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September 20 - December 8
(1) Course Title: Critical Race Feminisms
Professor: Anna Carasthathis
Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays 6:10 – 10:00 PM, E&T A126
What does Karl Marx’s thought offer by way of understanding contemporary economic, political,
social and ecological realities? This course serves as an introduction to Marx aimed at gleaning several
of his central concepts and acquainting students with his critiques of liberal political economy and
philosophy. The broad objective of the course is to equip students with a Marxian conceptual
apparatus in order to critically examine global capitalism in its historical and contemporary
manifestations. While we will be interested, as well, in the limitations of Marx’s thought (evinced,
especially, by anarchist, feminist, eco-socialist, indigenous, and Third- and Fourth World critiques),
our primary objective – in these fleeting ten weeks – will be to gain a strong understanding of at least
the fundamental concepts and methods driving Marx’s analyses of capitalism and his critiques of
liberal political economy and philosophy.
The required text is Karl Marx’s Selected Writings, edited by Lawrence Simon (Indiana University Press,
1994). It is for sale at the University Bookstore (for approximately 19$, less if bought used). While
other translations and versions of the texts we’ll be reading have been published, for the sake of
consistency, please obtain this version. If you cannot buy the book, please see me ASAP to make
alternative arrangements. Consult the Marxists Internet Archive for a comprehensive collection of
writings by Marx and various Marxists: www.marxists.org.
January 21 - May 9.(1) Course Title:
PHIL 493/593: Special Topics in Metaphysics - Fact-checking and Truth-making
Cory WrightMeeting Time and Location:
Seminar Description: Some people—so-called ‘fact-checkers’—earn an honest living exposing those who don’t. (See, e.g., <http://www.factcheck.org> or <http://www.politifact.org>.) Presumably, the job of a fact-checker is to
check the facts. But how, exactly, is this done? After all, facts about, say, unobservables are facts for
which we have in-principle difficulties experiencing and accessing. Other kinds of facts are equally
recalcitrant: very general facts, negative existentials, facts regarding counterfactuals, facts described by
indeterminate truths, etc. In this course, we will explore some of the practical difficulties with this line of
work, as well as the philosophical issues that it raises. We will work through some of the major
metaphysical conceptions of facts and fact-checking; and we will spend a lot of time learning about
related issues pertaining to truth and contemporary advances in truthmaker theory. Upon successful
completion of the course, students will be better philosophers and partially ready for a new career in fact-checking.
(2) Course Title: PHIL 4/96/596: Marx and Marxist Theory
Max RosenkrantzMeeting Time and Location:
Seminar Description: The first part of this course will be devoted to a careful reading of substantial selections from Volume I of Capital supplemented with selections from the 1844 Manuscripts and Grundrisse. In addition, we will read a number of works by later writers - Marxist and non-Marxist - that illuminate the issues in Marxist theory: the origins of capitalism, the labor theory of value, class, exploitation, technology, "early Marx" vs. "late Marx," economic crisis (i.e. recessions and depressions) and the relation between Marx's thought and the theory and practice of orthodox Marxism.
In the second part of the course, we will turn to a consideration of Marxist analyses of the political/economic developments of the past 80 years or so: the rise and fall of the Keynesian state, the emergence of neo-liberalism, the financialization of the economy and so on.
(3) Course Title: PHIL 620: Descartes' Metaphysics
Professor: Lawrence Nolan
Meeting Time and Location:
In this course, we will explore the degree to which Descartes’ metaphysics can be regarded as systematic in the same sense as the other rationalists and the degree to which it marked a revolution in Western thought. In addition to Descartes’ philosophical writings, we will read a wide range of secondary literature on such fascinating topics as human and divine freedom, the nature of the human being and whether Descartes was a committed dualist, the nature of the mind and consciousness, the status of universals, causation, time, the nature and existence of God, the creation of the eternal truths, and the concept of substance.
We will also attend to methodological questions concerning how to study and write about the history of philosophy. Participants in the seminar will be required to write two drafts of a term paper and deliver at least one oral presentation based on their term-‐paper research. The main goal of these assignments will be to help prepare you for writing a master’s thesis or for completing the comprehensive exam option.
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September 4 - December 22(1) Course Title:
PHIL 309, HumeProfessor:
Patricia Easton Meeting Time and Location:
Wednesdays 1-3:50 p.m., Burkle 22, Claremont Graduate UniversitySeminar Description:
Was Hume a sceptic or a cautious naturalist? The traditional interpretation of Hume’s philosophy advanced by Hume’s contemporaries and nearly every major thinker since (most recently defended by W. Waxman (1994)) is that Hume was a sceptic, a destructive thinker, whose importance as a philosopher lies in the attacks he leveled against rationalistic assumptions of cause and effect, substance, space and time, and identity. This traditional interpretation has undergone serious questioning in the revisionist tide by authors such as Norman Kemp Smith (1949), Barry Stroud (1977), Nicolas Capaldi (1992), and David Pears (1990). We will examine both sides of the question, including Russell’s (2008) appeal to Hume’s irreligion to solve the riddle. Our main focus will be Hume’s Treatise on Human Nature and related sections of the Enquiries. Some attention will be paid to Hume’s moral philosophy and how to interpret his claim that an "ought" cannot be derived from an "is."
David Hume, Treatise On Human Nature, edited by D. F. Norton
& M. J. Norton (Oxford, 2000); or Second Edition, by P.H. Nidditch
David Hume, Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding and
Concerning the Principles of Morals, edited by; or third edition by P.H.
Nidditch (Open University Set Book)
Russell, Paul, The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism,
Naturalism, and Irreligion(OUP, 2008)(2) Course Title:
Phil 420, Seminar on Theodicy: The Leibniz & Malebranche on Nature and Grace
Meeting Time and Location:
Thursdays, 1-3:50 --
McManus 31, Claremont Graduate UniversitySeminar Description:
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) coined the term
“theodicy” to refer to the project of reconciling the perfection of the Creator
with the presence of evil and imperfection in his creation. Leibniz also
famously argued in his Essais de Théodicée (1710) that the actual world is the
“best of all possible worlds.” Leibniz’s contemporary, Nicolas Malebranche
(1638–1715) develops a similar theodicean project, minus the normativeclaim. We
will examine the theories of nature and grace developed byLeibniz and
Malebranche (with some attention to the critical intermediariesPierre Bayle and
Antoine Arnauld), in an attempt to trace the assumptions and arguments that
shaped these great Post-Cartesian philosophical systems.
Leibniz, Theodicy (1709). I have posted a text-only and
unformatted version of the text on sakai but I recommend that you download in
chosen format (kindle, mobi, etc) at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17147
Malebranche, Treatise on Nature and Grace (1695), available
as pdf on sakai.
Packett of selected readings by Pierre Bayle, Antoine
Arnauld, and others will be available on sakai.
(3) Course Title: Philosophy 303 -- Topics in Ancient Philosophy
Professor: Charles Young
Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays 9am-noon, McManus 31, CGU
Seminar Description: After two or three weeks of general introduction to Aristotle's thought,
we shall take up, chapter by chapter, Book V of the Nicomachean Ethics.
Participants are urged to have (re-)read the Ethics a couple of times before we
take it up, preferably in more than one translation (it doesn't matter much
Term Dates: Fall 2012: August 27 - December 7
the approval of the Graduate Director, external graduate students may be
permitted to enroll in our graduate philosophy seminars for credit as
non-degree students. Approval to enroll depends on the student’s preparedness
for graduate work in philosophy and on the number of students currently
enrolled in the seminar. Our seminars are limited to 15 students. Contact the
Graduate Director, Mark D. Morelli, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in enrolling in a seminar.
(1) Course Title: Plotinus
Professor: Eric Perl
Time and Location: Thursday 4-6:30 UNH 3616
(2) Course Title: Hegel
Professor: Mark Morelli
Time and Location: Monday 4:00-6:30 PM, UNH 3616(3) Course Title: Hermeneutics
Time and Location: Tuesday, 4:00-6:30 PM, UNH 3616(4) Course Title: Arendt
Time: Tuesday 7-9:30, UNH 3616 (5) Course Title: Reflective Consciousness
Time and Location: Wednesday 4:00-6:30 PM, UNH 3616
January 22 - May 8
(1) Course Title:
Phil 600: SpinozaProfessor:
S. BarboneMeeting Time and Location:
Thursdays 4-6:40pm in AL-422Seminar Description:
(2) Course Title: Phil 620: Personal Identity
Professor: R. Francescotti
Meeting Time and Location: Tuesdays 7-9:40pm in AL-422
Seminar Description: N/A
September 27 - December 7(1) Course Title:
Freedom and Motivation
Bonnie KentMeeting Time and Location:
UC Irvine, Thurs. 12-2:50, Humanities Instructional Bldg., Rm. 55Seminar Description:
Kant is famous (or notorious) for rejecting the ancient principle that whatever we choose, we choose for the sake of happiness. Pronouncing eudaimonism “the euthanasia of all morals,” he argues that morally significant freedom requires more than the capacity to pursue one’s own happiness or well-being: the agent must be able to choose an act because it is right. But despite the tendency to associate this conception of freedom with modern ethics in general and Kant in particular, similar arguments can already be found many centuries earlier, in works by Anselm of Canterbury and John Duns Scotus. In this course we study works by all three authors, plus articles on related issues by some contemporary philosophers, such Harry Frankfurt.
The required books are: *Anselm: Basic Writings* (Hackett, 2007) and *Kant: Ethical Philosophy,* 2nd ed. (Hackett, 1994). All other readings will be posted on the class website. (2) Course Title:
Philosophy of MindProfessor:
David Woodruff SmithMeeting Time and Location: Seminar Description:
In what ways are we aware of our own states or acts of
We’ll explore differences between immediate awareness
(“self-consciousness”), introspection (“empirical” self-observation), and
phenomenological reflection (“transcendental” first-person analysis).
These issues arise in classical phenomenology, in Brentano,
Kindred issues are on the table in current philosophy of
We’ll read essays in the new volume Cognitive Phenomenology (Bayne & Montague eds.). We’ll consider
problems for introspection (Schwitzgebel). And we’ll draw in traditional
accounts of phenomenological methodology in relation to current issues.
Tim Bayne and Michelle Montague, editors. Cognitive Phenomenology. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 2011.
Eric Schwitzgegel. Perplexities of Consciousness. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2011.
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LPS Course Offerings
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(1) Course Title:
Professor: James Weatherall
Meeting Time and Location: Social Science Tower 777, Thursday 2-5
Seminar Description: Our best, most fundamental theories of matter and its
interactions are all members of a class of physical theories known as (quantum)
gauge theories. This course will address the mathematical and philosophical
foundations of these theories by focusing on the foundations of classical field
theory, in which context many of the most important conceptual questions
concerning gauge theories arise without the additional complications associated
with quantum theories. The first half of the course will cover mostly
mathematical topics in differential geometry (smooth manifolds, tensor fields,
fiber bundles, Lie groups and principal bundles, Lagrangian field theory)
needed to understand the mathematical foundations of classical fields.
The second half of the course will cover philosophical questions related to
these theories, including questions concerning the nature of gauge symmetry, of
symmetry breaking, of gauge unification, and interpretations of gauge quantities.
Readings will (likely) be from Belot, Earman, Healey,
Frisch, Weatherall, Martin, Smeenk, Struyve, and Maudlin.
(2) Course Title:
Professor: Penelope Maddy
Meeting Time and Location: Social Science Tower 777, Wednesday 2-4:50
Seminar Description: In this course, we’ll examine
various points of view on the idea of conceptual analysis -- once considered
the only proper method for analytic philosophy. Along the way, some comparisons with other meta-philosophies
may help illuminate our main subject.
Toward the end, we’ll consider some recent alternative takes on what so-called
‘analytic philosophy’ is and how it should be done.
(Lurking in the background
throughout will be an austere form of naturalism that I call ‘Second
Philosophy’. You might find it
helpful to glance at the introductory paper ‘Second philosophy’ (available on
my web site) or dip into Part I (and perhaps also section IV.1) of the book Second Philosophy.)
(3) Course Title: Development of Inductive Logic
Professor: Simon Huttegger
Meeting Time and Location: TBA
Seminar Description:Inductive logic has its roots in the Bayes-Laplace tradition of probability theory. Its aim is to construct systems of inductive logic where probabilistic principles of learning from experience are derived from first principles. The first part of the course will be historical, covering the development of inductive logic from the work of Thomas Bayes to the work of Rudolf Carnap. In the second part a number of topics will be treated that cover the development of inductive logic after Carnap. Here is the full list of topics:
1. Bayes’ essay
2. Laplace’s rule of succession
3. The work of de Morgan and W.E. Johnson
4. De Finetti and exchangeability
5. Carnap’s basic system
6. Analogical reasoning in inductive logic
7. Inductive logic for Markov chains
8. Bayesian projectibility
9. Sampling of species problem
10. Polyadic inductive logic
Many of the readings will be based on Sandy Zabell’s book “Symmetry and its Discontents” (CUP, 2005), which is required reading for the course. The other texts will be made available by the instructors. As a special treat, Sandy Zabell will give a colloquium talk about inductive logic on November 9.
(1) Course Title: Philosophy 207: Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy(6) Course Title:
Meeting Time and Location: Thursday 3:00 - 5:50 pm DODD 325
(2) Course Title: Philosophy 220: Seminar, History of Philosophy
Professor: Normore and Copenhaver
Meeting Time and Location: Tuesday 3:00 - 5:50 pm DODD 325
(3) Course Title: Philosophy 232: Philosophy of Science
Meeting Time and Location: Monday 3:00 - 5:50 pm DODD 325
(4) Course Title: Philosophy 246: Ethical Theory
Meeting Time and Location: Wednesday 3:00 -5:50 pm DODD 325
(5) Course Title: Philosophy 247: Topics in Political Philosophy
Meeting Time and Location: Monday and Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:50 pm DODD 175
Philosophy 259: Ethics and Value Theory
Meeting Time and Location: Thursday 3:00 - 4:50 pm DODD 399
(7) Course Title: Philosophy 281: Philosophy of Mind
Meeting Time and Location: Tuesday 3:00 - 5:50 pm DODD 325
(7) Course Title: Philosophy 290: Philosophy of Language
Professor: Kaplan, Hsu, and Martin
Meeting Time and Location: Wednesday 3:00 - 5:50 pm DODD 399
January 6 -March 14
Title: Phil 282 - KierkegaardProfessor:
Mark WrathallMeeting Time and Location:
Wednesdays, 12:10-3:00 PM - Rm. HMNSS 1605B Seminar Description:
This seminar will work through a number of Kierkegaard’s writings (both pseudonymous, as well as those published under his own name, and perhaps his journals). I am particularly interested to explore Kierkegaard’s views on subjectivity, modernity, irony, love, happiness, and the temporality of human existence.
(2) Course Title: Phil 283 - Personal Identity and the Self
Professor: John Perry
Meeting Time and Location: 1:10-4:00 PM Mondays - Rm. HMNSS 1605B
Seminar Description: We will discuss issues of self-knowledge and personal identity, looking at historical and contemporary sources (Locke, Hume, Kant; Shoemaker, Nagel, Parfit, etc.). I will argue in favor of the view of self-knowledge I have advanced in various places (E.g., “The Sense of Identity,” (link below), and explore what relevance it has for accounts of personal identity).
(3) Course Title: Phil 283 - Death and Immortality
Professor: John Martin Fischer
Meeting Time and Location: Thursdays, 2:10-5:00 PM - Rm. HMNSS 1605B
We will focus on the metaphysical and normative issues pertaining to immortality: how to define immortality, would it be necessarily boring and unattractive, would it necessarily lack the structure of a recognizably human life? We will explore other questions relevant to death and immortality, perhaps using readings from the recent Oxford Handbook on the Philosophy of Death.