Fall 2012 Courses

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028. A Philosopher's Dozen
Matthew Stuart T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Pols House-Conf Room
An introduction to philosophy by way of twelve famous thought experiments. Explores central questions in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics by considering such imaginary scenarios as the runaway trolley, Mary in the black and white room, the ailing violinist, the split-brain transplant, the evil neurosurgeon, twin earth, and the experience machine.
111. Ancient Philosophy
Sarah Conly T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Adams-208
The sources and prototypes of Western thought. We try to understand and evaluate Greek ideas about value, knowledge, and truth.
142. Philosophy of Religion
Scott Sehon M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-117
Does God exist? Can the existence of God be proven? Can it be disproven? Is it rational to believe in God? What does it mean to say that God exists (or does not exist)? What distinguishes religious beliefs from non-religious beliefs? What is the relation between religion and science? Approaches these and related questions through a variety of historical and contemporary sources, including philosophers, scientists, and theologians.
200. History, Freedom, and Reason
Lawrence Simon M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Pols House-Conf Room
What are the causes of historical development? Is history progressive? Do freedom and reason manifest themselves in history? A study of the development of political philosophy and philosophy of history in nineteenth-century German philosophy from Kant through Hegel to Marx.
223. Logic
Scott Sehon M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Sills-117
The central problem of logic is to determine which arguments are good and which are bad. To this end, we introduce a symbolic language and rigorous, formal methods for seeing whether one statement logically implies another. We apply these tools to a variety of arguments, philosophical and otherwise. We also demonstrate certain theorems about the formal system we construct.
337. Hume
Matthew Stuart M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25 Pols House-Conf Room
An examination of the whole arc of Hume’s philosophy, including his metaphysics and epistemology, his theory of the passions, and his moral philosophy. Readings will be drawn from his early masterpiece, the Treatise of Human Nature, and from later works including his two Enquiries and the Dissertation of the Passions.
346. Philosophy of Gender: Sex and Love
Sarah Conly T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Searles-127
Issues of sex and love preoccupy us but may not be well understood. Considers what “counts” as having sex, why that matters, and what it is to love someone. These and other relevant topics explored through readings and discussion.