Philosophy

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  • CAS PH 477: Philosophy of the Social Sciences
    Topics in the philosophy of the social sciences such as the interpretation of human action and the objectivity of social inquiry. Social consideration of alternative theoretic viewpoints such as naturalism and interpretivism.
  • CAS PH 480: Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
    Topic for Spring 2016: Plato and Aristotle on courage, moderation, friendship, and the philosophical life.
  • CAS PH 484: Topics in Speculative Philosophy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any one philosophy course from CAS PH 440-447, or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2015: Meaning.
  • CAS PH 485: Topics in Philosophy of Value
    Topics vary from year to year. Topic for Fall 2016: Mysticism: East and West. What is mysticism? In this interactive seminar, we engage in close reading and analysis of texts describing direct communion with a divine or absolute reality. Texts drawn from Chinese, Indian, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Neoplatonic traditions. Also offered as CAS RN 452.
  • CAS PH 487: Topics in the Philosophy of Science
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any one course from CAS PH 470-477, or consent of instructor.
    A discussion-based introduction to core issues in the philosophy of science, focusing on the topics of scientific realism, theory change, reductionism, explanation, models, and natural kinds.
  • CAS PH 491: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, consent of instructor and department, and approval of CAS Academic Advising.
    Individual or small group tutorial instruction and directed research on selected topics.
  • CAS PH 492: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, consent of instructor and department, and approval of CAS Academic Advising.
    Individual or small group tutorial instruction and directed research on selected topics.