Philosophy

  • GRS PH 654: Community, Liberty, and Morality
    Challenges to liberalism's belief in the primacy of individual freedom and in governmental neutrality regarding individuals, interests, as offered by conservatism (Burke, Scruton), communitarianism (MacIntyre), feminism (Gilligan), and advocates of a "liberal" theory of the public good (Glaston).
  • GRS PH 656: Topics in Philosophy and Religion
    Topic for Fall 2017: Love and Hate. Designed to run side by side with the Institute for Philosophy and Religion's fall lecture series on the topic of "Love and Hate" in the philosophy of religion. What is the role of love in living a good life? Are there different kinds of love? What are the proper objects of love? What happens when love goes wrong? These questions, and others like them, are examined in a wide range of texts drawn from the religious, philosophical, and literary traditions of Asia and the West. 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 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 663: Philosophy of Language
    The most representative problem areas in contemporary philosophy of language are discussed, criticized, and put into a new perspective. They include Frege's sense-reference theory, quantification and anaphora, theory of truth, the semantics of intentional and epistemic concepts, strategic aspects of language use, identification and individuation, metaphor, demonstratives and indexical, discourse and dialogue theory, and selected language disturbances (dyslexia, autism).
  • 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 680: Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
    Topic for Fall 2017: Thinking Food & Drink. An examination sparked by Greek literature and philosophy.
  • GRS PH 684: Topics in Speculative Philosophy
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Topic for Fall 2015: Meaning.
  • GRS PH 685: Topics in Philosophy of Value
    Topic for Fall 2017: Shame.
  • GRS PH 686: Topics in Knowledge, Language, and Logic
    Topic for Fall 2017: Philosophy of Computing. What are the logical and philosophical origins and applications of the Turing Machine? What, philosophically, is computation? We discuss some of the logico-philosophical aspects of Turing's work and examine foundational issues surrounding its future extensions and applications.
  • 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.
  • GRS PH 803: Medieval Philosophy
    An advanced study of Medieval Philosophy. Topics vary.
  • GRS PH 810: Topics in Modern Philosophy
    Topics vary.