Philosophy Program

Courses

A major in philosophy requires seven courses offered by members of the department, of which at least four are in the Upper College. Students majoring in other disciplines will find many Philosophy courses that complement their interests, and students concentrating in philosophy are encouraged to enrich their study of philosophy by making connections with other disciplines.

Complete Course List

The philosophy course list that follows is divided into several categories: introductory courses; historical courses; ethics; logic; aesthetics; epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language; and single-philosopher seminars. Courses numbered in the 100s are introductory courses; 200-level courses, while more specialized in content, also are generally appropriate as first courses in philosophy; 300-level courses require previous courses in philosophy and permission of the instructor for admission.

Introductory Courses

  • PHIL 102, Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophical Classics
  • PHIL 103, Introduction to Philosophy: History of Philosophy
  • PHIL 104 MES, Introduction to Philosophy: Multicultural Perspectives
  • PHIL 106, Introduction to Philosophy: Reality, Knowledge, and Value
  • PHIL 109, Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 110, Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 114, Introduction to the Philosophy of Action
  • PHIL 115, Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 220, Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Historical Courses

  • PHIL 209, History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 213 German Studies, 19th-Century Continental Philosophy
  • PHIL 215, Existentialism
  • PHIL 259, Religious and Antireligious Philosophers
  • PHIL 260 Gender Studies, Feminist Philosophy
  • PHIL 350, Pragmatism

Ethics

  • PHIL 246, Practical Reasoning
  • PHIL 251, Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 255, Medical Ethics
  • PHIL 256 CRES, Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 260 Gender Studies, Feminist Philosophy: Approaches to Cultural Constructions of Sexuality and Gender
  • PHIL 268 Biology 268, Issues in Bioethics
  • PHIL 326, The Ethics of Consent
  • PHIL 334, Virtues and Vices
  • PHIL 351, Economic Justice
  • PHIL 357, Law and Ethics
  • PHIL 368, The New Genetics: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

Logic

  • PHIL 107, Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion
  • PHIL 121, Informal Logic: The Art of Reasoning
  • PHIL 237, Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 361, Advanced Symbolic Logic

Aesthetics

  • PHIL 230 Integrated Arts, Philosophy and the Arts
  • PHIL 235, Philosophy and Film
  • PHIL 355, The Philosophy of Music
  • PHIL 390, Politics and the Arts: Art, Politics, and Democratic Culture
  • PHIL 393 Integrated Arts, Philosophy and the Arts: Three Foundational Texts

Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Language

  • PHIL 220, The Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 232, Epistemology
  • PHIL 242, Relativism
  • PHIL 243, Self-Knowledge and Self-Discovery
  • PHIL 247, Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 265, The Unconscious
  • PHIL 270, Topics in the Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 352, The Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 372, Conceptual Foundations of Darwinian Theory (Philosophy of Biology)

Single-Philosoper Seminars

  • PHIL 261 Classical Studies, Plato
  • PHIL 370, David Hume
  • PHIL 371 German Studies, The Philosophy of Kant
  • PHIL 373 German Studies, The Philosophy of Hegel
  • PHIL 374, Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit
  • PHIL 375, Nietzsche
  • PHIL 381, William James
  • PHIL 383, Heidegger
  • PHIL 385 German Studies, Wittgenstein
  • PHIL 387 German Studies, Freud and Philosophy
  • PHIL 389, The Philosophy and Literature of Jean-Paul Sartre
  • PHIL 399, Kierkegaard

Junior Research Seminar

  • PHIL 302, Philosophy Research Seminar