PHIL 103 Introduction to Philosophy: History of Philosophy

Professor: Garry Hagberg

CRN: 12271

Time: Tu Th 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm OLIN 201

of related interest: French Studies
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 104 Introduction to Philosophy: Multicultural Perspectives

Professor: Daniel Berthold-Bond

CRN: 12272

Time: Tu Th 10:30 am - 11:50 am OLIN 203

Cross-listed: MES
This course is an introduction to such major themes in the history of philosophy as the nature of reality and our capacity to know it; issues of ethics and justice; and conceptions of how one should live. Readings will include selections from a diverse range of traditions, including Western, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, African, Native American, Latin American, Islamic, Jewish, and feminist texts.

PHIL 237 Symbolic Logic

Professor: William Griffith

CRN: 12273

Time: Tu Th 9:00 am - 10:20 am HEG 300

The course approaches symbolic logic as the attempt to create symbolic systems to test the validity of deductive arguments expressed in ordinary language. Beginning with the common, informal notion of a valid argument, the course progresses through truth tables; a system of natural deduction for propositional logic, which is proven to be consistent and complete; classical logic, including syllogisms and the square of opposition; Venn diagrams; monadic quantificational theory; and general quantificational theory, relations, and identity, with deductive technique for each. How the latter systems may be developed into higher orders of logic and the foundations of mathematics is outlined. The consistency and completeness of each system is considered, culminating in a brief discussion of G”del's results and their relevance for mathematics and philosophy.

PHIL 259 Religious and Anti-Religious Philosophers

Professor: Daniel Berthold-Bond

CRN: 12274

Time: Wed Fri 9:00 am - 10:20 am OLIN 204

Cross-listed: German Studies
A comparative examination of philosophical defenses and critiques of religion from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Readings from Feuerbach, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Buber, and Tillich.

PHIL 280 Introduction to Analytic Philosophy

Professor: Robert Martin

CRN: 12275

Time: Mon Wed 10:30 am - 11:50 am OLIN 303

Topics will be drawn from major discussions of language, mind and knowledge by some analytic philosophers of the twentieth century. Readings from, for example, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, A. J. Ayer, Gilbert Ryle, J. L. Austin, R. Carnap, W. V. O. Quine, A. Tarski and D. Davidson. There is no prerequisite for this course.

PHIL 357 Law and Ethics

Professor: William Griffith / Alan Sussman

CRN: 12276

Time: Tu 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 310

This course will combine elements of two disciplines--law and philosophy--to examine the premises which support the ideal of a just society and the reasons utilized in making legal and moral arguments. Legislators (and judges) make law. What sorts of reasoning can/should be used in this undertaking? Is there such a thing as "natural law," which can provide a standard of what law "ought" to be? It is frequently maintained that laws can be just or unjust. What are the criteria of "justice" to which we believe law ought to conform? The course will be jointly taught by a member of the philosophy program and a constitutional lawyer. Readings will include current court decisions involving the issues of equality, sexuality, the death penalty, and the right to die. Philosophers to be read include Jeremy Bentham, J. S. Mill, John Rawls, H. L. A. Hart, Lon Fuller, Isaiah Berlin, and Ronald Dworkin. Enrollment limited to 15. Priority for admission will be given to students with upper-college standing and/or a previous course in philosophy.

PHIL 383 Heidegger

Professor: Daniel Berthold-Bond

CRN: 12277

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

Cross-listed: German Studies
A close reading of major portions of Heidegger's Being and Time and several short later works such as The Origin of the Work of Art, Letter on Humanism, The Question Concerning Technology, and Building Dwelling Thinking. We will focus on such themes as Heidegger's (re)conception of the phenomenological method; the elusive search for an account of Being; the portrait of key existential structure of Dasein (human "being-there"), such as being-within-the-world, being-with, discourse, thrownness, temporality, care, anxiety, and being-towards-death; the analysis of our "everyday" inauthentic being and our potentiality for authenticity; and Heidegger's thoughts on art, language, and technology. Prerequisite: previous courses in philosophy.