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

PHIL 4N (section 1): Knowing Nothing

Our beliefs are subject to multiple sources of error: a traveler's perception of an oasis in the desert may turn out to be a mirage; the key witness in a trial criminal...

Briggs, R. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
9:00am - 10:20am
250-108

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...

Etchemendy, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Thornt210

PHIL 24H (section 1): Tutorial: Philosophical Perspectives on Climate Change

Global, anthropogenic, climate change is likely the greatest moral challenge of our time. It also represents a major point of intersection between science and values. This...

Zweber, A. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday
4:30pm - 6:20pm
50-52H

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

This course is an introduction to contemporary ethical thought with a focus on the morality of harming others and saving others from harm. It aims to develop students'...

Karhu, T. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
380-380D

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

This course explores the normative demands and definitions of justice that transcend the nation-state and its borders, through the lenses of political justice, economic...

Blajer de la Garza, Y. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
200-034

PHIL 80 (section 1): Mind, Matter, and Meaning

Philosophy 80 is an intensive introduction to some central topics and methods of analytic philosophy, as well as an introduction to writing philosophical essays. We will...

Kim, R., Taylor, G., Brophy, S., Lawlor, K. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
STLC111

PHIL 81 (section 1): Philosophy and Literature (CLASSICS 42, COMPLIT 181, ENGLISH 81, FRENCH 181, GERMAN 181, ILAC 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...

Hoyos, H., Soler, C., Therieau, M., Holliday, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
260-113

PHIL 82 (section 1): Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change (COMM 180, CS 182, ETHICSOC 182, POLISCI 182, PUBLPOL 182)

Examination of recent developments in computing technology and platforms through the lenses of philosophy, public policy, social science, and engineering. Course is...

Sahami, M., Reich, R., Krass, M., Cloward, J., Weinstein, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Bishop Auditorium

PHIL 87 (section 1): Personal Identity

Perry, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
380-380W

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. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
School of Education 206

PHIL 110 (section 1): Plato's Republic (PHIL 210)

We shall examine this complex and fascinating dialogue in detail, comparing it with other relevant Platonic texts, focusing on its ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, and...

Irwin, T. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
200-305

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...

Friedman, M. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
200-202

PHIL 132 (section 1): Phenomenology: Merleau-Ponty (PHIL 232)

(Graduate students register for 232.) French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote that we are neither angels nor machines but living beings. In contrast to both a...

Jackson, G. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
80-115

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-...

Icard, T., Chipman, J., Bassett, R., Mierzewski, C. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
9:00am - 10:20am
370-370

PHIL 162 (section 1): Philosophy of Mathematics (PHIL 262)

Prerequisite: PHIL150 or consent of instructor.

Warren, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
160-319

PHIL 165 (section 1): Philosophy of Physics: Quantum Mechanics (PHIL 265)

Graduate students register for 265.nnPREREQUISITES: No detailed knowledge of quantum physics or advanced mathematics is presumed. Some background in philosophy, natural...

Ryckman, T., Hall, Z. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
380-380W

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. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Gilbert Biological Science 117

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., Wang, A. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:50am
School of Education 206

PHIL 174B (section 1): Universal Basic Income: the philosophy behind the proposal (ETHICSOC 174B, ETHICSOC 274B, PHIL 274B, POLISCI 134E, POLISCI 338)

Universal basic income (or UBI) is a regular cash allowance given to all members of a community without means test, regardless of personal desert, and with no strings...

Bidadanure, J., Panchakunathorn, P. 2019-2020 Winter
Thursday
9:00am - 11:50am
160-124

PHIL 175W (section 1): Law and Philosophy (ETHICSOC 175W, PHIL 275W)

In this course, we will examine some of the central questions in philosophy of law, including:nWhat is law? How do we determine the content of laws? What is the proper...

Salkin, W., Turman, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Green Earth Sciences150

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

Political philosophy in classical antiquity, centered on reading canonical works of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle against other texts and against the political and...

Ozturk, U., Ober, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
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. 2019-2020 Winter
Wednesday
12:30pm - 2:20pm
80-115

PHIL 179W (section 1): Du Bois and Democracy (CSRE 179W, ETHICSOC 179W, PHIL 279W)

In this course, we will work together to develop a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the political philosophy of W. E. B. Du Bois, giving special attention to...

Salkin, W. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:30pm - 4:50pm
90-92Q

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. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Econ 106

PHIL 182H (section 1): Truth (PHIL 282H)

Philosophical debates about the place in human lives and the value to human beings of truth and its pursuit. The nature and significance of truth-involving virtues such as...

Hills, D. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
200-230

PHIL 182B (section 1): Naturalizing Content (PHIL 282B)

Meaning is mysterious. Right now you are looking at funny marks on a screen. Somehow, these marks are conveying to you information about a class that will be offered at...

Cao, R., Warren, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
20-22K

PHIL 185 (section 1): Special Topics in Epistemology: Testimony in science and everyday life (PHIL 285)

Much of what we know, we know by relying on the testimony of other individuals, groups, traditional news media or social media. The course explores varieties of...

Gerken, M. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
260-011

PHIL 187 (section 1): Philosophy of Action (PHIL 287)

This course will explore foundational issues about individual agency, explanation of action, reasons and causes, agency in the natural world, practical rationality,...

Woodworth, S., Madigan, T., Bratman, M. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
540-108

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...

2019-2020 Winter

PHIL 194H (section 1): Capstone Seminar on Justification and Consciousness

In this seminar we¿ll discuss some central notions of epistemology ¿ in particular: justification, evidence and rationality ¿ and how they connect with the notions of...

Malmgren, A. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
160-318

PHIL 194W (section 1): Capstone Seminar: Imagination in Fiction and Philosophy

This course is about imagination in fiction and philosophy. One core set of questions will have to do with our use of the imagination in fiction. Are there limits to the...

Peacocke, A. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
160-317

PHIL 198 (section 1): The Dualist Undergraduate Journal

The Dualist brings together people who are passionate about exploring deep philosophical and life questions. We hope to create an intellectual community that promotes...

Kim, H. 2019-2020 Winter
Friday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
250-108

PHIL 210 (section 1): Plato's Republic (PHIL 110)

We shall examine this complex and fascinating dialogue in detail, comparing it with other relevant Platonic texts, focusing on its ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, and...

Irwin, T. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
200-305

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...

Friedman, M. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
200-202

PHIL 232 (section 1): Phenomenology: Merleau-Ponty (PHIL 132)

(Graduate students register for 232.) French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote that we are neither angels nor machines but living beings. In contrast to both a...

Jackson, G. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
80-115

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-...

Icard, T., Chipman, J., Bassett, R., Mierzewski, C. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
9:00am - 10:20am
370-370

PHIL 262 (section 1): Philosophy of Mathematics (PHIL 162)

Prerequisite: PHIL150 or consent of instructor.

Warren, J. 2019-2020 Winter

PHIL 265 (section 1): Philosophy of Physics: Quantum Mechanics (PHIL 165)

Graduate students register for 265.nnPREREQUISITES: No detailed knowledge of quantum physics or advanced mathematics is presumed. Some background in philosophy, natural...

Ryckman, T., Hall, Z. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
380-380W

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. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Gilbert Biological Science 117

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. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm

PHIL 274B (section 1): Universal Basic Income: the philosophy behind the proposal (ETHICSOC 174B, ETHICSOC 274B, PHIL 174B, POLISCI 134E, POLISCI 338)

Universal basic income (or UBI) is a regular cash allowance given to all members of a community without means test, regardless of personal desert, and with no strings...

Bidadanure, J., Panchakunathorn, P. 2019-2020 Winter
Thursday
9:00am - 11:50am
160-124

PHIL 275W (section 1): Law and Philosophy (ETHICSOC 175W, PHIL 175W)

In this course, we will examine some of the central questions in philosophy of law, including:nWhat is law? How do we determine the content of laws? What is the proper...

Salkin, W., Turman, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Green Earth Sciences150

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

Political philosophy in classical antiquity, centered on reading canonical works of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle against other texts and against the political and...

Ozturk, U., Ober, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:50am
School of Education 210

PHIL 279W (section 1): Du Bois and Democracy (CSRE 179W, ETHICSOC 179W, PHIL 179W)

In this course, we will work together to develop a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the political philosophy of W. E. B. Du Bois, giving special attention to...

Salkin, W. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:30pm - 4:50pm
90-92Q

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. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Econ 106

PHIL 282H (section 1): Truth (PHIL 182H)

Philosophical debates about the place in human lives and the value to human beings of truth and its pursuit. The nature and significance of truth-involving virtues such as...

Hills, D. 2019-2020 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
200-230

PHIL 282B (section 1): Naturalizing Content (PHIL 182B)

Meaning is mysterious. Right now you are looking at funny marks on a screen. Somehow, these marks are conveying to you information about a class that will be offered at...

Cao, R., Warren, J. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
20-22K

PHIL 285 (section 1): Special Topics in Epistemology: Testimony in science and everyday life (PHIL 185)

Much of what we know, we know by relying on the testimony of other individuals, groups, traditional news media or social media. The course explores varieties of...

Gerken, M. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
260-011

PHIL 287 (section 1): Philosophy of Action (PHIL 187)

This course will explore foundational issues about individual agency, explanation of action, reasons and causes, agency in the natural world, practical rationality,...

Woodworth, S., Madigan, T., Bratman, M. 2019-2020 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
540-108

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...

2019-2020 Winter

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