PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Problems in Philosophy

Professor: W. Griffith

CRN: 91644 Distribution: A

Time: M Th 10:30 am ­ 11:50 am ASP 302

of related interest: French Studies

An introduction to the problems, methods, and scope of philosophical inquiry. Among the philosophical questions to be discussed are those associated with morality, the law, the nature of mind, and the limits of knowledge. Philosophers to be read include Plato, Descartes, David Hume, William James, A. J. Ayer, Sartre, C. S. Lewis, and Lon Fuller.

PHIL 103 Introduction to Philosophy: History of Philosophy

Professor: G. Hagberg

CRN: 91675 Distribution: A

Time: Tue Th 3:40 pm ­ 5:00 pm OLIN 201

A critical examination of the work of some major figures in the history of philosophy, emphasizing historical continuities and developments in the subject. Authors include Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Nietzsche, and Russell.

PHIL 105 Reason, Language, & Argumentation

Professor: D. Berthold­Bond

CRN: 91666 Distribution: A

Time: M W 9:00 am ­ 10:20 am OLIN 204

This is a course in informal logic. We will examine the functions of language and reasoning as they occur in everyday discourse. Beginning with an analysis of the structure of a wide variety of informal fallacies, we will turn to an investigation of how these fallacies are employed for such purposes as persuasion, deception, and indoctrination. Examples will be taken from the spheres of politics, the news media, advertising, and the writing of educational textbooks.

PHIL 213 Nineteenth Century Continental Philosophy

Professor: D. Berthold­Bond

CRN: 91665 Distribution: A

Time: Tue Th 10:30 am ­ 11:50 am OLIN 204

Cross-listed: German Studies

Readings from Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche (and possibly others, e.g. Fichte, Feuerbach, Schopenhauer), stressing the very different answers each philosopher gave to such shared questions as the nature of self­consciousness, the nature and the role of the state and of religion, the relation of the individual to the community, and the nature of value.

PHIL 251 Ethical Theory

Professor: W. Griffith

CRN: 91645 Distribution: A

Time: M Th 3:40 pm ­ 5:00 pm LC 206

Most people believe that they have one life to live, that this life will be of a roughly specifiable duration, and that it must be lived under specifiable conditions. Furthermore, they believe that they will determine and must determine by active choice the precise form their life shall assume out of an indefinite number of different possible lives. Given these assumptions, as a rational being, how should one proceed? Upon what principles should one choose to live ones life? Many philosophers have thought this question to be extremely important, a proper subject of rational thought, and answerable. Answerable or not, it is a question we all must face. We shall critically examine the answers to this question which have been given by four influential Western philosophers: Aristotle, Epictetus, Kant, and J. S. Mill.

PHIL 340 The Birth of Analytic Philosophy

Syllabus(Fall 1996)

Professor: R. Martin

CRN: 91896 Distribution: A

Time: Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm OLIN 306

In this course we will study the emergence of what is now called Analytic Philosophy. In 1890, when Bertrand Russell came to Cambridge University to study mathematics, the so-called "English Hegelians," including Bradley and McTaggart, dominated the philosophical scene. In 1892 Russell was joined at Cambridge by G.E. Moore, who had come to study classics; the two of them mounted a full-scale intellectual rebellion against the prevailing philosophy. By 1905, the year of Russell's essay "On Denoting," the rebellion was essentially complete. Readings will be drawn from the works of English idealist philosophers and the early essays of Moore and Russell.

PHIL 372 The Philosophy of Kant II

Professor: G. Hagberg

CRN: 91676 Distribution: A

Time: W 1:20 pm ­ 3:20 pm ASP 302

Cross-listed: German Studies

A close examination of The Critique of Practical Reason along with the Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, and The Critique of Judgement. We will investigate in detail Kant's conception of duty, his arguments concerning moral reasoning, and his mature aesthetic theory. At the end of the course we will consider the relations between Kant's epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic writings in the three Critiques.

PHIL 373 The Philosophy of Hegel

Professor: D. Berthold­Bond

CRN: 91677 Distribution: A

Time: M 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm ASP 302

Cross-listed: German Studies

Readings from two of the four works Hegel saw to publication, The Phenomenology of Spirit and The Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences, and from two of his four posthumously published lecture cycles, Lectures on the Philosophy of History and Lectures on Aesthetics.