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Philosophy

Current Courses

The following courses are offered in the Spring of 2016.  Click the links to view course syllabi (when available) or more complete descriptions of the course, including Reading Lists.

18-104-01   Latino/a Identities

This course explores the formation of Latina/o identities in the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Our discussions will be devoted to articulating the experience of latinas/os from these intersections, and the kinds of social, cultural, and political projects and activism that emerge from it. We will focus on works by Linda Alcoff, Gloria Anzaldúa, María Lugones and Junot Díaz. 

18-194-01   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 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-194. (H) (SJ)

18-224-01   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)

18-284-01   The Embodied Self

An exploration of the emergence of this modern concept, the self, in its psychological, phenomenological, anthropological, political and epistemological contours, as well as the way in which accounts of the self have reckoned with its grounding in the body. Readings may be drawn from a variety of disciplines. Also Feminist Studies 04-364. (H)

18-604-01   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)

18-634-01   Critical Histories: Modern

A critical inquiry into one or more of the principal texts, issues and debates in European philosophy from the 16th to the 18th century, including thinkers such as Machiavelli, Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Hume and Kant. 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)