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PHIL BC 1001 Introduction to Philosophy

Survey of some of the central problems, key figures, and great works in both traditional and contemporary philosophy. Topics and texts will vary with instructor and semester.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: PHIL BC1001
PHIL
1001
09632
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
LL103 Diana Center
D. Friedell 70 [ More Info ]
PHIL
1001
03579
002
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
302 BARNARD HALL
D. Friedell 34 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL BC1001
PHIL
1001
06226
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
TBA
D. Friedell 47 / 70 [ More Info ]
PHIL
1001
03948
002
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
T. Carman 42 / 105 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 1401 Introduction to Logic

Explicit criteria for recognizing valid and fallacious arguments, together with various methods for schematizing discourse for the purpose of logical analysis. Illustrative material taken from science and everyday life.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: PHIL V1401
PHIL
1401
01435
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
202 ALTSCHUL HALL
J. Morrison 73 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2003 Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

Introductory course in the philosophy of art. What is art? Should we try to define art? Should photographs count as art? What does it mean to have an aesthetic experience? Can one person's judgment be better than another's? Why do we enjoy watching tragedies or horror movies?
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL V2003
PHIL
2003
67041
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
602 HAMILTON HALL
L. Goehr 85 / 85 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2100 Philosophy of Education

Drawing on classical and contemporary sources, this course will introduce students to a variety of texts that address the philosophical consideration of education, including its role in the development of the individual and the development of a democratic society. Readings from Plato, Rousseau, Dewey, and others.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: PHIL V2100
PHIL
2100
02575
001
TuTh 4:10p - 5:25p
LL103 Diana Center
K. Nieuwejaar 49 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2101 History of Philosophy I: Pre-Socratics through Augustine

Exposition and analysis of the positions of the major philosophers from pre-Socratics through Augustine.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
4 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL V2101
PHIL
2101
13150
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
517 HAMILTON HALL
W. Mann 59 / 75 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2110 Philosophy and Feminism

Is there an essential difference between women and men? How do questions about race relate to questions about gender? Is there a 'normal' way of being 'queer'? An introduction to philosophy and feminism using historical and contemporary texts, art, and public lectures. Focus includes essentialism, difference, identity, knowledge, objectivity, and queerness.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2016-2017.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL V2110
PHIL
2110
28635
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
501 SCHERMERHORN HALL
C. Mercer 143 / 134 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2201 History of Philosophy II: Aquinas to Kant

Exposition and analysis of the positions of the major philosophers from Aquinas through Kant.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)..
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: PHIL V2201
PHIL
2201
04794
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
717 HAMILTON HALL
J. Morrison 35 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2301 History of Philosophy III: Kant to Nietzsche

Exposition and analysis of texts by Kant and major 19th-century European Philosophers.
Prerequisites: None. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2016-2017.
4 points

PHIL V 2400 Psychology and Philosophy of Human Experience

We will discuss some of the most fundamental questions that one can pose about human experience. For example, we will investigate how we experience time, whether anything really has color, the difference between imagining and seeing, whether beauty is subjective, how we understand other people's emotions, the ways in which the human mind is structured and the extent to which our minds are functionally fractionable. By drawing on both scientific and philosophical texts we hope to combine the best features of both approaches.
Not offered in 2016-2017.
3 points

PHIL V 2702 Marriage, Morals, and Law

How specific historical, social, and psychological roots of Western-style marriage illuminate contemporary debates about marriage morals and marriage laws in the United States. Relations between couples and groups; the psychology of love in marriage; marriage, vows, and the logic of promises to love; monogamy, democracy, and the medieval church; monogamy vs. polygyny; pop evolutionary science and marriage; cousin marriage (consanguineous marriage); law and same-sex marriage; sexual morality in marriage; and related subjects. The course has a double goal: To understand both how to think about complex moral problems and how to think about marriage.
Not offered in 2016-2017.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL V2702
PHIL
2702
75506
002
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
517 HAMILTON HALL
P. Kitcher 74 / 86 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3121 Plato

Introduction to Plato's philosophy through analysis of characteristic dialogues.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2016-2017.
3 points

PHIL V 3131 Aristotle

Introduction to Aristotle's philosophy through analysis of selected texts.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2016-2017.
3 points

PHIL V 3237 Late Medieval and Modern Philosophy

Study of one or more of the major philosophers from the Renaissance through the 18th century. Sample topics: substance and matter; bodies, minds, and spirits; identity and individuation; ideas of God; causation; liberty and necessity; skepticism; philosophy and science; ethical and political issues. Sample philosophers: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Conway, Locke, Berkely, Hume, Kant.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor.
Course not offered in Fall 2016, will be offered in Spring 2017 BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)..

3 points

PHIL V 3251 Kant

Explores the connections between theoretical and practical reason in Kant's thinking with special attention to the Critique of Pure Reason and the project of "transcendental" philosophy.
Not offered in 2016-2017.
3 points

PHIL W 3264 19th Century Philosophy: Hegel

Examines major themes of Hegel's philosophy, with emphasis on social and political thought. Topics include Hegel's critique of Kant, the possibility of metaphysics, the master-slave dialectic, and the role of freedom in a rational society. Readings from Fichte help explain how Hegel's project develops out of Kant's transcendental idealism. Some knowledge of Kant's moral theory and his Critique of Pure Reason is presupposed. Prerequisite: at least one of PHIL 2201, 2301, or 3251.
3 points

PHIL V 3352 20th Century European Philosophy

Reading and discussion of Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Foucault. Topics include the crisis in metaphysics, the question of being, the structure of human existence, subjectivity, motivated irrationality, perception, the body, sociality, art, science, technology, and the disciplinary organization of modern society.
Not offered in 2016-2017.
3 points

PHIL V 3353 European Social Philosophy

Historical survey of European social philosophy from the 18th to the 20th century, with special attention to theories of capitalism and the normative concepts (freedom, alienation, human flourishing) that inform them. A further topic will be the relation between society and the state. Readings from Smith, Hegel, Marx, and Weber.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).. Not offered in 2016-2017.
3 points

PHIL BC 3398 Independent Study

Open to students who wish to pursue a project on an individual basis. The study consists in a combination of readings and papers over one semester under the direction of an appropriate instructor. The project and enrollment for the course are both subject to departmental approval.
1-3 points.

PHIL V 3411 Symbolic Logic

Sentential and first-order logic; the significance of a formal system and its use for analysis of meaning and language. Technical exercises are combined with analysis and parsing of English texts. A weekly required discussion section in addition to lectures.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: PHIL V3411
PHIL
3411
25793
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
501 NORTHWEST CORNER
A. Varzi 91 / 120 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL V3411
PHIL
3411
23508
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
602 HAMILTON HALL
T. Lando 56 / 100 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3601 Metaphysics

Systematic treatment of some major metaphysical topics, e.g., necessity, causality, particulars and universals, personal identity. Readings from classical and contemporary authors.
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: PHIL V3601
PHIL
3601
22211
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
614 SCHERMERHORN HALL
A. Varzi 93 / 100 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL V3601
PHIL
3601
61357
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
602 HAMILTON HALL
A. Varzi 63 / 80 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3685 Philosophy of Language

In this course, we will carefully examine several seminal 20th century works in the philosophy of language. A central question is: how are we able to use language, composed of seemingly arbitrary symbols, to say things about the world?
3 points

PHIL V 3701 Ethics

Introduction to the central problems of moral philosophy; alternative moral ideals and their philosophical formulations; the status and justification of moral judgments; reasons for action; individual rights and social justice.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: PHIL V3701
PHIL
3701
23495
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
602 HAMILTON HALL
M. Moody-Adams 60 / 80 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3710 Law, Liberty and Morality

Examination of classic philosophical theories about the rule of law, relations between law and morality, legal reasoning, and their implications for selected contemporty legal problems.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 40 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2016-2017.
3 points

PHIL V 3720 Ethics and Medicine

Philosophical examination of moral issues in medical theory and practice. Analysis of the ethics of the doctor-patient relationship, e.g., informed consent, truth-telling, paternalism; topics in bioethics, e.g., abortion, euthanasia, experimentation on humans; justice and access to health care; human genetics.
Prerequisites: Limited enrollment by permission of the instructor. First-day attendance required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2016-2017.
3 points

PHIL V 3751 Political Philosophy

This course examines major concepts of political philosophy including authority, rights, equality, justice, liberty and democracy.
3 points

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Spring 2016 :: PHIL V3751
PHIL
3751
04153
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
603 HAMILTON HALL
F. Neuhouser 51 [ More Info ]

PHIL W 3960 Epistemology

What can we know? What is knowledge? What are the different kinds of knowledge? We will read classic and contemporary texts for insight into these questions.
4 points

PHIL BC 4050 Senior Seminar

Intensive study of a philosophical issue or topic, or of a philosopher, group of philosophers, or philosophical school or movement. Open only to Barnard senior philosophy majors.
3 points

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Autumn 2016 :: PHIL BC4050
PHIL
4050
08088
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
E. Paul 5 [ More Info ]

PHIL BC 4051 Senior Thesis

A substantial paper, developing from an Autumn workshop and continuing in the Spring under the direction of an individual advisor. Open only to Barnard senior philosophy majors.
3 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL BC4051
PHIL
4051
03600
001
W 6:10p - 8:00p
TBA
J. Morrison 1 [ More Info ]

PHIL BC 4052 Senior Thesis

A substantial paper, developing from an Autumn workshop and continuing into the Spring under the direction of an individual adviser. Open only to Barnard senior philosophy majors.
3 points

PHIL G 4495 Perception

This course addresses the fabulously rich range of issues about the nature of perception, including: perceptual mental representation and its content; computational explanation; justifying beliefs; knowledge and thought about perception; and perception of music. Perception is an interdisciplinary subject par excellence. Readings will be drawn from philosophy and psychology, aesthetics, and artificial intelligence.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL G4495
PHIL
4495
08292
001
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
716 PHILOSOPHY HALL
J. Morrison 17 / 30 [ More Info ]

PHIL G 4569 Critical Social Theory

A close reading of Jürgen Habermas's Theory of Communicative Action. Prerequisite: PHIL V3353 or PHIL G9755
3 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL G4569
PHIL
4569
08357
001
Tu 9:00a - 10:50a
716 PHILOSOPHY HALL
F. Neuhouser 14 / 30 [ More Info ]

PHIL G 9670 Modern Philosophy
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: PHIL G9670
PHIL
9670
04654
001
W 11:00a - 12:50p
716 PHILOSOPHY HALL
E. Paul 1 / 30 [ More Info ]

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