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      LPHI 2010 A   Philosophy I: Ancient  (CRN:1372) *BEST BET* 4 CR Ballestin, Lucas (Lucas)
      MW - 1:50 pm to 3:30 pm
  • This required course is an introduction to the major themes and important texts of ancient philosophy, covering such philosophers as Heraclitus, Parmenides, Plato, and Aristotle.
    •   LPHI 2016 A   Metaphor, Science, Revolution  (CRN:7477) *BEST BET* 4 CR Berk, Jonathan
        MW - 3:50 pm to 5:30 pm
    • "It became common to describe science as a ""worldview"" in the early 20th century. Part of this description, I take it, involves the conviction that science reaches beyond facts and methods. Science dominates nature and affects values, ethics and culture. In this course we will investigate this worldview through cultural depictions in popular media and through metaphors. Specifically, we will trace the development and influence of two interrelated metaphors - both on revolution: the Scientific Revolution and the Copernican Revolution. For the former we will study literature (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein & Bertolt Brecht's Life of Galileo), film (Good Will Hunting [1997] and A Beautiful Mind [2001]) and TV (Cosmos [1980 and 2014]). And for the latter we will discuss various histories and theories of modern science. We will read Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Freud, Einstein, Alexandre Koyr?, Eduard Dijksterhius, E.A. Burtt and Thomas Kuhn."
      •   LPHI 2020 A   Philosophy II: Modern  (CRN:1506) *BEST BET* 4 CR Schauss, Philip
          MW - 8:00 am to 9:40 am
      • "Modern Western Philosophy is often described as a break both with Medieval Scholasticism, rooted in Aristotelian thought, and traditional forms of authority. It takes shape around several major historical events and responds to these: the 16th-century Protestant Reformation; the European scientific revolution of the 17th century; the 18th-century Enlightenment; and the French Revolution of 1789. This period was defined by enormous optimism and a belief in human thought and invention, which came as a challenge to the goal of divine salvation, all-pervasive during the Middle Ages. The modern hope was that science, technology, and education could set humanity free. This optimism was strongly tested by the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake and again, nearly four decades later, by the ""Terror" of the French Revolution. Throughout the course, we will consider different ways of thinking about freedom and progress, based on a variety of philosophical texts from early Modernity. The course is organized around different themes, to do with freedom and progress, such as Utopia, Natural Science, Subjectivity, Freedom and Politics, Enlightenment and the Emancipation of Women, and Freedom after the French Revolution."
        •   LPHI 2020 B   Philosophy II: Modern  (CRN:4398) *BEST BET* 4 CR De Lara, Joel Thomas Pax
            MW - 8:00 am to 9:40 am
        • "Modern Western Philosophy is often described as a break both with Medieval Scholasticism, rooted in Aristotelian thought, and traditional forms of authority. It takes shape around several major historical events and responds to these: the 16th-century Protestant Reformation; the European scientific revolution of the 17th century; the 18th-century Enlightenment; and the French Revolution of 1789. This period was defined by enormous optimism and a belief in human thought and invention, which came as a challenge to the goal of divine salvation, all-pervasive during the Middle Ages. The modern hope was that science, technology, and education could set humanity free. This optimism was strongly tested by the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake and again, nearly four decades later, by the ""Terror" of the French Revolution. Throughout the course, we will consider different ways of thinking about freedom and progress, based on a variety of philosophical texts from early Modernity. The course is organized around different themes, to do with freedom and progress, such as Utopia, Natural Science, Subjectivity, Freedom and Politics, Enlightenment and the Emancipation of Women, and Freedom after the French Revolution."
          •   LPHI 2053 A   Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: an Essay on Phenomenological Ontology  (CRN:7392) 2 CR TBA Faculty   F - 1:50 pm to 3:50 pm
          • Sartre's tome of existential phenomenology is an often referenced though gravely misunderstood classic of 20th century philosophy. As a result, today this work is read through the screen of his personal fame, the clich?s of a few reputed lines, and in terms of scholarly reflection it has been deemed fit to leave this entry behind as pass? fare fit only for the adolescent. The goal of our enterprise will be to strike against these tendencies by introducing students to this central work of human thought, taking its claims about the ontological make-up of reality and the conditions of lived-experience as a serious proposal worth analyzing. In the course of things, we will aim to push against readings of this work which depict Sartre as Cartesian, Dualist in nature, or as overtly intellectual/bourgeoise, by placing his book back into its history as a critical response to Heidegger, Husserl, the Kant-Hegelian tradition, French Philosophy, Freudian Psychoanalysis, Marxism, Fascism, the Catholic Church, the contemporary capitalistic world, and most importantly, the different types of pathological agency each of these produce.
            •   LPHI 2054 A   Luce Irigaray, Speculum of the Other Woman  (CRN:7393) 2 CR Blomberg Stathopoulos, Angelica (Angelica Maria)
                R - 3:50 pm to 5:50 pm
            • Luce Irigaray inserts a speculum into the history of Western thought, the reflection of which is recorded in her controversial dissertation in philosophy: Speculum of the Other Woman. Speculum travels backwards through the history of philosophy and reveals the invisible and unacknowledged ground upon which the philosophical canon rests. Irigaray fundamentally reconsiders the relationship between form and content, and as such her readings of Freud, Descartes, Kant, and Plato diverge from traditional ways of doing critique. Irigaray's language facilitates generative sites for reconfiguring the meaning of femininity, materiality, and mimesis. In this course, we will engage in a close reading of Speculum, and we will pay close attention to Irigaray's style as we attempt to grasp what it means to do philosophy 'in the feminine.'
              •   LPHI 2126 AX   Marxism & Feminism  (CRN:6934) *BEST BET* 4 CR Arruzza, Cinzia
                  R - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
              • The history of the relations between, on the one hand, the women's movement and the worker's movement and, on the other, feminist and Marxist theory has been characterized by alliances, missed rendez-vous, open hostility, marriages, and divorces. This seminar will explore some key Marxist and feminist texts by authors such as Marx, Engels, Davis, Vogel, Dalla Costa, Fraser, and others, dealing with issues such as domestic labor, social reproduction, identity and class politics, and the links between gender, sexuality, race, and class. This course will move largely through class discussion.
                •   LPHI 3023 AX   Hegel's Aesthetics  (CRN:6645) *BEST BET* 4 CR Kottman, Paul
                    MW - 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
                • Our primary aim in this course will be to read and understand the two volume English translation of Hegel'sáLectures on Fine Art. This will require us to consider some earlier philosophical aesthetics to which Hegel is responding (Kant, but also earlier German aesthetic thought), as well as to talk about some of the artworks on which Hegel dwells. However, our main goal will be to make sense of Hegel's enigmatic view of fine art as, alongside religion and philosophy, a dimension of what he called Absolute Spirit. We will also read a number of significant commentaries on Hegel's Aesthetics, to help us along the way.
                  •   LPHI 3045 A   Truth, Lies and Bullshit  (CRN:6933) *BEST BET* 4 CR Adams, Zed
                      TR - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
                  • In his classic essay "On Bullshit," Harry Frankfurt argues that bullshit arises from a failure to care about the truth. But what, if anything, is "the truth" and why should we care about it? In this course, we will critically evaluate a variety of different forms of skepticism about the very idea of truth, from ancient Greek sophists to contemporary American politicians. We will also look at a number of ways in which philosophers have theorized about the idea of truth, as well as why some have thought that a concern for the truth is an essential part of the good life.
                    •   LPHI 3046 AX   Ethical Theory and the Interests of Animals  (CRN:6932) *BEST BET* 4 CR Davis, Emmalon
                        T - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
                    • This course will consist of lecture and discussion on moral theory and the interests of animals. In the first part of the semester, we will study three classical ethical theoriesùAristotle's Virtue Ethics, John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism, and Immanuel Kant's Deontological Ethicsùin order to explore different answers to the following questions: What ought I do to be a good person? What makes an action right? Why should I be moral? What sorts of beings have moral worth? In the second half of the semester, we will examine the moral dimensions of our relationship with animals and the moral questions that are raised in virtue of these relationships. Are animals rational? Do we have moral obligations to animals? Is so, what grounds these obligations? How do classical moral theories recognize (or fail to recognize) these obligations? Is it morally permissible to eat animals? To kill animals that are pests? To use animals as a source of entertainment, as in the case of zoos or circus acts? Finally, we will explore the connections between the animal rights movement and other social justice movements: e.g. environmental justice, disability rights movement, women's rights, etc. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with classical ethical theories and applied ethics issues concerning animals.
                      •   LPHI 3047 A   Foucault: Subjectivity, Rationality, Critique  (CRN:7008) *BEST BET* 4 CR Rodriguez-Navas, Daniel
                          MW - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
                      • This course is a general introduction to Foucault's thought. Our guiding thread will be the emergence and development of his views about subjectivity, personhood and rationality over the course of his career, from the first publications in the early 1950s, through what are generally conceived as its three main periods: the analysis of knowledge and discursive practices, the analysis of power and political institutions, and the so-called 'return to the subject' or 'ethical turn.' An additional important theme of the course will be Foucault's readings of various aspects of Descartes' philosophy, with an emphasis on the debate between Foucault and Derrida about theáMeditations of First Philosophy, and on Foucault's discussion of 'the Cartesian moment' ináThe Hermeneutics of the Subject.
                        •   LPHI 3115 A   Philosophy of Nietzsche  (CRN:6644) *BEST BET* 4 CR Dodd, James
                            TR - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
                        • Friedrich Nietzsche is perhaps the most challengingùand controversialùphilosopher of the 19th century, and beyond. This lecture course will explore some of the basic themes of his thought from his first book, The Birth of Tragedy, to some of the last works of his career. Topics will include the nature of art and the artist, the critique of Christianity, the ideas of history and truth, Nietzsche's philosophical anthropology, and the concept of the ?bermensch.
                          •   LPHI 3509 A   American Pragmatism  (CRN:7007) *BEST BET* 4 CR Bernstein, Richard
                              TR - 1:50 pm to 3:30 pm
                          • We will focus on the writings of the classical American Pragmatismùespecially on Charles S. Peirce, William James, and John Dewey. We will also consider the works of contemporary pragmatists including Richard Rorty, Cornel West, Ruth Anna Putnam and Hilary Putnam and Philip Kitcher.
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