Autumn 2002 Courses


isted below are the courses the Department offered in the Autumn 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.

Autumn Courses

20100/30000. Elementary Logic
Open to college and grad students. Course not for field credit. An introduction to the concepts and principles of symbolic logic: valid and invalid argument, logical relations among sentences and their basis in structural features of those sentences, formal languages and their use in analyzing statements and arguments of ordinary discourse (especially the analysis of reasoning involving truth-functions and quantifiers), and systems for logical deduction. Throughout, we are attentive to both general normative principles of valid reasoning and the application of these principles to particular problems. Time permitting, the course ends with a brief consideration of set theory.
Jason Bridges . Autumn 2002.

20600/30600 Philosophy of History
This lecture-discussion course will focus on the nature of historical explanation and the role of narrative in providing an understanding of historical events. We will begin consideration of these issues in the 19th century, reading such authors as Schiller, Humboldt, Ranke, and Nietzsche---with attention paid to the distinction between the Geisteswissenschaften and the Naturwissenschaften. We will then turn to more contemporary authors, including Hempel, Danto, Furet, and White.
Robert Richards. Autumn 2002

21201. Sartre
Open to college students. The focus of the course is on sections from Being and Nothingness dealing with the nature of consciousness, subjectivity, and interpersonal relations. Attention is also given to the novel Nausea and to Sartre's later writings in social philosophy.
Charles Larmore. Autumn 2002.

21700/31600. Human Rights I: Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights. (=HIST 29301/39301, HMRT 20100/30100, INRE 31600, ISHU 28700/38700, LAWS 41200, LLSO 25100) This course deals with the philosophical foundations of human rights. The foundations bear on basic conceptual and normative issues. We examine the various meanings and components of human rights and the subjects, objects, and respondents of human rights. We ask questions such as: Who has the rights? What they are rights to? Who has the correlative duties? Can we legitimately hold the members of other societies to the standards of our culture? What methods of argument and implementation are available in this area? The practical implications of these theoretical issues are also explored. M. Green. Autumn. (A) (I)

21800/31800 The Fear of Death
Hellenistic philosophers, both Greek and Roman, were preoccupied with questions about death and debated them with a depth and intensity that makes them still highly influential in modern philosophical debate about the same issues. We focus on several major Latin writings on the topic (i.e., Lucretius Book III and extracts from Cicero and Seneca). We study the philosophical arguments in their literary setting and ask about connections between argument and its rhetorical expression. We read pertinent material from Plato, Epicurus, Plutarch, and a few modern authors.
Martha Nussbaum. Autumn 2002.

21900/31300 Aesthetics of Hume and Kant
Open to college and grad students. PQ: Prior knowledge of Hume's Treatise and Kant's Critique of Pure reason is useful but not required. The theory of taste and one main line in modern philosophy of art begins with these authors. Principal readings are Hume's "Of the Standard of Taste" and "Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion," and much of Kant's Critique of Judgment.
Ted Cohen. Autumn 2002

22000/32000. Philosophy of Science
Open to college and grad students. Prerequisites: Fourth-year standing and advanced knowledge of philosophy.. A general introduction to the philosophy of science. We discuss a selection of central issues in the philosophy of science (e.g., scientific laws, explanation, evidence, induction, realism, progress).
John Haugeland . Autumn 2002.

23401/33401. Philosophy of Mind: Thought, Community, Environment
Open to college and grad students. It seems natural to think of the mind as an autonomous object: subject to causal influence from the world outside, but possessed, like a clock or other physical mechanism, of its own self-standing internal constitution. Over the last half-century, however, a number of philosophers have articulated and defended views in radical conflict with that conception. According to such views, our minds are not merely in causal contact with the world; rather, the very existence and identity of our thoughts and beliefs are partially constituted by our relationships to the physical and social environment. In this course, we critically examine the most influential arguments of this kind in the analytic tradition, and consider the philosophical fall-out from the 'externalist' revolution for issues of self-knowledge, skepticism, language, and naturalism. Readings will be drawn from Davidson, Dretske, Evans, Fodor, McDowell, Putnam, Wittgenstein and others.
Jason Bridges . Autumn 2002.

24800 Foucault: History of Sexuality
This course centers on a close reading of the first volume of Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality, with some attention to his writings on the history of ancient conceptualizations of sex. How should a history of sexuality take into account scientific theories, social relations of power, and different experiences of the self? We discuss the contrasting descriptions and conceptions of sexual behavior before and after the emergence of a science of sexuality. Other writers influenced by and critical of Foucault are also discussed.
Arnold Davidson. Autumn 2002

25000 Ancient Philosophy
This course is an introductory survey of ancient philosophy, focusing on some key works of Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus. Topics include the good life and its relation to philosophy, methods of scientific explanation, and the nature of the soul.
Rachel Barney. Autumn 2002

29600. Junior Seminar
Open to college students. Prerequisites: Open only to third-year students who have been admitted to the intensive concentration program. Topics for this small, discussion-oriented seminar vary.
Ted Cohen. Autumn 2002

29800. Senior Seminar
Open to college students. Prerequisites: Consent of Director of Undergraduate Studies. Required of fourth-year students who are writing a senior essay.
Dan Brudney. Autumn 2002

31400. Modern Theories of State
Open to grad students and college students with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. . This seminar concentrates on voluntarist or contractarian theories of the state in Rousseau and Kant, and the revisions and criticisms of that understanding by Fichte and Hegel.
Robert Pippin . Autumn 2002.

34400. Kierkegaard: Either/Or
Open to grad students and college students with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Class limited to twenty students.. James Conant is co-instructor of this course. The course is devoted to a close reading of selected portions of Either/Or, the first and one of the most difficult of Kierkegaard's pseudonymous writings. Our attention is divided equally between Volumes One and Two of Either/Or.
Jonathan Lear . Autumn 2002.

44900 Theory of Reference
Josef Stern. Autumn 2002.
- no description, but I found this description for another course by the same title, both taught by Josef but with very different course number?! Not sure if this is the same class?

(23801/33801. Theory of Reference Open to college and grad students. Prerequisites: Elementary formal logic (Phil 30000 or equivalent); prior exposure to analytic philosophy recommended.. A survey of recent theories of names, descriptions, and truth. We will discuss the relation of reference to meaning as well as the epistemological and metaphysical consequences drawn from theses about reference. After briefly reviewing classical sources (e.g. Frege, Russell, and Tarski), we will concentrate on current work by Searle, Kripke, Donnellan, Kaplan, Putnam, Evans, Davidson, and Burge.
Josef Stern . Spring 2005.)

49700 Preliminary Essay
Third-year students finish this two-quarter course in the Autumn quarter; Second-year students take the first quarter of the course in the Spring term.
Josef Stern. Autumn 2002.

49901. Reading Course: Philosophy of Religion
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Not for credit..
Hilary Putnam. Autumn 2002.

49902. Reading course: Philosophy of Logic
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. May be taken for credit.
Hilary Putnam. Autumn 2002.

50100. First-year Seminar
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to first-year graduate students.
David Finkelstein . Autumn 2002.
*Special note: Meets in Autumn and Winter quarters

51101. Practices of the Self
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Reading knowledge of French.. This seminar will consist primarily of a study of Michel Foucault's 1981-82 course at the Collège de France, "L'Herméneutique du sujet," in which Foucault develops his notions of ethics and practices of the self on the basis of an interpretation of ancient, especially Hellenistic, philosophy. This text will be read against the background of the essays by Foucault, texts by Pierre Hadot, etc.
Arnold Davidson . Autumn 2002.

51200 Seminar: Law and Philosophy
This is a seminar/workshop most of whose participants are faculty from seven area institutions. It admits approximately ten students by permission of the instructors. Its aim is to study, each year, a topic that arises in both philosophy and the law and to ask how bringing the two fields together may yield mutual illumination. There are ten to twelve meetings throughout the year, always on Mondays from 4 to 6 PM. Half of the sessions are led by local faculty, half by visiting speakers. The leader assigns readings for the session (which may be by that person, by other contemporaries, or by major historical figures), and the session consists of a brief introduction by the leader, followed by structured questioning by the two faculty coordinators, followed by general discussion. Students write either two 4-6 page papers per quarter, or a 20-25 page seminar paper at the end of the year. The course satisfies the Law School Writing Requirement. The schedule of meetings will be announced by mid-September, and prospective students should submit their credentials to both instructors by September 20. Past themes have included: practical reason; equality; privacy; autonomy; global justice; pluralism and toleration; war. The theme for 2003-4 will be Sexuality and Family. Likely speakers to be invited include: Emily Buss, Mary Anne Case, William Eskridge, Martha Fineman, David Halperin, Andrew Koppelman, Martha Minow, David Novak, Susan Moller Okin, Fran Olsen, Kenji Yoshino.
Martha Nussbaum. Autumn 2002.

51310 Adorno
Robert Pippin. Autumn 2002
*no description, but found this one, has a slightly different course # - was also taught in Winter 2003 but under this course # not the one listed below?

(51300. Adorno Open to grad students. The aim of this seminar will be to achieve a comprehensive perspective on the most important elements of Adorno's version of critical theory. Special attention will be paid to the relation between Adorno's position and Kantian and Hegelian alternatives, to Adorno's theory of modernity, and to Adorno's ethical theory. Readings will include Dialectic of Enlightenment; Negative Dialectics; Hegel: Three Studies; Minima Moralia; Problems of Moral Philosophy, and selected essays on art, modernism, and aesthetics.
Robert Pippin . Winter 2003.)

51505 Practical Reason/Normativity
John Deigh. Autumn 2002.
*no description

51509 Lit/Ethics: Ancient Greece/Rome
Martha Nussbaum. Autumn 2002.
* no description

52800. Workshop: Evolutionary Processes.
(=CHSS 52900, LING 49000) Recent work in biology has produced an explosion of interest in evolutionary models of cultural entities, institutions, and processes, with greater awareness of the complexity of the mechanisms involved. Language has been perhaps the most richly studied of these. Fruitful cross-pollination can occur without sacrificing the autonomy of the respective disciplines. We will explore, with case studies, similarities and differences between biological, linguistic, and cultural evolutions, how they can be accounted for, and how they affect the character of the processes. Possible topics chosen by participants; e.g., bio-cultural co-evolution as in industrial agriculture and our diseases; extinction and transformation of species, languages and other cultural entities (e.g., religions, cities, markets) by changes in their ecologies; and causes of 'tempo and mode' of change in languages and other human products. W. Wimsatt. Autumn. Winter. Spring. Co-instructors: Salikoko Mufwene and Robert Perlman

53900. Workshop: Wittgenstein
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. This Workshop meets over three quarters.
James Conant. Autumn 2002.

56700. Descartes
Open to grad students. The seminar focuses on the aims and arguments of the Meditations, with considerable attention as well to the Objections & Replies. Some initial consideration will be given to the Rules for the Direction of Mind
Charles Larmore . Autumn 2002.

58600 Wksp: Continental Philosophy
A bi-weekly forum for graduate students to present current work in Continental Philosophy.
Michael Forster. Autumn 2002.

59900. Workshop: Philosophy of Mind
The aim of this workshop is to serve as a focal point at the university for research and discussion in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychology. We'll pursue this aim in three ways: (1) by reading and discussing recent texts the exemplify central themes in the contemporary literature; (2) by providing a forum in which graduate students can present and receive feedback on their own work; and (3) by hosting a series of presentations by prominent philosophers of mind, psychologists, and specialists in related fields. Likely topics of conversation include: the relation between concepts and perceptual experience, self-knowledge, mental causation, and naturalism.
Jason Bridges. Autumn 2002.

59900 Wksp: Contemporary Philosophy
A bi-weekly forum for graduate students to present current work in Contemporary Philosophy.
Candace Vogler. Autumn 2002.