Philosophy

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  • CAS PH 272: Science, Technology, and Values
    Examination of some of the important ways in which science, technology, society, and human values are interconnected. Includes case studies of the social and ethical challenges posed by computer, military, and biological technology. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS PH 300: History of Ancient Philosophy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one philosophy course or sophomore standing.
    Classical Greek philosophy, with a concentration on the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle.
  • CAS PH 310: History of Modern Philosophy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one philosophy course or sophomore standing.
    An examination of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy from Descartes to Kant, with emphasis on the nature and extent of knowledge. Readings include Descartes, Locke, Spinoza, Berkley, Hume, and Kant.
  • CAS PH 340: Metaphysics and Epistemology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 160; or consent of instructor.
    Epistemology is the study of the nature of knowledge. Key issues in epistemology include our knowledge of the external world, knowledge of our own mental states, and inductive knowledge. Metaphysics is the study of the nature of reality. Key issues in metaphysics include free will, personal identity, and the nature of existence. This course consists of a survey of issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and their intersection.
  • CAS PH 350: History of Ethics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one philosophy course or sophomore standing.
    A critical and comparative examination of the ideas of representative moral philosophers from Plato to Nietzsche.
  • CAS PH 360: Symbolic Logic
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one philosophy course or sophomore standing.
    Study of methods characteristic of modern deductive logic including use of truth tables, Boolean normal forms, models, and indirect and conditional proofs within the theory of truth-functions and quantifiers.
  • CAS PH 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, consent of instructor and department, and approval of Honors Committee.
    Individual tutorial instruction and directed research at distinction level.
  • CAS PH 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, consent of instructor and department, and approval of Honors Committee.
    Individual tutorial instruction and directed research at distinction level.
  • CAS PH 405: Aristotle I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 300.
    A careful study of the philosophy of Aristotle conducted primarily through a close reading of several of his major works.
  • CAS PH 406: Aristotle II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 300.
    A close reading of Aristotle's writings on practical philosophy (i.e., the Nicomachean Ethics and the Politics) and of his philosophy of art in the Poetics, focusing on the nature of human happiness and the good life, the question of the best form of political government, and the function of art for life.
  • CAS PH 408: History of Medieval Philosophy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 300; sophomore standing and CAS PH 300 and two other philosophy courses, or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2015: Mysticism and Philosophy: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives. Thematic introduction to mysticism and philosophy, with a focus on dynamics of religious experience. Readings from medieval Jewish and Islamic philosophy; Sufi mysticism and philosophy; Kabbalah, Biblical interpretation, Sufi poetry, Hebrew poetry from the Golden Age of Muslim Spain.
  • CAS PH 410: Continental Rationalism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 310; and two other philosophy courses, or consent of instructor.
    A critical study of major texts of seventeenth-century philosophy.
  • CAS PH 411: British Empiricism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 310; and two other philosophy courses, or consent of instructor.
    A critical study of major texts of British Empiricists, with emphasis on Locke and Hume.
  • CAS PH 412: Philosophy of the Enlightenment
    A critical examination of that family of philosophical and political movements that called itself "the Enlightenment." Students analyze key texts by Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Smith, Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot, Jefferson, Madison, Kant, and Hegel. Also offered as CAS PO 592 and CAS HI 514.
  • CAS PH 413: Kant
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 310; and two other philosophy courses, or consent of instructor.
    A study of Kant's critical philosophy, focusing on one or more of his works.
  • CAS PH 415: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 310; and one other philosophy course.
    Study of the important themes in the philosophy of Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.
  • CAS PH 416: Hegel
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 310; and two courses in philosophy above the 100 level or consent of the instructor.
    A study of Hegel's systematic philosophy, focusing on one or more of his works.
  • CAS PH 419: Nietzsche
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 310; and two other philosophy courses, or consent of instructor.
    A study of Nietzsche's philosophy, focusing on one or more of his works.
  • CAS PH 422: Analytic Philosophy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 310.
    A survey of the basic works of twentieth-century analytical philosophy.
  • CAS PH 424: Wittgenstein
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 310; and two other philosophy courses, or consent of instructor.
    An intensive (line by line) study of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations.