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

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 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...

Wang, Y., Longino, H. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30am - 12:20pm
200-203

PHIL 74A (section 1): Ethics in a Human Life (ETHICSOC 74, 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., Attwood, A. 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...

Kim, R., Simon, A., Turman, J., Woodworth, S., McGuthry, M., Lawlor, K. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
370-370

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...

Madigan, T., Landy, J., Anderson, R., Holliday, J. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:50pm
60-109

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
90-92Q

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., Thobani, I., Luo, C., Bible, M. 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 170 (section 1): Ethical Theory (ETHICSOC 170, PHIL 270)

This course serves as a rigorous introduction to moral philosophy for students with little or no background. We will examine ideas from four important figures in moral...

Dannenberg, J., McDougal, A. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
9:30am - 11:20am
McCullough 126

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., Young, J., Zhao, D., Oh, E., Panchakunathorn, P., Slabon, T., Schwartz, A. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
320-105

PHIL 172C (section 1): The Ethics of Care (ETHICSOC 172C)

Since the 1970s, a number of feminists, socialists, and virtue theorists have directed their attention to the importance of care in practical philosophy. In this class, we...

Maguire, B. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
380-381U

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
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
160-323

PHIL 182A (section 1): Naturalizing Representation (PHIL 282A)

Notions of meaning and representation are ubiquitous in how we conceive of our mental lives. Intentionality is one of the marks of the mental -- but it's not clear how...

Cao, R. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 12:20pm
460-334

PHIL 185W (section 1): Metaontology (PHIL 285W)

Do existence questions have (determinate) answers? How should ontological commitment be understood? This class will discuss these and other questions in the metatheory of...

Warren, J. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
260-004

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
90-92Q

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
90-92Q

PHIL 231 (section 1): Introduction to Philosophy of Education (EDUC 204, ETHICSOC 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
12:30pm - 2:20pm
100-101K

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., Thobani, I., Luo, C., Bible, M. 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 270 (section 1): Ethical Theory (ETHICSOC 170, PHIL 170)

This course serves as a rigorous introduction to moral philosophy for students with little or no background. We will examine ideas from four important figures in moral...

Dannenberg, J., McDougal, A. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
9:30am - 11:20am
McCullough 126

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 282A (section 1): Naturalizing Representation (PHIL 182A)

Notions of meaning and representation are ubiquitous in how we conceive of our mental lives. Intentionality is one of the marks of the mental -- but it's not clear how...

Cao, R. 2018-2019 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 12:20pm
460-334

PHIL 285W (section 1): Metaontology (PHIL 185W)

Do existence questions have (determinate) answers? How should ontological commitment be understood? This class will discuss these and other questions in the metatheory of...

Warren, J. 2018-2019 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
260-004

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
12:30pm - 3:20pm
120-314

PHIL 353 (section 1): Seminar on Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (Conventionalism)

This class will be a discussion of inferentialism and conventionalism in logic and mathematics. To structure discussion, we'll work through the manuscript of Shadows of...

Warren, J. 2018-2019 Autumn
Wednesday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
240-110

PHIL 373M (section 1): Ethical Foundations of Socialism

A number of important issues in the ethical foundations of socialism have been overlooked by mainstream ethical theory. This is doubly regrettable, since both socialist...

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