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

PHIL 11N (section 1): Skepticism

Preference to freshmen. Historical and contemporary philosophical perspectives on the limits of human knowledge of a mind-independent world and causal laws of nature. The...

De Pierris, G. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
460-429

PHIL 20N (section 1): Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

Is it really possible for an artificial system to achieve genuine intelligence: thoughts, consciousness, emotions? What would that mean? How could we know if it had been...

Crimmins, M. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
260-007

PHIL 24B (section 1): The Problem of Evil: Theodicies Old and New

Consider the following three propositions: 1) There is evil in the world; 2) If God exists, God is omnipotent; 3) If God exists, God is perfectly good. The problem of evil...

Slabon, T. 2018-2019 Winter
Friday
12:30pm - 3:20pm
50-52E

PHIL 24A (section 1): Knowledge First Epistemology

What is the nature of knowledge? What is the role knowledge should play in our lives? Such questions have been central to philosophy since its inception. It is thus...

Cohen, M. 2018-2019 Winter
Thursday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
380-381U

PHIL 72 (section 1): Contemporary Moral Problems (ETHICSOC 185M, POLISCI 134P)

Conflict is a natural part of human life. As human beings we represent a rich diversity of conflicting personalities, preferences, experiences, needs, and moral viewpoints...

Gillespie, L. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
School of Education 313

PHIL 72 (section 1): Contemporary Moral Problems (ETHICSOC 185M, POLISCI 134P)

Conflict is a natural part of human life. As human beings we represent a rich diversity of conflicting personalities, preferences, experiences, needs, and moral viewpoints...

Gillespie, L. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
School of Education 313

PHIL 75C (section 1): Computers, Ethics, and Public Policy (COMM 181, CS 181, ETHICSOC 181X, POLISCI 181, PUBLPOL 181)

Ethical and social issues related to the development and use of computer technology. Ethical theory, and social, political, and legal considerations. Scenarios in problem...

Sahami, M., Reich, R., Slate, D., Stowell, C., Weinstein, J. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Cubberley Auditorium

PHIL 76 (section 1): Introduction to Global Justice (ETHICSOC 136R, INTNLREL 136R, POLISCI 136R, POLISCI 336)

This course provides an overview of core ethical problems in international politics, with special emphasis on the question of what demands justice imposes on institutions...

Hughes, P., Niker, F. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
380-380F

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...

Skokowski, P. 2018-2019 Winter
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...

Lee, R., Hobbs, L., Attwood, A. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:50am
Hewlett Teaching Center 103

PHIL 100 (section 4): 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. 2018-2019 Winter
Wednesday
3:30pm - 4:20pm

PHIL 100 (section 5): 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. 2018-2019 Winter
Wednesday
3:30pm - 4:20pm

PHIL 101A (section 1): History of Philosophy from Al-Kindi to Averroes (GLOBAL 139)

The rise of Islam saw a flourishing of philosophical and scientific activity across Islamic civilizations from Central Asia to Spain. Between the 7th to 13th centuries,...

Al-Witri, Z. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Lathrop 190

PHIL 133S (section 1): Heidegger (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...

Chaves, K., Sheehan, T. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
DINKG10

PHIL 151 (section 1): Metalogic (PHIL 251)

(Formerly 160A.) The syntax and semantics of sentential and first-order logic. Concepts of model theory. Gödel's completeness theorem and its consequences: the Löwenheim-...

Briggs, R., Bassett, R., Thompson, D. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
200-303

PHIL 165 (section 1): Philosophy of Physics: Space, Time and Motion (PHIL 265)

Graduate students register for 265. The problem of absolute vs. relative motion from Descartes, Newton and Leibniz to Einstein and beyond. The principle of relativity:...

Ryckman, T., Zweber, A. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
200-030

PHIL 167D (section 1): Philosophy of Neuroscience (PHIL 267D, SYMSYS 167D)

How can we explain the mind? With approaches ranging from computational models to cellular-level characterizations of neural responses to the characterization of behavior...

Cao, R. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
9:30am - 11:20am
90-92Q

PHIL 176A (section 1): Classical Seminar: Origins of Political Thought (CLASSICS 181, CLASSICS 381, ETHICSOC 130A, PHIL 276A, POLISCI 230A, POLISCI 330A)

(Formerly CLASSHIS 133/333.) Political philosophy in classical antiquity, focusing on canonical works of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero. Historical background....

Kim, H., Ober, J. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:50am
50-52H

PHIL 176P (section 1): Democratic Theory (ETHICSOC 234, POLISCI 234)

Most people agree that democracy is a good thing, but do we agree on what democracy is? This course will examine the concept of democracy in political philosophy. We...

Coyne, B. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
160-323

PHIL 176 (section 1): Political Philosophy: The Social Contract Tradition (ETHICSOC 176, PHIL 276, POLISCI 137A, POLISCI 337A)

(Graduate students register for 276.) Why and under what conditions do human beings need political institutions? What makes them legitimate or illegitimate? What is the...

Taylor, G., Hills, D. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
School of Education 210

PHIL 178 (section 1): Ethics in Society Honors Seminar (ETHICSOC 190)

For students planning honors in Ethics in Society. Methods of research. Students present issues of public and personal morality; topics chosen with advice of instructor....

Sockness, B. 2018-2019 Winter
Wednesday
12:30pm - 2:20pm

PHIL 179A (section 1): Feminist and Queer Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines (FEMGEN 103, FEMGEN 203, PHIL 279A)

(Graduate Students register for PHIL 279A or FEMGEN 203) This course is an opportunity to explore the difference feminist and queer perspectives make in creative arts,...

Lenczewska, O., Longino, H. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Encina West 202

PHIL 181 (section 1): Philosophy of Language (PHIL 281)

The study of conceptual questions about language as a focus of contemporary philosophy for its inherent interest and because philosophers see questions about language as...

Crimmins, M., Simon, A. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
School of Education 313

PHIL 184 (section 1): Epistemology (PHIL 284)

This is an advanced introduction to core topics in epistemology -- the philosophical study of human knowledge. Questions covered will include: What is knowledge? Can we...

Alshanetsky, E. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Y2E2 111

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

Taylor, K. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
110-112

PHIL 187 (section 1): Philosophy of Action

Contemporary research in the philosophy of action. Topics include: What is it to be an agent? Is there a philosophically defensible contrast between being an agent and...

Kim, R., Hauthaler, N. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
90-92Q

PHIL 188W (section 1): Paradoxes (PHIL 288W)

Paradoxes arise when unacceptable or contradictory conclusions are generated by apparently unobjectionable reasoning. Consider the sentence: "This sentence is not true."...

Warren, J. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
240-110

PHIL 193C (section 1): Film & Philosophy (COMPLIT 154A, ENGLISH 154F, FRENCH 154, ITALIAN 154, PHIL 293C)

Issues of authenticity, morality, personal identity, and the value of truth explored through film; philosophical investigation of the filmic medium itself. Screenings to...

Dannenberg, J., Kim, H., McDonald, T., Slabon, T., Madigan, T., Landy, J., Dannenberg, J., Kim, H., McDonald, T., Slabon, T., Madigan, T., Landy, J. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday
6:30pm - 9:20pm
Cubberley Auditorium

PHIL 193E (section 1): Film & Philosophy CE (COMPLIT 154E, FRENCH 154E, ITALIAN 154E, PHIL 293E)

Issues of authenticity, morality, personal identity, and the value of truth explored through film; philosophical investigation of the filmic medium itself. Screenings to...

Dannenberg, J., Kim, H., McDonald, T., Slabon, T., Madigan, T., Landy, J. 2018-2019 Winter

PHIL 193C (section 4): Film & Philosophy (COMPLIT 154A, ENGLISH 154F, FRENCH 154, ITALIAN 154, PHIL 293C)

Issues of authenticity, morality, personal identity, and the value of truth explored through film; philosophical investigation of the filmic medium itself. Screenings to...

2018-2019 Winter

PHIL 193C (section 5): Film & Philosophy (COMPLIT 154A, ENGLISH 154F, FRENCH 154, ITALIAN 154, PHIL 293C)

Issues of authenticity, morality, personal identity, and the value of truth explored through film; philosophical investigation of the filmic medium itself. Screenings to...

2018-2019 Winter

PHIL 194Y (section 1): Capstone seminar: Common Sense Philosophy

Lawlor, K. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
90-92Q

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. 2018-2019 Winter
Friday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
90-92Q

PHIL 251 (section 1): Metalogic (PHIL 151)

(Formerly 160A.) The syntax and semantics of sentential and first-order logic. Concepts of model theory. Gödel's completeness theorem and its consequences: the Löwenheim-...

Briggs, R., Bassett, R., Thompson, D. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
200-303

PHIL 265 (section 1): Philosophy of Physics: Space, Time and Motion (PHIL 165)

Graduate students register for 265. The problem of absolute vs. relative motion from Descartes, Newton and Leibniz to Einstein and beyond. The principle of relativity:...

Ryckman, T., Zweber, A. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
200-030

PHIL 267D (section 1): Philosophy of Neuroscience (PHIL 167D, SYMSYS 167D)

How can we explain the mind? With approaches ranging from computational models to cellular-level characterizations of neural responses to the characterization of behavior...

Cao, R. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
9:30am - 11:20am
90-92Q

PHIL 271T (section 1): History of Ethics: Central Questions in Modern Ethical Theory

Hobbes marks the beginning of a period of intensive discussion and debate among moral philosophers writing (mainly) in English. His successors argue about questions that...

Irwin, T. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
School of Education 207

PHIL 276 (section 1): Political Philosophy: The Social Contract Tradition (ETHICSOC 176, PHIL 176, POLISCI 137A, POLISCI 337A)

(Graduate students register for 276.) Why and under what conditions do human beings need political institutions? What makes them legitimate or illegitimate? What is the...

Taylor, G., Hills, D. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
School of Education 210

PHIL 276D (section 1): Origins of Political Thought (CLASSICS 390, POLISCI 430)

Political philosophy in classical antiquity, focusing on canonical works of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero. Historical background. Topics include: political...

Ober, J. 2018-2019 Winter
Wednesday
12:15pm - 3:15pm
Encina West 417

PHIL 276A (section 1): Classical Seminar: Origins of Political Thought (CLASSICS 181, CLASSICS 381, ETHICSOC 130A, PHIL 176A, POLISCI 230A, POLISCI 330A)

(Formerly CLASSHIS 133/333.) Political philosophy in classical antiquity, focusing on canonical works of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero. Historical background....

Kim, H., Ober, J. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:50am
50-52H

PHIL 279A (section 1): Feminist and Queer Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines (FEMGEN 103, FEMGEN 203, PHIL 179A)

(Graduate Students register for PHIL 279A or FEMGEN 203) This course is an opportunity to explore the difference feminist and queer perspectives make in creative arts,...

Lenczewska, O., Longino, H. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Encina West 202

PHIL 281 (section 1): Philosophy of Language (PHIL 181)

The study of conceptual questions about language as a focus of contemporary philosophy for its inherent interest and because philosophers see questions about language as...

Crimmins, M., Simon, A. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
School of Education 313

PHIL 284 (section 1): Epistemology (PHIL 184)

This is an advanced introduction to core topics in epistemology -- the philosophical study of human knowledge. Questions covered will include: What is knowledge? Can we...

Alshanetsky, E. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Y2E2 111

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

Taylor, K. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
110-112

PHIL 288W (section 1): Paradoxes (PHIL 188W)

Paradoxes arise when unacceptable or contradictory conclusions are generated by apparently unobjectionable reasoning. Consider the sentence: "This sentence is not true."...

Warren, J. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
240-110

PHIL 293C (section 1): Film & Philosophy (COMPLIT 154A, ENGLISH 154F, FRENCH 154, ITALIAN 154, PHIL 193C)

Issues of authenticity, morality, personal identity, and the value of truth explored through film; philosophical investigation of the filmic medium itself. Screenings to...

Dannenberg, J., Kim, H., McDonald, T., Slabon, T., Madigan, T., Landy, J., Dannenberg, J., Kim, H., McDonald, T., Slabon, T., Madigan, T., Landy, J. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday
6:30pm - 9:20pm
Cubberley Auditorium

PHIL 293E (section 1): Film & Philosophy CE (COMPLIT 154E, FRENCH 154E, ITALIAN 154E, PHIL 193E)

Issues of authenticity, morality, personal identity, and the value of truth explored through film; philosophical investigation of the filmic medium itself. Screenings to...

Dannenberg, J., Kim, H., McDonald, T., Slabon, T., Madigan, T., Landy, J. 2018-2019 Winter

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.

Briggs, R. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday
10:30am - 1:20pm
200-219

PHIL 313T (section 1): Aristotle's Moral Theory

The aim of this seminar is philosophical; we want to discuss the basis, the structure, the merits, and the defects of Aristotle's moral theory. But we intend to draw on...

Irwin, T., Bobonich, C. 2018-2019 Winter
Monday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
50-51P

PHIL 322 (section 1): Hume

Hume's theoretical philosophy emphasizing skepticism and naturalism, the theory of ideas and belief, space and time, causation and necessity, induction and laws of nature...

De Pierris, G. 2018-2019 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
110-114

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