Graduate Courses Spring 2017

  • PHIL 410 - Formal Logic

    MWF - 1:00 - 1:50 | Jarrett
    In contemporary philosophy much use is made of technical machinery of various sorts. Many topics in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science, for example, rely on a familiarity with tools from logic, mathematics, probability theory, etc. In this course we will focus on developing a good understanding of these tools.

  • PHIL 505 - Seminar in Modern Philosophy

    T 03:30 pm - 06:00 pm | Whipple 
    Although Descartes is arguably the most influential figure in the early modern period, his epistemology and metaphysics have been thought to involve a series of egregious philosophical blunders ranging from the so-called “Cartesian Circle” to an utterly implausible account of substance dualism and mind-body interaction. Recent historical scholarship has challenged this long-standing verdict, suggesting that Descartes’ views are far more subtle, systematic, and interesting than the standard view would lead one to believe. In this seminar we will study Descartes’ epistemology and metaphysics in light of these developments in the recent secondary literature. Time permitting we will devote some time at the end of the semester to other parts of Descartes’ philosophy such as his physics and ethics.

  • PHIL 530 - Aesthetics

    R 03:30 pm - 06:00 pm | Eaton
    This seminar will deal with beauty and aesthetic and artistic value. We’ll read a combination of historical and contemporary texts. We’ll begin with Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment (Guyer translation). Then we turn to Alexander Nehamas’ Only a Promise of Happiness (Princeton UP 2007). We may also read essays by Arnold Isenberg, Frank Sibley, Dominic Lopes, Louise Hanson, and Nick Riggle.

  • PHIL 532 - Metaphysics

    M 03:00 pm - 05:30 pm | Almotahari
    Sense, Reference, and Inference from a Computational Point of View - This is a seminar about the metaphysics of mind. Our discussions will focus on the following questions: What are Fregean senses? Can they do everything that Fregeans need them to? What role do they play in inference? Do they provide the materials for a transcendental proof of the language of thought hypothesis? How should rational inference be explained? What about non-inferential thought processes? How promising is a computational Fregeanism?

  • PHIL 540 - Philosophy of Science

    F 03:00 pm - 05:30 pm | Huggett
    This seminar will aim to survey both core issues in twentieth century philosophy of science (especially the status of ‘theoretical’ entities, the nature of explanation, the question of scientific progress, and the role of values in science), and how they have played out in some of the key topics of the last decade. The goals are for students to completing the course to be able to teach some topics in the field, to have an understanding of the context of contemporary work, and to see how questions in philosophy of science have parallels in other fields. We will most likely start with Hempel’s 1966 classic “Philosophy of Natural Science”, for a statement of logical empiricism, and then work through the evolution of the field from that point.

  • PHIL 590 - Research Seminar

    W 03:00 pm-05:30 pm Huggett
    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.

  • 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.