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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated April 20, 2014 at 07:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
PHIL 100-01  Introduction to Philosophy
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 204 Janet Folina
PHIL 110-01  Critical Thinking
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 010 Diane Michelfelder
PHIL 110-02  Critical Thinking
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 010 Diane Michelfelder
PHIL 121-01  Ethics
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 204 William Wilcox
*First Year Course only*

PHIL 200-01  Ancient/Medieval Philosophies
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 011 Geoffrey Gorham
*Cross-listed with CLAS 294-03* A study of the major philosophies of ancient Greece, Rome and the medieval period, including the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, the Stoics, Augustine, Avicenna (Ibn Sina) and Aquinas. Major topics include: the origin and structure of the universe; reality vs. appearance; being and becoming; time, space and matter; happiness and the good life; love, sex and friendship; death; freedom and fatalism; the ideal state; the relation between reason and faith; the nature and existence of God; the relation between church and state.

PHIL 213-01  Philosophy of Mind
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 06A Joy Laine
*Cross-listed with NEUR 313-01*

PHIL 222-01  Philosophy of Human Rights
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 111 Martin Gunderson
PHIL 224-01  Philosophy of Law
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 111 William Wilcox
PHIL 225-01  Ethics and the Internet
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 011 Diane Michelfelder
*First Year Course only; cross-listed with COMP 154-01*

PHIL 294-01  Of a Beautiful Mind: Literature and Philosophy at Crossroads
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm ARTCOM 102 Jean-Pierre Karegeye
*Cross-listed with FREN 416-01*

PHIL 294-02  Medieval Political Thought
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 06A Andrew Latham
*Cross-listed with CLAS 294-02 and POLI 266-01* Interested in the roots of contemporary political life (including issues such as state sovereignty, separation of church and state, constitutionalism, just war, property rights, “the people”, nationalism, democracy, rule-of-law, and human rights)? Then this course is for you. Through a careful examination of the political thought of Latin Christendom (Western Europe) during the later Middle Ages (c. 1050-c. 1550) we explore the deep roots of the contemporary world order, demonstrating the ways in which medieval thinkers such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, John of Salisbury, John of Paris, Giles of Rome, Marsilius of Padua, Dante, Las Casas, ibn Sina, Moshe ben Maimon, and ibn Rushd “invented” many of the ideas that we – presumptuously and erroneously – have come to associate with the modern era. As an intermediate-level offering, this course is designed primarily for Political Science majors and non-majors in cognate fields (such as Philosophy or Classics) who have some experience in the discipline. The course has no pre-requisites, however, and is therefore suitable for all students seeking to satisfy an interest in political theory/philosophy or the medieval roots of contemporary political life. This course fulfills the Political Science Department’s Theory Requirement.

PHIL 294-03  Dead White Men
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 214 Kiarina Kordela
*Cross-listed with ENGL 394-01 and GERM 337-01; taught in English* The shift away from feudal theocracy (when divinity grounded truth and political authority) to secular capitalist modernity has entailed unforeseen re-conceptualizations of both time and of the distinction between truth and fiction—the latter approaching extinction, as truth is increasingly perceived as a culturally arbitrary (hence fictional) construct. To examine these modern mutations of the central categories of time and truth-fiction, the course will pursue two parallel itineraries. On the one hand, the two competing modes of the secularization of time, as (a) human history progressing toward a certain telos (end or aim), and (b) as a machinic time within which inter-relations within an autonomous structure (one not controlled by humans) determine its participants. And, on the other hand, the replacement of faith with modern philosophy, ideology, and biopolitics. No prerequisites.

PHIL 394-01  20th Century Analytical Philosophy
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 113 Janet Folina
This course will focus on a selection of the influential works of the twentieth century, including philosophers such as Russell, Wittgenstein, Carnap, Kripke, Goodman and Kuhn. Logical positivism was a major movement at this time so we will consider its genesis as well as reactions to it. We will also consider what led to the so-called continental-analytic “divide” in philosophy and where things now stand. In addition to providing an overview of an important period in philosophy there are a few themes that run through the readings and that tie them together. One is the influence of scientific developments on analytic philosophy at the time. Another important theme is the relation between language, knowledge and reality. That is, one can see much of twentieth century philosophy as engaging in questions that lie at the intersection of metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of language. Pre-requisites: logic and at least one prior course in philosophy. (Modern philosophy would be useful, but is not required.)

PHIL 489-01  Senior Seminar
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 003 Martin Gunderson

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated April 20, 2014 at 07:56 am

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
PHIL 100-01  Introduction to Philosophy
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm Joy Laine
PHIL 111-01  Introduction to Symbolic Logic
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am Janet Folina
PHIL 111-02  Introduction to Symbolic Logic
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am Janet Folina
PHIL 121-01  Ethics
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Martin Gunderson
PHIL 121-02  Ethics
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm Martin Gunderson
PHIL 121-03  Ethics
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am Diane Michelfelder
PHIL 201-01  Modern Philosophy
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am Geoffrey Gorham
PHIL 202-01  American Philosophy
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am Geoffrey Gorham
PHIL 211-01  Indian Philosophies
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am Joy Laine
*Cross-listed with ASIA 211-01*

PHIL 221-01  Environmental Ethics
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm Martin Gunderson
*Cross-listed with ENVI 221-01; ACTC students may register on the first day of class with the permission of the instructor*

PHIL 312-01  Philosophy of Mathematics
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm Janet Folina
*Cross-listed with MATH 212-01*

PHIL 394-01  Philosophical Worlds: Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm Diane Michelfelder
If the history of philosophy in the West were turned into a Hollywood major motion picture, it is likely the director would cast Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein as heroes of two contrasting philosophical worlds—Heidegger as a key figure and instigator of the European traditions of existentialism and phenomenology, and Wittgenstein as helping to spark the Anglo-American tradition of analytic philosophy. But what if an “indie” filmmaker were to wonder if Heidegger and Wittgenstein had more in common than is usually thought? What if the “and” in the phrase “Heidegger and Wittgenstein” were taken to mean they were philosophical buddies, not only because of the skepticism toward conventional ways of doing philosophy that both of them shared?

In recent years a number of scholars have begun to explore these questions, and we’ll be doing that in this course as well. In the first half, we will toggle back and forth between readings by Heidegger and Wittgenstein; in the course’s second half, we will look at contemporary philosophical reflection on these two thinkers. Selections from works such as Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, On Certainty, Culture and Value, and The Big Typescript, along with Heidegger’s Being and Time; Poetry, Language, Thought; On the Way to Language and the Zollikon Seminars, will inform our seminar-style class discussions. A particular focus of the class will be on the relationships among philosophical truth, ordinary language, and ordinary experience in the world. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of the professor.

PHIL 394-02  Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm William Wilcox

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