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PHIL 1100 : Introduction to Philosophy
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Shaun Nichols
A general introduction to some of the main topics, texts, and methods of philosophy. Topics may include the existence of God, the nature of mind and its relation to the body, causation, free will, knowledge and skepticism, and justice and moral obligation. Readings may be drawn from the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophical literature.
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PHIL 1100 : Introduction to Philosophy
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Theodore Korzukhin
A general introduction to some of the main topics, texts, and methods of philosophy. Topics may include the existence of God, the nature of mind and its relation to the body, causation, free will, knowledge and skepticism, and justice and moral obligation. Readings may be drawn from the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophical literature.
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PHIL 1110 : FWS: Philosophy in Practice
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Alicia Patterson
Avi Appel
August Faller
Daniel Manne
This First-Year Writing Seminar is about using philosophy and everyday life and provides the opportunity to write extensively about these issues.  Topics vary by section.
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PHIL 1110 : FWS: Philosophy in Practice
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Alexander Boeglin
Alex Esposito
Benjamin Sales
This First-Year Writing Seminar is about using philosophy and everyday life and provides the opportunity to write extensively about these issues.  Topics vary by section.
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PHIL 1111 : FWS: Philosophical Problems
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Matthew Paskell
This First-Year Writing Seminar discusses problems in philosophy and gives the opportunity to write about them.  Topics vary by section.
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PHIL 1111 : FWS: Philosophical Problems
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Matthew Paskell
Frances Fairbairn
Theodore Korzukhin
This First-Year Writing Seminar discusses problems in philosophy and gives the opportunity to write about them.  Topics vary by section.
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PHIL 1112 : FWS: Philosophical Conversations
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Vivek Mathew
Charles Brittain
Quitterie Gounot
This First-Year Writing Seminar offers the opportunity to discuss and write about philosophy.  Topics vary by section.
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PHIL 1112 : FWS: Philosophical Conversations
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dean Da Vee
John Proios
Bianka Takaoka
Bianka Takaoka
This First-Year Writing Seminar offers the opportunity to discuss and write about philosophy.  Topics vary by section.
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PHIL 1440 : Ethics of Eating
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
William Starr
We all face difficult moral decisions on occasion. This course introduces students to the idea that we face such a decision several times a day in deciding what to eat. How should facts about animal life and death inform this decision? Is the suffering involved in meat, egg, and dairy production really bad enough to make the practices immoral? How do our dietary choices affect local and non-local economies, the environment, and other people generally? Finally, given the deep connections between eating practices and various ethnic, religious and class identities, how can we implement a reasonable food policy for an expanding world population while also respecting these important differences? The goal of this course is not to teach some preferred set of answers to these questions. The goal is rather to give participants the basic tools required to reflect clearly and effectively on the questions themselves. These tools include a working knowledge of the major moral theories developed by philosophers, and an understanding of basic empirical issues related to food production, distribution, consumption, and disposal. In addition to readings, lectures, and required sections, the course will involve trips to some local food-production facilities, as well as supplemental lectures by experts from Cornell, Ithaca, and beyond.
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PHIL 1650 : Philosophy of Race
Crosslisted as: ASRC 1650 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Benjamin Yost
This course offers an introduction to the philosophy of race. It canvasses key debates in the field concerning the metaphysical status of race, the relationship between the concept of race and racism (and the nature of the latter), the first-person reality of race, and the connections and disconnections between racial, ethnic, and national identities.
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PHIL 1901 : Discussions of Justice
Crosslisted as: GOVT 1901, SOC 1900, GOVT 1901, SOC 1900, GOVT 1901, SOC 1900 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Avi Appel
Quitterie Gounot
Elizabeth Southgate
This course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, controversies over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government's role in healthcare and the environment, racial inequality, the political power of elites, populism, authoritarianism, globalization, and the proper use of America's global power. Brief readings in political philosophy and social science will be starting points for informal discussion and mutual learning among diverse perspectives.
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PHIL 1901 : Discussions of Justice
Crosslisted as: GOVT 1901, SOC 1900, GOVT 1901, SOC 1900, GOVT 1901, SOC 1900, GOVT 1901, SOC 1900 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Alex Esposito
August Faller
Matthew Paskell
John Proios
This course will address questions of justice posed by current political controversies, for example, controversies over immigration, economic inequality, American nationalism, the government's role in healthcare and the environment, racial inequality, the political power of elites, populism, authoritarianism, globalization, and the proper use of America's global power. Brief readings in political philosophy and social science will be starting points for informal discussion and mutual learning among diverse perspectives.
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PHIL 1902 : Social Media:Theory and Practice
Crosslisted as: CRP 3899 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
August Faller
Neema Kudva
From marketing, to sharing our life experiences, to getting the news, social media permeates our lives. In the process, it raises important challenges regarding the self, corporate responsibility, and privacy. In this course, we will investigate these questions through practical and theoretical approaches. First, we will run the various social media accounts of Carl Becker House on West Campus. Second, we will read philosophical and sociological work on the moral and social issues raised by social media. Finally, we will hear from speakers on both the practical aspects (e.g., how to be a social media influencer) and the theoretical (what is privacy?).
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PHIL 1910 : Introduction to Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: COGST 1101, CS 1710, LING 1170, PSYCH 1102 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Khena Swallow
This course provides an introduction to the science of the mind.  Everyone knows what it's like to think and perceive, but this subjective experience provides little insight into how minds emerge from physical intities like brains.  To address this issue, cognitive science integrates work from at least five disciplines: Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Linguistics, and Philosophy.  This course introduces students to the insights these disciplines offer into the workings of the mind by exploring visual perception, attention, memory, learning, problem solving, language, and consciousness. 
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PHIL 1911 : WIM: Introduction to Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: COGST 1104, LING 1104, PSYCH 1104 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Khena Swallow
This section is highly recommended for students who are interested in learning about the topics covered in the main course through writing and discussion. 
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PHIL 1920 : Introduction to Political Theory
Crosslisted as: GOVT 1615 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Patchen Markell
This course offers a survey of political theory in the West. We will examine some of the persistent dilemmas of politics and the attempts of several canonical political theorists to respond to them: Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Nietzsche. In each case, we will attend to the particular crises these theorists addressed in their work—such as imperialism, the European wars of religion, the English Civil War, the French Revolution, and industrial capitalism—as well as the broader philosophical and political issues they continue to pose to us now. Our approach will be both historical and conceptual, providing students with an understanding of political theory as a distinctive form of political inquiry.
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PHIL 1950 : Controversies About Inequality
Crosslisted as: AMST 2225, DSOC 2220, GOVT 2225, ILROB 2220, PAM 2220, SOC 2220 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Cristobal Young
In recent years, poverty and inequality have become increasingly common topics of public debate, as academics, journalists, and politicians attempt to come to terms with growing income inequality, with the increasing visibility of inter-country differences in wealth and income, and with the persistence of racial, ethnic, and gender stratification. This course introduces students to ongoing social scientific debates about the sources and consequences of inequality, as well as the types of public policy that might appropriately be pursued to reduce (or increase) inequality. These topics will be addressed in related units, some of which include guest lectures by faculty from other universities (funded by the Center for the Study of Inequality). Each unit culminates with a highly spirited class discussion and debate.
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PHIL 2200 : Ancient Philosophy
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2661 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Tad Brennan
An introductory survey of ancient Greek philosophy from the so-called Presocratics (6th century BCE) through the Hellenistic period (1st century BCE) with special emphasis on the thought of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
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PHIL 2220 : Modern Philosophy
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Steven Mitchell
A survey of Western philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries: Descartes, Locke, Spinoza, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. We focus largely on epistemology (ideas, skepticism, belief, knowledge, science) and metaphysics (bodies, minds, God, causation, natural laws, afterlife, and personal identity). Some of the ethical implications of these systems will also be mentioned in passing.
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PHIL 2300 : Puzzles and Paradoxes
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Alexander Kocurek
The course provides an overview of a number of famous philosophical puzzles and paradoxes and important attempts to solve them. Among the paradoxes that may be discussed are Zeno's paradoxes of space, time and motion; the paradox of the heap; the liar paradox; Russell's set-theoretic paradox; and various paradoxes concerning knowledge and rationality.
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PHIL 2310 : Introduction to Deductive Logic
Crosslisted as: COGST 2310 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Harold Hodes
Covers sentential languages, the truth-functional connectives, and their logic; first-order languages, the quantifiers "every" and "some," and their logic.
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PHIL 2410 : Ethics
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Julia Markovits
This course is intended to introduce and explore some of the big questions about the content, scope, and nature of morality. The first half of the course will focus on various first-order ethical theories, which offer criteria of morally right action. These will include consequentialist and deontological approaches, and also broadly virtue-theoretic approaches, which place more emphasis on the notion of moral character and/or are critical of focusing exclusively on what one ought to do as opposed to who one ought to be. The second half of the course will examine some of the more abstract questions about the nature of morality which are the province of twentieth-century metaethics. What is the nature of moral properties? Where in the world might they be located? Are they objective, subjective, and/or relative to particular times and places? What is the connection between morality, moral judgments, and being motivated to act morally? Interspersed with these theoretical ethical issues will be more concrete ethical questions about what to do as individuals in an often unjust social world.
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PHIL 2420 : Social and Political Philosophy
Crosslisted as: GOVT 2605 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Benjamin Yost
This course will examine key issues in social and political philosophy. Topics may include the legitimacy of the state, political obligation, the nature and demands of justice, equality, liberty, and autonomy. Selected readings may be drawn from historical as well as contemporary sources.
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PHIL 2430 : Moral Dilemmas in the Law
Crosslisted as: GOVT 2432 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Andrei Marmor
The course concerns the principles and philosophical arguments underlying conflicts and moral dilemmas of central and ongoing concern to society as they arise within legal contexts. We consider questions such as what justifies using state power to punish people for wrongdoing, what kinds of conduct are rightly criminalized, what justifies the Supreme Court's power to strike down Congressional legislation, what justifies the right to private property and its boundaries, what is the right to privacy and why it is important, what are human rights, and what is the morality and law of war. Throughout we will be reading legal cases and philosophical commentaries that engage with the deep issues that the cases pose.
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PHIL 2455 : Introduction to Bioethics
Crosslisted as: STS 2451 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Julia Markovits
Bioethics is the study of ethical problems brought about by advances in the medical field.  Questions we'll discuss may include:  Is it morally permissible to advance a patient's death, at his or her request, to reduce suffering?  Is there a moral dilemma between killing someone and letting someone die?  What ethical issues are raised by advance care planning?  How should the rights of pregnant women be balanced against those of the fetus?  What constitutes informed consent?  Should medical treatment ever be compulsory?  Should parents be given control over the genetic make-up of their children?  Are some forms of human enhancement morally troubling?  Should we aim to be better than well?  How should scarce health care resources or costly therapies be allocated to those in need?  Should organ sales be permitted?  Should doctors or hospitals be permitted to refuse to provide certain medical services that violate their consciences?
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PHIL 2455 : Introduction to Bioethics
Crosslisted as: STS 2451 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Julia Markovits
Bioethics is the study of ethical problems brought about by advances in the medical field.  Questions we'll discuss may include:  Is it morally permissible to advance a patient's death, at his or her request, to reduce suffering?  Is there a moral dilemma between killing someone and letting someone die?  What ethical issues are raised by advance care planning?  How should the rights of pregnant women be balanced against those of the fetus?  What constitutes informed consent?  Should medical treatment ever be compulsory?  Should parents be given control over the genetic make-up of their children?  Are some forms of human enhancement morally troubling?  Should we aim to be better than well?  How should scarce health care resources or costly therapies be allocated to those in need?  Should organ sales be permitted?  Should doctors or hospitals be permitted to refuse to provide certain medical services that violate their consciences?
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PHIL 2510 : Philosophy of the Arts
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Karolina Hubner
This course is an introduction to philosophy of the arts, with emphasis on contemporary visual art, and on recent theorizing about art. We will investigate questions such as: What is art? What is good art, and who decides? What is art about, and who decides? What is the relationship between art and politics? Between art and thought? Art and nature? Art and ordinary experience? What is the nature of aesthetic experience?  
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PHIL 2540 : Introduction to Indian Philosophy
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3344, CLASS 3674, RELST 3344 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Lawrence McCrea
This course will survey the rich and sophisticated tradition of Indian philosophical thought from its beginnings in the speculations of Upanishads, surveying debates between Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and materialistic philosophers about the existence and nature of God and of the human soul, the nature of knowledge, and the theory of language.
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PHIL 2611 : Knowledge and Belief
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Steven Mitchell
This course will introduce students to some central questions in epistemology (often defined as the philosophical study of knowledge), using both contemporary and historical readings. For example, we will examine our reliance on experts and testimony for our knowledge, the status of reports concerning miraculous or 'scientifically impossible' events, and the epistemology of conspiracy theories. We will also consider questions of disagreement and pluralism when it comes to controversial matters such as politics and religion.
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PHIL 2621 : Minds and Machines
Crosslisted as: COGST 2621 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
William Starr
Throughout history, metaphors drawn from technology of the time have been proposed to understand how the mind works. While Locke likened the newborn's mind to a blank slate, Freud compared the mind to hydraulic and electro-magnetic systems. More recently, many have endorsed Turing's proposal that the mind is a computer. Why is this idea attractive and what exactly is a computer? Is it at all plausible that the cells of your brain are computing? Could a computer ever really have a mind, beliefs, emotions and conscious experiences? What are these mysterious things anyway? Could a machine ever count as a person and make choices based on its own free will? Is it really so clear that we have this kind of free will?
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PHIL 2640 : Introduction to Metaphysics
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Alexander Kocurek
This course is an introduction to some of the central questions in metaphysics--the study of what there is and how it works. Possible topics include persistence through change, freedom of the will, the nature of time (and the possibility of time travel), causation, properties, and necessity.
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PHIL 2830 : Introduction to Decision Theory
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Theodore Korzukhin
This course is an introduction to decision theory. Decision theory aims to answer a fundamental normative question: what ought one to do, given what one believes and values. Modern decision theory is a work in progress, with many outstanding issues, so our focus will be on what are sometimes called the philosophical 'foundations' of decision theory. Our discussion will be driven by some concrete problems (Newcomb, Death in Damascus, Sleeping Beauty), and by some general questions (what does practical irrationality consist in? how can one argue in favor of one decision theory or another?).
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PHIL 2941 : Ethics and Society: Aid and Its Consequences
Crosslisted as: ASRC 3333 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Olufemi Taiwo
The course looks at the connection between ethics and society.  It does so by focusing on the issues raised by the phenomenon of aid, giving or receiving it, and how we understand and react to it.  We seek to make sense of aid and its place In society.  We explore the ethics of aid from the point of view of philosophy.  We move to working through the implications of aid for (1) the giver; (2) the receiver; (3) the society, local and global; (4) the relations between individuals in a given society with respect to aid and; (5) relations between one society and its members and another society when they engage in aid-related activities.
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PHIL 3203 : Aristotle
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3664 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Rachana Kamtekar
We will study several of Aristotle's major works, including the Categories, Physics, Posterior Analytics, Metaphysics, and Nicomachean Ethics. Topics include nature and change, form and matter, the nature of happiness, the nature of the soul, and knowledge and first principles.
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PHIL 3210 : Medieval Philosophy
Crosslisted as: MEDVL 3210, RELST 3150 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
A selective survey of Western philosophical thought from the fourth to the 14th century. Topics include the problem of universals, the theory of knowledge and truth, the nature of free choice and practical reasoning, and philosophical theology. Readings (in translation) include Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham. Some attention will be given to the development of ideas across the period and the influence of non-Western traditions on the West.
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PHIL 3222 : Early Modern Philosophy
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Karolina Hubner
This course is an advanced study of a central concept, problem, or figure in 17-18th century philosophy.
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PHIL 3230 : Kant
Crosslisted as: GERST 3590 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Derk Pereboom
An intensive study of the metaphysical and epistemological doctrines of the Critique of Pure Reason. Some editions of the course may also consider Kant's ethical views as laid out in the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals and related works.
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PHIL 3300 : The Foundations of Mathematics
Crosslisted as: MATH 3840 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Harold Hodes
This will be a course on the set theory of Zermelo and Fraenkel: the basic concepts, set-theoretic construction of the Natural, Integral, Rational and Real Numbers, cardinality, and, time permitting, the ordinals.
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PHIL 3310 : Deductive Logic
Crosslisted as: MATH 2810 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Harold Hodes
A mathematical study of the formal languages of standard first-order propositional and predicate logic, including their syntax, semantics, and deductive systems. The basic apparatus of model theory will be presented. Various formal results will be established, most importantly soundness and completeness.
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PHIL 3340 : Modal Logic
Crosslisted as: MATH 3850 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Alexander Kocurek
Modal logic is a general logical framework for systematizing reasoning about qualified and relativized truth. It has been used to study the logic of possibility, time, knowledge, obligation, provability, and much more. This course will explore both the theoretical foundations and the various philosophical applications of modal logic. On the theoretical side, we will cover basic metatheory, including Kripke semantics, soundness and completeness, correspondence theory, and expressive power. On the applied side, we will examine temporal logic, epistemic logic, deontic logic, counterfactuals, two-dimensional logics, and quantified modal logic. 
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PHIL 3480 : Philosophy of Law
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Julia Markovits
Explores the most important debates in contemporary philosophy of law. We will examine the distinction between law and other social practices, the relation of law and morality, the problem of legal authority, and the nature of adjudication and legal interpretation. In so doing, we will analyze and evaluate the main jurisprudential schools of thought: legal positivism, legal realism, critical legal studies, and natural law theory. This course is intended for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the philosophy of law, jurisprudence, and social/political philosophy; appropriate for advanced undergraduate, graduate, and law students.
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PHIL 3510 : Aesthetics
Semester offered: Fall 2019
This course will focus on the chief philosophical issues surrounding the two most pervasive art forms: literature and music. Many of the issues in philosophy of literature parallel those in the philosophy of music, and this course will focus on this comparison. Is music more than just sounds, and literature more than just words? Are literary and musical works abstract objects? How are they created/destroyed or are they eternal? Is a musical score like a literary manuscript? How might one go about making a musical or literary forgery? How should we interpret literature and music, especially non-representational music (absolute or pure music)? Can notions of authenticity and improvisation play similar roles in literature and music? Why do we respond emotionally to some fiction? How can music evoke emotional responses? When is a musical or literary work art? Are works of pulp fiction and pop songs artworks?
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PHIL 3610 : Epistemology
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Carlotta Pavese
This course will be an advanced introduction to some contemporary debates in epistemology.  We will start by considering skeptical arguments that we cannot really know whether the world is the way it appears to us.  We will look at different strategies to respond to such skeptical arguments, in particular contextualism, and explore questions concerning the nature of knowledge and the relation between knowledge and other epistemologically significant concepts, such as certainty, justification, and evidence. We will also look at Bayesian epistemology and its theoretical underpinnings, at knowledge-first approaches to epistemology, at the relation between knowledge and action, and at the compatibility of traditional epistemology with formal epistemology.  Also will explore the notion of common knowledge, and issues in social epistemology.
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PHIL 3700 : Problems in Semantics
Crosslisted as: COGST 3330, COGST 6333, LING 3333, LING 6333, PHIL 6700 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jon Ander Mendia
In this class we will discuss the properties of truth-conditional semantics, with a focus on those phenomena that have been used to question the adequacy of such systems. The course starts of by discussing the fundamental (formal) properties of truth-conditional semantics, and the notion of interpretation relative to a model. Then, we will explore different aspects of the grammar of natural languages that have been invoked against such semantic systems, such as vagueness and degree expressions, presuppositional content, indexicals and lexical semantics, a.o.
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PHIL 3710 : Philosophy of Language
Crosslisted as: LING 3332 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
William Starr
An introduction to some of the main issues in the philosophy of language. Topics may include names, definite descriptions, belief ascriptions, truth-conditional theories of meaning, pragmatics, and metaphor. Both historical and contemporary readings are considered.
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PHIL 3900 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Shaun Nichols
Daniel Manne
Tad Brennan
Harold Hodes
M. Kosch
Scott MacDonald
Richard Miller
Derk Pereboom
Nicholas Silins
Andrei Marmor
Kate Manne
Alexander Kocurek
Emad Atiq
To be taken only in exceptional circumstances. Must be arranged by the student with his or her advisor and the faculty member who has agreed to direct the study.
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PHIL 3900 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tad Brennan
Andrei Marmor
Harold Hodes
M. Kosch
Scott MacDonald
Richard Miller
Derk Pereboom
Nicholas Silins
William Starr
Rachana Kamtekar
Julia Markovits
Kate Manne
Daniel Manne
To be taken only in exceptional circumstances. Must be arranged by the student with his or her advisor and the faculty member who has agreed to direct the study.
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PHIL 3972 : Animal Rights
Crosslisted as: LAW 7072 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sherry Colb
This cutting-edge and constantly evolving field of law will explore the statutory and case law in which the legal, social, or biological nature of nonhuman animals is an important factor. The course encompasses companion animals, wildlife, and animals raised for food, entertainment, and research, and surveys traditional law topics like torts, contracts, criminal law, constitutional law, and federal laws as they intersect with animals. Grades are based on participation in open-minded discussions and writing assignments.
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PHIL 4002 : Latin Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: LATIN 7262, MEDVL 4002, MEDVL 6020, PHIL 6020, RELST 4100, RELST 6020 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts.
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PHIL 4002 : Latin Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: LATIN 7262, MEDVL 4002, MEDVL 6020, PHIL 6020, RELST 4100, RELST 6020 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts.
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PHIL 4003 : German Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: GERST 6131, PHIL 6030 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
M. Kosch
Reading, translation, and English-language discussion of important texts in the German philosophical tradition. Readings for a given term are chosen in consultation with students.
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PHIL 4110 : Greek Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: GREEK 7161, PHIL 6010 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Tad Brennan
Reading and translation of Greek philosophical texts.
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PHIL 4110 : Greek Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: GREEK 7161, PHIL 6010 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tad Brennan
Reading and translation of Greek philosophical texts.
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PHIL 4200 : Topics in Ancient Philosophy
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4662, CLASS 7173, PHIL 6200 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tad Brennan
Advanced discussion of topics in ancient philosophy.
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PHIL 4215 : Topics in Medieval Philosophy
Crosslisted as: MEDVL 6210, PHIL 6210, RELST 4215, RELST 6210 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Advanced discussion of a topic in medieval philosophy.
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PHIL 4261 : Topics in 20th C. Philosophy
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4261, PHIL 6260, ROMS 4261, ROMS 6261 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
M. Kosch
Topic:  Simone de Beauvoir & Moral Philosophy.
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PHIL 4311 : Topics in Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics
Crosslisted as: MATH 4820 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Harold Hodes
After reviewing some material on standard logics (classical and intuitionistic), and covering Tarskian consequence relations, we will focus on logics for monadic operators (especially for necessity and possibility, for which the logics are called modal).  Time permitting, we will also consider dyadic operators (especially conditionals). Logics will be considered proof-theoretically and model-theoretically. A background in logic is required.
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PHIL 4433 : Following
Crosslisted as: PHIL 6433, SHUM 4633, SHUM 6633 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Kate Manne
Since Stanley Milgram's famous experiments on obedience to authority conducted in the early 1960s, and arguably long before that, it's been clear that the majority of people are unreliable judges of who to obey, who to follow, and who to treat as moral authority figures. This advanced seminar would begin by considering the nature and bases of a mistaken sense of moral obligation to follow someone's lead, either because one falsely takes oneself to owe them obedience as such, or because one erroneously treats them as a source of superior moral insight. We will then explore questions about the epistemology and metaphysics of genuine or licit moral authority, which is at least partly a matter of issuing, and not contradicting, independently valid moral requirements.
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PHIL 4435 : Pluralism and Political Authority
Crosslisted as: AMST 4630, AMST 6630, GOVT 4835, GOVT 6835, PHIL 6435, SHUM 4631, SHUM 6631 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Avigail Eisenberg
This seminar considers new directions in thinking about political authority that focus on the claims of non-state groups. It considers leading 20th century political theorists who have recognized authority to be plural and contested as well as those who have resisted this characterization. We explore contemporary scholarship about religious groups that claim authority over their members, Indigenous peoples that claim authority over lands and resources, and employers that claim authority over workers by imposing their own rules and norms even if these depart from ones endorsed by the state. The aim is to understand where legitimate authority comes from, how it is enacted, and what role (if any) it plays in shaping the identities of those who are subject to it.  
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PHIL 4470 : Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
Crosslisted as: AMST 4655, AMST 6656, GOVT 4655, GOVT 6656, PHIL 6430, SOC 4430, SOC 6430 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Richard Miller
Advanced discussion of topics in social and political philosophy.
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PHIL 4710 : Topics in the Philosophy of Language
Crosslisted as: LING 4712, LING 6634, PHIL 6710 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
William Starr
An investigation of varying topics in the philosophy of language including reference, meaning, the relationship between language and thought, communication, modality, logic and pragmatics.
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PHIL 4720 : Pragmatics
Crosslisted as: LING 4425, LING 6425, PHIL 6720 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
What is the relationship between what words mean and how they are used? What is part of the grammar and what is a result of general reasoning? Pragmatics is often thought of as the study of how meaning depends on the context of utterance. However, it can be difficult to draw a line between pragmatics and semantics. In this course, we will investigate various topics that walk this line, including varieties of linguistic inference (including entailment, presupposition, and implicature), anaphora, indexicals, and speech acts.
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PHIL 4730 : Semantics I
Crosslisted as: LING 4421, LING 6421, PHIL 6730 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Introduces methods for theorizing about meaning within generative grammar. These techniques allow the creation of grammars that pair syntactic structures with meanings. Students look at several empirical areas in detail, among them complementation (combining heads with their arguments), modification, conjunction, definite descriptions, relative clauses, traces, bound pronouns, and quantification. An introduction to logical and mathematical concepts used in linguistic semantics (e.g., set theory, functions and their types, and the lambda notation for naming linguistic meanings) is included in the course.
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PHIL 4900 : Informal Study for Honors I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Shaun Nichols
Tad Brennan
Julia Markovits
Harold Hodes
M. Kosch
Scott MacDonald
Richard Miller
Derk Pereboom
Nicholas Silins
Andrei Marmor
Kate Manne
William Starr
Alexander Kocurek
Emad Atiq
Majors in philosophy may choose to pursue honors in their senior year. Students undertake research leading to the writing of an honors essay by the end of the final semester. Prospective candidates should apply at the Department of Philosophy office, 218 Goldwin Smith Hall.
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PHIL 4901 : Informal Study for Honors II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Richard Boyd
Tad Brennan
Gail Fine
Harold Hodes
M. Kosch
Scott MacDonald
Richard Miller
Derk Pereboom
Neelam Sethi
Nicholas Silins
Nick Sturgeon
Andrei Marmor
Daniel Manne
Rachana Kamtekar
Kate Manne
William Starr
Alexander Kocurek
Emad Atiq
Majors in philosophy may choose to pursue honors in their senior year. Students undertake research leading to the writing of an honors essay by the end of the final semester. Prospective candidates should apply at the Department of Philosophy office, 218 Goldwin Smith Hall.
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PHIL 4901 : Informal Study for Honors II
Semester offered: Fall 2019
Majors in philosophy may choose to pursue honors in their senior year. Students undertake research leading to the writing of an honors essay by the end of the final semester. Prospective candidates should apply at the Department of Philosophy office, 218 Goldwin Smith Hall.
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PHIL 4941 : Locke and the Philosophies of Dispossession: Indigenous America's Interruptions and Resistances
Crosslisted as: AIIS 4200, AIIS 6200, AMST 4220, AMST 6220, PHIL 6941 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Troy Richardson
This course looks at the philosopher John Locke as a philosopher of dispossession. There is a uniquely Lockean mode of missionization, conception of mind and re-formulations of the 'soul' applied to dispossess Indigenous peoples of the social institutions, intellectual traditions and the material bases and practices which sustain(ed) them. While colonization is typically used as a kind of shorthand for this process, we will be attempting to stay focused on the specific dimensions of Lockean dispossession and its mutually informing relationship with English colonialism.
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PHIL 6010 : Greek Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: GREEK 7161, PHIL 4110 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tad Brennan
Reading and translation of Greek Philosophical texts.
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PHIL 6010 : Greek Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: GREEK 7161, PHIL 4110 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Tad Brennan
Reading and translation of Greek Philosophical texts.
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PHIL 6020 : Latin Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: LATIN 7262, MEDVL 4002, MEDVL 6020, PHIL 4002, RELST 4100, RELST 6020 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts.
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PHIL 6020 : Latin Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: LATIN 7262, MEDVL 4002, MEDVL 6020, PHIL 4002, RELST 4100, RELST 6020 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts.
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PHIL 6030 : German Philosophical Texts
Crosslisted as: GERST 6131, PHIL 4003 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
M. Kosch
Reading, translation, and English-language discussion of important texts in the German philosophical tradition. Readings for a given term are chosen in consultation with students.
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PHIL 6100 : Pro Seminar in Philosophy
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Nicholas Silins
Seminar for first year Philosophy graduate students.
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PHIL 6200 : Topics in Ancient Philosophy
Crosslisted as: CLASS 4662, CLASS 7173, PHIL 4200 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tad Brennan
Advanced discussion of topics in ancient philosophy.
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PHIL 6210 : Topics in Medieval Philosophy
Crosslisted as: MEDVL 6210, PHIL 4215, RELST 4215, RELST 6210 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
Graduate seminar covering a topic in medieval philosophy.
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PHIL 6260 : Topics in 20th C. Philosophy
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4261, PHIL 4261, ROMS 4261, ROMS 6261 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
M. Kosch
Topic: Simone de Beauvoir & Moral Philosophy.
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PHIL 6410 : Seminar in Ethics and Value Theory
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Andrei Marmor
Graduate seminar covering a topic in ethics and value theory.
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PHIL 6415 : Law and Philosophy Colloquium
Crosslisted as: LAW 7404 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Emad Atiq
Andrei Marmor
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PHIL 6430 : Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
Crosslisted as: AMST 4655, AMST 6656, GOVT 4655, GOVT 6656, PHIL 4470, SOC 4430, SOC 6430 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Richard Miller
Advanced discussion of a topic in social and political philosophy.
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PHIL 6433 : Following
Crosslisted as: PHIL 4433, SHUM 4633, SHUM 6633 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Kate Manne
Since Stanley Milgram's famous experiments on obedience to authority conducted in the early 1960s, and arguably long before that, it's been clear that the majority of people are unreliable judges of who to obey, who to follow, and who to treat as moral authority figures. This advanced seminar would begin by considering the nature and bases of a mistaken sense of moral obligation to follow someone's lead, either because one falsely takes oneself to owe them obedience as such, or because one erroneously treats them as a source of superior moral insight. We will then explore questions about the epistemology and metaphysics of genuine or licit moral authority, which is at least partly a matter of issuing, and not contradicting, independently valid moral requirements.
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PHIL 6435 : Pluralism and Political Authority
Crosslisted as: AMST 4630, AMST 6630, GOVT 4835, GOVT 6835, PHIL 4435, SHUM 4631, SHUM 6631 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Avigail Eisenberg
This seminar considers new directions in thinking about political authority that focus on the claims of non-state groups. It considers leading 20th century political theorists who have recognized authority to be plural and contested as well as those who have resisted this characterization. We explore contemporary scholarship about religious groups that claim authority over their members, Indigenous peoples that claim authority over lands and resources, and employers that claim authority over workers by imposing their own rules and norms even if these depart from ones endorsed by the state. The aim is to understand where legitimate authority comes from, how it is enacted, and what role (if any) it plays in shaping the identities of those who are subject to it.
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PHIL 6700 : Problems in Semantics
Crosslisted as: COGST 3330, COGST 6333, LING 3333, LING 6333, PHIL 3700 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jon Ander Mendia
In this class we will discuss the properties of truth-conditional semantics, with a focus on those phenomena that have been used to question the adequacy of such systems. The course starts of by discussing the fundamental (formal) properties of truth-conditional semantics, and the notion of interpretation relative to a model. Then, we will explore different aspects of the grammar of natural languages that have been invoked against such semantic systems, such as vagueness and degree expressions, presuppositional content, indexicals and lexical semantics, a.o.
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PHIL 6710 : Topics in the Philosophy of Language
Crosslisted as: LING 4712, LING 6634, PHIL 4710 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
William Starr
An investigation of varying topics in the philosophy of language including reference, meaning, the relationship between language and thought, communication, modality, logic and pragmatics.
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PHIL 6720 : Pragmatics
Crosslisted as: LING 4425, LING 6425, PHIL 4720 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
What is the relationship between what words mean and how they are used?  What is part of the grammar and what is a result of general reasoning?  Pragmatics is often thought of as the study of how meaning depends on the context of utterance.  However, it can be difficult to draw a line between pragmatics and semantics.  In this course, we will investigate various topics that walk this line, including varieties of linguistic inference including entailment, presupposition, and implicature), anaphora, indexicals, and speech acts.
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PHIL 6730 : Semantics I
Crosslisted as: LING 4421, LING 6421, PHIL 4730 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Introduces methods for theorizing about meaning within generative grammar. These techniques allow the creation of grammars that pair syntactic structures with meanings. Students look at several empirical areas in detail, among them complementation (combining heads with their arguments), modification, conjunction, definite descriptions, relative clauses, traces, bound pronouns, and quantification. An introduction to logical and mathematical concepts used in linguistic semantics (e.g., set theory, functions and their types, and the lambda notation for naming linguistic meanings) is included in the course.
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PHIL 6731 : Semantics II
Crosslisted as: LING 6422 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Mats Rooth
Uses the techniques introduced in Semantics I to analyze linguistic phenomena, including quantifier scope, ellipsis, and referential pronouns. Temporal and possible worlds semantics are introduced and used in the analysis of modality, tense, and belief sentences. The phenomena of presupposition, indefinite descriptions, and anaphora are analyzed in a dynamic compositional framework that formalizes the idea that sentence meaning effects a change in an information state.
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PHIL 6740 : Semantics Seminar
Crosslisted as: LING 7711 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Mats Rooth
Addresses current theoretical and empirical issues in semantics.
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PHIL 6941 : Locke and the Philosophies of Dispossession: Indigenous America's Interruptions and Resistances
Crosslisted as: AIIS 4200, AIIS 6200, AMST 4220, AMST 6220, PHIL 4941 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Troy Richardson
This course looks at the philosopher John Locke as a philosopher of dispossession. There is a uniquely Lockean mode of missionization, conception of mind and re-formulations of the 'soul' applied to dispossess Indigenous peoples of the social institutions, intellectual traditions and the material bases and practices which sustain(ed) them. While colonization is typically used as a kind of shorthand for this process, we will be attempting to stay focused on the specific dimensions of Lockean dispossession and its mutually informing relationship with English colonialism.
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PHIL 7000 : Informal Study
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Richard Boyd
Tad Brennan
Gail Fine
Harold Hodes
M. Kosch
Scott MacDonald
Richard Miller
Derk Pereboom
Neelam Sethi
Nicholas Silins
Nick Sturgeon
Andrei Marmor
Alexander Kocurek
Kate Manne
William Starr
Daniel Manne
Rachana Kamtekar
Julia Markovits
Emad Atiq
Independent study for graduate students only.
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PHIL 7000 : Informal Study
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Richard Boyd
Tad Brennan
Julia Markovits
Gail Fine
Harold Hodes
M. Kosch
Scott MacDonald
Richard Miller
Derk Pereboom
Nicholas Silins
Nick Sturgeon
Andrei Marmor
William Starr
Kate Manne
Alexander Kocurek
Emad Atiq
Independent study for graduate students only.
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PHIL 7900 : Placement Seminar
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Scott MacDonald
This course is designed to help prepare Philosophy graduate students for the academic job market. Though students will study sample materials from successful job applicants, much of the seminar will function as a workshop, providing them with in-depth feedback on multiple drafts of their job materials. Interview skills will be practiced in every seminar meeting. The seminar meetings will be supplemented with individual conferences with the placement mentor, and students should also share copies of their job materials with their dissertation committees.
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