Winter 2003 Courses

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

Winter Courses

21100/31301. Aesthetics: Philosophy, Photography, Film
Open to college and grad students. This is a course in both philosophy (in particular, that branch of philosophy known as aesthetics or the philosophy of art) and art history (in particular, the history of the theory of film and photography). We are concerned with a variety of interrelated and overlapping philosophical questions that arise in connection with photography and film
James Conant . Winter 2003.

*Special note: The distribution field for this course as listed is incorrect. This course actually satisfys a requirement in field V: a figure or movement in Modern Philosophy from the 17th through 19th centuries.

21401/31401. Philosophical Thought and Expression in Twentieth-Century Europe
Open to college and grad students. Prerequisites: One prior course in philosophy.. An examination of some principal philosophical themes and figures in twentieth-century European (especially French) thought. Attention is given to the relation of philosophy, to theology, the human sciences, literature, and music.
Arnold Davidson . Winter 2003.

22500/32500 Biological/Cultural Evolution
Open to college and grad students. PQ: Third- or fourth-year standing or consent of instructor. Core background in evolution and genetics strongly recommended. This course draws on readings and examples from linguistics, evolutionary genetics, and the history and philosophy of science. We elaborate theory to understand and model cultural evolution, as wel as explore analogies, differences, and relations to biological evolution. We also consider basic biological, cultural, and linguistic topics and case studies from an evolutionary perspective. Time is spent both on what we do know, and on determining what we don't.
William Wimsatt. Winter 2003

22700/32700. Philosophy of Biology
Open to college and grad students. This course explores topics in the history of evolution and genetics from 1859 to the present, illustrating conceptual and methodological issues in the nature of scientific change, problem-solving, mechanistic explanation, and strategies of model-building. Case studies include: (1) the development of genetics and its competitor theories from Mendel through the classical period (ca. 1926); (2) the units of selection controversy in modern evolutionary biology; (3) theories of the role of development in evolution from Haeckel to the present (i.e., Buss, Kauffman, Gould, Arthur, Raff), and the instructor's research. A computer simulation lab is two hours a week in addition to scheduled class time to give hands-on experience with model building, and to teach relevant classical and population genetics.
William Wimsatt . Winter 2003.

23110. Methods and Issues in Analytic Philosophy: Normativity
Open to college students. Prerequisites: Elementary Logic.. This course is designed to introduce students to some of the problems, methodologies, and motivations of analytic philosophy. Taking philosophical debate about the concept of normativity as our guiding theme, we will read a series of texts that have been formative of contemporary work in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, and epistemology. Readings will be drawn from the writings of Frege, Carnap, Quine, Davidson, Kripke, Sellars, and McDowell, among others.
Chris Ferro. Winter 2003.

23600/33600. Medieval Philosophy. (=JWSC 24600, JWSG 34600, RLST 25900) PQ: PHIL 25000. This course involves a study of the development of philosophy in the West in the first thirteen centuries of the common era with focus on Neoplatonism. Early Christian philosophical, Islamic Kalam, Jewish philosophy, and Christian philosophical theology. Readings include works of Plotinus, Augustine, Al-Farabi, Avicenna, Maimonides, Averroes, and Thomas Aquinas.
J. Stern. Winter 2003.

23900/33900 Austin
Open to college and grad students. Our readings are in the works of J.L. Austin, mainly How to Do Things with Words, and esays related to those lectures. If time permits, we consider later developments in the works of Grice and Cavell, among others.
Ted Cohen. Winter 2003.

24300/34300 Evol. Mind/Morality: 19th - 21st Century
This lecture /discussion course focuses on efforts to give an evolutionary account of mind and moral judgment. Among the individual theorists advancing such evolutionary accounts whom we consider are Darwin, Spencer, James, Lorenz, Wilson, Sober, Dennett, and recent evolutionary psychologists (e.g., Tooby and Cosmedes, Gigerenzer); time is also given to the critics of such efforts (e.g., G. E. Moore, Gould, Flew). We consider such topics as the evidence for evolutionary theories of mind, the naturalistic fallacy, naturalistic constructions of cognition, and altruism.
Robert Richards. Winter 2003

26000 History of Philosophy 2
This course surveys the history of philosophy from the late medievals to Hume.
Charles Larmore. Winter 2003.

29200/29300 Junior/Senior Tutorial (David Foreman)

29400/39600. Intermediate Logic - I
Open to college and grad students. This is a course in the science of logic. It presupposes a knowledge of the use of truth-functions and quantifiers as tools: such as the art of logic. Our principal task in this course is to study these tools in a systematic way. We cover the central theorems about first-order logic with identity: completeness, compactness, and L÷wenheim-Skolem theorems. We introduce any necessary set-theoretic and mathematical apparatus as required. We also study the topic of definition in more detail than is customary in such courses, culminating with a proof of Beth's theorem on implicit and explicit definitions.
Michael Kremer . Winter 2003.

29700 Reading Course: Philosophy

29800. Senior Seminar.
PQ: Consent of director of undergraduate studies. Required of fourth-year students who are writing a senior essay. The seminar meets over the course of Winter and Spring Quarters; however, students register for it in either Autumn or Winter Quarter. NOTE: Students may not register for both PHIL 29800 and 29900 in the same quarter.
Dan Brudney. Winter 2003.

29900 BA Essay Prep.
Dan Brudney. Winter 2003.

32700 Philosophical Problems in the Biological Sciences
William Wimsatt. Winter 2003.
* this is I think the graduate # for 22700 (Philosophy of Biology) but according to 'Time Schedules' there is a different title!?

49900 Reading and Research

51000. Recent Work in Political Philosophy
Open to grad students. Full title: "Recent Work in Political Philosophy: Legitimacy Criteria for State Action" The seminar will attempt to determine the proper criteria of moral legitimacy to regulate action by a modern democratic state. We will examine A. John Simmons' discussion of legitimacy, Rawls's principle of political legitimacy (along with related standards such as Scanlon's contractualism), and finish by looking at several specific legitimacy issues, for instance, the moral constraints on the beliefs the state may promote via public education and the moral constraints on the content of speech by state agents. In looking at these issues, we will read both philosophical texts and recent legal decisions.
Daniel Brudney . Winter 2003.

51200. Law and Philosophy Seminar.
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 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; sexuality and family.
Martha Nussbaum. Winter 2003.

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.

51800. Hart and Dworkin on the Nature of Law
Open to grad students. This seminar focuses on the debate between H.L.A. Hart and Ronald Dworkin about the nature of law. The topics discussed will included legal positivism, the role of interpretation in the law, the relation between law and morality, and the place of utility and rights in the law and in morality. The principal texts will be two books by Hart -- The Concept of Law (2nd edition) and Essays in Jurisprudence and Philosophy -- and two books by Dworkin -- Taking Rights Seriously and Law's Empire.
Charles Larmore. Winter 2003.

51910 Lacan
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: One course on psychoanalysis or permission of instructor..
Jonathan Lear. Winter 2003.

52700. Mathematics in Science
Open to grad students. This course explores the philosophical significance of the use(s) of mathematics in science. We begin by looking at Quine-Putnam indispensability arguments. Then we work carefully through Harty Field's program for eliminating mathematics from science, and we look at some responses to Hartry's work. Finally, we look at some recent literature on what E.P. Wigner has called "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences."
Timothy Bays. Winter 2003.

52800. Workshop: Evolutionary Processes
Open to grad students. Co-instructors: Salikoko Mufwene and Robert Perlman. 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.
William Wimsatt. Winter 2003.
*Special note: Meets bi-weekly over three quarters.

53900. Workshop: Wittgenstein
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. This Workshop meets over three quarters.
James Conant. Winter 2003.

54211. Ancient Epistemologies
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Knowledge of Greek will be helpful, but not presupposed. . In this seminar, we will examine some non- or anti-rationalist theories of knowledge from antiquity, including various forms of skepticism in Democritus, in Pyrrho, and in the later Pyrrhonist skeptics, forms of empiricism in the Cyrenaics and the Epicureans, and, if we have time, the Empiricist and Methodist theories of medical knowledge. (IV)
Mitzi Lee. Winter 2003.

54400. Being and Time: Division II
Open to grad students. Prerequisites: Special permission required if student is not in Philosophy's Graduate program.. Co-instructor: Jonathan Lear. This will be an advanced graduate seminar devoted to a close reading and interpretation of the second division of Heidegger's Being and Time. Solid knowledge of the first division will be essential and presupposed. The main text will be the Macquarrie and Robinson translation, but we will make frequent reference to the original German, and pay considerable attention to issues of translation, particularly of technical terms. Grades will be based on class participation and a medium-sized term paper, which will be due on the first day of sixth week of spring term.
John Haugeland . Winter 2003.

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

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. Winter 2003.

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