Graduate Seminars for Fall 2016
Note: If you are interested in taking one of these seminars but are not a graduate student in philosophy, please contact the instructor first to discuss the advisability of doing so. It might be wiser for you to take one of our 4000/7000-level courses instead.
Phil 8100: Protoseminar (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Peter Vallentyne
We will focus on developing and refining the skills necessary for doing professional philosophy: (1) reading a philosophy paper and being able to reconstruct the core arguments, (2) writing a philosophy paper with a clear and interesting thesis and a clear and cogent defense. We will do this in part by reading and analyzing The Trolley Problem Mysteries by Francis Kamm, edited by Eric Rakowski, Oxford University Press, 2016.
Phil 9120: The Empiricists (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Marina Folescu
We will be studying Locke's _Essay_ by focusing on the discussion of his metaphysics that Matthew Stuart offers in his book _Locke's Metaphysics_ (Both books are required reading). We will be aiming to cover several themes, e.g.: Locke's criticism of innate knowledge; how all our ideas are either ideas of sensation or of reflection, or both; the distinction between primary and secondary qualities of objects; the role of language in shaping our knowledge of the world.
Phil 9510: Decision Theory (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Paul Weirich
The seminar this semester will introduce decision theory and then explore two research topics in decision theory, namely, epistemic game theory and causal decision theory. Decision theory is diverse and multidisciplinary; the seminar will focus on philosophical decision theory, and, in particular, normative decision theory, which formulates principles concerning rational choice.
Phil 9840: Philosophy of Language (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Claire Horisk
The seminar topic: Recent work on language and social power. How does language communicate & help to enforce discriminatory social norms & prejudice?
Phil 9850: Philosophy of Biology (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. André Ariew