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PHIL BC 1001x and y 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
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Autumn 2014 :: PHIL BC1001
PHIL
1001
06226
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
328 MILBANK HALL
S. Aimar 48 [ More Info ]
PHIL
1001
03948
002
TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
504 Diana Center
S. Aimar 35 [ More Info ]

PHIL C 1010x and y Methods and Problems of Philosophical Thought

Critical introduction to philosophical problems, ideas, and methods.
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: PHIL C1010
PHIL
1010
68491
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
413 KENT HALL
D. Albert 68 [ 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

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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Autumn 2014 :: PHIL V2003
PHIL
2003
64603
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
413 KENT HALL
L. Goehr 50 / 85 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2100y Philosophy of Education

Drawing on classical amd contemporary sources, discussion will focus on the conditions necessary to produce free and responsible citizens of a just and democratic society. Readings from Plato, Rousseau, Dewey, and others.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
3 points

PHIL V 2101x 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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Autumn 2014 :: PHIL V2101
PHIL
2101
68845
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
209 HAVEMEYER HALL
K. Vogt 105 [ 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..
3 points

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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PHIL V2110
PHIL
2110
68026
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
309 HAVEMEYER HALL
C. Mercer 118 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2201y 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

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 2014-2015.
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 2014-2015.
3 points

PHIL V 3121 Plato

Introduction to Plato's philosophy through analysis of characteristic dialogues.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor.
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.
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: PHIL V3131
PHIL
3131
01592
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
302 LEHMAN HALL
S. Aimar 8 [ More Info ]

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. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
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.
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.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PHIL V3352
PHIL
3352
04673
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
323 MILBANK HALL
T. Carman 20 / 40 [ More Info ]

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)..
3 points

PHIL BC 3398x and y 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 3411x and y 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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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PHIL V3411
PHIL
3411
77113
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
602 HAMILTON HALL
T. Lando 74 / 80 [ 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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Autumn 2014 :: PHIL V3601
PHIL
3601
27843
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
313 FAYERWEATHER
A. Varzi 53 / 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. Please note that this course does not overlap in content with the Phil 3685 class on conditionals offered in Spring 2013. Students who took that class who also wish to take this class should contact the instructor.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PHIL V3685
PHIL
3685
07364
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
207 MILBANK HALL
K. Lewis 20 / 35 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3701x and y 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
Autumn 2014 :: PHIL V3701
PHIL
3701
66037
001
TuTh 6:10p - 7:25p
703 HAMILTON HALL
M. Bell 25 / 40 [ 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 2014-2015.
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 2014-2015.
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

PHIL V 3960 Epistemology

Knowledge of the external world, of other persons, and of ourselves. Selections from traditional and modern texts will be studied. Discussion section required. Unrestricted enrollment.
4 points

PHIL BC 4050x 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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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PHIL BC4050
PHIL
4050
08088
001
Tu 6:10p - 8:00p
214 MILBANK HALL
K. Lewis 5 [ More Info ]

PHIL BC 4051x 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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Autumn 2014 :: PHIL BC4051
PHIL
4051
03600
001
TBA K. Lewis 2 [ More Info ]

PHIL BC 4052y 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 4251 Kant: Critique of Judgment

A close reading of the Critique of Judgment focusing on its systematic location in Kant's thought and on the ideas of teleology and life.
Prerequisites: for undergraduates: PHIL V3251 (Kant) or V3264 (Hegel) or instructor's permission.
3 points

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Autumn 2014 :: PHIL G4251
PHIL
4251
02804
001
Th 9:00a - 10:50a
716 PHILOSOPHY HALL
F. Neuhouser 20 [ More Info ]

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.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

PHIL G 4910 Topics in Metaphysics: Modality and Causation

This course will be a seminar at the advanced undergraduate/beginner graduate level.
3 points


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