Graduate Courses Fall 2016

  • PHIL 500 - Writing in Philosophy

    M 3:30pm - 6:00pm  -  Hylton
    This course aims to help students with their philosophical writing. There will be an emphasis on critiquing one's own work (as well as that of others), and rewriting in the light of criticism.

  • PHIL 501 - Topics in Ancient Philosophy

    T 3:30pm - 6:00pm - Meinwald

    Aristotle's metaphysics, his study of ousia (what is real i.e. fundamental).  We will consider Aristotle's work in the context of preceding work in ancient philosophy, since this provides the problems he is trying to address. Our study of Aristotle will include texts on substance, essence, explanation, and hylomorphism.  Among other questions, we will consider how Aristotle gets to the idea that particular living things (such as American Pharoah or Lin-Manuel Miranda) are substances, and whether he abandons that view.  Since this is a history seminar, our primary focus will not be on "Aristotelian" or "neo-Aristotelian" work contemporary with ourselves -- but it may be of interest to fans of that work to see how it relates to what the historical Aristotle did.     

  • PHIL 508 - Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

    F 1:00pm - 3:30pm - Sedgwick
    This will primarily be a seminar on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. We will focus on his conception of substance, and his critique of the Leibnizian view of substance. In the the last weeks of the seminar, we will consider Hegel’s critique of Kant on substance.

  • PHIL 526 - Ethics

    R 3:30pm - 6:00pm - Small
    Practical reasoning aims to settle the question what to do. It is traditionally contrasted with theoretical reasoning, which aims to settle the question what to believe. But some argue that practical reasoning is but a kind—perhaps a special kind—of theoretical reasoning, issuing in beliefs—perhaps of a special kind—about what one ought to, or will, do. This seminar will provide an overview of some of the main debates around practical reasoning and rationality in metaethics and the philosophy of action over the last half century or so. Many of these debates may be viewed as addressing aspects of the question whether there is a genuine distinction between practical and theoretical reasoning, and if so how to draw it. We will consider the following proposals: that the "formal object" of practical reasoning is the good, whereas that of theoretical reasoning is the true; that practical reasoning must have a desire among its starting points whereas theoretical reasoning cannot; that practical reasoning concludes in a distinctively practical mental state; that practical reasoning concludes in an action; that there are distinctively practical forms of inference. We will conclude by considering some positions on the relationship between practical reasoning and morality. 

    Readings from the following authors: Lewis Carroll, Elizabeth Anscombe, Gilbert Ryle, Donald Davidson, Agnes Callard, Richard Moran, Bernard Williams, John Broome, David Velleman, Michael Bratman, Gilbert Harman, Candace Vogler, Anselm Müller, Christine Korsgaard, John McDowell, Philippa Foot, and others.

  • PHIL 536 - Epistemology

    M 1:00pm - 3:30 pm , Hilbert
    The course will be focused on issues concerning testimony and social epistemology.

  • PHIL 590 Research Seminar

    W 1:00pm - 3:30pm - Sedgwick
    A work-in-progress seminar for graduate students at the topical, prospectus, or dissertation level. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Completion of 10 of the 14 required courses for the Ph.D. in Philosophy.

  • PHIL 591 Teaching Methods in Philosophy

    W 1:00 - 1:50 pm, Laden
    Techniques and methods of teaching philosophy for philosophy teaching assistants. Includes visits to classes taught by students and feedback on teaching methods and performance. Course information: Open only to Philosophy PhD students.

  • GC 500 - Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program

    When appropriate, we like our second and third year students to benefit from courses offered at other Chicago-area universities. These courses supplement our own areas of strength. Under the Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program (CMEP), second and third years students may take courses at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. In the case of other universities, arrangements may be possible. No more than four such courses may count toward the General Course Requirement. Written permission of the DGS is required for registration in courses in other departments.