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Spring 2017 Class Schedule - updated April 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
PHIL 100-01  Introduction to Philosophy
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Samuel Asarnow
PHIL 110-01  Critical Thinking
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am Diane Michelfelder
PHIL 110-02  Critical Thinking
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am Diane Michelfelder
PHIL 121-01  Ethics
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm William Wilcox
PHIL 201-01  Modern Philosophy
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm Geoffrey Gorham
PHIL 202-01  American Philosophy
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am Geoffrey Gorham
PHIL 213-01  Philosophy of Mind
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Joy Laine
*Cross-listed with NEUR 313-01*

PHIL 223-01  Health and Human Rights
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm Martin Gunderson
PHIL 294-01  Race and Gender
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm Samuel Asarnow
PHIL 300-01  20th Century Contintental Philosophy
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm Diane Michelfelder
PHIL 321-01  Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am William Wilcox

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Fall 2016 Class Schedule - updated April 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
PHIL 100-01  Introduction to Philosophy: Bodies, Minds and Selves
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 011 Joy Laine
*First Year Course only*

PHIL 111-01  Introduction to Symbolic Logic
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 206 Janet Folina
PHIL 111-02  Introduction to Symbolic Logic
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 206 Janet Folina
PHIL 121-01  Ethics
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 409 Samuel Asarnow
*First Year Course only*

PHIL 121-02  Ethics
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 010 Samuel Asarnow
PHIL 194-01  Thinking Like an Engineer
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 205 Flath, Michelfelder
*First Year Course only; cross-listed with MATH 194-01* Driverless cars, drones for non-military uses, and additive manufacturing are but a few of the many ways in which our lives are increasingly shaped by the thinking and decisions of engineers. This first year course will bring students with interests in the humanities and the arts together with students with interests in the sciences and math to think about how these products such as these come about and explore their ramifications. A major aim of this course is to increase understanding of how engineering design does not simply rely on technical expertise, but is rather an interdisciplinary process, inseparable from its philosophical, ethical, social, political, economic and historical dimensions. Students will gain exposure to not only standard ethical theories but also theories, such as aspirational ethics, developed by both philosophers and engineers that directly confront the question of what is moral design. Another objective of this course is to help all students to think more clearly about their relationships to technology, whether as potential designers, consumers, citizens, or simply as reflective human beings.

PHIL 200-01  Ancient and Medieval Philosophies
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 009 Geoffrey Gorham
*Cross-listed with CLAS 200-01*

PHIL 212-01  Philosophy of Religion
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 010 Joy Laine
*Cross-listed with RELI 212-01*

PHIL 221-01  Environmental Ethics
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm OLRI 101 Diane Michelfelder
*Cross-listed with ENVI 221-01*

PHIL 294-01  From Kant to Hegel
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 212 David Martyn
*Taught in English; cross-listed with GERM 394-02; not open to incoming FY students* "Spirit is a bone," wrote Hegel, exploding traditional logic and by extension the way we think about ethics, politics, and society. Hegel's discovery that consciousness is an historical artifact cleared the way for neo-Marxist social theory (Adorno), feminism (Beauvoir, Irigaray), constructivist gender theory (Butler), to mention just a few who moved in the "wake of Hegel." In this course, after familiarizing ourselves with relevant issues in Kant (Hegel's main foil), we will work through Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit with an eye to its significance for issues of critical and social theory. Discussion topics include: "human nature" as a product of history; narrative as a way of "doing" philosophy; the master-slave dialectic; how an historical event like the French Revolution is part of "philosophy"; gender theory and Hegel's reading of Sophocles' "Antigone." No prerequisites except a willingness to work through densely argued texts. Weekly reading responses, 3 mid-length papers.

PHIL 394-01  Epistemology
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 010 Samuel Asarnow
Is knowledge compatible with the possibility of error? If you realize you might be wrong about something, can you really know it? Once you consider that your car might have been stolen last night, do you still know it's parked on the corner? After you first watch The Matrix (or read Descartes), can you really know that you're not living in a pod, hooked up to a complex computer simulation developed by malevolent robots or Cartesian demons? What if we decide that we can't really know anything, after all? Would that be bad? What is knowledge, anyway? How is knowledge different from true belief? Is knowledge more valuable or important than true belief? If so, why? We will discuss these and other topics, which may include the relation between knowledge and action, newfangled Bayesian epistemology, and some epistemological questions about statistical significance.

PHIL 489-01  Senior Seminar: Metaphysics and Epistemology
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 009 Geoffrey Gorham
PHIL 489-02  Senior Seminar - Normative
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm MAIN 011 William Wilcox

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