Autumn 2008 Courses

Listed below are the courses the Department plans to offer in the Autumn 2008 quarter. These course lists may change.

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. (=CHSS 33500, HIPS 20700) 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. J. Bridges.

21006. What is Civic Knowledge? (A)

21605/31605. Justice. This course will explore a tradition of thought about justice extending from Plato to Kant. We will read selections from Plato’s Gorgias and Republic, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Politics, Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, Rousseau’s On the Social Contract, and Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. Open to college and graduate students. A. Ford. (A) (I)

23505. Non-Deductive Inference. Philosophers have a very clear sense of which deductive inferences are justified and why. The same cannot be said of non-deductive inferences. In this course, we will focus on probabilistic and statistical reasoning (reasoning ‘in the face of uncertainty’), and will discuss whether and how such inferences can be systematized and justified. This will involve, amongst other things, surveying the competing schools of thought on interpretations of probability. We will look at the works of scientific thinkers such as Pascal, Laplace, Keynes, von Mises and Fisher, as well as the works of philosophers. K. Davey. (B)

21210. Philosophy and Literature. Open to college and grad students. A variety of contemporary authors will be read, dealing with the question of whether, and how, fiction and philosophy are related to one another. T. Cohen. (A)

23015/33015. Darwin's Origin of Species and Descent of Man. (=FNDL 23501 BPRO 25150). This lecture-discussion class will focus on a close reading of Darwin's two classic texts. An initial class or two will explore the state of biology prior to Darwin's Beagle Voyage, and then consider the development of his theories before 1859. Then we will turn to his two books. Among the topics of central concern will be: the logical, epistemological, and rhetorical status of Darwin's several theories, especially his evolutionary ethics; the religious foundations of his ideas and the religious reaction to them; and the social-political consequences of his accomplishment. 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th of the publication of the "Origin." R. Richards. (B) (II)

23410/33410. Heidegger's Being and Time. John Haugeland. (B) (III)

24800. Foucault and the History of Sexuality. (=ARTV 27904, CHSS 41900, CMLT 25001, GNDR 23100, HIPS 24300) PQ: Prior philosophy course or consent of instructor. Open only to College students. 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. A. Davidson. (A)

25000. History of Philosophy I: Ancient Philosophy. (=CLCV 22700) PQ: Completion of the general education requirement in humanities. This course examines ancient Greek philosophical texts that are foundational for Western philosophy, especially the work of Plato and Aristotle. Topics include the nature and possibility of knowledge and its role in human life, the nature of the soul, virtue, happiness, and the human good. G. Richardson Lear.

29200/29300-01 Junior/Senior Tutorial: Mind and Word. This course will explore the connection between language and thought from the perspective of a set of related philosophical problems. Among the questions asked: How should we think of the relationship between linguistic intentionality and mental intentionality? Is one more 'primitive' than the other? Could a creature who didn't speak a language be credited with propositional attitudes? To what extent does the language we speak shape the way we think? To what extent is thought itself like language? What kind of knowledge is knowledge of language? What does the human ability to speak a language reveal about the human mind? Readings will include: Grice, Davidson, Wittgenstein, Whorf, Fodor and Chomsky. A. Gray

29200/29300-02 Junior/Senior Tutorial: The Philosophy of Perception: Knowledge, Perception and Content. This class focuses on a claim that has been central to the philosophy of perception: the claim that perception has propositional or representational content. We will not only ask whether appeals to perceptual content are legitimate, but also what they mean, and what they entail. Most importantly, we will focus on the connection between the idea that perception has content and the idea that perception is a source of knowledge. We will therefore discuss the role of justification in knowledge, and the relationship between justification and experience. We will also discuss such questions as the following: Is the content of perception conceptual, or non-conceptual? What is the difference between representational and propositional content? Is there a kind of knowledge we could only gain through perception? Does the content of perception involve particular objects, or does it involve properties and relations?

No background in the philosophy of perception is presupposed and the focus of the course will be on learning and understanding a set of concepts and questions made use of by philosophers of perception, epistemologists and philosophers of mind. R. Goodman

29600. Intensive Track Seminar. PQ: Open only to students in the Intensive Track. Topics for this small, discussion-oriented seminar vary. J. Haugeland.

29700. Reading Course.

29901. Senior Seminar I. PQ: Consent of director of undergraduate studies. Required of fourth-year students who are writing a senior essay. The senior essay peer review workshop meets in all three quarters but students register for senior seminar in only two quarters. Students register for Senior Seminar I in either Autumn or Winter Quarter. NOTE: Students may not register for both PHIL 29901 and 29902 in the same quarter. M. Kremer.

First Year Seminar. Michael Kremer.

31414. Philosophy/MAPH Core Course: Contemporary Analytic Philosophy. A survey of some of the central concerns in various areas of philosophy, pursued from the perspective of the analytic tradition. In epistemology, our topics will include the definition of knowledge, the challenge of skepticism, and the nature of justification. In the philosophy of mind, we will explore the mind-body problem and the nature and structure of intentional states. In the philosophy of language, we will address theories of truth and of speech acts, the sense/reference distinction, and the semantics of names and descriptions. In ethics, we will focus on the debate between utilitarians and Kantians. This course is open only to MAPH students. MAPH students who wish to apply to PhD programs in Philosophy are strongly urged to take this course. B. Callard.

Preliminary Essay Workshop. Candace Vogler.

49900. Reading and Research.

Graduate Seminars

50100. First Year Seminar.

50212. The Moral and Political Philosophy of Foucault. A close reading of Michel Foucault's 1982-1983 course at the College de France, "Le gouvernement de soi et des autres." Reading knowledge of French required. Arnold Davidson. (I)

50213. Late Wittgenstein. This course is meant as an introduction to Wittgenstein's later work, with a focus on his *Philosophical Investigations.* Our central concerns will be: (1) Wittgenstein's metaphilosophy; (2) meaning, rule-following, and intentionality; and (3) sensations and privacy. Enrollment will be limited to philosophy Ph.D. students. D. Finkelstein. (III)

50214. Ethics and Identity. In recent years a number of contemporary philosophers have taken up an idea that goes back to Plato: that questions of identity are central to ethics. We shall take up this idea with readings from Christine Korsgaard, Harry Frankfurt, Anthony Appiah and Charles Taylor. J. Lear. (I)

50215. Biology and Philosophy of Mind. W. Wimsatt. (II)

50216. Kant's Philosophy of Mathematics. The seminar will consider various recent interpretations of Kant's philosophy of mathematics including those of Jaakko Hintikka, Charles Parsons and Michael Friedman, and other recent work. An overarching theme will be the role of intuition in Kant's account of mathematical cognition. We will investigate whether and how that role is compatible with the generality of mathematical claims, with particular focus on Kant?s account of imagination and his doctrine of the schematism. We may also look a bit at Kant's philosophy of logic. The seminar presupposes some general familiarity with Kant's metaphysics and epistemology as it is presented in the Critique of Pure Reason; in particular, it is helpful to have some familiarity with Kant's views on the analytic/synthetic distinction, a priori knowledge, transcendental idealism, and the nature of space and time.D. Sutherland. (V)

58703. Collective Identities: From the "I" to the "We." Vincent Descombes.

58704. Desire and Love in Lacan. We shall introduce Lacan's theory of love, desire and role of the analyst of by focusing on his reading of Plato's Symposium. This class will not presuppose any prior acquaintance with the writings of Lacan, or with the writings of his readers. Professor Irad Kimhi.


51200. Law and Philosophy Martha Nussbaum, Brian Leiter

53900. Wittgenstein Pending

56100. Modern Philosophy Robert B Pippin, Anton Ford

59000. Philosophy of Mind David Finkelstein, Jason Bridges

59900. Contemporary Philosophy David Finkelstein

59910. Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy Gabriel Lear

59920. Formal Philosophy Kevin Davey