2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Philosophy

Students may complete a major or minor in Philosophy.

Faculty

Kevin Connolly, Lecturer
Robert J. Dostal, Rufus M. Jones Professor and Chair
Christine Koggell, Harvey Wexler Chair of Philosophy
Michael Krausz, Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy (on leave semester II)
Jessica Brooke Payson, Lecturer
Adrienne Prettyman, Lecturer

The Department of Philosophy introduces students to some of the most compelling answers to questions of human existence and knowledge. It also grooms students for a variety of fields that require analysis, conceptual precision, argumentative skill, and clarity of thought and expression. These include administration, the arts, business, computer science, health professions, law, and social services. The major in Philosophy also prepares students for graduate-level study leading to careers in teaching and research in the discipline.

The curriculum focuses on three major areas: the systematic areas of philosophy, such as logic, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics; the history of philosophy through the study of key philosophers and philosophical periods; and the philosophical explication of methods in such domains as art, history, religion, and science.

The department is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium comprising 13 member institutions in the Delaware Valley. It sponsors conferences on various topics in philosophy and an annual undergraduate student philosophy conference.

Major Requirements

Students majoring in Philosophy must take a minimum of 11 semester courses in the discipline and attend the monthly noncredit departmental colloquia which feature leading visiting scholars. The following five courses are required for the major: the two-semester Historical Introduction (PHIL 101 and 102); Ethics (PHIL 221); Theory of Knowledge (PHIL 211), Metaphysics (PHIL 212), or Logic (PHIL 103); and Senior Conference (PHIL 398 and PHIL 399). At least three other courses at the 300 level are required, one of which must concentrate on the work of a single philosopher or a period of philosophy.

Philosophy majors are encouraged to supplement their philosophical interests by taking advantage of courses offered in related areas, such as anthropology, history, history of art, languages, literature, mathematics, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Honors

Honors will be awarded by the department based on the senior thesis and other work completed in the department. The Milton C. Nahm Prize in Philosophy is a cash award presented to the graduating senior major whose senior thesis the department judges to be of outstanding caliber. This prize need not be granted every year.

Minor Requirements

Students may minor in Philosophy by taking six courses in the discipline at any level. They must also attend the monthly noncredit department colloquia.

Cross-Registration

Students may take advantage of cross-registration arrangements with Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Courses at these institutions may satisfy Bryn Mawr requirements, but students should check with the chair of the department to make sure specific courses meet requirements.

Prerequisites

No introductory-level course carries a prerequisite. However, most courses at both the intermediate and advanced levels carry prerequisites. Unless stated otherwise in the course description, any introductory course satisfies the prerequisite for an intermediate-level course, and any intermediate course satisfies the prerequisite for an advanced-level course.

COURSES

PHIL B101 Happiness and Reality in Ancient Thought
What makes us happy? The wisdom of the ancient world has importantly shaped the tradition of Western thought but in some important respects it has been rejected or forgotten. What is the nature of reality? Can we have knowledge about the world and ourselves, and, if so, how? In this course we explore answers to these sorts of metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and political questions by examining the works of the two central Greek philosophers: Plato and Aristotle. We will consider earlier Greek religious and dramatic writings, a few Presocratic philosophers, and the person of Socrates who never wrote a word.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Connolly,K.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B102 Science and Morality in Modernity
In this course, we explore answers to fundamental questions about the nature of the world and our place in it by examining the works of some of the central figures in modern western philosophy. Can we obtain knowledge of the world and, if so, how? Does God exist? What is the nature of the self? How do we determine morally right answers? What sorts of policies and political structures can best promote justice and equality? These questions were addressed in “modern” Europe in the context of the development of modern science and the religious wars. In a time of globalization we are all, more or less, heirs of the Enlightenment which sees its legacy to be modern science and the mastery of nature together with democracy and human rights. This course explores the above questions and considers them in their historical context. Some of the philosophers considered include Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, and Wollstonecraft.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Payson,J., Prettyman,A.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B103 Introduction to Logic
Logic is the study of formal reasoning, which concerns the nature of valid arguments and inferential fallacies. In everyday life our arguments tend to be informal and sometimes imprecise. The study of logic concerns the structure and nature of arguments, and so helps to analyze them more precisely. Topics will include: valid and invalid arguments, determining the logical structure of ordinary sentences, reasoning with truth-functional connectives, and inferences involving quantifiers and predicates. This course does not presuppose any background knowledge in logic.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Prettyman,A.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B204 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and the Rhetoric of Modernity
This course examines selected writings by Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud as pre-texts for a critique of cultural reason and underlines their contribution to questions of language, representation, history, ethics, and art. These three visionaries of modernity have translated the abstract metaphysics of “the history of the subject” into a concrete analysis of human experience. Their work has been a major influence on the Frankfurt School of critical theory and has also led to a revolutionary shift in the understanding and writing of history and literature now associated with the work of modern French philosophers Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, and Jacques Lacan. Our readings will, therefore, also include short selections from these philosophers in order to analyze the contested history of modernity and its intellectual and moral consequences. Special attention will be paid to the relation between rhetoric and philosophy and the narrative forms of “the philosophical discourse(s) of modernity” (e.g., sermon and myth in Marx; aphorism and oratory in Nietzsche, myth, fairy tale, case hi/story in Freud). Cross-listed with Philosophy 204.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B212
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B205 Philosophy and Medical Issues
The field of medicine provides a rich terrain for the study and application of philosophical ethics. This course will introduce students to fundamental ethical theories and present ways in which these theories connect to particular medical issues. We will also discuss what are often considered the four fundamental principles of medical ethics (autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice) in connection to specific topics related to medical practice (such as reproductive rights, euthanasia, and allocation of health resources).
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Payson,J.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B211 Theory of Knowledge
Varieties of realism and relativism address questions about what sorts of things exist and the constraints on our knowledge of them. The aim of this course is to develop a sense of how these theories interrelate, and to instill philosophical skills in the critical evaluation of them. Discussions will be based on contemporary readings.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Krausz,M.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B212 Metaphysics
Metaphysics is inquiry into basic features of the world and ourselves. This course considers two topics of metaphysics, free will and personal identity, and their relationship. What is free will and are we free? Is freedom compatible with determinism? Does moral responsibility require free will? What makes someone the same person over time? Can a person survive without their body? Is the recognition of others required to be a person?
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B221 Ethics
An introduction to ethics by way of an examination of moral theories and a discussion of important ancient, modern, and contemporary texts which established theories such as virtue ethics, deontology, utilitarianism, relativism, emotivism, care ethics. This course considers questions concerning freedom, responsibility, and obligation. How should we live our lives and interact with others? How should we think about ethics in a global context? Is ethics independent of culture? A variety of practical issues such as reproductive rights, euthanasia, animal rights and the environment will be considered.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Payson,J.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B222 Aesthetics Nature and Experience of Art
Prerequisite: One introductory course in philosophy. Here are some questions we will discuss in this course: What sort of thing is a work of art? Can criticism in the arts be objective? Do such cultural entities answer to more than one admissible interpretation? What is the role of a creator’s intentions in fixing upon admissible interpretations? What is the nature of aesthetic experience? What is creativity in the arts? Readings will be drawn from contemporary sources.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): COML-B222
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B225 Global Ethical Issues
The need for a critical analysis of what justice is and requires has become urgent in a context of increasing globalization, the emergence of new forms of conflict and war, high rates of poverty within and across borders and the prospect of environmental devastation. This course examines prevailing theories and issues of justice as well as approaches and challenges by non-western, post-colonial, feminist, race, class, and disability theorists.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B225
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Payson,J.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B228 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern
An introduction to the fundamental problems of political philosophy, especially the relationship between political life and the human good or goods. Readings from Aristotle, Hobbes, Machiavelli, Plato, and Rousseau.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B228
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Salkever,S.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B229 Concepts of the Self
Each of us is a person, who grows and changes throughout the span of a human life. This course explores metaphysical and epistemological issues that arise out of this simple observation. What is a person, and what makes you the same person over time? What is the relation among person, self, and body? What are you conscious of when you are self-conscious? Could the self be an illusion? What is self-knowledge and is it a special kind of knowledge? We will address these issues by reading historical and contemporary sources from western and eastern philosophical traditions.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Prettyman,A.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B231 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Modern
A continuation of POLS 228, although 228 is not a prerequisite. Particular attention is given to the various ways in which the concept of freedom is used in explaining political life. Readings from Hegel, Locke, Marx, J.S. Mill, and Nietzsche.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B231
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B240 Environmental Ethics
This course surveys rights- and justice-based justifications for ethical positions on the environment. It examines approaches such as stewardship, intrinsic value, land ethic, deep ecology, ecofeminism, Asian and aboriginal. It explores issues such as obligations to future generations, to nonhumans and to the biosphere.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B240
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dostal,R.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B244 Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Cognitive science is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human cognition. It goes from the abstract study of concepts of cognition at one end to well-defined empirical research into language and cognition and the specifics of cognitive modeling on computers at the other. Philosophy, linguistics, psychology, computer science, and neuroscience are the major contributors to cognitive science. Philosophy both contributes to and examines cognitive science.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B245 Philosophy of Law
Introduces students to a variety of questions in the philosophy of law. Readings will be concerned with the nature of law, the character of law as a system, the ethical character of law, and the relationship of law to politics, power, authority, and society. Readings will include abstract philosophical arguments about the concept of law, as well as theoretical arguments about the nature of law as they arise within specific contexts, and judicial cases. Most or all of the specific issues discussed will be taken from Anglo-American law, although the general issues considered are not limited to those legal systems.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B245
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Elkins,J.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B252 Feminist Theory
Beliefs that gender discrimination has been eliminated and women have achieved equality have become commonplace. We challenge these assumptions examining the concepts of patriarchy, sexism, and oppression. Exploring concepts central to feminist theory, we attend to the history of feminist theory and contemporary accounts of women’s place and status in different societies, varied experiences, and the impact of the phenomenon of globalization. We then explore the relevance of gender to philosophical questions about identity and agency with respect to moral, social and political theory. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B253
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B253 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities
This is a topics course. Topics vary. An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B213; RUSS-B253; HART-B213; GERM-B213
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Monserrati,M.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B293 The Play of Interpretation
Designated theory course. A study of the methodologies and regimes of interpretation in the arts, humanistic sciences, and media and cultural studies, this course focuses on common problems of text, authorship, reader/spectator, and translation in their historical and formal contexts. Literary, oral, and visual texts from different cultural traditions and histories will be studied through interpretive approaches informed by modern critical theories. Readings in literature, philosophy, popular culture, and film will illustrate how theory enhances our understanding of the complexities of history, memory, identity, and the trials of modernity.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): COML-B293; ENGL-B292
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B300 Three Approaches to the Phiolosophy of Praxis: Nietzsche, Kant and Plato
A study of three important ways of thinking about theory and practice in Western political philosophy. Prerequisites: POLS B228 and B231, or PHIL B101 and B201.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B300
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Salkever,S.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B310 Philosophy of Science
An examination of positivistic science and its critics. The topics of this course will include: the demarcation between science and non-science; falsificationism vs. verificationism; the structure of scientific revolutions and research programs; criticism and growth of scientific knowledge; interpretive ideals in science; scientific explanation; truth and objectivity; the effect of interpretation upon that which is interpreted in modern physics; constructivism vs. realism in philosophy of science.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B310
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B317 Philosophy of Creativity
This course will address the following questions: What are the criteria of creativity? Is explaining creativity possible? Should we understand creativity in terms of persons, processes or products? What is the relation between creativity and skill? What is genius? What is creative imagination? Is there a difference between creativity in the arts and creativity in the sciences? What is the relation between the context of discovery and the context of justification? What is the relation between tradition and creativity? Is there a significant relationship between creativity and self-transformation?
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Krausz,M.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B319 Philosophy of Mind
The conscious mind remains a philosophical and scientific mystery. In this course, we will explore the nature of consciousness and its place in the physical world. Some questions we will consider include: How is consciousness related to the brain and the body? Are minds a kind of computer? Is the conscious mind something non-physical or immaterial? Is it possible to have a science of consciousness, or will consciousness inevitably resist scientific explanation? We will explore these questions from a philosophical perspective that draws on relevant literature from cognitive neuroscience.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Prettyman,A.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B321 Greek Political Philosophy Aristotle: Ethics and Politics
Topics in Greek Political Philosophy. Topic for Fall 2012: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Politics A careful reading of the Nicomachean Ethics and the Politics, treated as a single series of lectures designed to lead its immediate Greek audience (the equivalent of Socrates’ interlocutors in Plato)—and perhaps us as well--more deeply into the questions and problems that are Aristotle’s theoretical basis for the paradigmatically human activities of practical reason (phronêsis) and thoughtful choice (prohairesis—see NE 6.1, 1139b). There will be some additional readings from Aristotle, from Aristotle’s Greek contemporaries and predecessors (including Plato and Thucydides), and from recent work designed to bring Aristotelian perspectives to bear on the moral and political issues of our own time. Prerequisites: At least two semesters of philosophy or political theory, including some work with Greek texts, or consent of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B320
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B323 Culture and Interpretation
This course will pursue such questions as the following. For all objects of interpretation—including works of art, music, literature, persons or cultures—must there be a single right interpretation? If not, what is to prevent one from sliding into an interpretive anarchism? Does interpretation affect the nature or the number of an object of interpretation? Does the singularity or multiplicity of interpretations mandate such ontologies as realism or constructivism? Discussions will be based on contemporary readings.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): COML-B323
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Krausz,M.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B324 Computational Linguistics
Introduction to computational models of understanding and processing human languages. How elements of linguistics, computer science, and artificial intelligence can be combined to help computers process human language and to help linguists understand language through computer models. Topics covered: syntax, semantics, pragmatics, generation and knowledge representation techniques. Prerequisite: some background in linguistics or computer science.
Crosslisting(s): CMSC-B325; LING-B325
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kumar,D.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B326 Relativism: Cognitive and Moral
Cognitive relativists believe that truth is relative to particular cultures or conceptual schemes. In an analogous way, moral relativists believe that moral rightness is relative to particular cultures or conceptual schemes. Relativistic theories of truth and morality are widely embraced in the current intellectual climate, and they are as perplexing as they are provocative. This course will examine varieties of relativism and their absolutistic counterparts. Readings will be drawn from contemporary sources.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B327 Political Philosophy in the 20th Century
A study of 20th- and 21st-century extensions of three traditions in Western political philosophy: the adherents of the German and English ideas of freedom and the founders of classical naturalism. Authors read include Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Jurgen Habermas, and John Rawls. Topics include the relationship of individual rationality and political authority, the “crisis of modernity,” and the debate concerning contemporary democratic citizenship. Prerequisites: POLS 228 and 231, or PHIL 101 and 201. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B327
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B329 Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein is notable for developing two philosophical systems. In the first, he attempted to show that there is a single common structure underlying all language, thought and being. In the second, he denied the idea of such a structure and claimed that the job of philosophy was to free philosophers from bewitchments due to misunderstandings of ordinary concepts in language. The course begins by sketching the first system. We then turn to his rejection of the earlier ideas as outlined in Philosophical Investigations and On Certainty. We also examine contemporary interpretations of Wittgenstein’s later work.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B329
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B330 Kant
The significance of Kant’s transcendental philosophy for thought in the 19th and 20th centuries cannot be overstated. His work is profoundly important for both the analytical and the so-called “continental” schools of thought. This course will provide a close study of Kant’s breakthrough work: The Critique of Pure Reason. We will read and discuss the text with reference to its historical context and with respect to its impact on developments in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion as well as developments in German Idealism, 20th-century phenomenology., and contemporary analytic philosophy. Prerequisite: PHIL 102 or at least one 200 level Philosophy course.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B338 Phenomenology: Heidegger and Husserl
This upper-level seminar will consider the two main proponents of phenomenology—a movement in philosophy in the 20th century that attempted to restart philosophy in a radical way. Its concerns are philosophically comprehensive: ontology, epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, and so on. Phenomenology provides the important background for other later developments in 20th-century philosophy and beyond: existentialism, deconstruction, post-modernism. This seminar will focus primarily on Edmund Husserl’s Crisis of the European Sciences and Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time. Other writings to be considered include some of Heidegger’s later work and Merleau-Ponty’s preface to his Phenomenology of Perception.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dostal,R.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B344 Development Ethics
This course explores the meaning of and moral issues raised by development. In what direction and by what means should a society “develop”? What role, if any, does the globalization of markets and capitalism play in processes of development and in systems of discrimination on the basis of factors such as race and gender? Answers to these sorts of questions will be explored through an examination of some of the most prominent theorists and recent literature. Prerequisites: a philosophy, political theory or economics course or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B344
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B352 Feminism and Philosophy
It has been said that one of the most important feminist contributions to theory is its uncovering of the ways in which theory in the Western tradition, whether of science, knowledge, morality, or politics has a hidden male bias. This course will explore feminist criticisms of and alternatives to traditional Western theory by examining feminist challenges to traditional liberal moral and political theory. Specific questions may include how to understand the power relations at the root of women’s oppression, how to theorize across differences, or how ordinary individuals are to take responsibility for pervasive and complex systems of oppression.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B352
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Payson,J.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B365 Erotica: Love and Art in Plato and Shakespeare
The course explores the relationship between love and art, “eros” and “poesis,” through in-depth study of Plato’s “Phaedus” and “Symposium,” Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and “Antony and Cleopatra,” and essays by modern commentators (including David Halperin, Anne Carson, Martha Nussbaum, Marjorie Garber, and Stanley Cavell). We will also read Shakespeare’s Sonnets and “Romeo and Juliet.”
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B365; POLS-B365; COML-B365
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B371 Topics in Political Philosophy
An advanced seminar on a topic in political or legal philosophy/theory. Topics vary by year. For the current year’s topic, please consult the Tri-Course guide. Enrollment criteria: At least one course in political theory or philosophy or consent of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B371
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Elkins,J.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B372 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Survey of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the study of how to program computers to behave in ways normally attributed to “intelligence” when observed in humans. Topics include heuristic versus algorithmic programming; cognitive simulation versus machine intelligence; problem-solving; inference; natural language understanding; scene analysis; learning; decision-making. Topics are illustrated by programs from literature, programming projects in appropriate languages and building small robots.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Crosslisting(s): CMSC-B372
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B380 Persons, Morality and Modernity
What demands does the modern world impose on those who live in it? What kinds of persons does the modern world bring into being? What kinds of ethical claims can that world make on us? What is the relationship between public and private morality, and between each of us as public citizens and private persons? This course explores such questions through an examination of a variety of texts in political theory and philosophy.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B380
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B381 Nietzsche
This course examines Nietzsche’s thought, with particular focus on such questions as the nature of the self, truth , irony, aggression, play, joy, love, and morality. The texts for the course are drawn mostly from Nietzsche’s own writing, but these are complemented by some contemporary work in moral philosophy and philosophy of mind that has a Nietzschean influence.
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B381
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Elkins,J.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B395 Topics: Origins of Political Philosophy
This is a topics course. Course content varies
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

PHIL B398 Senior Seminar
Senior majors are required to write an undergraduate thesis on an approved topic. The senior seminar is a two-semester course in which research and writing are directed. Seniors will meet collectively and individually with the supervising instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dostal,R.
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B399 Senior Seminar
The senior seminar is a required course for majors in Philosophy. It is the course in which the research and writing of an undergraduate thesis is directed both in and outside of the class time. Students will meet sometimes with the class as a whole and sometimes with the professor separately to present and discuss drafts of their theses.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dostal,R.
(Spring 2014)

PHIL B403 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Fall 2013)

PHIL B403 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Spring 2014)