Philosophy

Departmental Office: 708 Philosophy; 212-854-3196
www.philosophy.columbia.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies: David Albert, 717 Philosophy; 212-854-4884; da5@columbia.edu

Economics-Philosophy Adviser: Philip Kitcher, 717 Philosophy; 212-854-4884; psk16@columbia.edu

Students interested in philosophy may pursue a major either in philosophy or in economics-philosophy. Because philosophy treats issues fundamental to both the sciences and the humanities, students are also welcome to combine their philosophy major with work in other fields. Before declaring a major in philosophy or economics-philosophy, and before deciding to combine philosophy with another discipline, students should meet with the director of undergraduate studies to formulate the program best for them.

Philosophy majors are given a foundation in logic and philosophical methodology, and are asked to confront fundamental questions in the main areas of philosophy: epistemology and metaphysics, ethics and political philosophy, philosophy of mind and language, and history of philosophy. The department requires that all majors take at least one seminar (PHIL UN3912), designed to allow students to focus on particular philosophical issues or texts in greater depth. Outstanding seniors may also pursue their own philosophical project in a senior thesis.

Over and above the courses required of all majors, there is room for considerable flexibility. Through an appropriate choice of electives from among the department’s offerings (and from related courses in other departments), there are special opportunities for focusing more intensively on one or two subfields of philosophy, e.g., logic and the philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, ethics and political philosophy, or the history of philosophy. Students should consult with the director of undergraduate studies on how best to pursue such programs.

Study Abroad: Reid Hall, Paris

For information on the Columbia in Paris Program at Reid Hall, including summer courses, consult the Columbia University in Paris Bulletin (available in 606 Kent and online at the Office of Global Programs website), call 212-854-2559, or send an email to reidhall@columbia.edu. For information on applicability of Reid Hall courses to the major or concentration, consult the director of undergraduate studies.

Grading

Courses in which a grade of D has been received do not count toward the major or concentration requirements.

Senior Thesis

Undergraduates majoring in Philosophy or Economics-Philosophy may propose to write a senior thesis. Students who wish to write a thesis should approach a faculty member at the end of their junior or beginning of their senior year, and begin working on the proposal early in the fall semester of their senior year.  Proposals are due in early December, and will be reviewed by a committee which will include the Director of Undergraduate Studies; students will be notified of the committee’s decision within two weeks.  Students whose proposals are approved should register for their faculty advisor’s section of Supervised Independent Research for the spring term of the senior year. Theses are due in early April. 

Students who have a grade point average of 3.6 or above in the major and who complete a thesis will be placed into consideration for departmental honors, though any senior may complete a thesis regardless of their grade point average (upon approval of the proposal).

See the full policy and procedure concerning senior theses on the departmental webpage:

http://philosophy.columbia.edu/content/senior-thesis-philosophy

Departmental Honors

Departmental honors are highly competitive.  Normally no more than 10% of the majors graduating in the department each year will receive departmental honors.  

In order to qualify for departmental honors in philosophy, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.6 in the major.  
For students with a GPA of 3.6 or above, there are two possible routes to consideration:

  1. A student may complete a senior thesis; those students who complete senior theses will automatically be considered for honors without having to be nominated.
  2. A student may be nominated by a faculty member early in the spring semester of the senior year; nominated students will be invited to submit a writing sample at least 15 pages in length.  A nominated student who is also writing a thesis may submit their thesis as the writing sample, or may choose to submit a different work.

Both the senior theses and writing samples are due in early April.  The departmental honors committee will then review the submitted material and the academic records of the writers, and will report to the full faculty.  

The full faculty will then decide which students to recommend for departmental honors to the Columbia College and General Studies administrations.  

Professors

  • David Albert
  • Akeel Bilgrami
  • Taylor Carman (Barnard)
  • Haim Gaifman
  • Lydia Goehr
  • Robert Gooding-Williams
  • Axel Honneth
  • Jenann Ismael
  • Patricia Kitcher
  • Philip Kitcher
  • Wolfgang Mann 
  • Christia Mercer
  • Michele Moody-Adams
  • Fred Neuhouser (Barnard)
  • Christopher Peacocke 
  • Carol Rovane
  • Achille Varzi
  • Katja Vogt

Associate Professors

  • Jessica Collins

Assistant Professors

  • Justin Clarke-Doane
  • Melissa Fusco
  • Dhananjay Jagannathan
  • Tamar Lando
  • Karen Lewis (Barnard)
  • John Morrison (Barnard)
  • Una Stojnić
  • Kathryn Tabb

Affiliated Faculty

  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne (French and Romance Philology)
  • Jon Elster (Political Science)
  • Kent Greenawalt (University Professor)
  • Wayne Proudfoot (Religion)
  • Joseph Raz (Law School)
  • Gayatri Spivak (University Professor)

Major in Philosophy

Students considering a major in philosophy are strongly encouraged to meet with the director of undergraduate studies early in their sophomore year. All majors must consult with the director of undergraduate studies each term before registering for classes in order to plan and update their individual programs of study.

Students planning to major in philosophy are advised to begin with PHIL UN1010 Methods and Problems of Philosophical Thought. Beginning students are especially encouraged to take 2000-level courses, both in the history of philosophy and in systematic philosophy. These courses are typically less specialized and less narrowly focused than higher-numbered ones. More advanced students are encouraged to take 3000-level courses. The department requires that all majors take at least one seminar, PHIL UN3912.

No more than one course at the 1000-level can be counted toward the major. In order to enroll in one of the 4000-level courses, students must have taken at least four courses in Philosophy.

The major requires a minimum of 30 points in philosophy chosen from courses prefixed with UN or GU:

PHIL UN2101The History of Philosophy I: Presocratics to Augustine
PHIL UN2201History of Philosophy II: Aquinas to Kant
PHIL UN3411Symbolic Logic
At least one course in either metaphysics or epistemology e.g., PHIL W3960, or a related course to be chosen in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies.
Select at least one course in either ethics or social and political philosophy from the following:
Contemporary Moral Problems
Ethics
Political Philosophy
A related course to be chosen in consultation with the director of undergradute studies.
PHIL UN3912Seminar

Concentration in Philosophy

Philosophy, as an academic discipline, has significant points of contact with a wide range of other subjects—in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. A concentration in philosophy thus can be an attractive option for many students. Those considering becoming concentrators are strongly encouraged to meet with the director of undergraduate studies early in their sophomore year, in order to discuss their specific interests and to plan their programs of study. All concentrators should consult with the director of undergraduate studies each term before registering for courses.

The concentration requires a minimum of 24 points in philosophy, chosen from courses prefixed with UN or GU. There are no specific courses required for the concentration.

Students may choose courses prefixed with GR only with the instructor’s permission. 

PHIL UN3912 is open to junior and senior concentrators who have taken at least four courses in philosophy.


Major in Economics-Philosophy

Please read Guidelines for all Economics Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors in the Economics section of this Bulletin.

Economics-Philosophy is an interdisciplinary major that, while introducing students to the basic methodologies of economics and philosophy, stresses areas of particular concern to both. These include subjects such as rationality and decision making, justice and efficiency, freedom and collective choice, and the logic of empirical theories and their testing. Many of the issues are dealt with historically, and classic texts of Plato, Kant, Mill, Marx, and Smith are reviewed.

Two advisers are assigned for the interdepartmental major, one in the Department of Economics and one in the Department of Philosophy. Please note that the Economics adviser can only advise on the Economics requirements and the Philosophy adviser can only advise on the Philosophy requirements.

The Economics-Philosophy major requires a total minimum of 54 points: 25 points in Economics, 16 points in Philosophy, 6 points in Mathematics, 3 points in Statistics, and 4 points in the interdisciplinary seminar as follows:

Economics Core Courses
ECON UN1105Principles of Economics
ECON UN3211Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON UN3213Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON UN3412Introduction To Econometrics
Mathematics Sequence
Select a mathematics sequence
Statistics
Select a statistics course
Economics Electives
Three electives are required; refer to the Economics section of this bulletin.
Philosophy Courses
PHIL UN1010Methods and Problems of Philosophical Thought
PHIL UN3411Symbolic Logic
PHIL UN3701Ethics (a social or political philosophy course may be substituted, please consult the Philosophy DUS)
PHIL UN3551Philosophy of Science
or PHIL UN3960 Epistemology
PHIL GU4561Probability and Decision Theory
Seminar
ECPH GU4950Economics and Philosophy Seminar (or another seminar in philosophy or economics approved by advisers in both department)

Students who declared before Spring 2014:

The requirements for this program were modified in 2014. Students who declared this program before Spring 2014 should contact the director of undergraduate studies for the department in order to confirm their options for major requirements.

Fall 2018

PHIL UN1010 Methods and Problems of Philosophical Thought. 3 points.

Critical introduction to philosophical problems, ideas and methods.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 1010 001/25824 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
602 Hamilton Hall
Akeel Bilgrami 3 62/80
Spring 2019: PHIL UN1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 1010 001/26477 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Melissa Fusco 3 76/84

PHIL UN2003 Philosophy of Art. 3 points.

This is an introductory course in the Philosophy of Art. We will consider questions including (but not limited to) the following: What is art? Should we try to define art? What is taste? What are the conditions for aesthetic judgement? What is an aesthetic experience? We shall also consider the topics of "public art", "fakes and forgeries,"art and technology" and the philosophical implications of speaking of an "artworld.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN2003
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 2003 001/64572 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
517 Hamilton Hall
Lydia Goehr 3 61/80

PHIL UN2100 Philosophy of Education. 3 points.

Drawing on classical and contemporary sources, this course will introduce students to a variety of texts that address the philosophical consideration of education, including its role in the development of the individual and the development of a democratic society. Readings from Plato, Rousseau, Dewey, and others.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN2100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 2100 001/05941 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
203 Diana Center
Kyle Driggers 3 10/40

PHIL UN2101 The History of Philosophy I: Presocratics to Augustine. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., Recitation Section Required

Corequisites: PHIL V2111 Required Discussion Section (0 points).

Exposition and analysis of the positions of the major philosophers from the pre-Socratics through Augustine.  This course has unrestricted enrollment.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 2101 001/71623 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
517 Hamilton Hall
Dhananjay Jagannathan 4 57/80

PHIL UN3252 Philosophy of Language and Mind. 3 points.

This course will provide an introduction to meaning, reference, understanding, and content in language, thought, and perception.  A central concern will be the question of the relation of meaning to truth-conditions, and what is involved in language and thought successfully latching on to reality.  If you have not already taken an elementary course in first order logic, you will need to catch up in that area to understand some crucial parts of the course.  All the same, the primary concerns of the course will be philosophical, rather than technical.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3252
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3252 001/74094 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
517 Hamilton Hall
Christopher Peacocke 3 24/80

PHIL UN3264 19th Century Philosophy: Hegel. 3 points.

Prerequisites: PHIL UN2201 or PHIL UN3251

Examines major themes of Hegel's philosophy, with emphasis on social and political thought. Topics include Hegel's critique of Kant, the possibility of metaphysics, the master-slave dialectic, and the role of freedom in a rational society. Readings from Kant’s Third Critique help explain how Hegel's project develops out of Kant's transcendental idealism. Some knowledge of Kant's moral theory and his Critique of Pure Reason is presupposed. Prerequisite: at least one of PHIL UN2201, PHIL UN2301, or PHIL UN3251.

PHIL UN3411 Symbolic Logic. 4 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Recitation Section Required

Corequisites: PHILV3413 Required Discussion Section (0 points).

Advanced introduction to classical sentential and predicate logic. No previous acquaintance with logic is required; nonetheless a willingness to master technicalities and to work at a certain level of abstraction is desirable. This course has unrestricted enrollment.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3411
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3411 001/67835 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
203 Mathematics Building
Tamar Lando 4 67/80
Spring 2019: PHIL UN3411
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3411 001/17570 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Achille Varzi 4 84/84

PHIL UN3551 Philosophy of Science. 3 points.

Enrollment limited to 40.

Prerequisites: one philosophy course or the instructor's permission.

Philosophical problems within science and about the nature of scientific knowledge in the 17th-20th centuries. Sample problems: causation and scientific explanation; induction and real kinds; verification and falsification; models, analogies and simulations; the historical origins of the modern sciences; scientific revolutions; reductionism and supervenience; differences between physics, biology and the social sciences; the nature of life; cultural evolution; human nature; philosophical issues in cosmology.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3551
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3551 001/67102 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
517 Hamilton Hall
David Albert 3 26/80

PHIL UN3601 Metaphysics. 4 points.

Discussion Section Required

Corequisites: PHIL V3611 Required Discussion Section (0 points).

Systematic treatment of some major topics in metaphysics (e.g. modality, causation, identity through time, particulars and universals). Readings from contemporary authors.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3601
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3601 001/74671 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
717 Hamilton Hall
Achille Varzi 4 75/86

PHIL UN3701 Ethics. 4 points.

Prerequisites: one course in philosophy.
Corequisites: PHIL V3711 Required Discussion Section (0 points).

This course is mainly an introduction to three influential approaches to normative ethics: utilitarianism, deontological views, and virtue ethics. We also consider the ethics of care, and selected topics in meta-ethics.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3701
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3701 001/72729 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
602 Hamilton Hall
Katja Vogt 4 55/80
Spring 2019: PHIL UN3701
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3701 001/26909 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Michele Moody-Adams 4 84/84

PHIL UN3751 Political Philosophy. 3 points.

Six major concepts of political philosophy including authority, rights, equality, justice, liberty and democracy are examined in three different ways. First the conceptual issues are analyzed through contemporary essays on these topics by authors like Peters, Hart, Williams, Berlin, Rawls and Schumpeter. Second the classical sources on these topics are discussed through readings from Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Marx, Plato, Mill and Rousseau. Third some attention is paid to relevant contexts of application of these concepts in political society, including such political movements as anarchism, international human rights, conservative, liberal, and Marxist economic policies as well as competing models of democracy.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3751
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3751 001/09606 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
325 Milbank Hall
Naomi Dershowitz 3 14/40

PHIL UN3752 Philosophy of Law. 3 points.

This course explores philosophical reflection on the relationship between law, society and morality. We discuss the nature of law, the nature of legal reasoning, the relationship between law and social policy, and central concepts in civil and criminal law. Readings are drawn from such sources as the natural law tradition, legal positivism, legal realism, and Critical Legal Theory. Readings will be supplemented by analysis of classic cases.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3752
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3752 001/71033 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
517 Hamilton Hall
Michele Moody-Adams 3 63/80

PHIL UN3840 The Nature and Significance of Animal Minds. 3 points.

Humans have a complicated relationship with other animals. We love them, befriend them and save them. We hunt, farm and eat them. We experiment on and observe them to discover more about them and to discover more about ourselves. For many of us, our pets are amongst the most familiar inhabitants of our world. Yet when we try to imagine what is going on in a dog or cat's mind--let alone that of a crow, octopus or bee--many of us are either stumped about how to go about this, or (the science strongly suggests) getting things radically wrong. Is our thought about and behavior towards animals ethically permissible, or even consistent, Can we reshape our habits of thought about animals to allow for a more rational, richer relationship with the other inhabitants of our planet? In this course, students will reflect on two closely intertwined questions: an ethical question, what sort of relationship ought we to have with animals?; and a metaphysical question, what is the nature of animal minds? Readings will primarily be be from philosophy and ethics and the cognitive sciences, with additional readings from literature and biology.  There are no prerequisites for this class--it will be helpful but certainly not necessary to have taken previous classes in philosophy(especially ethics and philosophy of mind) or in cognitive science.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3840
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3840 001/78441 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Simon Brown 3 14/15

PHIL UN3912 Seminar. 3 points.

Required of senior majors, but also open to junior majors, and junior and senior concentrators who have taken at least four philosophy courses. This exploration will typically involve writing a substantial research paper. Capped at 20 students with preference to philosophy majors.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3912
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3912 005/62980 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Justin Clarke-Doane 3 14/20
PHIL 3912 010/92202 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
501 International Affairs Bldg
Akeel Bilgrami 3 10/20
PHIL 3912 014/71781 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Robert Gooding-Williams 3 16/20
Spring 2019: PHIL UN3912
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3912 019/67061 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Lydia Goehr 3 23/20

PHIL UN3997 Supervised Senior Research. 3 points.

Supervised research under the direction of individual members of the department.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3997 001/64115  
David Albert 3 2/5
PHIL 3997 002/12282  
Akeel Bilgrami 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 003/63248  
Taylor Carman 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 004/17731  
Justin Clarke-Doane 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 005/21818  
John Collins 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 006/70977  
Melissa Fusco 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 007/64842  
Haim Gaifman 3 3/5
PHIL 3997 008/18295  
Lydia Goehr 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 009/18228  
Robert Gooding-Williams 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 010/17171  
Axel Honneth 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 011/64231  
Dhananjay Jagannathan 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 012/23645  
Patricia Kitcher 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 013/15337  
Philip Kitcher 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 014/63289  
Tamar Lando 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 015/14847  
Karen Lewis 3 1
PHIL 3997 016/23815  
Wolfgang Mann 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 017/25722  
Christia Mercer 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 018/70899  
Michele Moody-Adams 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 019/20996  
John Morrison 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 020/68788  
Frederick Neuhouser 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 021/60736  
Christopher Peacocke 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 022/75782  
Carol Rovane 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 023/74501  
Una Stojnic 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 024/18698  
Kathryn Tabb 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 025/27791  
Achille Varzi 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 026/72786  
Katja Vogt 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 027/02506  
Frederick Neuhouser 3 1
Spring 2019: PHIL UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3997 001/29410  
David Albert 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 002/27988  
Akeel Bilgrami 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 003/01465  
Taylor Carman 3 2
PHIL 3997 004/15820  
Justin Clarke-Doane 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 005/62151  
John Collins 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 006/68024  
Melissa Fusco 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 007/63259  
Haim Gaifman 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 008/27974  
Lydia Goehr 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 009/24333  
Robert Gooding-Williams 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 010/11993  
Axel Honneth 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 011/26797  
Dhananjay Jagannathan 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 012/27023  
Patricia Kitcher 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 013/25355  
Philip Kitcher 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 014/02668  
Karen Lewis 3 0
PHIL 3997 016/23233  
Wolfgang Mann 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 017/12064  
Christia Mercer 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 018/08563  
John Morrison 3 0
PHIL 3997 019/09374  
Frederick Neuhouser 3 0
PHIL 3997 022/73444  
Christopher Peacocke 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 023/26047  
Carol Rovane 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 024/15106  
Una Stojnic 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 025/74190  
Kathryn Tabb 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 026/77535  
Achille Varzi 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 027/23554  
Katja Vogt 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 028/18323  
Michele Moody-Adams 3 0/5

PHIL GU4100 Paradoxes. 3 points.

Various paradoxes, from many areas, including mathematics, physics, epistemology, decision theory and ethics, will be analyzed. The goal is to find what such paradoxes imply about our ways of thinking, and what lessons can be derived. Students will have a choice to focus in their papers on areas they are interested in.

Fall 2018: PHIL GU4100
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 4100 001/61420 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Haim Gaifman 3 3/80

PHIL GU4424 Modal Logic. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Fall 2018: PHIL GU4424
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 4424 001/60727 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
963 Ext Schermerhorn Hall
Tamar Lando 3 14/40

PHIL GU4561 Probability and Decision Theory. 3 points.

Examines interpretations and applications of the calculus of probability including applications as a measure of degree of belief, degree of confirmation, relative frequency, a theoretical property of systems, and other notions of objective probability or chance. Attention to epistimological questions such as Hume's problem of induction, Goodman's problem of projectibility, and the paradox of confirmation.

Fall 2018: PHIL GU4561
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 4561 001/22937 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
516 Hamilton Hall
Haim Gaifman 3 15/40

Spring 2019

PHIL UN1010 Methods and Problems of Philosophical Thought. 3 points.

Critical introduction to philosophical problems, ideas and methods.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 1010 001/25824 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
602 Hamilton Hall
Akeel Bilgrami 3 62/80
Spring 2019: PHIL UN1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 1010 001/26477 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Melissa Fusco 3 76/84

PHIL UN3251 Kant. 3 points.

Explores the connections between theoretical and practical reason in Kant's thinking with special attention to the Critique of Pure Reason and the project of "transcendental" philosophy.

Spring 2019: PHIL UN3251
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3251 001/26739 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Patricia Kitcher 3 85/84

PHIL UN3411 Symbolic Logic. 4 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, Recitation Section Required

Corequisites: PHILV3413 Required Discussion Section (0 points).

Advanced introduction to classical sentential and predicate logic. No previous acquaintance with logic is required; nonetheless a willingness to master technicalities and to work at a certain level of abstraction is desirable. This course has unrestricted enrollment.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3411
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3411 001/67835 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
203 Mathematics Building
Tamar Lando 4 67/80
Spring 2019: PHIL UN3411
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3411 001/17570 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Achille Varzi 4 84/84

PHIL UN3701 Ethics. 4 points.

Prerequisites: one course in philosophy.
Corequisites: PHIL V3711 Required Discussion Section (0 points).

This course is mainly an introduction to three influential approaches to normative ethics: utilitarianism, deontological views, and virtue ethics. We also consider the ethics of care, and selected topics in meta-ethics.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3701
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3701 001/72729 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
602 Hamilton Hall
Katja Vogt 4 55/80
Spring 2019: PHIL UN3701
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3701 001/26909 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Michele Moody-Adams 4 84/84

PHIL UN3912 Seminar. 3 points.

Required of senior majors, but also open to junior majors, and junior and senior concentrators who have taken at least four philosophy courses. This exploration will typically involve writing a substantial research paper. Capped at 20 students with preference to philosophy majors.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3912
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3912 005/62980 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Justin Clarke-Doane 3 14/20
PHIL 3912 010/92202 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
501 International Affairs Bldg
Akeel Bilgrami 3 10/20
PHIL 3912 014/71781 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Robert Gooding-Williams 3 16/20
Spring 2019: PHIL UN3912
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3912 019/67061 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Lydia Goehr 3 23/20

PHIL UN3960 Epistemology. 4 points.

Discussion Section Required

Corequisites: PHIL W3963 Required Discussion Section (0 points).

What can we know? What is knowledge? What are the different kinds of knowledge? We will read classic and contemporary texts for insight into these questions.

Spring 2019: PHIL UN3960
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3960 001/70122 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
Justin Clarke-Doane 4 55/84

PHIL UN3997 Supervised Senior Research. 3 points.

Supervised research under the direction of individual members of the department.

Fall 2018: PHIL UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3997 001/64115  
David Albert 3 2/5
PHIL 3997 002/12282  
Akeel Bilgrami 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 003/63248  
Taylor Carman 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 004/17731  
Justin Clarke-Doane 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 005/21818  
John Collins 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 006/70977  
Melissa Fusco 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 007/64842  
Haim Gaifman 3 3/5
PHIL 3997 008/18295  
Lydia Goehr 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 009/18228  
Robert Gooding-Williams 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 010/17171  
Axel Honneth 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 011/64231  
Dhananjay Jagannathan 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 012/23645  
Patricia Kitcher 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 013/15337  
Philip Kitcher 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 014/63289  
Tamar Lando 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 015/14847  
Karen Lewis 3 1
PHIL 3997 016/23815  
Wolfgang Mann 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 017/25722  
Christia Mercer 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 018/70899  
Michele Moody-Adams 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 019/20996  
John Morrison 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 020/68788  
Frederick Neuhouser 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 021/60736  
Christopher Peacocke 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 022/75782  
Carol Rovane 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 023/74501  
Una Stojnic 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 024/18698  
Kathryn Tabb 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 025/27791  
Achille Varzi 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 026/72786  
Katja Vogt 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 027/02506  
Frederick Neuhouser 3 1
Spring 2019: PHIL UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3997 001/29410  
David Albert 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 002/27988  
Akeel Bilgrami 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 003/01465  
Taylor Carman 3 2
PHIL 3997 004/15820  
Justin Clarke-Doane 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 005/62151  
John Collins 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 006/68024  
Melissa Fusco 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 007/63259  
Haim Gaifman 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 008/27974  
Lydia Goehr 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 009/24333  
Robert Gooding-Williams 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 010/11993  
Axel Honneth 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 011/26797  
Dhananjay Jagannathan 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 012/27023  
Patricia Kitcher 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 013/25355  
Philip Kitcher 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 014/02668  
Karen Lewis 3 0
PHIL 3997 016/23233  
Wolfgang Mann 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 017/12064  
Christia Mercer 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 018/08563  
John Morrison 3 0
PHIL 3997 019/09374  
Frederick Neuhouser 3 0
PHIL 3997 022/73444  
Christopher Peacocke 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 023/26047  
Carol Rovane 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 024/15106  
Una Stojnic 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 025/74190  
Kathryn Tabb 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 026/77535  
Achille Varzi 3 1/5
PHIL 3997 027/23554  
Katja Vogt 3 0/5
PHIL 3997 028/18323  
Michele Moody-Adams 3 0/5

PHIL UN3998 Supervised Individual Research. 3 points.

Spring 2019: PHIL UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3998 001/74453  
David Albert 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 002/62851  
Akeel Bilgrami 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 003/05601  
Taylor Carman 3 0
PHIL 3998 004/13821  
Justin Clarke-Doane 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 005/75532  
John Collins 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 006/61264  
Melissa Fusco 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 007/67148  
Haim Gaifman 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 008/70047  
Lydia Goehr 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 009/23107  
Robert Gooding-Williams 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 010/62854  
Axel Honneth 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 011/20154  
Dhananjay Jagannathan 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 012/10605  
Patricia Kitcher 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 013/60968  
Philip Kitcher 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 014/05620  
Karen Lewis 3 0
PHIL 3998 016/17046  
Wolfgang Mann 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 017/76965  
Christia Mercer 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 018/04538  
John Morrison 3 0
PHIL 3998 019/01144  
Frederick Neuhouser 3 0
PHIL 3998 022/63245  
Christopher Peacocke 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 023/15781  
Carol Rovane 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 024/27143  
Una Stojnic 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 025/73750  
Kathryn Tabb 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 026/10836  
Achille Varzi 3 1/5
PHIL 3998 027/16028  
Katja Vogt 3 0/5
PHIL 3998 028/22210  
Michele Moody-Adams 3 0/5

PHIL GU4140 Hellenistic Philosophy. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Ancient scepticism, and ancient debates between sceptics and non-sceptical philosophers. Topics include: belief, criteria of truth, proof, concepts, Stoic theory of cognitive impressions, Epicurean claim "all sense-perceptions are true," appearances, belief and action, belief and language.

Spring 2019: PHIL GU4140
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 4140 001/73859 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Katja Vogt 3 43/42

PHIL GU4331 Classical American Philosophy. 3 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Prerequisites: One course in philosophy or permission of the instructor

This is a course in the central figures, theories, and works of the classic period in American Philosophy. The course focuses on pragmatism and the major pragmatists-Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), William James (1842-1910), and John Dewey (1859-1952). Students will also read Josiah Royce (1855-1916) as the foremost defender of absolute idealism and neo-Hegelianism in the United States and George Santayana (1863-1952) as a representative of American realism. The course will strongly emphasize primary sources.

Spring 2019: PHIL GU4331
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 4331 001/68370 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Philip Kitcher 3 28/42

PHIL GU4495 Perception. 3 points.

This course addresses the fabulously rich range of issues about the nature of perception, including: perceptual mental representation and its content; computational explanation; justifying beliefs; knowledge and thought about perception; and perception of music. Perception is an interdisciplinary subject par excellence. Readings will be drawn from philosophy and psychology, aesthetics, and artificial intelligence.

CSPH GU4801 Mathematical Logic I. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Syntax and semantics; deductive systems; completeness and compactness theorems; first order calculi; Godel's completeness theorem; basic model theory, Skolem functions; Skolem-Lowenheim theorems.

PHIL GU4810 Lattices and Boolean Algebras. 3 points.

Prerequisites: PHIL UN3411 or 4801

This course is designed as an introduction to lattices and Boolean algebras. In the first part of the course, we study partial orders and view lattices both as partial orders and as algebraic structures. We study some basic constructions involving sublattices, products of lattices, and homomorphic images of lattices. In the second part of the course, we study Boolean algebras, with an aim to proving several representation theorems: first, a representation theorem for finite Boolean algebras, and toward the end of the course, the famous Stone Representation Theorem. We end the course with a look at the connection between classical mereology (or the theory of parthood) and complete Boolean algebras.

Spring 2019: PHIL GU4810
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 4810 001/21109 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Tamar Lando 3 11/42

ECPH GU4950 Economics and Philosophy Seminar. 4 points.

Open only to economics-philosophy majors who are in their senior year.

Prerequisites: ECON W3211, ECON W3213, ECON W3412. Students will be contacted by the Economics department for pre-enrollment.

Explores topics in the philosophy of economics such as welfare, social choice, and the history of political economy. Sometimes the emphasis is primarily historical and someimes on analysis of contemporary economic concepts and theories.

Spring 2019: ECPH GU4950
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECPH 4950 001/29712 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Brendan O'Flaherty 4 0/20

PHIL GR9525 Philosophy of Language. 3 points.

This course focuses on an advanced topic in the philosophy of language.

Fall 2018: PHIL GR9525
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 9525 001/09893 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Karen Lewis 3 11
Spring 2019: PHIL GR9525
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 9525 001/27932 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Una Stojnic 3 5/42

PHIL GR9658 Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Mind. 3 points.

This seminar will be concerned with the right way of conceiving of the relation between the metaphysics of some domain on the one hand, and the mental representation, in intentional contents, and in language, of elements of that domain on the other.  Is the metaphysics philosophically prior in the order of explanation to the theory intentional content and the theory of meaning?  Or is some other account of the order of explanation correct?  And what are the ramifications of different answers to these questions?  The seminar will consider these issues both in general terms, and as they arise in particular domains, including: magnitudes; time; the self; abstract objects (we may also be able to cover other areas).  The seminar will serve both as an introduction to the issues, with relevant background reading assigned, and as a presentation of some new positions on the issues.

Spring 2019: PHIL GR9658
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 9658 001/26094 T 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Room TBA
Christopher Peacocke 3 4/42
PHIL 9658 001/26094 M 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Christopher Peacocke 3 4/42