Philosophy

College of Arts & Sciences

Introduction to Philosophy

CAS PH 100

Introduces the nature of philosophical activity through careful study of major philosophical topics. Topics include happiness, knowledge, and God's existence. How is knowledge acquired? What reasons are there for supposing that God exists? Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Great Philosophers

CAS PH 110

A comparative introduction to the life and thought of several preeminent philosophers from classical times in both the Western and Eastern traditions. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 8)

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Introduction to Ethics

CAS PH 150

What is morality? What does morality require of us in our daily lives? We look both at theories that specify what morality requires of us and at specific moral issues to which these theories apply. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Politics and Philosophy

CAS PH 155

Introduces major themes and questions in political philosophy. Focuses on modern European Enlightenment, but also examines contemporary and classic authors. Cultivates philosophical analysis and argumentation by delving into issues of contemporary relevance. Carries CAS humanities division credit. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Reasoning and Argumentation

CAS PH 160

A systematic study of the principles of both deductive and informal reasoning, with an emphasis on reasoning and argumentation in ordinary discourse and their strategies. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Medical Ethics

CAS PH 251

Explores moral philosophical issues that arise in connection with medicine and emerging biotechnologies. Examines topics such as the right to healthcare, research ethics, euthanasia, abortion, concepts of death and disease, and assisted reproductive technologies. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Philosophy of Sexuality and Gender

CAS PH 256

Analyzes notions of gender and sexuality, with readings from Plato, Rousseau, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Sartre, Levinas, Scruton, and Bloom. Questions include: are gender and sexuality natural, or are they social constructions? How are they related to love and desire? Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Philosophy of Science

CAS PH 270

Main features of the scientific enterprise are illustrated by examples in the study of physics, biology, and mind: the aims of scientific activities, the nature of scientific understanding and procedures, the structure and interpretation of scientific theories, and the development of science. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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History of Ancient Philosophy

CAS PH 300

The history of ancient Greek philosophy from its beginnings through Aristotle: the cosmos, human nature, Socrates and Plato, metaphysics, music, atomic theories, immortality, friendship, love, being and nonbeing, civil disobedience, form and formlessness, definitions, and the hierarchy of reality. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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History of Modern Philosophy

CAS PH 310

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, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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