Philosophy Summer Courses


    Introduction to Logic (online) (5 credits)

  • PHIL 9

    10-Week

    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.)

    Proposed Instructor: Steven Haug

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  • 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.) 

    Proposed Instructor: David Donley

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  • Ethical Theory: Life is Strange (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: Alexandra Grundler

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

  • PHIL 80G

    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. (Also offered as BME 80G. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): PE-T.) 

    Proposed Instructor: Sandra Dreisbach

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  • Epistemology (5 credits)

  • PHIL 121

    Session 1

    A sustained look at central problems in epistemology. Topics might include the problem of other minds, the nature of justification and knowledge, skepticism of the external world, the nature and limits of human rationality, the problem of induction. (Formerly Knowledge and Rationality.) Prerequisite(s): course 9; one from course 11 or 22 or 23 or 24 or 80E or 80G or 80M or 80S; and course 100A or 100B or 100C. Enrollment limited to 98. 

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Abraham Joyal

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  • 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): course 9; one from course 11 or 22 or 23 or 24 or 80E or 80G or 80M or 80S; and course 100A or 100B or 100C.

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Brett Dinovo

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  • Philosophy of Mind (5 credits)

  • PHIL 133

    Session 2

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

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Jordan Dopkins

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  • Advanced Ethics (5 credits)

  • PHIL 142

    Session 2

    An examination of central issues in ethical theory including the nature of and justification for the moral point of view, the place of reason in ethics, the status of moral principles, and the nature of moral experience. Prerequisite(s): course 9; one from course 11 or 22 or 23 or 24 or 80E or 80G or 80M or 80S; and course 100A or 100B or 100C.

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Cynthia Tibbetts

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  • Aesthetics (5 credits)

  • PHIL 152

    Session 2

    Problems about form, meaning, and interpretation in art, as found in major aesthetic theories from the philosophical tradition, and also in a variety of encounters between recent philosophy and the arts. Prerequisite(s): course 9; one from course 11 or 22 or 23 or 24 or 80E or 80G or 80M or 80S; and course 100A or 100B or 100C.

    All students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Tyler Olsson

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