Spring 2003 Courses

Listed below are the courses the Department offered in the Spring 2003 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.

Spring Courses

21000. Introduction to Ethics
Open to college students. In this course, we will read, write, and think about central issues in moral philosophy. This survey course is designed to give a rapid introduction to philosophical ethics (largely in the Anglo-North American tradition (although not entirely as a product of Anglo-North American philosophers). We will begin with work by Immanuel Kant and Henry Sidgwick and conclude with important twentieth century work in metaethics and normative ethics (one thing that we will consider is the distinctions between metaethics, normative ethics, and the various fields united under the rubric 'applied ethics'). This course is intended as an introductory course in moral philosophy. Some prior work in philosophy is helpful, but not required.
Candace Vogler. Spring 2003.

21400. Happiness
Open to college students. From Plato to the present, notions of happiness have been at the core of heated debated in ethics and politics. Is happiness the ultimate good for human beings, the essence of the good life, or is morality somehow prior to it? Can it be achieved by all, or only by a fortunate few? These are some of the questions that this course engages, with the help of both classic and contemporary texts from philosophy, literature, and the social sciences. This course includes various video presentations and other materials stressing visual culture.
Bart Schultz. Spring 2003.

23500. Intentionality
Open to college students. Prerequisites: Designed for concentrators but open to nonconcentrators. . Intentionality is where mind, language, depiction, and practice all intersect. It is the phenomenon of one thing "representing," "being about," or "meaning" another. It turns out, however, that the nature and even the very possibility of intentionality is rather puzzling. This course addresses some of the basic puzzles about intentionality, and several promising attempts to deal with those puzzles.
John Haugeland . Spring 2003.

24510/34510. The Saturated Phenomenon
Open to college and grad students. Beginning with Husserl and Heidegger, there will be a general exposition of the determination of any phenomenon as given, and of some of them as saturated. Consequences will be drawn for the approaches to some particular issues (the event, the self, the possibility of revelation, etc.). (Texts: Kant, Critique of Pure Reason (Sections on the Aesthetic and Analytic); Husserl, Logical Investigation VI; Marion, Being Given, Stanford, 2001; In Excess, Fordham, 2002.)
Jean-Luc Marion. Spring 2003.

24600/34600. Analytic Philosophy: Frege to Late 20th Century
Open to college and grad students. Philosophy in the English language in the twentieth century has been dominated by questions of the "analysis of language," meaning, and logic. We survey the history of the analytic tradition, focusing as much on questions of philosophical method, fundamental presuppositions, and the nature of philosophical activity as on the specific philosophical issues that we discuss.
Michael Kremer . Spring 2003.

27000. History of Philosophy - III
Open to college students. Prerequisites: Completion of general education requirement in the Humanities. PHIL 26000 helpful.. In this course we will read Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche, exploring the issues of value, freedom, and obligation. Some attention will be given to the historical context and wider thought of each of these thinkers, but most of our time will be spent on careful readings of a small number of texts. Assignments will include two exams and a paper, and participation in discussion sections will be required.
Richard Shockey. Spring 2003.

29000 Intermediate Logic II: Incompleteness
Timothy Bays. Spring 2003.

*description from Michael Kremer's version of Logic II, found in online database, no description for Bays' version available.
((=CHSS 34000, HIPS 20501). We study some more advanced topics in logic, building on Intermediate Logic I. Possible topics include: Gödel's incompleteness theorems; higher-order logics; Craig's interpolation theorem and Beth's definability theorem; natural deduction and normal form theorems; sequent calculus and cut-elimination theorems. Specific topics will be determined by student interest.)

29200/29300 01 Junior/Senior Tutorial
Thomas Land. Spring 2003.

29200/29300 02 Junior/Senior Tutorial
Gideon Manning. Spring 2003.

29700 Reading Course: Phil

29900. B.A. Essay Preparation
Open to college students. Prerequisites: PQ: Consent of B.A. adviser and director of undergraduate studies. Required of fourth-year students who are writing a senior essay. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.. In consultation with their B.A. adviser, students work independently in preparation of the B.A. essay. Work is done over the course of the entire senior year; however, students register for this course in either Winter or Spring Quarter. NOTE: Students may not register for both PHIL 29800 and 29900 in the same quarter
Daniel Brudney . Spring 2003.

31000. Marx
Open to grad students and college students with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: A course in ethics or political philosophy.. In this course, we read, write, and think about Marx's social and political philosophy with special emphasis on his materialism, his work on value, his account of forms of social life, and his sporadic treatment of the place of colonization in the development of capitalism. Throughout, we pay attention to accounts of the place of consciousness in Marx's explanations of social life. We consider some twentieth-century Marxist work at the conclusion of the term.
Candace Vogler . Spring 2003.

31900. Feminist Philosophy
Open to grad students and college students with consent of instructor. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.. This course is an introduction to the major varieties of philosophical feminism: Liberal Feminism (Mill, Wollstonecraft, Okin, Nussbaum); Radical Feminism (MacKinnon, Dworkin); Difference Feminism (Gilligan, Held, Noddings); and Postmodern "Queer" Feminism (Rubin, Butler). After studying each of these approaches, we focus on political and ethical problems of contemporary international feminism, asking how well each of the approaches addresses these problems
Martha Nussbaum . Spring 2003.
*Special note: Also IDENT to HMRT 31900.

43300 18th/19th Century Philosophy of Religion
Dan Brudney. Spring 2003.

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. Spring 2003.

49900 Reading and Research

51100. Rights
Open to grad students. Rights play an important role in our moral thinking but what, exactly, is a right? The course will be concerned with the analytical work on rights in order to understand two kinds of issues. First, I would like to look at the theories of rights employed by early modern authors, specifically, Thomas Hobbes. Second, I want to discuss some problems with putative human rights concerning the attribution of duties.
Michael Green. Spring 2003.

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.
Cass Sunstein. Autumn 2002.

51600. Topics in Contemporary Ethics: Agency & Practical Reason
Open to grad students. In this seminar we will read and discuss two manuscripts, both of which address questions of practical reason, rational agency, and ethics: Christine Korsgaard's Locke Lectures and Michael Thompson's book on practical reason, ethics, and agency. Thompson will pay a visit to discuss his work with us.
Candace Vogler . Spring 2003.
*Special note: Enrollment limited to 20 students.

51900. Contemporary Aesthetics
Open to grad students. Recent essays in analytical aesthetics will be discussed.
Ted Cohen . Spring 2003.

52500. Truth and Paradox
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Intermediate Logic (29400/39600) or equivalent.. Since Epimenides the Cretan asserted that all Cretans are liars, the semantic paradoxes have been a persistent problem for philosophical reflection on truth. Theories of truth and the paradoxes were brought to a new level of logical sophistication with Kripke's "Outline of a Theory of Truth" (1975). Kripke's work has engendered a rapid growth of competing approaches to the problem of paradox. In this course we will study several such approaches. We begin with Tarski's classic papers on truth. We then move on to a careful study of Kripke's "fixed point" approach, and some of its descendants, particularly Gupta and Belnap's "revision" theory of truth and perhaps McGee's "vagueness" approach. The course presupposes only the level of logical sophistication acquired in Intermediate Logic (29400/39600). Additional logical material required to understand the theories to be presented (e.g. the theory of transfinite ordinal numbers) will be introduced as needed.
Michael Kremer . Spring 2003.

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. Co-instructors: Salikoko Mufwene and Robert Perlman
William Wimsatt. Spring 2003.

54100. Philosophical Psychology: Concepts and Consciousness
Open to grad students. How is it that we are able to state our own thoughts and feelings so easily, accurately, and authoritatively? By virtue of what may an intention, fear, or desire rightly be described as conscious rather than unconscious? In this course, we'll discuss these and related questions. Part of what will be at stake is how to understand Wittgenstein when he says such things as: "The statement 'I am expecting a bang at any moment' is an expression of expectation. This verbal reaction is the movement of the pointer, which shows the object of expectation." In addition to selections from Wittgenstein's late writings, we'll be reading work by Bertrand Russell, Crispin Wright, and John McDowell, among others.
David Finkelstein . Spring 2003.

54500. Metaphysical Themes from Leibniz and Newton
Open to grad students. In the first half of the eighteenth century, two major models of modern philosophy and science were in competition: Leibnizianism and Newtonianism. Both involved a dynamical conception of physical explanation, employing the new mathematics of calculus. But they differed radically, both in their mathematical and physical practices, and in their understandings of the metaphysical and theological foundations of physics. We will study works of both Leibniz and Newton, as well as texts by some of their followers. We will also consider Kant's pre-critical attempt to lay metaphysical foundations for physics that combine the best insights of Leibniz and Newton. Since Kant's critical turn arises in part from the ultimate failure of this project, participants in the seminar will develop their understanding not only of central themes in modern philosophy but also of the background to Kant's Copernican revolution. Topics to be discussed include: substance and accident, individuality, relations, the principle of sufficient reason, causation and mechanism, space, force, divinity, and the necessity of physical law.
Paul Franks. Spring 2003.

54600. Subjectivity and Morals in Descartes
Open to grad students. We will review the transformations of the self: from the theoretical ego (Meditation II) and the union ofmind and body (Meditation VI) to the third primitive notion (Letters to Elisabeth) and the ego as generosity (Passions of the Soul). (Texts: Descartes, Philosophical Works, ed. Cottingham. 2 vols. Cambridge University Press; Marion, Cartesian Questions, University of Chicago.
Jean-Luc Marion. Spring 2003.

54800. McDowell
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Since this will not be an introductory or survey course, enrollment is limited to advanced graduate students in the Philosophy Dept., except by special permission. In the interest of fostering a seminar atmosphere, auditors will be limited.. This will be an advanced graduate seminar devoted to the work of John McDowell over the last ten or twelve years. The central reading will be his influential 1994 book, Mind and World; but I will also assign or recommend a number of other works (mostly articles) by or about McDowell. Students should already be familiar not only with Mind and World, but also with (all or most of): the Nicomachean Ethics, the transcendental aesthetic and analytic, Philosophical Investigations, "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind", and the main outlines of analytic philosophy of mind and language over the last fifty years -- especially Quine and Davidson (with Strawson, Evans, Rorty, and Brandom next).
John Haugeland . Spring 2003.

58600 Wksp: Continental Philosophy
A bi-weekly forum for graduate students to present current work in Continental Philosophy.
Michael Forster. Spring 2003.

59000. 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. Spring 2003.

59900 Wksp: Contemporary Philosophy
A bi-weekly forum for graduate students to present current work in Contemporary Philosophy.
Candace Vogler. Spring 2003.