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Course Number 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 Spring
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
STLC111

PHIL 12N (section 1): Concepts and concept possession

Our thoughts are made up of concepts. If I didn¿t have the concept of a caterpillar or of love or of a prime number, I couldn¿t think about caterpillars, love, or prime...

Malmgren, A. 2018-2019 Spring
Friday
10:30am - 1:20pm
School of Education 230

PHIL 24C (section 1): Existence

Ontology is concerned with what exists and the nature of being. The central ontological question is: what exists? Metaontology is concerned with pinning down what...

Bassett, R. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday
11:30am - 1:20pm
90-92Q

PHIL 24D (section 1): Current Ethical Issues in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

This tutorial examines philosophical issues in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The focus will be on ethical questions raised by current and forthcoming...

Gottlieb, D. 2018-2019 Spring
Thursday
11:30am - 1:20pm
90-92Q

PHIL 24E (section 1): Philosophy of Algorithms

Algorithms are commonplace. They are the focus of many mathematical problems, like finding prime factorisations or shortest paths. They often form the core of how we...

Sparkes, B., Thompson, D. 2018-2019 Spring
Friday
12:30pm - 3:20pm
240-110

PHIL 36 (section 1): Dangerous Ideas (ARTHIST 36, COMPLIT 36A, EALC 36, ENGLISH 71, ETHICSOC 36X, FRENCH 36, HISTORY 3D, MUSIC 36H, POLISCI 70, SLAVIC 36)

Ideas matter. Concepts such as race, progress, and equality have inspired social movements, shaped political systems, and dramatically influenced the lives of individuals...

Anderson, R. 2018-2019 Spring
Wednesday
6:30pm - 8:00pm
260-113

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. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
9:00am - 10:20am
Ceras 300

PHIL 61 (section 1): Philosophy and the Scientific Revolution (HPS 61)

Galileo's defense of the Copernican world-system that initiated the scientific revolution of the 17th century, led to conflict between science and religion, and influenced...

2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
160-325

PHIL 70 (section 1): Introduction to social and political philosophy

2018-2019 Spring

PHIL 75W (section 1): Freedom and Responsibility

On the one hand we think of ourselves as free, and our practices of holding one another responsible seem to depend on it. On the other we think of nature as law-governed...

Woodworth, S. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
200-107

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...

Warren, J. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
370-370

PHIL 82T (section 1): Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Does all human cognition occur in the brain? In what sense do we direct our attention to the things that we pay attention to? Such questions are among those asked by...

Turman, J. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
School of Education 210

PHIL 90R (section 1): Introduction to Feminist Philosophy (ETHICSOC 173, FEMGEN 173R)

If feminism is a political practice aimed at ending patriarchy, what is the point of feminist philosophy? This course provides an introduction to feminist philosophy by...

Carnegy-Arbuthnott, H. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
200-219

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 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
300-300

PHIL 125 (section 1): Kant's First Critique (PHIL 225)

(Graduate students register for 225.) The founding work of Kant's critical philosophy emphasizing his contributions to metaphysics and epistemology. His attempts to limit...

De Pierris, G. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
200-203

PHIL 135X (section 1): Citizenship (ETHICSOC 135, POLISCI 135)

This class begins from the core definition of citizenship as membership in a political community and explores the many debates about what that membership means. Who is (or...

Coyne, B. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm

PHIL 152 (section 1): Computability and Logic (PHIL 252)

Approaches to effective computation: recursive functions, register machines, and Turing machines. Proof of their equivalence, discussion of Church's thesis. Elementary...

Briggs, R. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 12:20pm
School of Education 207

PHIL 154 (section 1): Modal Logic (PHIL 254)

(Graduate students register for 254.) Syntax and semantics of modal logic and its basic theory: including expressive power, axiomatic completeness, correspondence, and...

Ten Cate, B. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
50-51P

PHIL 156A (section 1): Modal Logics - A Modern Perspective (PHIL 256A)

Modal logic encompasses a rich variety of systems that have been used within philosophy to study such diverse topics as necessity and possibility, knowledge, time, action...

ARECES, C. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Gates100

PHIL 167M (section 1): Evolutionary Contingency (PHIL 267M)

This course explores evolutionary contingency¿the role of dependency relations and chance in the history of life. Topics to be explored will include some work by Stephen...

McConwell, A. 2018-2019 Spring
Wednesday Friday
9:30am - 10:50am
110-101

PHIL 169 (section 1): Evolution of the Social Contract (PHIL 269)

Explore naturalizing the social contract. Classroom presentations and term papers.nTexts: Binmore - Natural Justicen Skyrms - Evolution of the Social Contract.

Skyrms, B. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
200-107

PHIL 171P (section 1): 20th Century Political Theory: Liberalism and its Critics (ETHICSOC 130, POLISCI 130)

In this course, students learn and engage with the debates that have animated political theory since the early 20th century. What is the proper relationship between the...

Coyne, B. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
50-52H

PHIL 173B (section 1): Metaethics

This is an intensive, undergraduate-only introduction to, and survey of, contemporary metaethics. Can moral and ethical values be justified or is it just a matter of...

Hussain, N. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
90-92Q

PHIL 174B (section 1): Universal Basic Income: the philosophy behind the proposal (ETHICSOC 174B, ETHICSOC 274B, PHIL 274B, POLISCI 338)

The past three decades have seen the elaboration of a vast body of literature on unconditional basic income a radical policy proposal Philippe Van Parijs referred to as a...

Bidadanure, J. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Littlefield 107

PHIL 175A (section 1): Ethics and Politics of Public Service (CSRE 178, ETHICSOC 133, HUMBIO 178, PHIL 275A, POLISCI 133, PUBLPOL 103D, URBANST 122)

Ethical and political questions in public service work, including volunteering, service learning, humanitarian assistance, and public service professions such as medicine...

2018-2019 Spring

PHIL 178M (section 1): Introduction to Environmental Ethics (ETHICSOC 178M, ETHICSOC 278M, PHIL 278M, POLISCI 134L)

How should human beings relate to the natural world? Do we have moral obligations toward non-human animals and other parts of nature? And what do we owe to other human...

Adams, M. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
420-050

PHIL 183 (section 1): Self-knowledge and Metacognition (PHIL 283)

The course will be divided into two parts. In the first, we will survey the dominant models of how we come to know our own mental states. Among the issues we will explore...

Alshanetsky, E. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
120-314

PHIL 183B (section 1): Philosophy of Creativity (PHIL 283B)

Alshanetsky, E. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:50am
70-72A1

PHIL 189G (section 1): Fine-Tuning Arguments for God's Existence

We will carefully assess contemporary "fine-tuning" arguments for the existence of God. Some argue that life only exists because certain fundamental characteristics of the...

Hussain, N. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
260-301

PHIL 194Z (section 1): Capstone: Misanthropy and Literature

Our guiding question in this course will be what value misanthropic literature has, particularly when there's so much praise for writers whose work contains a so-called...

Holliday, J. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
260-012

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 Spring
Friday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
90-92Q

PHIL 199 (section 1): Seminar for Prospective Honors Students

Open to juniors intending to do honors in philosophy. Methods of research in philosophy. Topics and strategies for completing honors project. May be repeated for credit....

Hauthaler, N. 2018-2019 Spring
Friday
12:30pm - 1:20pm
110-114

PHIL 225 (section 1): Kant's First Critique (PHIL 125)

(Graduate students register for 225.) The founding work of Kant's critical philosophy emphasizing his contributions to metaphysics and epistemology. His attempts to limit...

De Pierris, G. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
200-203

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 Spring
Friday
11:30am - 1:20pm
90-92Q

PHIL 252 (section 1): Computability and Logic (PHIL 152)

Approaches to effective computation: recursive functions, register machines, and Turing machines. Proof of their equivalence, discussion of Church's thesis. Elementary...

Briggs, R. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 12:20pm
School of Education 207

PHIL 254 (section 1): Modal Logic (PHIL 154)

(Graduate students register for 254.) Syntax and semantics of modal logic and its basic theory: including expressive power, axiomatic completeness, correspondence, and...

Ten Cate, B. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
50-51P

PHIL 256A (section 1): Modal Logics - A Modern Perspective (PHIL 156A)

Modal logic encompasses a rich variety of systems that have been used within philosophy to study such diverse topics as necessity and possibility, knowledge, time, action...

ARECES, C. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Gates100

PHIL 267M (section 1): Evolutionary Contingency (PHIL 167M)

This course explores evolutionary contingency¿the role of dependency relations and chance in the history of life. Topics to be explored will include some work by Stephen...

McConwell, A. 2018-2019 Spring
Wednesday Friday
9:30am - 10:50am
110-101

PHIL 269 (section 1): Evolution of the Social Contract (PHIL 169)

Explore naturalizing the social contract. Classroom presentations and term papers.nTexts: Binmore - Natural Justicen Skyrms - Evolution of the Social Contract.

Skyrms, B. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
200-107

PHIL 274B (section 1): Universal Basic Income: the philosophy behind the proposal (ETHICSOC 174B, ETHICSOC 274B, PHIL 174B, POLISCI 338)

The past three decades have seen the elaboration of a vast body of literature on unconditional basic income a radical policy proposal Philippe Van Parijs referred to as a...

Bidadanure, J. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Littlefield 107

PHIL 275A (section 1): Ethics and Politics of Public Service (CSRE 178, ETHICSOC 133, HUMBIO 178, PHIL 175A, POLISCI 133, PUBLPOL 103D, URBANST 122)

Ethical and political questions in public service work, including volunteering, service learning, humanitarian assistance, and public service professions such as medicine...

2018-2019 Spring

PHIL 278M (section 1): Introduction to Environmental Ethics (ETHICSOC 178M, ETHICSOC 278M, PHIL 178M, POLISCI 134L)

How should human beings relate to the natural world? Do we have moral obligations toward non-human animals and other parts of nature? And what do we owe to other human...

Adams, M. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
420-050

PHIL 278C (section 1): Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Democracy (EDUC 217, ETHICSOC 217X)

The course examines connected ideas of free speech, academic freedom, and democratic legitimacy that are still widely shared by many of us but have been subject to...

Callan, E. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
8:30am - 10:20am
50-51B

PHIL 281B (section 1): Topics in Philosophy of Language

This course builds on the material of 181/281, focusing on debates and developments in the pragmatics of conversation, the semantics/pragmatics distinction, the...

Crimmins, M. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
Ceras 300

PHIL 283 (section 1): Self-knowledge and Metacognition (PHIL 183)

The course will be divided into two parts. In the first, we will survey the dominant models of how we come to know our own mental states. Among the issues we will explore...

Alshanetsky, E. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
120-314

PHIL 283B (section 1): Philosophy of Creativity (PHIL 183B)

Alshanetsky, E. 2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:50am
70-72A1

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 Spring
Monday
3:30pm - 6:20pm
260-012

PHIL 325 (section 1): Kant's Third Critique

Hills, D. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday
12:00pm - 2:50pm
240-110

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...

Kronengold, C., Hills, D. 2018-2019 Spring
Thursday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
Braun102

PHIL 335 (section 1): Topics in Aesthetics

Much of the seminar will focus on notions of abstraction in the arts (and related notions of formalism)¿in painting, music, poetry, etc. What is it for a work to be...

Walton, K. 2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
240-201

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