Philosophy

  • GRS PH 802: Ancient Philosophy 2
    An advanced study of works by either Plato or Aristotle..
  • GRS PH 827: Heidegger
    An advanced study of the works of Heidegger.
  • GRS PH 828: Seminar in Philosophy of Religion
    An introduction to the philosophical and theological approaches to the study of religion(s) as distinct from other humanities-based and social-scientific approaches. Provides a common vocabulary for students pursuing historical, constructive, or interdisciplinary projects related to religions thought.
  • GRS PH 850: Ethics
    Examines the origins of two familiar distinctions (1. the good versus the right; 2. sentiment versus reason). Tries to make sense of the eighteenth century approaches to these issues, as well as the continuity of those approaches with related twentieth and twenty-first century ethical theory.
  • GRS PH 854: Seminar in Political Philosophy
    Topic for Spring 2016: Anarchism.
  • GRS PH 858: Aesthetics
    Topic for Spring 2016: The contemporary philosophy of film.
  • GRS PH 871: Philosophy of Science
    The aim of the course is to clarify the credentials and implications of each position (thus provide students a solid ground for participating in wider cultural debates on rationality and relativism), and to have a better understanding of the recent history and current status of philosophy of science (which is part of necessary training for professional philosophers), through a careful examination of the structure of the arguments adopted by each position in dealing with various issues.
  • GRS PH 880: Topics in Philosophy I
    This is a doctoral seminar on the philosophy of ultimacy and the conditions for finite existence. The main texts are in the genre of philosophical theology, and they include explorations of the concepts of persons, primordial consciousness, and spontaneous emergence, based on cross cultural comparative studies. The course deals in detail with Christian symbols and theories of God, in comparison with other traditions. Seminar presentations and a term paper required.
  • GRS PH 881: Proseminar for First-Year Graduate Students
    Graduate Prerequisites: First-year philosophy PhD student standing.
    This seminar is open only to first-year PhD students in philosophy, all of whom are required to enroll. The seminar is designed to help incoming graduate students hone several invaluable philosophical skills, including those needed for effective presentation and defense of one's ideas. Topics vary by semester.
  • GRS PH 882: Topics in Philosophy of Imagination
    Examines Hegel's definition of thinking. Explores concepts such as intersubjectivity, and the relation between thinking, language and subjective-finite knowledge. According to Hegel, the movement of the Concept rests on the link between spontaneity and reification. Attempts to reconstruct that link.
  • GRS PH 883: Topics in Philosophy
    Topic for Spring 2016: Philosophy of Cosmology.
  • GRS PH 901: Directed Research on Thesis
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of major professor.
  • GRS PH 902: Directed Research on Thesis
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of major professor.
  • GRS PH 905: Directed Study in Problems in Philosophy
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
  • GRS PH 906: Directed Study in Problems in Philosophy
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
  • GRS PH 991: Directed Research on Dissertation
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of major professor.
  • GRS PH 993: Philosophy Proseminar 1
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    A workshop seminar offering advanced graduate students the opportunity to present and discuss work-in- progress (dissertation chapters, papers for job applications, journal submissions). A serious commitment to regular and continuing attendance is expected.
  • GRS PH 994: Philosophy Proseminar 2
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS PH 993; or consent of instructor.
    A continuation of GRS PH 993. A workshop seminar offering advanced graduate students the opportunity to present and discuss work-in-progress (dissertation chapters, papers for job applications, journal submissions). A serious commitment to regular and continuing attendance is expected.