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

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. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Remote

PHIL 22Q (section 1): Being Reasonable

In everyday life, we ask each other to be reasonable, and we fault unreasonable behavior in ourselves and others. Moreover, the Anglo-American legal system makes extensive...

Lawlor, K. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote

PHIL 71H (section 1): Introduction to Aesthetics

Aesthetics encompasses a seemingly special and particularly rewarding way of perceiving the world. Appreciating the beauty of a sunset, feeling moved by a piece of music,...

Holliday, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote

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., Koeksal, S. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
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...

Kim, R., Kang, S. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote

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., Weinstein, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote

PHIL 85 (section 1): Topics in Philosophy of Medicine

In this course, we will address major issues in philosophy and medicine. Some topics will be well-known within the practice of medicine: informed consent, advanced...

Jackson, G. 2020-2021 Winter
Friday
10:00am - 12:50pm
Remote

PHIL 107B (section 1): Plato's Later Metaphysics and Epistemology (PHIL 207B)

A close reading of Plato's Theatetus and Parmenides, his two mature dialogues on the topics of knowledge and reality. We will consider various definitions of knowledge,...

Code, A. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday
2:30pm - 4:50pm
Remote

PHIL 127 (section 1): Kant's Foundations of Morality, 2nd Critique (PHIL 227)

(Graduate students enroll in 227.) A study of Kant's ethical thought, focusing on The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, The Critique of Practical Reason, and The...

Friedman, M. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote

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-...

Lawrence, P., Icard, T. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote

PHIL 165 (section 1): Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time (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. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote

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. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote

PHIL 169M (section 1): Topics in 18th Century Natural Philosophy: Virtues and Technology (PHIL 269M)

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. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote

PHIL 175W (section 1): Philosophy of Law: Protest, Punishment, and Racial Justice (CSRE 175W, ETHICSOC 175W, PHIL 275W)

In this course, we will examine some of the central questions in philosophy of law, including: What is law? What gives law its authority? Must we obey the law? If so, when...

Salkin, W., Valenzuela Marquez, C. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote

PHIL 176 (section 1): Political Philosophy: The Social Contract Tradition (ETHICSOC 176, PHIL 276, POLISCI 137A, POLISCI 337A)

(Graduate students register for 276.) What makes political institutions legitimate? What makes them just? When do citizens have a right to revolt against those who rule...

Wenar, L., Chavez, E. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote

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...

Steinmetz, A. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:30pm
Remote

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....

McQueen, A. 2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:50pm
Remote

PHIL 179A (section 1): Feminist and Queer Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines (FEMGEN 103, FEMGEN 203, PHIL 279A)

(Graduate Students register for PHIL 279A or FEMGEN 203) This course is an opportunity to explore the difference feminist and queer perspectives make in creative arts,...

Brophy, S., Longino, H. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

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...

2020-2021 Winter

PHIL 184M (section 1): Topics in the Theory of Justification (PHIL 284M)

graduate seminar. Prerequisite: PHIL 80.

Malmgren, A. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday
2:30pm - 4:50pm
Remote

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

Warren, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

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,...

Bratman, M. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote

PHIL 193C (section 1): Film & Philosophy (COMPLIT 154A, ENGLISH 154F, FRENCH 154, ITALIAN 154, PHIL 293C)

Issues of authenticity, morality, personal identity, and the value of truth explored through film; philosophical investigation of the filmic medium itself. Screenings to...

Dannenberg, J., Soler, C., Landy, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
2:30pm - 4:20pm
Remote

PHIL 194D (section 1): Capstone Seminar: Artificial Intelligence

Crimmins, M. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
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 Winter
Friday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
Remote

PHIL 207B (section 1): Plato's Later Metaphysics and Epistemology (PHIL 107B)

A close reading of Plato's Theatetus and Parmenides, his two mature dialogues on the topics of knowledge and reality. We will consider various definitions of knowledge,...

Code, A. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday
2:30pm - 4:50pm
Remote

PHIL 227 (section 1): Kant's Foundations of Morality, 2nd Critique (PHIL 127)

(Graduate students enroll in 227.) A study of Kant's ethical thought, focusing on The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, The Critique of Practical Reason, and The...

Friedman, M. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote

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-...

Lawrence, P., Icard, T. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote

PHIL 265 (section 1): Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time (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. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote

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. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote

PHIL 269M (section 1): Topics in 18th Century Natural Philosophy: Virtues and Technology (PHIL 169M)

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. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote

PHIL 275W (section 1): Philosophy of Law: Protest, Punishment, and Racial Justice (CSRE 175W, ETHICSOC 175W, PHIL 175W)

In this course, we will examine some of the central questions in philosophy of law, including: What is law? What gives law its authority? Must we obey the law? If so, when...

Salkin, W., Valenzuela Marquez, C. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote

PHIL 276 (section 1): Political Philosophy: The Social Contract Tradition (ETHICSOC 176, PHIL 176, POLISCI 137A, POLISCI 337A)

(Graduate students register for 276.) What makes political institutions legitimate? What makes them just? When do citizens have a right to revolt against those who rule...

Wenar, L., Chavez, E. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote

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...

Steinmetz, A. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:30pm
Remote

PHIL 279A (section 1): Feminist and Queer Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines (FEMGEN 103, FEMGEN 203, PHIL 179A)

(Graduate Students register for PHIL 279A or FEMGEN 203) This course is an opportunity to explore the difference feminist and queer perspectives make in creative arts,...

Brophy, S., Longino, H. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

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...

2020-2021 Winter

PHIL 284M (section 1): Topics in the Theory of Justification (PHIL 184M)

graduate seminar. Prerequisite: PHIL 80.

Malmgren, A. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday
2:30pm - 4:50pm
Remote

PHIL 284 (section 1): Topics in Epistemology (PHIL 184)

Malmgren, A. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote

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

Warren, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote

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,...

Bratman, M. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote

PHIL 293C (section 1): Film & Philosophy (COMPLIT 154A, ENGLISH 154F, FRENCH 154, ITALIAN 154, PHIL 193C)

Issues of authenticity, morality, personal identity, and the value of truth explored through film; philosophical investigation of the filmic medium itself. Screenings to...

Dannenberg, J., Soler, C., Landy, J. 2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
2:30pm - 4:20pm
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.

De Pierris, G. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday
10:30am - 1:20pm
Remote

PHIL 322 (section 1): Hume

Hume's theoretical philosophy emphasizing skepticism and naturalism, the theory of ideas and belief, space and time, causation and necessity, induction and laws of nature...

De Pierris, G. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote

PHIL 331 (section 1): Happiness and Value in Ancient Greek Philosophy

Grad seminar. 2 unit option only for Philosophy PhD students beyond the second year.

Bobonich, C. 2020-2021 Winter
Thursday
2:30pm - 4:50pm
Remote

PHIL 365 (section 1): Seminar in Philosophy of Physics

2 unit option for PhD students only.

Ryckman, T. 2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
2:30pm - 4:50pm
Remote

PHIL 368A (section 1): Topics in Neuroscience

2 unit option for Philosophy PhD students beyond the second year. May be repeated for credit.

Cao, R. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday
12:30pm - 3:20pm
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 371W (section 1): Representation: Race, Law, and Politics (CSRE 371)

Graduate seminar. In this course, we will work together to develop a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the concept(s) of political representation. We will do so...

Salkin, W. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote

PHIL 382A (section 1): Practical knowledge

When you do something intentionally, you have a special kind of knowledge of what you are doing. Anscombe called this practical knowledge. She argued that it is non-...

Peacocke, A. 2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:50pm
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 Winter
Wednesday
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Remote