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Philosophy

Curriculum

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

 

  • 18-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 18-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 18-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 18-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 18-104 SELECTED INTRODUCTORY TOPICS
    Normally offered every semester. Topics chosen introduce students to philosophical questions and methods in relation to historical or contemporary issues and often from an interdisciplinary perspective. May be repeated with change in topic. (H)
  • 18-114 PHILOSOPHY, EDUC & THE CONTEMPORARY WRLD
    An introduction to a range of classical and contemporary philosophical texts and approaches, centering on the functions of education at an individual and a social level, the place of philosophy within education, and the ways in which both can speak to dilemmas and issues in the contemporary world. (H)
  • 18-164 SELF, ETHICS, SOCIETY
    An introduction to philosophical investigations of the character, development, and care for the self, with an emphasis on the question of the self's relationships to others: ethical responsibilities, social structures, and the relation between the two. (H)
  • 18-184 THEORIES OF RACE
    An introduction and survey of contemporary race theory, with emphases on intersections with gender, class, nationalism and imperialism. Specific focus on the ways race has been constructed as a category of identity across various cultures, academic disciplines and historical periods. Also Feminist Studies 04-184. (H)
  • 18-194 INTRODUCTION TO FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
    An historically informed introduction to key texts in feminist theory. Our approach to the issues and debates will be interdisciplinary and readings will be drawn from a range of disciplines such as philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, cultural studies. Also Feminist Studies 04-124. (H) (SJ)
  • 18-204 PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE
    An examination of philosophy as articulating issues and problems presented in the themes and aesthetic character of literary works, and literature as exposing themes (i.e. epistemological, metaphysical and ethical themes) that demand philosophical scrutiny. The issues discussed may include the historical relation and differences between literary and philosophical works, questions concerning meaning and representation, and the intersection of politics and narrative. Also English 10-234. (H)]
  • 18-214 SOCIAL STRUCTURES, POLITICAL AGENCY
    An exploration of episodes in the history of social and political philosophy, focusing on questions of how structures-from political institutions like the state or party, to economic relations like social class, to gendered, racialized and heteronormative cultural forms-arise and are reproduced and of how to conceive of and enable forms of agency that develop, challenge, or transform such structures. (H)
  • 18-224 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
    An examination of some of the principal philosophical problems involved in the practices of religion. Attention will center on the nature and practice of religious knowledge in relation to other ways of knowing, and on religious language and the role of religious narratives as central to understanding both historical and contemporary religiosity. Also Religion 19-514. (H) (R)
  • 18-234 MEDIA AND ETHICS
  • 18-254 MEDIA AND NARRATIVE
    This course examines the role of narrative in the construction of self and group identities and the maintenance of particular world pictures, with a focus on the formation and propagation of value systems in consumer society. We will survey contemporary narrative theory and then explore the significance, structures, and dynamics of mass media communication as a primary vehicle for cultural narratives, including propaganda. We will focus on mass media discourse practices in marketing and journalism, with particular attention to media portrayals of values, gender, ethnicity, and community. Also Communication Studies 75-634. (H)
  • 18-264 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
  • 18-284 PHILOSOPHIES OF THE AMERICAS
    An introduction to the complex history of Latin American philosophy, including European and indigenous traditions of thought as well as their hybrids. Key issues will be the interpretation and criticism of notions of history and progress, race and ethnicity, colonialism and knowledge production, the philosophical status of indigenous knowledges, and the relation between philosophy and territory. (H)
  • 18-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    Lectures and readings on subjects of special interest. Subjects to be announced. May be repeated with change in topic. (H)
  • 18-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    Lectures and readings on subjects of special interest. Subjects to be announced. May be repeated with change in topic. (H)
  • 18-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    Lectures and readings on subjects of special interest. Subjects to be announced. May be repeated with change in topic. (H)
  • 18-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    Lectures and readings on subjects of special interest. Subjects to be announced. May be repeated with change in topic. (H)
  • 18-324 THE EMBODIED SELF
    An exploration of the emergence of this modern conceptthe selfand its psychological, anthropological, political and epistemological contours. Readings may be drawn from a variety of disciplines. Also Feminist Studies 04-364. (H) .
  • 18-334 MATERIALISMS
    An exploration of episodes in the history of materialism as a philosophical position. Questions explored may include: Why do materialisms emerge at key junctures as virulent critiques of idealist tendencies in philosophy? What kinds of theoretical and practical forms do such critiques enable? Can materialism, as a theoretical conception of the world, avoid being a form of idealism? Does it reduce the account of human existence to determinism or enable productive forms of historical, trans-individual, and ecological understanding? What is historical materialism? How can philosophy incorporate developments in material fields, from cognitive science to evolution to deep history? (H)
  • 18-344 FEMINIST POSITIONS
  • 18-374 FEMINIST ETHICS
    This course traces the history and development of feminist ethics while considering its central issues and overall project. Areas of concentration might include discussions of human rights and social justice, transnational perspective in ethical theories and biomedical ethics. Also Feminist Studies 04-374. (H)
  • 18-404 TOPICS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
    A sustained and deeper examination of specific figures or themes in the history or the contemporary practice of political philosophy. Prerequisite: Philosophy 18-104,or Political Science 32-234, or permission of instructor. (H)
  • 18-434 TOPICS IN PSYCHOANALYSIS
    An examination of central notions and issues in the development of psychoanalytic theory, with a particular emphasis on the works of Freud and Lacan. May be repeated with change of topic. Prerequisite: one upper-level course in Philosophy, Feminist Studies, Psychology or related field. (H)
  • 18-464 TOPICS IN EPISTEMOLOGY & METAPHYSICS
    An examination of the many ways in which philosophers have addressed the questions of language and knowledge. Central topics may include: the nature and limits of language; the kinds and limits of knowledge; the linguistic turn in 20th-century philosophy and its aftereffects; translation and interpretation; the geopolitics of knowledge. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy. (H)
  • 18-484 TOPICS IN GENDER, RACE & ETHNICITY
    A continuation and deeper examination of specific aspects of contemporary race theory. Prerequisite: Philosophy 18-184, or 18-104 or History 16-334, or permission of instructor. (H)
  • 18-494 TOPICS IN FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
    A sustained and deeper examination of the crucial texts and topics of feminist theory with a special emphasis on the debates and dialogues between Anglo-American and European approaches.The course will critically engage feminist methodologies and will analyze the production of feminist political discourses. Also Feminist Studies 04-594. Prerequisite: Philosophy 18-174 or 18-394, or one upper-level course in Feminist Studies. (H)
  • 18-604 READING PHILOSOPHY
    A guided effort to focus and improve advanced students' capacities for engaged, thoughtful, critical and independent reading of philosophical forms of argumentation and analysis. Writing assignments and discussions will be focused on the detailed articulation and understanding of one or two important texts. Offered every spring. Should be taken in sophomore or junior year. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course. (WA) (H)
  • 18-614 CRITICAL HISTORIES: ANCIENT
    A survey of Greek philosophy from its inception through Neo-Platonism, emphasizing the unique expositional practices employed by the early Greek thinkers to express philosophical thought and questioning concerning epistemology, metaphysics and ethics explored through a selection of primary texts. Also Classics 07-334. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy. (H)
  • 18-624 CRITICAL HISTORIES: MODERN
    An inquiry into some of the principal texts, issues and debates in European philosophy from the 16th to the 18th century, including thinkers such as Montaigne, Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Hume and Kant. Topics will range across the emergence of modern science, the rise of epistemology as first philosophy, rationalism, materialism, empiricism and the construction of secular models of politics. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy. (H)
  • 18-634 CRITICAL HISTORIES: 19TH CENTURY
    A critical inquiry into one or more of the principal texts, issues and debates, in 19th-century European philosophy, including thinkers such as Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche. Part of this inquiry will focus on their continuing influence on and subsequent development in contemporary forms of theory, and/or their critical interrogation through other theoretical traditions or other disciplinary forms. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy. (H)
  • 18-644 CRITICAL HISTORIES: 20TH & 21ST CENTURIE
    A study of the diverse fields and movements of the 20th century with an emphasis on Continental philosophy and intersections with philosophy beyond the western tradition. Topics may focus upon the role of language in philosophical inquiry, phenomenology, feminist theory, social and political philosophy, hermeneutics, existentialism, and critical theory. Prerequisite: One 600-level Philosophy course. (H)
  • 18-901 TUTORIAL
  • 18-902 TUTORIAL
  • 18-903 TUTORIAL
  • 18-904 TUTORIAL
  • 18-914 COLLOQUIUM IN PHILOSOPHY
    Required of majors in Philosophy, normally in their final year. Offered every fall. Prerequisite: Philosophy 18-604. (H) (WA)
  • 18-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 18-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 18-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 18-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 18-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Readings selected to broaden the students acquaintance with areas of philosophy or topics of special interest. May be repeated with changed content.
  • 18-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Readings selected to broaden the students acquaintance with areas of philosophy or topics of special interest. May be repeated with changed content.
  • 18-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Readings selected to broaden the students acquaintance with areas of philosophy or topics of special interest. May be repeated with changed content.
  • 18-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Readings selected to broaden the students acquaintance with areas of philosophy or topics of special interest. May be repeated with changed content.
  • 18-984 HONORS
    By invitation only.
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