2020 Philosophy Summer Courses


    Introduction to Logic (online) (5 credits)

  • PHIL 9

    Session 2

    Online only class.

    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(s): MF.)

    Note: Course includes additional fee for online exam proctoring.

    Proposed Instructor - Alyssa Maples

  • Introduction to Philosophy (online) (5 credits)

  • PHIL 11

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

    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(s): TA.) 

    Course video 

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available the Friday before class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor - Alexandra (Alea) Grundler


  • Introduction to Ethical Theory (5 credits)

  • PHIL 22

    Session 2

    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(s): CC.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Austin Hunter


  • Latin American Philosophy (5 credits)

  • PHIL 80E

    Session 1

    Is there a general school of philosophy endemic to Latin America? Would it have to appeal to quintessential Western philosophical questions regarding knowledge, values, and reality? If not, why not, and would it then still count as philosophy? What difference do ethnic and national diversity, as well as strong political and social inequality, make to the development of philosophical questions and frameworks? Course explores a variety of historically situated Latin American thinkers who investigate ethnic identity, gender, and socio-political inequality and liberation, and historical memory, and who have also made important contributions to mainstream analytical and continental philosophy. 

    Cross Listed Courses - LALS 80E

    Proposed Instructor - Mariana Imaz Sheinbaum


  • Phenomenology (5 credits)

  • PHIL 108

    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 9PHIL 11 or PHIL 22 or PHIL 24PHIL 100A or PHIL 100B or PHIL 100C.

    Proposed Instructor - Thomas Rule


  • Metaphysics (5 credits)

  • PHIL 122

    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 80G or PHIL 80M or PHIL 80S; and PHIL 100A or PHIL 100B or PHIL 100C.

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Kelvin Villegas


  • Philosophy of Language (5 credits)

  • PHIL 123

    Session 2

    Current theories of the nature and preconditions of language, the nature of meaning, and the nature of truth.

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

    Proposed Instructor - Jordan Dopkins


  • Philosophy of Mind (5 credits)

  • PHIL 133

    Session 1

    Focuses on philosophical questions concerning the nature of mind. Central topics include the relation between mind and matter, and the nature of consciousness. Other topics typically explored include: artificial intelligence; animal consciousness and intelligence; and the relation between thought and language.

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

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Tyler Olsson