Graduate Courses

The following is a list of graduate courses in the department's course catalogue. 7000-level courses are cross-listed with 4000-level courses at the undergraduate level, but may contain additional requirements to complete. 8000-level courses are survey seminars in the designated area. 9000-level are graduate seminars focused on selected topics within the designated area. An asterisk (*) following a course title indicates that the department has no immediate plans to offer the course.

PHIL 7110  Advanced Logic

(same as LINGST 7110; cross-leveled with PHIL 4110, LINGST 4110). Presents the method of truth trees for sentence and predicate logic. Examines proofs concerning the decidability, soundness, and completeness of formal systems. Emphasizes the theory of formal systems.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 7120  Selected Topics in Logic

Elementary set theory. Modal logic, the logic of possibility and necessity.

Prerequisites: PHIL 2700 or PHIL 7110.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8090  Research in Philosophy

Research not leading to thesis. Graded S/U only.

1 - 99 Credit Hours

PHIL 8100  Protoseminar in Philosophy

Introduction to graduate level work in philosophy. Required of all students entering the program, in the first year. An intensive workshop focused on skills rather than any particular philosophical content.

Prerequisites: Restricted to first year graduate students.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8210  Teaching of Philosophy I

Seminar meetings on course design, teaching methods, the evaluation of teaching, grading, instructor obligations, and teaching aids. Some individualized instruction, including help preparing for and assessing the effectiveness of practice teaching.

Prerequisites: Graduate philosophy student.

1 Credit Hour

PHIL 8220  Teaching of Philosophy II

A sequel to PHIL 8210. Includes a re-examination of end of semester tasks such as the composition and grading of finals and the assignment of course grades.

Prerequisites: PHIL 8210; graduate Philosophy student.

1 Credit Hour

PHIL 8300  Dissertation Seminar

The course will address writing and time management for Ph.D. students writing a dissertation. Also discussed will be preparation for the academic job market in philosophy, especially the development of an application dossier. Graded on S/U basis only.

Prerequisites: Philosophy Ph.D. student.

1 Credit Hour

PHIL 8510  Metaphysics: A Survey

A graduate-level survey of central issues in metaphysics. May be repeated up to 6 hours of credit.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8520  Philosophy of Mind: A Survey

A graduate-level survey of central issues in the philosophy of mind.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8530  Epistemology: A Survey

A graduate-level survey of central issues is epistemology.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8540  Philosophy of Language: A Survey

A graduate-level survey of central issues in philosophy of language.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9001  Topics in Philosophy

Organized study of selected topics. Need departmental consent for repetition.

Prerequisites: Instructor's consent.

1 - 99 Credit Hours

PHIL 9040  Indian Philosophy *

Reality, levels of being, status of the world, nature of knowledge in Indian philosophy in relations in Advaita Vendanta system of Samkara.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9050  Plato

Advanced studies in Plato; emphasis on recent scholarship.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9060  Aristotle

Advanced studies in Aristotle; emphasis on recent scholarship.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9070  Medieval Thinkers *

Selected works of one or more: Augustine, Avicenna, Anselm, Maimonides, Aquinas, Scotus, Ockham. Not a survey.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9090  Research in Philosophy

Work toward preparation of thesis or dissertation. Graded on a S/U basis only.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

1 - 99 Credit Hours

PHIL 9110  The Rationalists

Interpretation and evaluation of major works of Descartes, Leibniz, and/or Spinoza in relation to their historical context and current philosophical problems.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9120  The Empiricists

Epistemological and metaphysical doctrines of Locke, Berkeley and Hume.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9130  Kant

Critique of Pure Reason: historical context, meaning and cohesion of its claims, critical assessment of them.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9210  Hegel *

Phenomenology of Spirit: historical context, meaning and cohesion of its claims, critical assessment of them.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9220  Marxism *

Basic works of Marx and his successors.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9230  Whitehead *

Process and Reality and other works. Contributions to metaphysics, theology, epistemology, and philosophy of science.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9240  Russell and Wittgenstein

Each initially defends, but then rejects logical atomism. Metaphysical and epistemological themes of such intellectual phases and shifts of one or both philosophers.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9250  Heidegger *

Being and Time: historical context, meaning and cohesion of its claims, critical assessment of them.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9260  Existentialism *

Being and Nothingness and other philosophy and literary works.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9270  Phenomenology *

Selected works of Husserl and other phenomenological thinkers. Implications for epistemology, science, metaphysics, ethics, and other philosophical topics.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9280  Recent Anglo-American Philosophy

Topics on which current philosophers of the Anglo-American or Analytic tradition are concentrating.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9290  Recent Continental Philosophy *

Topics on which current philosophers on the European continent are concentrating.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9310  Applied Ethics

Methods for applying normative ethical theories to personal and social moral problems, illustrated by application of consequentialist, deontological and virtue-centered theories to such problems as euthanisia, capital punishment, pornography, world hunger, war and environmentalism.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9320  Social and Political Philosophy

Topics of current interest in social and political philosophy. generally one of the following: social contract theory, utiltarianism, voting procedures, or convention.

Prerequisites: PHIL 4600 or instructor's consent and graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9330  Aesthetics

Theories of art and beauty, the aesthetic experience, the physical work of art, the role of the artist; art and other human concerns.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9340  Topics in the History of Ethics

Advanced study of the ethical views of major historical figures ancient and/or modern.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9350  History of Eastern Ethics *

Historical survey of major eastern ethical theories. Explores broad range of ethical theories developed in Asia: Hindu and Buddhist in India; Toaism and Confucianism in China; and Zen in Japan.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9510  Decision Theory

Principles for making rational decisions, including principles of expected utility theory, game theory, and social choice theory. A survey of basic ideas and an introduction to selected research topics.

Prerequisites: PHIL 4110; graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9520  Ethical Theory

Contemporary theories of the right and the good. Metaethical topics such as moral language, reasoning, and justification.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9610  Metaphysics

Theories of the categories and structures of reality, e.g., appearance and reality, causality, space and time, God, Nature, the human being.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9710  Philosophy of Mind and Psychology

Survey of important recent work in contemporary philosophy of mind and psychology.  Graduate seminar.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9720  Foundations of Cognitive Science

Examination of philosophical questions arising in cognitive science concerning, for instance, the nature of computation and representation, inter-disciplinary relations, the nature of cognitive scientific explanation, and its relation to folk psychological explanation.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9820  Epistemology

Knowledge and opinion, the types, sources, and extent of knowledge, according to a variety of views.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9830  Philosophy of Science

Examines central issues in general philosophy of science concerning the scientific method and the role in it of observation, the nature of rational theory-choice, progress, and the status of theories postulating unobservables.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9840  Philosophy of Language

Topics of current interest in the philosophy of language.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9850  Philosophy of Biology

Philosophical problems relating to the life sciences, with attention given especially to explanation and reductionism in biology.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9887  Seminar in Logic

Topics of current interest in logic. Generally one of the following: inductive logic, set theory, conditionals, epistemic logic, or formal semantics.

Prerequisites: PHIL 4110; graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours

PHIL 9901  Seminar in Philosophy

Special topics. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Graduate Philosophy student.

3 Credit Hours