader social norms and larger organized institutions, such as...

Bratman, M. 2019-2020 Autumn
Wednesday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
90-92Q

PHIL 383 (section 1): Advanced Topics in Epistemology

May be repeated for credit. 2 unit option is only for Phil PhD students beyond the second year.

Lawlor, K. 2019-2020 Autumn
Monday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
240-201

PHIL 391 (section 1): Seminar on Logic & Formal Philosophy (MATH 391)

Research seminar for graduate students working in logic and formal philosophy. Presentations on contemporary topics by seminar participants and outside visitors. Maybe be...

Icard, T. 2019-2020 Autumn
Tuesday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
380-380D

PHIL 500 (section 1): Advanced Dissertation Seminar

Presentation of dissertation work in progress by seminar participants. May be repeated for credit.

Malmgren, A. 2019-2020 Autumn
Wednesday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
240-201