2022 Philosophy Summer Courses


    Introduction to Logic (5 credits)

  • PHIL 9 [Online/Remote]

    10-Week

    A first course in symbolic deductive logic. Major topics include (but are not limited to) the study of systems of sentential logic and predicate logic, including formal deduction, semantics, and translation from natural to symbolic languages.

    General Education Code MF

    Proposed Instructor: Jordan Dopkins


  • Introduction to Philosophy (5 credits)

  • PHIL 11 [Online/Remote]

    10-Week

    An introduction to the main areas of philosophy through critical reflection on and analysis of both classical and contemporary texts. Focuses on central and enduring problems in philosophy such as skepticism about the external world, the mind-body problem, and the nature of morality.

    General Education Code TA

    Proposed Instructor: Kelvin Villegas


  • Introduction to Ethical Theory (5 credits)

  • PHIL 22 [In Person]

    8-Week

    A consideration of ethical issues and theories focusing on the foundation of moral value and the principles governing character and behavior. Designed to extend and develop the student's abilities in philosophical reasoning about ethics.

    General Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor: James Read


  • Introductory Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology (5 credits)

  • PHIL 31S [In Person]

    Session 1

    Examines the nature of knowledge and the fundamental structure and nature of reality. Topics vary each quarter and may include nominalism, metaphysical realism, and the ontological analysis of concrete particulars, problems of modality and persistence through time, the problem of other minds, the nature of justification and knowledge, skepticism of the external world, the nature and limits of human rationality, and the problem of induction.

    General Education Code: TA

    Proposed Instructor: Dustin Gray


  • Bioethics in the 21st Century: Science, Business, and Society (5 credits)

  • PHIL 80G [In Person]

    Session 2

    Serves science and non-science majors interested in bioethics. Guest speakers and instructors lead discussions of major ethical questions having arisen from research in genetics, medicine, and industries supported by this knowledge. Cross Listed Course BME 80G.  

    General Education Code: PE-T

    Proposed Instructor: Sandra Dreisbach


  • Phenomenology (5 credits)

  • PHIL 108 [Online/Remote]

    Session 1

    French phenomenology includes primarily the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Additional topics include the nature of consciousness and agency. Course includes discussions of French feminists' reactions to Simone de Beauvoir and Emmanuel Levinas.

    Prerequisite(s): PHIL 9; PHIL 11 or PHIL 22 or PHIL 24; PHIL 100A or PHIL 100B or PHIL 100C.

    Proposed Instructor: Ana Pedroso


  • Metaphysics (5 credits)

  • PHIL 122 [In Person]

    Session 2

    Survey of contemporary analytic metaphysics. Topics may include nominalism, metaphysical realism, and the ontological analysis of concrete particulars, including problems of modality and persistence through time.

    Prerequisite(s): PHIL 9; one from PHIL 11 or PHIL 22 or PHIL 23 or PHIL 24 or PHIL 80E or BME 80G/PHIL 80G or PHIL 80M or PHIL 80S; and PHIL 100A or PHIL 100B or PHIL 100C.

    Proposed Instructor: Dustin Grey