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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...

Kim, H., Fitzpatrick, M., Hobbs, L., Amaral, J., Friedman, D. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote

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. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote

PHIL 30 (section 1): Democracy Matters (ECON 4, POLISCI 42, PUBLPOL 4)

Should the U.S. close its border to immigrants? What are the ramifications of income inequality? How has COVID-19 changed life as we know it? Why are Americans so...

Abramitzky, R. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote

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...

Thobani, I., Bassett, R. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote

PHIL 60 (section 1): Introduction to Philosophy of Science (HPS 60)

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

Spencer, L., Longino, H. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote

PHIL 74A (section 1): Ethics in a Human Life (ETHICSOC 174, HUMBIO 174A)

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...

Gottlieb, D., Dannenberg, J., Wilcox, J. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote

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...

Lang, J., McGuthry, M., Peacocke, A. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

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...

McDonald, T., D'aguanno, D., Friesacher, A., Peacocke, A., Landy, J. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

PHIL 99 (section 1): Minds and Machines (CS 24, 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...

Frank, M., Kornberg, J., Wallack, E., Yoon, E., Cooper, E., Qing, C., Han, J., Hu, X., Kenney, W., Shacklette, D., Lassiter, D. 2020-2021 Autumn
Friday
8:30am - 9:30am
Remote

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...

Attwood, A., Sparling, R., Bobonich, C. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote

PHIL 107C (section 1): Plato's Timaeus (PHIL 207C)

In this course, we will explore the Timaeus, Plato's account of the nature and creation of the universe. This work, from Plato's late period, with its highly notable...

Pinto, R. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

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. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote

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. 2020-2021 Autumn
Friday
11:00am - 1:50pm
Remote

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,...

Chipman, J., Ettel, J., Rogers, S., Tilton, S. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
8:30am - 9:30am
Remote

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

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., Petrov, P., Jiang, D., Zweber, A., Krass, M., O'Bryan, J., Jaarte, M. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote

PHIL 172 (section 1): History of Modern Moral Philosophy (ETHICSOC 172, PHIL 272)

prerequisites: Phil 2 and Phil 80. Grads enroll in 272.

Hills, D. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

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. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

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., Spiegel, E. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote

PHIL 194P (section 1): The Meaning of Life

What makes life meaningful? It's a question that pulls on many, if not most, people, particularly in light of our current global situation; and in this course, we will...

Holliday, J. 2020-2021 Autumn
Friday
10:00am - 12:50pm
Remote

PHIL 198 (section 1): The Dualist

The Dualist brings together people who are passionate about exploring deep philosophical and life questions. As we face these challenging times, The Dualist hopes to...

Kim, H. 2020-2021 Autumn
Remote

PHIL 207C (section 1): Plato's Timaeus (PHIL 107C)

In this course, we will explore the Timaeus, Plato's account of the nature and creation of the universe. This work, from Plato's late period, with its highly notable...

Pinto, R. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

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. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote

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. 2020-2021 Autumn
Friday
11:00am - 1:50pm
Remote

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.

Turman, J. 2020-2021 Autumn
Remote

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,...

Chipman, J., Ettel, J., Rogers, S., Tilton, S. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
8:30am - 9:30am
Remote

PHIL 272 (section 1): History of Modern Moral Philosophy (ETHICSOC 172, PHIL 172)

prerequisites: Phil 2 and Phil 80. Grads enroll in 272.

Hills, D. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

PHIL 273B (section 1): Metaethics

This is a graduate student only introduction to contemporary metaethics. Can moral and ethical values be justified or is it just a matter of opinion? Is there a difference...

Hussain, N. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday
2:30pm - 4:20pm
Remote

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., Spiegel, E. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote

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...

Etchemendy, J., Warren, J. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Remote

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.

Malmgren, A. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Remote

PHIL 319 (section 1): Aristotle on Substance

Aristotle's views about substance and the nature and possibility of metaphysics. Focus is on Categories and Metaphysics Book Zeta.n2 unit option only for Phil PhDs beyond...

Code, A. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday
11:30am - 1:30pm
Remote

PHIL 350 (section 1): What makes a good explanation? Psychological and philosophical perspectives (PSYCH 293)

Explanation is a topic of longstanding interest in philosophy and psychology, and has recently attracted renewed attention due to novel challenges in interpreting and...

Icard, T., Gerstenberg, T. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote

PHIL 369M (section 1): Topics in 18th Century Natural Philosophy

This course will be an introduction to the eighteenth-century history of ideas and philosophy, dealing primarily with questions encountered in natural philosophy: nWhat is...

Solomon, A. 2019-2020 Winter
Wednesday
11:30am - 2:20pm
380-381T

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

Our human lives involve remarkable forms of practical organization: diachronic organization of individual intentional activity; small-scale social organization of shared...

Bratman, M. 2020-2021 Autumn
Wednesday
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Remote

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. 2020-2021 Autumn
Friday
10:00am - 12:00pm
Remote

PHIL 385N (section 1): Transfeminism (FEMGEN 385N)

This graduate seminar explores the metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology of transness, using sources from the 1970s to the present, primarily focused on the US, the UK,...

Briggs, R. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote

PHIL 500 (section 1): Advanced Dissertation Seminar

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

Malmgren, A. 2020-2021 Autumn
Wednesday
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Remote