Fall 2019 Courses
PHIL 5005 - Classical Modern Phil
Day and Time: T 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Reed Winegar
A study of the history of philosophy from Descartes to Kant.
PHIL 5100 - Logic I
Day and Time: F 12 - 2 p.m.
Instructor: Gyula Klima
An introduction to symbolic logic.
PHIL 5209 - Ancient Philosophy
Day and Time: M 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Instructor: Daryl Tress
This course studies major figures at the foundation of Western philosophy, reflecting on the questions the philosophers posed and the teachings they developed in response. Pre-Socratics, Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle, as well as Stoics and Epicureans are among those to be examined. There will be opportunities to connect the ideas of Greek and Roman antiquity with early Eastern philosophies as well as later Western philosophies.
PHIL 6505 - Medieval Philosophical Theories of the Fall
Day and Time: W 12 - 2 p.m.
Instructor: Giorgio Pini
This course will be devoted to the study of some medieval interpretations of the Christian doctrines of the fall of the devil and of original sin. The focus will be philosophical. We will study the positions of Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, and John Duns Scotus. Some of the questions taken into account will be: “Is it possible to choose evil for evil’s sake?” and “What is the motive of a morally wrong action?”
PHIL 6850 - Hermeneutics
Day and Time: R 12 - 2 p.m.
Instructor: Crina Gschwandtner
Fulfills: Contemporary Continental
Hermeneutics as the study of interpretation has an ancient history (cf. Aristotle’s Peri Hermeneias) but as a philosophical discipline really comes into its own in the twentieth century, growing out of earlier traditions of biblical and legal interpretation in the 18th and 19th centuries. We will examine 20th and 21st-century discussions & theories of philosophical interpretation on a variety of topics: art, history, literature, religion, politics, etc. Special emphasis will be given to the two most significant hermeneutic philosophers, Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur, but the goal of the course is a broad exposure to hermeneutic theory and practice today.
PHIL 7340 - Humility and Arrogance
Day and Time: M 1:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Instructor: Nathan Ballantyne
Fulfills: Contemporary Analytic
This course examines epistemological questions concerning humility and arrogance, taken in a broad sense to include open-mindedness, overconfidence, intellectual hubris, and dogmatism. What is humility and does it enhance our inquiry? Is arrogance ever beneficial in our pursuit of truth? Readings for the course focus on good inquiry, expertise, disagreement, and the nature of epistemic virtues and vices.
PHIL 7370 - Moral Emotions
Day and Time: M 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lauren Kopajtic
This course explores historical engagements with the question of what role the emotions should play in our moral lives, focusing on, but not limited to, writings from the Early Modern period (roughly 1600-1800). We will cover three broad topics: the question of how we respond to the actions of others (focusing on resentment and gratitude), the question of how we access and understand the emotions of other people (focusing on pity, compassion, and sympathy), and the question of how we respond to our own actions (focusing on shame, guilt, and pride). Authors studied include: Butler, Rousseau, Hume, Adam Smith, de Grouchy, Descartes, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Spinoza.
PHIL 8050 - Proseminar: Phil Rsch/Writing
Day and Time: W 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Stephen Grimm
A detailed study of methods for successful philosophical research and writing.
PHIL 8070 - Professional Writing Seminar
Day and Time: T 2:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Reed Winegar
This seminar is designed to assist advanced graduate students in Philosophy prepare for successful academic careers doing research and publishing in philosophy. Participants will meet regularly to discuss student work and strategies for effective professional writing and success in publishing. This will assist them in preparing articles for publication in professional philosophy journals as well as developing writing samples for job applications.