Philosophy

  • GRS PH 606: Aristotle II
    A close reading of Aristotle's writings on practical philosophy (i.e., the Nicomachean Ethics and the Politics) and of his philosophy of art in the Poetics, focusing on the nature of human happiness and the good life, the question of the best form of political government, and the function of art for life.
  • GRS PH 612: Philosophy of the Enlightenment
    A critical examination of that family of philosophical and political movements that called itself "the Enlightenment." Students analyze key texts by Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Smith, Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot, Jefferson, Madison, Kant, and Hegel.
  • GRS PH 613: Kant
    A study of Kant's critical philosophy, focusing on one or more of his works.
  • GRS PH 615: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
    Study of the important themes in the philosophy of Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.
  • GRS PH 618: Marx and Marxism
    Philosophical foundation of Marxism and its development. Critical study of Marx's writings stressing questions of philosophy, political economy, science, and history. Emphasis on Marx's theory of relation of praxis to consciousness. Later (including contemporary) Marxists and critics.
  • GRS PH 622: Analytic Philosophy
    A survey of the basic works of twentieth-century analytical philosophy.
  • GRS PH 624: Wittgenstein
    An intensive (line by line) study of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations.
  • GRS PH 626: Phenomenology
    Rigorous examination of the foundations of philosophical phenomenology in Husserl and Heidegger.
  • GRS PH 627: Heidegger and Existential Philosophy
    A study of the main topics of Heidegger's philosophy against the background of his interpretation of Husserl's phenomenology, Kant's transcendental philosophy, and ancient Greek philosophy, with an emphasis on the concepts of being, time, and truth.
  • GRS PH 633: Symbolic Logic
    Study of methods characteristic of modern deductive logic including use of truth tables, Boolean normal forms, models, and indirect and conditional proofs within the theory of truth-functions and quantifiers.
  • GRS PH 636: Gender, Race, and Science
    Examines issues in feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, and philosophy of science. Is "race" a genuine scientific category or a social construct? How have views about gender and race changed? Why are there still so few women and minority scientists?
  • GRS PH 640: Metaphysics
    A survey of basic questions in contemporary metaphysics that may include reality, time, change, free will, personal identity, and causation.
  • GRS PH 643: Philosophy of Mind
    The topic is sentience, embodiment, and the brain. The aim is to develop a "neurophenomenological" approach to consciousness and embodied experience in cognitive science and the philosophy of mind.
  • GRS PH 645: The Philosophy of Love
    What is love? What different forms does it take (e.g. parental love, romantic love)? Is love non- rational or are there reasons of love? We aim to answer these and other philosophical questions by focusing on contemporary philosophical writings on love.
  • GRS PH 651: Contemporary Ethical Theory
    An examination of contemporary English and American moral theories. Topic for Fall 2017: The Color Line and the Problem of Reparations.
  • 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 656: Topics in Philosophy and Religion
    Topic for Fall 2018: Concept of the Person. Designed to run side by side with the Institute for Philosophy and Religion's fall lecture series on the Concept of the Person. Examples are chosen from contemporary Western philosophy, the study of religion, and the religious traditions of Asia. Also offered as GRS RN 697.
  • 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.