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Philosophy

The Philosophy Department offers summer courses that confront the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, ethics and political philosophy, the philosophy of mind and language, and the history of philosophy.

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Summer 2022 Session Information

  • SESSION A (First Half Term) courses are May 23–July 1, 2022
  • SESSION B (Second Half Term) courses are July 5–August 12, 2022
  • SESSION X (Full Term) courses are May 23–August 12, 2022
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HIST OF PHIL: AQUINAS TO KANT
PHIL2201S001 3 points.
PHIL UN2101 is not a prerequisite for this course. Exposition and analysis of central philosophical problems as discussed by innovative thinkers from Aquinas through Kant. Authors include figures like Descartes, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Spinoza, Anne Conway, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, Émilie du Châtelet, and Kant. ,
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHIL2201S001 001/10264 Session A Tu 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
Th 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Olivia Branscum
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
EXISTENTIALISM
PHIL3350S001 3 points.

A survey of major themes of Existentialist philosophy in Europe from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century, this class will focus on Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Sartre and their influences on philosophical conceptions of the human being and the form of its freedom, and the consequences of anxiety, nihilism, and despair in the face of death.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHIL3350S001 001/10267 Session B Mo 01:00 PM–02:35 PM
Tu 01:00 PM–02:35 PM
We 01:00 PM–02:35 PM
Th 01:00 PM–02:35 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Anthony Garruzzo
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
INTRO TO SYMBOLIC LOGIC
PHIL3411S001 3 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.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHIL3411S001 001/10266 Session A Mo 10:45 AM–12:20 PM
Tu 10:45 AM–12:20 PM
We 10:45 AM–12:20 PM
Th 10:45 AM–12:20 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Devin Morse
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
METAPHYSICS
PHIL3601S001 3 points.

This course will survey topics in contemporary metaphysics. We will focus on material objects, time, modality, causation, properties, and natural kinds. We will begin by considering what objects there are in general (ontology) and what to say about certain puzzling entities (such as holes). Then we will turn to debates about material objects and puzzles about composite objects and the notion of parthood. Next is the issue of how material objects persist over time and survive change in their parts. We shall consider two important views on persistence. We then turn to two issues related to persistence: personal identity over time, and puzzles about time travel. This will lead us into the next part of the course on modality and causation, which concerns the notions of possibility, necessity, laws of nature, and causation. We will consider different views about 'possible worlds'. We will then consider the nature of laws and causation and then turn to the problem of free will. We will look at debates in the metaphysics of properties between realists and nominalists about properties. Then we'll consider causal powers, dispositions, and natural kinds. The section will conclude with problems about the metaphysics of socially constructed kinds such as race or gender.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHIL3601S001 001/10268 Session A Mo 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
We 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Martina Botti
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
ETHICS
PHIL3701S001 3 points.

Prerequisites: One philosophy course 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.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
PHIL3701S001 001/10265 Session A Mo 02:45 PM–04:20 PM
Tu 02:45 PM–04:20 PM
We 02:45 PM–04:20 PM
Th 02:45 PM–04:20 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Andrew Richmond
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person