Autumn 2003 Courses

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

Autumn Courses

20000. Introduction to Philosophy of Science. (=HIPS 20100, CHSS 33300). We will focus on classic 20th century debates about central questions of philosophy of science. How do the procedures of modern science test theories---i.e., what is the "scientific method," or (this may or may not be the same thing) what is rational empirical testing in general? At what do such procedures aim? What makes them successful and/or leads to scientific progress? How (if at all) does modern science differ from other kinds of discipline (e.g., pseudo-science, religion, philosophy)? Readings from Popper, Reichenbach, Quine, Putnam, Kuhn, and others. A. Stone. Autumn. (II)

20100/30000. Elementary Logic. (=CHSS 33500, HIPS 20700, MAPH 38000). Course not for field credit An introduction to the concepts and principles of sentential and predicate logic. Topics include: valid and invalid deductive argument, logical relations among sentences and their basis in structural features of those sentences, formal symbolism and its use in analyzing statements and arguments of ordinary discourse, the semantics of formal languages, formal systems for deduction. J. Bridges. Autumn.

20700/30700. German Romanticism: Science, Philosophy, Literature (=CHSS 42400, HIPS 26801. GRMN 47000, HIST 25401/35401). PQ: open to 3rd and 4th year college students with consent. This is a lecture-discussion seminar that investigates the formation of the idea of the Romantic in literature, philosophy, and science during the age of Goethe. The works of the following will be discussed: Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Schlegel brothers, Novalis, Schleiermacher, Schiller, the Humboldt brothers, and Goethe. R. Richards. Autumn. (II)

21410/31410. Philosophy of Action. In this course we address a group of related philosophical questions about human agency. What is the ontological relationship between actions and bodily movements---between, e.g., my moving my arm and my arm's moving? What distinguishes between cases of bodily movement in which there is an action on the part of the person and cases in which there is not? Is our everyday practice of explaining people's actions in terms of their beliefs and aims threatened by the possibility of physical explanations of the motions of their bodies? How, if at all, do the concepts of reason and rationality structure our explanations of human activity? How is weakness of the will possible? What is the relationship between the concepts of agency and freedom? Readings are drawn from a wide variety of contemporary sources. J. Bridges. Autumn. (I)

21500. The Meaning of Life (=PLSC 20900). This course explores the nature of the most basic question we may ask ourselves: how should we lead our lives? What sort of question is this? What is involved in reflecting, not simply upon whether this action is right or that trait is admirable, but upon what a life should be like as a whole? Do we discover the meaning of life, or do we create it for ourselves? Is only the reflective life worth living? Topics also include conversion, life-plans, and fear of death. Readings from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Nietzsche, Berlin, I. Murdoch, S. Hampshire, Rawls, B. Williams, and T. Nagel. C. Larmore. Autumn. (I)

21700/31600. Human Rights I: Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights. (=GSHU 28700/38700, HIST 29301/39301, HMRT 20100/30100, INRE 31600, LAWS 41200, MAPH 40000) 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. (I)

21890/31890. Resemblance and Family Resemblance: Goethe, Galton and Wittgenstein. PQ: Permission of instructor. This course will explore the similarities and differences in Goethe's conception of archetypal representations, Galton's understanding of composite photographs, and Wittgenstein's remarks on family resemblance and the perception of aspects. J. Conant, J. Snyder. Autumn. (I)

21990/31990. Concept of Taste. The philosophical theory of taste begins in the 18th century, especially in the writing of Hume and Kant. The course begins with those authors and then moves to literature in contemporary aesthetics. T. Cohen. Autumn. (I)

25000. History of Philosophy I: Ancient Philosophy. (=ANST 23200, CLCV 22600). PQ: Completion of the general education requirement in humanities. An introduction to some of the major works of ancient philosophy, with an emphasis on Plato and Aristotle. Topics include happiness and its relation to pleasure and moral virtue, the character of knowledge, and the nature of the soul. G. Lear. Autumn.

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

29700. Reading Course. PQ: Consent of instructor and director of undergraduate studies. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

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. Staff, Autumn; D. Brudney, Winter.

33510. Kierkegaard: The Sickness Unto Death. Lear. Autumn . (III)

49700. Workshop: Preliminary Essay. Stern. Summer, Autumn/Spring

49900. Reading and Research. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.These courses are graduate seminars.

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

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. Nussbaum, Sunstein Autumn, Winter, Spring. (I)

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. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

51401. Religion and the State. This course will study philosophical issues that arise in connection with the Church-State relationship: establishment, free exercise, non-discrimination on grounds of religion, non-discrimination on grounds of sex and gender, respect for pluralism, and others. We will study some major conceptions of the Church-State relationship, asking how these conceptions influence the nature of the family, the role of women in society, and other important goods. John Rawls's Political Liberalism is one work that we will study in depth, along with criticisms from a variety of viewpoints, and along with major historical antecedents in the Western tradition, including Locke's Letter on Toleration, Moses Mendelssohn's Jerusalem, Kant's Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone, and Marx's On the Jewish Question. We will devote a substantial portion of the course to studying the major developments in this area in U. S. Constitutional Law, but the approach of the course will be comparative, and we will also study material from India, Israel, South Africa, and Europe. Enrollment limited to 25, and by permission of the instructor. Candidates should submit a description of their background and relevant preparation (in philosophy, religion, and law) by the Friday before the first day of classes. Nussbaum. Autumn. (I)

51501. Natural Law. (=LAWS 98302; PLSC 52600) What is the status and function of the idea of natural law? What are some of the basic and philosophically most interesting ways in which this idea has been developed in order to bring out the relations between morality on the one hand and law on the other? We will pursue these questions by beginning with some historical sources (Aquinas, Grotius, Pufendorf), but then by focussing chiefly on discussions by contemporary legal theorists -- for example, H.L.A. Hart and most of all John Finnis in his book NATURAL LAW AND NATURAL RIGHTS (1980). Larmore. Autumn. (I)

53900. Workshop: Wittgenstein. Conant, Kremer. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

57601. Topics in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. This will be both a graduate seminar on Kant and on the reception of the Kantian philosophy in analytic philosophy. It will be devoted both to an intensive study of selected portions of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and to a brief and selective survey of some of the most difficult, influential and rewarding texts in epistemology and philosophy of mind in twentieth-century Anglo-American philosophy. The course is based on the conviction that teaching these two sorts of texts together will allow each to illuminate the other.

The portion of the course concerned directly with Kant will be devoted to an intensive study of selected portions of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. The focus of the course will be on the Transcendental Analytic and especially the Transcendental Deduction, but some effort will be made to situate those portions of the text with respect to the Transcendental Aesthetic and the Transcendental Dialectic.

The portion of the course concerned with the inheritance of Kantian philosophy in the analytic philosophical tradition will begin by briefly looking at the views of Moritz Schlick, the central figure of Vienna Circle and a leading exponent of early logical positivism in order to get some sense of the sort of view and the sort of reading of Kant to which subsequent figures in the analytic tradition were reacting. We will then proceed to read carefully the following four texts: the first three chapters of C. I. Lewis's Mind and the World Order, most of Wilfrid Sellars's classic essay Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind (EPM), Robert Brandom's Study Guide to EPM, and John McDowell's lectures Having the World in View: Sellars, Kant, and Intentionality and related writings. We will also have occasion to look briefly at related writing by these authors and by some of the contemporary authors with whom they were concerned to disagree. Conant. Autumn.

59000. Workshop: Philosophy of Mind. Bridges, Finkelstein. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

59900. Contemporary Philosophy Workshop. Vogler. Autumn, Winter, Spring.