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Title Instructor(s) Subfield Quarter Day, Time, Location
PHIL 2 (section 1)
Introduction to Moral Philosophy (ETHICSOC 20)

What should I do with my life? What kind of person should I be? How should we treat others? What makes actions right or wrong? What is good and what is bad? What should we...

Maguire, B. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
370-370
PHIL 7N (section 1)
Philosophy and Science Fiction

What if things had been otherwise? What if things are someday, somewhere, very different than they are here and now? Science fiction and other genre fiction gives us the...

Cao, R. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
420-286
PHIL 74A (section 1)
Ethics in a Human Life (HUMBIO 74)

Ethical questions pervade a human life from before a person is conceived until after she dies, and at every point in between. This course raises a series of ethical...

Dannenberg, J. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
200-305
PHIL 80 (section 1)
Mind, Matter, and Meaning

Intensive study of central topics in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language and mind in preparation for advanced courses in philosophy. Emphasis on development...

Lawlor, K. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
260-113
PHIL 81 (section 1)
Philosophy and Literature (CLASSICS 42, COMPLIT 181, ENGLISH 81, FRENCH 181, GERMAN 181, ITALIAN 181, SLAVIC 181)

What, if anything, does reading literature do for our lives? What can literature offer that other forms of writing cannot? Can fictions teach us anything? Can they make...

Landy, J., Anderson, R. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
PHIL 102 (section 1)
Modern Philosophy, Descartes to Kant

Major figures in early modern philosophy in epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind. Writings by Descartes, Leibniz, Hume, and Kant.

De Pierris, G. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
380-380W
PHIL 114A (section 1)
Ancient Philosophical Methodologies (PHIL 214A)

In this course, we shall examine the philosophical methodologies that Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistics use and advocate. In Plato, we shall consider the elenchus...

Bobonich, C. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
School of Education 206
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,...

Briggs, R. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
380-380Y
PHIL 167A (section 1)
Philosophy of Biology (PHIL 267A)

(Graduate students register for 267A.) Evolutionary theory and in particular, on characterizing natural selection and how it operates. We examine debates about fitness,...

Longino, H. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
160-325
PHIL 170B (section 1)
Metaphor (PHIL 270B)

In metaphor we think and talk about two things at once: two different subject matters are mingled to rich and unpredictable effect. A close critical study of the main...

Hills, D. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Ceras 300
PHIL 171 (section 1)
Justice (ETHICSOC 171, POLISCI 103, POLISCI 336S, PUBLPOL 103C, PUBLPOL 307)

Focus is on the ideal of a just society, and the place of liberty and equality in it, in light of contemporary theories of justice and political controversies. Topics...

Coyne, B. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
320-105
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...

Hussain, N. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
School of Education 130
PHIL 182A (section 1)
Naturalizing Representation
Cao, R. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 12:20pm
460-334
PHIL 185W (section 1)
Metaontology
2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
260-004
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 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
School of Education 206
PHIL 187 (section 1)
Philosophy of Action (PHIL 287)

(Graduate students register for 287.) Contemporary research in the philosophy of action. Topics include: What is it to be an agent? Is there a philosophically defensible...

Hauthaler, N. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
200-303
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., Turman, J. 2018-2019 Autumn
Friday
1:30pm - 2:20pm
20-21B
PHIL 214A (section 1)
Ancient Philosophical Methodologies (PHIL 114A)

In this course, we shall examine the philosophical methodologies that Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistics use and advocate. In Plato, we shall consider the elenchus...

Bobonich, C. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
School of Education 206
PHIL 231 (section 1)
Introduction to Philosophy of Education (EDUC 204)

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

Callan, E. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
8:30am - 10:20am
380-381U
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.

Madigan, T. 2018-2019 Autumn
Friday
11:30am - 1:20pm
240-110
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,...

Briggs, R. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
380-380Y
PHIL 267A (section 1)
Philosophy of Biology (PHIL 167A)

(Graduate students register for 267A.) Evolutionary theory and in particular, on characterizing natural selection and how it operates. We examine debates about fitness,...

Longino, H. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
160-325
PHIL 270B (section 1)
Metaphor (PHIL 170B)

In metaphor we think and talk about two things at once: two different subject matters are mingled to rich and unpredictable effect. A close critical study of the main...

Hills, D. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Ceras 300
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 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
School of Education 206
PHIL 287 (section 1)
Philosophy of Action (PHIL 187)

(Graduate students register for 287.) Contemporary research in the philosophy of action. Topics include: What is it to be an agent? Is there a philosophically defensible...

Hauthaler, N. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
200-303
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. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
110-114
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 Autumn
Monday
10:30am - 1:20pm
460-301
PHIL 353 (section 1)
Seminar on Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (Conventionalism)

Topic is Conventionalism.

2018-2019 Autumn
Wednesday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
240-110
PHIL 373M (section 1)
Grad Seminar on Topics in Ethics: Ethical Foundations of Socialism

Grad seminar on Ethical Topic. May be repeated for credit. 2 unit option only for Philosophy PhD students who are beyond the second year. This year's topic is Ethical...

Maguire, B. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
460-334
PHIL 500 (section 1)
Advanced Dissertation Seminar

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

Malmgren, A. 2018-2019 Autumn
Wednesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
240-201