2011-2012 Courses

Winter 2004 Courses

Listed below are the courses the Department offered in the Winter 2004 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

21301. Moral Theory. Limited enrollment. Why be moral? Is there any principled distinction between matters of fact and matters of value? What is the character of obligation? What is a virtue? In this course we will read, think, and write about twentieth century Anglo-North American philosophical attempts to give a systematic account of morality. C. Vogler. Winter. (I)

21441/31441. Aristophanes (=ANST 25406, GREK 25400/35400, LAWS 97202, RETH 49900). PQ: four prior courses in Greek.required. We will read Lysistrata in Greek, and several other plays in translation. In the process we will study the form and Content of Old Comedy, and relevant issues about sex, gender, and the body. M. Nussbaum. Winter. (I)

22400/32400. Modal Logic. (=CHSS 32500, HIPS 20601) This course covers topics in the metatheory of modal logic. We will start with some basic correspondence theory, and then move on to discuss completeness and the finite model property. If we have time, we'll also cover some recent work on the relationship between modal logic and classical logic. T. Bays. Winter. (II)

22500/32500. Biological and Cultural Evolution. (=BIOS 29286, BPRO 23900, CHSS 37900, HIPS 23900, LING 11100, NCDV 27400). PQ: Third- or fourth-year standing. Core background in evolution and genetics strongly recommended. For course description, see Big Problems. W. Wimsatt, S. Mufwene. Winter. (II). Not offered 2003-04; will be offered 2004-05.

22810/32810. History and Philosophy of Psychology (=CHSS 36901. HIPS 26901, HIST 25302/35302) PQ. Third- and fourth- year standing and consent of instructor. This lecture-discussion course will trace the development of psychology from the early modern period through the establishment of behaviorism in the 20th century. In the early period, we will read Descartes and Berkeley, both of whom contributed to ideas about the psychology of perception. Then we will jump to the 19th century, especially examining the perceptual psychology in the laboratory of Wundt, and follow some threads of the development of cognitive psychology in the work of William James. The course will conclude with the behavioristic revolution inaugurated by Chicago's own John Watson and expanded by F. B. Skinner. R. Richards. Winter. (II) or (IV).

23101-23102/33101-33102. Philosophy of Language-I, II. PQ: May be taken in sequence or individually although the second quarter will presuppose familiarity with the material of the first. A two-quarter sequence that addresses the nature of human knowledge of natural language. Topics include classic and recent conceptions of meaning, the relation between truth and meaning, the development of formal semantics, the use of artificial languages to explain natural language, skepticism about meaning, translation and interpretation, linguistic normativity, the structure of current linguistic theory, implications for the theory of the mind, relations between contemporary syntax and semantics, and at least one case study in the syntax and semantics of natural language. Readings will include Frege, Tarski, Bloomfield, Harris, Carnap, Quine, Davidson, Chomsky, Higginbotham, Putnam, Evans, Burge, and others. J. Stern. Autumn. Winter. (III)

23810/33810. Heidegger's Sein und Zeit: Self, Individuation and Being (=DVPR 39800). Heidegger's masterpiece of 1927 (Being and Time) remains a stumbling stone for philosophy. By an extensive reading, with attention paid to the previous courses taught by Heidegger in Freiburg i./Br. and those just following in Marburg (using the Gesamtausgabe and recent studies including T. Kiesiel's), and also to subsequent interpretations (by Sartre, Levinas, etc.), the question will be asked: whether and how far a renewed access to the self and its individuation could be achieved along with the ontological difference, and if not, why not. German text of Being and Time, translation by J. Stambaugh, SUNY, 1996. Marion. Winter.

26000. History of Philosophy II: Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy. (=HIPS 26000) PQ: Completion of the general education requirement in humanities. PHIL 25000 helpful. This course surveys the history of philosophy from the late medievals to Hume. C. Larmore. Winter.

29200-1,-2. Junior Tutorial. PQ: Open only to third-year students who have been admitted to the intensive concentration program. Topics in Meta-Ethics: Realism and Anti-Realism This course investigates the philosophical significance of the following two observations: (i) disagreement over ethical questions is widespread and apparently ineliminable, (ii) the expression of ethical belief appears to be internally connected to action. What implications, if any, do these observations have for how we should understand ethical value? Does the first give us any reason to think that ethical value is relative to culture, or some other background condition? Or are realist accounts of value--accounts which claim that ethical value exists independently of our thoughts or feelings about it--better able to explain the sort of disagreement involved? Does the second show that the expression of ethical "belief" is really nothing more than expression of desire or some other non-cognitive motivational state? Or can realists account for the motivational element in ethical belief while avoiding the problems that befall non-cognitivist accounts of ethical discourse (such as the Frege/Geach problem)? Writers covered in the course include J. L. Mackie, David Wiggins, Simon Blackburn, Michael Smith, Iris Murdoch, and John McDowell, among others. Throughout, the course will focus on the critical evaluation of arguments and gaining a full appreciation of the depth of the problems involved. Before the course is over, however, students will be expected to take a stand on where they think the truth lies. Zed Adams. Winter.

29300-1-2. Senior Tutorial. PQ: Open only to fourth-year students who have been admitted to the intensive concentration program. This class is a seminar on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. The First Critique is indisputably one of the most significant works in the history of philosophy and one that remains philosophically relevant today. It is also, however, a complex and difficult work. Part of its difficulty lies in the fact that Kant was responding simultaneously to a number of distinct philosophical issues and traditions. To make our task somewhat easier, we will focus mainly on one particular issue that Kant was responding to: Hume's treatment of causality. Kant's attempt to defend the concept of causality is both philosophically interesting and central to his larger goals in the work. Indeed, Kant famously credits Hume for interrupting his "dogmatic slumber," and suggests that resolving Hume's problem regarding causality is a central aim of the Critique. We will work through a number of key sections of the text, using the issue of causality as our guide Nathan Bauer. Winter.

29400/39600. Intermediate Logic-I. (=CHSS 33600, HIPS 20500). An introduction to the metatheory of first-order logic up through the completeness, compactness and Lowenheim-Skolem theorems. A survey of basic set theory will also be included. T. Bays. Winter. (II)

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.

33201. Kierkegaard: Stages on Life's Way. Lear, Conant. Winter. (III)

34110. Sellars. PQ: Permission of instructor. Wilfrid Sellars was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. We begin with a brief survey of the positivist and empiricist background of his thought (C.I. Lewis, Carnap). We read some of his seminal papers, especially "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind," and discuss recent controversies surrounding his work (Rorty, Brandom, McDowell, and others). J. Conant, M. Kremer. Winter. (III)

35400. A Philosophical Introduction to Freud and Psychoanalysis. Lear. Winter (IV)

37500. Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. We will read central sections of Kant's text in German, seeking help from both German and anglophone secondary sources. Authors may include: Heidegger, Strawson, Henrich, Allison. S. Roedl. Winter. (IV)

43300. Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century Philosophy of Religion. Brudney Winter. (III & IV)

46705. Emotions and Reason: From Descartes to Hume. The course will focus on the topic of the relation between the passions and reason in the writings of the following three philosophers: Descartes, Spinoza and Hume. Descartes defined the emotions as passions in the soul caused by actions (mechanical movements) in the body, and argued that our rational soul with proper training can enjoy the passions while remaining their master. Spinoza and Hume sought to modify this view in roughly opposite ways: Spinoza sought freedom from the slavery of passions through knowledge, whereas Hume argued that reason is and ought to be the slave of the passions. We will look at the transformations of the concepts of action, passion, reason and emotion, and examine the accounts of the mechanisms governing their interrelations within the contexts of each of these philosophies. Alanen. Winter. (IV)

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.

51301/51302. Nicomachean Ethics - I, II. An examination of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics over two quarters. We will discuss the nature and development of moral virtue, practical and theoretical wisdom, friendship, pleasure, and the contribution they all make to the good life, among other topics. G. Lear. Winter, Spring. (I)

51502. Freedom. The focus will be recent studies of freedom in both its psychological andpolitical senses. Topics covered will include free will, freedom and necessity, freedom and responsibility, negative and positive liberty. Readings from such authors as Berlin, Strawson, Chisholm, Frankfurt, Nagel,Pettit. Larmore. Winter. (I)

51600. Topics in Contemporary Ethics. PQ: Permission of instructor. Vogler. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

51801. Evil. The seminar will look at Kant on evil, as well as at the "problem of evil" as it is to be understood both before and after Auschwitz. We will also examine several examples of evil in works of literature. Brudney. Spring. (I)

53401. Subjectivity & Phenomenality in St. Augustine's Confessions. This text was a breakthrough by which Augustine imposed on philosophy and theology central issues: the self, election as identification, philosophy seen from the point of view of salvation (spiritual exercise), time as history and eschatology, being as creation, biblical text as interpreting the reader, etc. But all those themes have a recent renewed intensity because postmodern thought and mainly phenomenology (Heidegger, Arendt, Derrida, etc.) have pointed out that Augustine, to some extent, might not have been involved in standard metaphysics. The reading is based on the Latin text (Bibliotheque augustinienne, Paris); some knowledge of Latin may be helpful. Translations: either H. Chadwick (Oxford, 1991) or M. Boulding (New York, 1997) Marion. Winter. (III)

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

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

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