Winter 2002 Courses

Listed below are the courses the Department offered in the Winter 2002 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

20000. Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (=HiPSS201). This course is an introduction to the philosophyof science through the reading of classic texts in thehistory of science by Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo,Bacon, Descartes, Newton, Darwin, Freud, Einstein andothers. The readings will raise issues concerning thenature of the scientific enterprise and the knowledgegained by it. These issues include the relation betweenscience and religion, the type of reasoning used by scientistsin discovering and testing theories, and the roles ofobservation, evidence and creativity in science. L.Snyder. Winter. (II)

24700. The Self. Since Descartes, if not earlier, philosophers have used thought about the self as a point on which to ground central claims in areas such as ethics, action theory, metaphysics, and epistemology. Unsurprisingly, there have been numerous disputes about this use of thought about the self. Although this has been a perpetual topic over the last 4 centuries, there has been a recent crescendo in the attention given to the self and the inventiveness of some of these claims. This course will look first at some of the uses to which thought about the self has been put, and then turn to a survey of some of the more substantial theories about the nature of the self. Finally, we will consider briefly some criticisms of the ways philosophers have used thought about the self. We will look at authors have who have attempted to answer questions of the following sorts: What is involved in being a self? How are selves individuated? On what basis can claims about the self be made? What is the relation of selves to various other kinds of things, including persons, human beings, agents, consciousnesses (or unconsciousnesses), and rational beings? What possible events or circumstances threaten to undermine or disintegrate a self? What conditions or restrictions does being a self put on action, knowledge, or belief? What liabilities are involved in philosophical thought about the self? We will attempt to sketch answers to some of the above questions, but at least as much of our efforts will go into understanding how the authors we'll read approach these issues, make arguments about them, and the purposes (announced and unannounced) for which they do so. This course will thus help to sharpen skills involved in the practice of analytic philosophy, as well as to analyze a range of arguments with applications in a number of the central branches of philosophy. Authors we will read include Gilbert Ryle, A. J. Ayer, Bernard Williams, Harry Frankfurt, Christine Korsgaard, Sydney Shoemaker, Derek Parfit, Charles Taylor, and Galen Strawson. We will also consider critiques of this work by feminist philosophers such as Susan Brison and Susan Bordo, as awell as communitarian responses. S. Anderson. Winter.

25000. History of Philosophy I: Ancient Philosophy (=ANST 250). PQ: Completion of the general education requirement in humanities. This course is an introductory survey of ancient philosophy, focussing on some key works of Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus. Topics considered include the good life and its relation to philosophy, methods of scientific explanation and the nature of the soul. R. Barney. Winter.

26000. 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.

29200-1,-2. Junior Tutorial I, II. PQ: Open only to third-year students who have been admitted to the intensive concentration program. Staff. Winter, Spring.

29300-1,-2. Senior Tutorial I, II. PQ: Open only to fourth-year students who have been admitted to the intensive concentration program. Staff. Winter, Spring.

29700. 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.

29800. The Senior Essay 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). Staff. Autumn, Winter.

29900. The Senior Essay II. PQ: Consent of faculty adviser and director of undergraduate studies. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. NOTE: Students may not register for both Philos 298 and 299 in the same quarter. 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). Staff. Winter, Spring.

30700/30800. German Romanticism: Philosophy, Literature, and Science I, II (=CHSS 30000-30100, HIST 25400-25500/77100, GRMN 47800-47900). PQ:Advanced standing. May be taken in sequence or individually. ThisLecture-discussion seminar investigates the formation of the idea of theRomantic literature, philosophy, and science during the age of Goethe.The works of the following are discussed: Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Schlegelbrothers, Novalis, Schleiermacher, Schiller, Goethe, and von Humboldt brothers.(The first quarter can be taken independently of the second.) R.Richards. Autumn, Winter.(II)

31200. Moral Perfectionism (=DV PR 302, RLST 24000). This course examines the relativelyneglected tradition of Moral Perfectionism. This tradition is contrasted with the threecompeting strains of modern moral theory (Utilitarianism, Kantianism, and Social Contract Theory),and its sources are traced in both a number of classical philosophical writings and in thefabric of everyday moral discourse as exhibited in certain works of literature and film.Strands of moral argument and examples of moral conversation are therefore drawn from philosophicaland literary texts as well as from a series of films---largely Hollywood comedies and melodramas ofthe 1930s and 1940s. S. Cavell. Autumn, Winter, Spring. (I)

31700. Value Pluralism (=PLSC 36600, LAW 77401). A study of pluralistic theories of moral value, focusing on their motivations, structure, and implications. Readings are from Aristotle, Herder, Berlin, and contemporary writers. C. Larmore. Winter. (I)

33800. Introduction to Freud and Psychoanalysis (=SCTH 41600, MAPH 226:314, MAPPS 338). An introduction to central concepts in psychoanalysis through a careful reading of Freud's texts.Reading includes: Studies on Hysteria, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, the case historiesof Dora and the Rat Man, essays on the unconscious, repetition and transference love. This courseis meant as a serious introduction. No previous study of Freud or psychoanalysis is required. J. Lear. Winter. (III)

34000. Theory of Meaning. In this course we address a group of related philosophical questions about linguistic meaning. In what sense, if any, is linguistic meaning a mental phenomenon? Is speaking a language necessary for the capacity for thought? Are the meanings of a person's words determined entirely by what is going on inside her brain, or do external factors play a role? What is the connection between the meanings of a person's words and her intentions in uttering them? What is the connection between the meanings of a person's words and the shared language to which those words belong? Is meaning essentially social? Is meaning indeterminate? Is there reason for thinking that there is no such thing as meaning at all? Throughout, our aim is to gain a better understanding of the place of the concept of linguistic meaning within larger conceptions of human psychology and action. J. Bridges. Winter. (III)

34100. Early Analytic Philosophy-I: Frege. This is the first part of a two-part sequence. Students may take the first part without taking the second; but only students enrolled in the first part may take the second part for credit. Part I furnishes an overview of Frege's philosophy and related aspects of Russell's philosophy, with special attention to Frege's conception of logic, his distinctions between concept and object and sense and reference, his critique of psychologism, his context principle, and his attempt to demonstrate that mathematical truths are analytic a priori, along with a brief look at Russell's logical atomism, his account of the unity of the proposition, and his theory of judgement---in short: everything you need to know in order to read Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Secondary reading includes articles on Frege and/or Russell by Thomas Ricketts, Joan Weiner, Warren Goldfarb, Gareth Evans, John McDowell, Peter Geach, Peter Hylton, Leonard Linsky, and Anthony Palmer, among others. J. Conant. Winter. (III)

37000. British Empiricism (=CHSS 38700). A study of the epistemological and metaphysical thought of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. Emphasis is placed on the nature of their very distinct philosophical projects, as well as on the connections between them that are signaled by the label "empiricism." Their relations to the "new science" of the period also considered. L. Downing. Winter. (IV)

37500. Kant's Critique of Pure Reason(=FNDL 27800, GRMN 47500). PQ: Prior philosophy course. This course begins with a general investigation of the nature of Kant's critical enterprise as revealed in the Critique of Pure Reason and other texts. We then examine selected parts of the Critique of Pure Reason with a view to achieving a fuller understanding of the work. M. Forster. Winter. (III, IV)

39500. Topics in Contemporary Continental Thought(=DVPR 39500, RLST 23500). PQ: One prior philosophy course or consent of instructor. A study of selected twentieth-century continental European authors. A. Davidson. Winter. (III, IV)

49700. Preliminary Essay Seminar. J. Haugeland. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

49900. Reading and Research. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

50100. First-Year Seminar. D. Finkelstein. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

50300. Seminar on Important Things (=CHSS 41800, HIST 57700) This seminar meets bi-weekly throughout the year. Each quarter we discuss a book or coherent group of articles from the recent literature in the history and philosphy of science, reflecting both current interest in the field and particular concerns of participating students. D. Garber, R. Richards. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

53200. Cancelled. Jacques Lacan (=SCTH 37500). PQ: Permission of instructor. Theory of Psychoanalytic Process. This seminar concentrates on Lacan's theory of technique, his understanding of the concept of transference, and of what is supposed to happen in psychoanalytic treatment. J. Lear. Winter. (III)

53800. Workshop: Philosophy and Religion. Speak with the instructor to register for credit. Meets even weeks of the Winter and Spring 2002 quarters. First meeting on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 PM in Cobb 202. The first book we will discuss is Langdon Gilkey, Blue Twighlight: Nature, Creationism, And American Religion. Copies are available at the Seminary Coop. Mladen Turk will lead the discussion. D. Garber. Winter, Spring.

53900. 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. (III)

56900. Leibniz. This course meets on alternate weeks for twenty weeks. This seminar focuses on understanding the thought of G.W. Leibniz in the historical context of other philosophical and scientific ideas. Topics discussed, among others, may include the nature of substance, the relation between the world of monads and the physical world of bodies, Leibniz's theories of necessity, contingency and freedom, Leibniz's theory of relations, Leibniz's program for logic and formal languages, Leibniz's physics and his version of the calculus, depending on the interest of the students and the professor. D. Garber. Winter, Spring.

58600. Workshop: Continental Philosophy.A bi-weekly forum for graduate students to present current work in Continental Philosophy. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

58800. Heidegger's Basic Problems. An advanced seminar on Heidegger's Summer 1927 lecture course published (in translation) as The Basic Problems of Phenomenology. Students should already have some familiarity with Heidegger (especially Being and Time) as well as the history of metaphysics (Heidegger discusses Kant, medieval ontology, Descartes, and Hobbes). The course is open only to graduate students in philosophy (unless special permission is obtained from the instructor). Grades will be based on discussion and a term paper. J. Haugeland. Winter. (IV)

59900. Contemporary Philosophy Workshop. A bi-weeklyforum for graduate students to present current work inContemporary Philosophy. C. Vogler. Autumn, Winter, Spring.