Graduate Courses

Some additional information about this semester's courses can be found at the Arts and Sciences course description page.

Fall 2023 (Term 2241) 

PHIL 2071 Studies in Ancient Philosophy (24493)
Sara Magrin
W 4:00-6:30
Close reading of Plato’s Philebus paired with relevant secondary literature for each meeting. 
PHIL 2175 Kant (29494)
Stephen Engstrom
T 1:30-4:00
No course description available.
PHIL 2300 Ethics Core (30797)
Japa Pallikkathayil
H 10:00-12:30
This course will survey some prominent, contemporary ethical theories, focusing on close readings of Korsgaard, Scanlon, and Foot. We will also consider some papers by other philosophers that have generated lively contemporary discussions.
PHIL 2410 Philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars (32250)
Robert Brandom
H 1:00-3:30

An overview of Sellars’s thought, focused on the question of how he proposes to reconcile and relate two leading ideas, expressed in these famous passages from “Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind”:

“In the dimension of describing and explaining the world, science is the measure of all things, of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not.” §41

“[In] characterizing an episode or a state as that of knowing, we are not giving an empirical description of that episode or state; we are placing it in the logical space of reasons, of justifying and being able to justify what one says.” §36

To this end we consider the pragmatic metalinguistic expressivism that is his master strategy for explicating philosophically problematic regions of discourse: alethic modality, universals, semantic intentionality, and normativity

PHIL 2499 Symbolic Logic (27284)
Mark Wilson
TH 9:30-12:00
No course description available.
PHIL 2600 Philosophy of Science Core
Robert Batterman
T 9:30-12:00
No course description available.
PHIL 2627 Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics (31427)
Porter Williams
W 10:00-12:30
Quantum mechanics is rightly heralded as one of the great successes of 20th century physics, and provides the framework for our best contemporary theories of matter and radiation. However, almost a century after its birth, it remains unclear what the theory is telling us about the world. This course will be an advanced introduction to the conceptual problems that beset the theory and selected proposals for addressing them. Topics will vary with participant interest, but the course will definitely cover in detail (i) the problem of measurement, its main proposed solutions, and the role of decoherence; and (ii) Bell-type theorems and the nature of locality in quantum mechanics.
PHIL 2900 Teaching Philosophy (10763)
Tom Berry
F 9:00-11:30
No course description available.
PHIL 2950 Dissertation Seminar (15418)
M 1:00-3:30
Venue for presentation of work in progress by PhD candidates in Philosophy.