Winter 2001 Courses

Listed below are the courses the Department offered in the Winter 2001 quarter.

The Registrar's office has up to date scheduling information for all University of Chicago graduate and undergraduate courses.

College students may only enroll in courses whose first number is 2. Graduate students may only enroll in courses whose first number is 3 or higher.

Winter Courses

212. Feminism, Ethics and Sexual Harassment: Arguments and Applications (=hum Gendst 212). PQ: Enrollment limited to twenty five. Do traditional philosophical theories need to be modified to address significant concerns in the typical lives of women? If so, can they be modified, or is a very different sort of philosophy required? This course makes a start at answering these questions by attending to a mixture of theoretical and practical issues. The first half of the course surveys some of the more central and approachable texts in philosophical feminism, with a view to understanding the arguments for developing a radically different and separate ethics for women's lives. We also look at some criticisms of that line from within feminist philosophy. The second half of the course puts some of these claims to the test, by considering their usefulness in theorizing or responding to sexual harassment (and to lesser extents rape and prostitution). This course serves as both an study applied ethics at work in the law and social practices of business. There with both classical ethical thought (e.g., Aristotle, Hume, Kant) and studies is desirable. S. Anderson. Winter. (I)

241. Kierkegaard's Fragments. The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard published a number of philosophical works under several different pseudonyms. These pseudonyms possess distinct personalities and their own individual philosophical outlooks (a bit like, e.g., characters in a Platonic dialogue). In this course we focus on the published writings of Kierkegaard's pseudonym Johannes Climacus. Climacus is one of Kierkegaard's most Socratic pseudonyms; he frequently invokes Socrates as a model and rivals Plato in his use of irony and humor and in his keen dialectical skill. In the Philosophical Fragments and the Postscript, Climacus develops a comparison between what he calls a Socratic outlook and a Christian outlook. At the same time, he seeks to ethically engage an audience of readers whose fondness for speculative philosophy seems to have eroded their ability to put their ethical and religious convictions into practice. Our aim is to examine the substance of Climacus' discussion and to consider just how these works are supposed to engage their audience. In addition we seek to shed light on what Kierkegaard calls "indirect communication" and on the philosophical significance of his use of pseudonyms. Paul Muench. Winter. (III)

260. History of Philosophy II: Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy. PQ: Completion of the general education requirement in humanities. Philos 250 helpful. This course surveys the history of philosophy from the late medievals to Hume. D. Garber. Winter.

273. Classics of Analytic Philosophy. The course will survey the main strands in"analytic" philosophy in the twentieth century -- roughly from Russell to Davidson. The emphasis will be on the philosophy of language, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. The course is intended for undergraduate philosophy majors and others with a strong interest and some background in philosophy. (Graduate students may attend, but will not be allowed to take the course for credit, or to speak in class.) Students should already have completed a few courses in philosophy, including at least introductory logic and at least one course in "modern" (17th - 18thcentury) philosophy. J. Haugeland. Winter. (III)

292-1,-2. Junior Tutorial I, II. PQ: Open only to third-year students who have been admitted to the intensive concentration program. Staff. Winter, Spring.

293-1,-2. Senior Tutorial I, II. PQ:Open only to fourth-year students who have been admitted to the intensive concentration program. Staff. Winter, Spring.

297. Reading Course. PQ: Consent of instructor and director of undergraduate studies. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

298. The Senior Seminar I. PQ: Consent of director of undergraduate studies. Students who are writing a senior essay must register for this course in either the autumn or the winter quarter of the senior year (and for Philos 299 in either the winter or the spring quarter of the senior year). D. Brudney. Autumn, Winter.

299. The Senior Seminar II. PQ: Consent of director of undergraduate studies. Students who are writing a senior essay must register for this course in either the winter or the spring quarter of the senior year (and for Philos 298 in either the autumn or the winter quarter of the senior year). D. Brudney. Winter, Spring.

317. Women's Rights (=HumRts 317; GENDST XXX). This course offers an introduction to general theories of rights. Emphasis is on Will and Interest theories. Using the two theories╠ different conceptual frameworks, the main task is to accommodate needs because these play a central role in the case of women's rights. Given that women's rights have status as human rights, we try to distinguish between relative (i.e., needs that vary from person to person or from place to place) and non-relative needs of women. We also examine international rights-documents and use these as our check lists for those gender-specific rights that constitute foundationalist analogies to the most fundamental human rights, so-called "basic rights." A. Matwijkiw. Winter. (I)

318. The Letters of Cicero and Seneca (=CL286, LAW xxx, DivRE 315, Latin 286/386). PQ: ability to read the material in Latin at a sufficiently high level. An Oscar Wilde character observes that her diary is"simply a very young girl's record of her own thoughts and impressions, and consequently meant for publication." This remark states the paradox of Roman epistles, especially those of the two great statesmen-philosophers, Cicero and Seneca. Although these letters certainly appear to state the thoughts and feelings of the correspondents, the fact that they are intended for publication should make us look for self-conscious constructing of paradigms of character and action, of friendship and political engagement. Cicero and Seneca appear to go about this task of self-narration in very different ways. By now we have realized that Seneca's letters to Lucilius are philosophical documents whose autobiographical content is suspect, but we still tend to think that Cicero's letters are "real letters." The course will explore the difficulties of saying what a"real letter" is, and what roles letters of various types play in philosophical and political reflection. M. Nussbaum. Winter. (I)

339. J. L. Austin (=GsHum 339, Fndmtl 254). The class will read a number of the essays in Austin's Philosophical Papers and all of his How To Do Things With Words, and then some criticisms and extensions of Austin's ideas in works of Strawson, Grice, Derrida, and Cavell. T. Cohen. Winter. (III)

342. Freud at the Opera: Hysteria from Couch to Stage (=MAPH 384, SocTh 351, German 342). Much work has already been done on Freud's case studies as scientific findings. This course, by contrast, investigates what might be involved in turning a case study into a dramatic work of art. Richard Einhorn, one of the seminar leaders, is in the process of writing an opera based on the Dora case. Readings include Freud's case study of Dora, Hannah Decker's Freud, Dora and Vienna, the collection of essays In Dora's Case and other readings on hysteria and on art. (III)

355-356. Plato's Republic (=Fndmtl 288-289, SocTh 351/359). PQ: Enrollment limited Preference given to Philosophy and Fundamentals concentrators. A careful reading of the Republic in translation. Questions to be considered: What is the good life? What is the relation between the state of society and the state of one's soul? What is the relation between knowledge and happiness? Between art and happiness? What is the value of democracy? What is the nature of politics? What is psychology? J. Lear. Autumn, Winter. (I)

361. Philosophical theories of Modernity (=PolSci 360). This course focuses on critical theories of modern and Enlightenment thought. We discuss the extent to which formal or instrumental ideas of rationality are characteristic of modern thought, the supposed differences between ancient and modern moral thinking, the nature of secularization, the notion of a "dialectic of Enlightenment," and the meanings of "postmodernism." Readings from Schiller, Nietzsche, Weber, Heidegger, Adorno, Horkheimer, Blumenberg, Habermas, Lyotard, and Taylor. C. Larmore. Winter (IV)

385. Darwin's Origin of Species (=CFS 384, Hist 250/350, HiPSS 284, Fndmtl235). This lecture-discussion course will trace the development of Darwin's theory of evolution through its early stages (just after the Beagle Voyage) to the Origin of Species. The principle focus of the course will be on the Origin, its several editions, and the debates concerning the theory of evolution by natural selection. R. Richards. Winter. (II or IV)

393. Twentieth-Century Continental thought: Philosophy, Theology, Literature (=PR 393/Rel 235, DivRe 415). Discussion of some major themes and figures in twentieth-century European thought. Topics for this year may include: humanism, its critique and defense (Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida), philosophy and religion as a way of life (Pierre Hadot, Michel Foucault, Henri Bergson, Miguel de Unamuno, Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves in the context of the Kierkegaardean tradition), evil and the limits of moral philosophy (Maurice Blanchot, Sarah Kofman, Primo Levi, Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Beningni's Life is Beautiful, Vladimir JankÚlÚvitch). Attention will be given to issues raised by differences in philosophical, theological, literary and cinematographic representation. A. Davidson. Winter. (III or IV)

396. Intermediate Logic I (=CFS 336, HiPSS 205). PQ: Philos 300. May be taken in sequence with Philos 397 or individually. Staff. Winter. (II)

415. Liberalism: Political and Otherwise. PQ: Permission of instructor. The course looks at recent proponents and opponents of -- as well as alternatives to -- what Rawls calls "political liberalism." Rawls claims that political liberalism is more restricted in its scope than"comprehensive liberalism," and that this more restricted liberalism is appropriate to a pluralist democracy. We clarify and assess both the moral basis of this claim and the specific content of the relevant restrictions, and then look at some recent non-political liberals. Writers to be read include Rawls himself, Joseph Raz, Ronald Dworkin, Charles Taylor, Joshua Cohen and Gerald Cohen. D. Brudney. Winter. (I)

453. Burnyeat's Republic. A study of material preparatory to Myles Burnyeat's spring seminar on Republic 8 and 9, notably his Tanner Lectures, "Culture and Society in Plato's Republic," and his essay "Plato on why mathematics is good for the soul." I. Mueller. Winter. (IV)

497. Preliminary Essay Workshop. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

499. Reading and Research. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

501. First-Year Seminar. We will take up some issues in contemporary analytic philosophy. Meets approximately bi-weekly in Autumn, Winter, Spring. M. Aydede.

503. Seminar on Important Things (=CFS 418; HIST 577). PQ: Consent of instructor. This seminar meets bi-weekly throughout the year. Each quarter we will discuss a book or coherent group of articles from the recent literature in the History and Philosophy of Science, reflecting both current interest in the field and particular concerns of participating students. D. Garber. Autumn, Winter, Spring. (II)

512. Law/Philosophy Seminar (=Law 615; DivRe 513; PolSci 512). PQ:Consent of instructor; meets alternate weeks. This seminar, which represents a fusion of the faculty law-philosophy group and the existing legal theory workshop, will meet throughout the year, on alternate Mondays, with a total of about twelve meetings, mostly in the fall and winter. There will be a theme running throughout the year, and we will pursue that theme through both philosophical and legal readings, with a range of visiting speakers and some sessions directed by local faculty. The theme in 2000-2001 will be Global Justice. We will pursue philosophical readings on the topic, both historical and modern, and examine the implications of philosophical work for issues in constitutional law, criminal law, health law, and other areas. Students will write short responses to each presentation, and a longer seminar paper. Enrollment is limited to law students and philosophy Ph.D. students, and numbers are limited. Law students who wish to enroll should contact David Strauss, and philosophy students should contact Martha Nussbaum, by October 1. M. Nussbaum, D. Strauss. Autumn, Winter, Spring. (I)

518. Beauty (=SocTh 355). Various authors on the nature of the beautiful. What is beauty? How important is it? What is its relation to truth and goodness? Is modern art (visual art, poetry, novels, films) beautiful? We shall read and discuss work by philosophers, critics and artists, and shall discuss some art works that are themselves about their own beauty. R. Pippin, M. Strand. Winter. (I)

522. Late Kuhn. PQ: Enrollment -- including 'R' enrollment -- is restricted to graduate students in Philosophy and CFS except by explicit permission of the instructors. An advanced graduate seminar on the late works of T.S. Kuhn -- that is, works from the early 80s through the mid 90s. Students should already be quite familiar with The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and at least some of the philosophical discussions and controversies that followed it (including Kuhn's own essays in The Essential Tension) J. Haugeland, J. Conant. Winter. (II)

535. Hermeneutics. The general aim of this course is to consider the question of variations in conceptual schemes and the resulting challenges faced in interpretation and translation, together with the implications for such diverse areas as epistemology, the methodology of the human sciences and intercultural relations. To this end, parts of the course will be devoted to considering Homer's conceptual scheme; the hermeneutical theories of Herder, Schleiermacher, and Dilthey; and some recent philosophical work bearing on the topic, such as that of Donald Davidson. (On the other hand, Heidegger and Gadamer will not play a significant role in this course.) M. Forster. Winter. (III)

539. Workshop on Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. PQ: Consent of Instructor(s). The workshop will be devoted to a careful reading of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. (May be taken for credit.) J. Conant, L. Linsky. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

573. Hobbes (=CFS501). Hobbes is usually read exclusively for his political philosophy. But Hobbes was a systematic philosopher who saw his political thought as integrated into a larger system. In this seminar we will explore Hobbes's larger program and the place that the politics occupies in that program. Meets alternate weeks over two quarters. Can be taken as a course in value theory. D. Garber, M. Green. Winter, Spring. (I); (IV)

586. Workshop : Continental Philosophy. A forum for graduate students to present current work in Continental philosophy. M. Forster, Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

599. Workshop: Contemporary Philosophy. Meets during odd weeks. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.