• GRS PH 651: Contemporary Ethical Theory
    An examination of twentieth-century English and American moral theories including those of Moore, Foot, Williams, MacIntyre, and Rawls.
  • GRS PH 652: Ethics of Health Care
    Medicine and health care offer a unique opportunity to explore the nature of humanity and the world and to ask fundamental questions concerning the nature of birth, life, and death, and what it is to be a person. Readings from both classical and contemporary writings in ethics, medicine, law, and public health policy.
  • GRS PH 655: Legal Philosophy
    A critical examination of ideas about the nature of law, duties of obedience and resistance, and legal interpretation, with an emphasis on modern theories. Because this course meets with a Law School course, its schedule follows the Law School's standard academic calendar.
  • GRS PH 656: Topics in Philosophy and Religion
    Topic for Fall 2015: Faith and Doubt. Should we think of faith as the opposite of doubt, or is doubt a necessary component of faith? Questions like these will be examined in texts drawn from multiple religious, philosophical, and literary traditions. Also offered as GRS RN 697.
  • GRS PH 659: Political and Legal Philosophy
    Examination of the individual's responsibilities under law, specifically of the idea that there is a general moral obligation to obey the law, including unjust law, and the contrasting idea of civil disobedience-- the possibility of morally justified resistance to law.
  • GRS PH 660: Epistemology
    An examination of some of the central questions concerning the nature, scope, sources, and structure of knowledge.
  • GRS PH 661: Mathematical Logic
    The syntax and semantics of sentential and quantificational logic, culminating in the Godel Completeness Theorem. The Godel Incompleteness Theorem and its ramifications for computability and philosophy.
  • GRS PH 662: Foundations of Mathematics
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS PH 661; or consent of instructor.
    Axiomatic set theory as a foundation for, and field of, mathematics: Axiom of Choice, the Continuum Hypothesis, and consistency results.
  • GRS PH 665: Philosophy of Cognitive Science
    Can humans be thought of in analogy with machines? The course examines questions of natural and artificial intelligence in light of traditional theory and of recent research in computer science and artificial intelligence.
  • GRS PH 668: Philosophical Problems of Logic and Mathematics
    Selected traditional metaphysical and epistemological problems in the light of modern logic and various studies in the foundations of mathematics, including the nature of axiomatic method, completeness in logic and mathematics, and the nature of mathematical truth.
  • GRS PH 670: Philosophy of Physics
    Philosophical problems concerning the interpretation of physical discoveries. Elementary particles, the anomalies of quantum mechanics, some modern problems of space and time, and the problem of wholes and parts.
  • GRS PH 672: Philosophy of Biology
    Conceptual problems in biology; unity or pluralism of science; hierarchy theory; biological explanation; evolutionary theory, teleology and causality, statistical explanation; the species problem; mind and the brain; and language in animals and humans.
  • GRS PH 677: 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.
  • GRS PH 680: Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
    Topic for Spring 2016: Plato and Aristotle on courage, moderation, friendship, and the philosophical life.
  • GRS PH 682: Topics in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Topics vary from semester to semester; may be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Spring 2013: Heidegger. A careful reading of Heidegger's major work, Being and Time. The end of the course looks at some of Heidegger's shorter works written later in his career, in order to consider some of the directions of his famous "turn."
  • GRS PH 684: Topics in Speculative Philosophy
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Topic for Fall 2015: Meaning.
  • GRS PH 687: Topics in the Philosophy of Science
    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.
  • GRS PH 688: Topics in Aesthetics
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Consideration of selected topics in aesthetics, with particular attention to the relationship between aesthetic experience and analytical accounts of the experience; topics include expression, perception, qualities, the good, the ideal, and the sublime.
  • GRS PH 699: Teaching College Philosophy I
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in philosophy. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS PH 801: Ancient Philosophy 1
    An advanced study of works by either Plato or Aristotle.