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Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

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Spring 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
PHIL B101-001 Happiness and Reality in Ancient Thought Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Taylor Hall F Bell,M.
PHIL B102-001 Science and Morality in Modernity Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall D Rosenthal,S.
PHIL B103-001 Introduction to Logic Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Carpenter Library 21 Prettyman,A.
PHIL B225-001 Global Ethical Issues Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall F Bell,M.
PHIL B240-001 Environmental Ethics Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall B Dostal,R.
PHIL B319-001 Philosophy of Mind Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Dalton Hall 6 Prettyman,A.
PHIL B399-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 1 Lecture: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM M Dalton Hall 1 Dept. staff, TBA
PHIL B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
COML B293-001 The Play of Interpretation Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Dalton Hall 212A Seyhan,A.
GERM B212-001 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and the Rhetoric of Modernity Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 212A Seyhan,A.
POLS B231-001 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Modern Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Carpenter Library 25 Schlosser,J.
POLS B245-001 Philosophy of Law Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Dalton Hall 6 Elkins,J.
POLS B320-001 Topics in Greek Political Philosophy Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Dalton Hall 2 Salkever,S.

Fall 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
PHIL B101-001 Happiness and Reality in Ancient Thought Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Dalton Hall 25 Interim,R.
PHIL B102-001 Science and Morality in Modernity Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 2 Dostal,R.
PHIL B102-002 Science and Morality in Modernity Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 104 Rice,C.
PHIL B211-001 Theory of Knowledge Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Thomas Hall 102 Rice,C.
PHIL B221-001 Ethics Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 116 Bell,M.
PHIL B330-001 Kant Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Taylor Hall B Dostal,R.
PHIL B398-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 1 Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM M Dalton Hall 10 Dept. staff, TBA
PHIL B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B213-001 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities: Critic Approaches to the World Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 223 Sanquer,M.
POLS B224-001 Comparative Political Phil: China, Greece, and the "West" Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall D Salkever,S.
POLS B228-001 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Dalton Hall 1 Dept. staff, TBA
POLS B350-001 Politics and Equality Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Dalton Hall 25 Elkins,J.

Spring 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
PHIL B101-001 Happiness and Reality in Ancient Thought Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Bell,M.
PHIL B102-001 Science and Morality in Modernity Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Interim,R.
PHIL B103-001 Introduction to Logic Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Rice,C.
PHIL B399-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 1 Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM M Dept. staff, TBA
PHIL B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
POLS B231-001 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Modern Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Dept. staff, TBA
POLS B327-001 Political Philosophy in the 20th Century Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Salkever,S.

2016-17 Catalog Data

PHIL B101 Happiness and Reality in Ancient Thought Fall 2016, Spring 2017 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. Writing Intensive Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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PHIL B102 Science and Morality in Modernity Fall 2016, Spring 2017 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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PHIL B103 Introduction to Logic Spring 2017 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. Quantitative Methods (QM)

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PHIL B205 Medical Ethics Not offered 2016-17 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). Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Health Studies

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PHIL B211 Theory of Knowledge Fall 2016 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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PHIL B212 Metaphysics Not offered 2016-17 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? Writing Intensive Critical Interpretation (CI)

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PHIL B221 Ethics Fall 2016 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward International Studies

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PHIL B225 Global Ethical Issues Not offered 2016-17 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward International Studies

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PHIL B229 Concepts of the Self Not offered 2016-17 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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PHIL B238 Science, Technology and the Good Life Not offered 2016-17 This course considers questions concerning what is science, what is technology, and what is their relationship to each other and to the domains of ethics and politics. We will consider how modern science defined itself in its opposition to Aristotelian science. We will examine the Cartesian and Baconian scientific models and the self-understanding of these models with regard to ethics and politics. Developments in the philosophy of science will be considered, e.g., positivism, phenomenology, feminism, sociology of science. Biotechnology and information technology illustrate fundamental questions. The "science wars" of the 1990s provide debates concerning science, technology, and the good life. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Environmental Studies

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PHIL B240 Environmental Ethics Not offered 2016-17 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Environmental Studies

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PHIL B244 Philosophy and Cognitive Science Not offered 2016-17 Cognitive science is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human cognition, spanning philosophy, linguistics, psychology, computer science, and neuroscience. A central claim of cognitive science is that the mind is like a computer. We will critically examine this claim by exploring issues surrounding mental representation and computation. We'll address such questions as: does the mind represent the world? Could our minds extend into the world beyond the brain and body? Is there a language of thought? Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Neuroscience

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PHIL B252 Feminist Theory Not offered 2016-17 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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PHIL B271 Minds and Machines Not offered 2016-17 What is the relationship between the mind and the body? What is consciousness? Is your mind like a computer, or do some aspects of the mind resist this analogy? Is it possible to build an artificial mind? In this course, we'll explore these questions and more, drawing on perspectives from philosophy, psychology and cognitive neuroscience. We will consider the viability of different ways of understanding the relationship between mind and body as a framework for studying the mind, as well as the distinctive issues that arise in connection with the phenomenon of consciousness. No prior knowledge or experience with any of the subfields is assumed or necessary. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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PHIL B317 Philosophy of Creativity Not offered 2016-17 Here are some questions we will discuss in this course. What are the criteria of creativity? Is explaining creativity possible? If it is, what model(s) of explanation is appropriate for doing so? Should we understand creativity in terms of persons, processes or products? What is the relation between creativity and skill? What is the relation between the context of creativity and the context of criticism? What is the relation between tradition and creativity? What is creative imagination? Is there a significant relationship between creativity and self-transformation? This course encourages active discussions arising from students' non-graded entries into their journals that will address the application of their readings to their own related creative activities. Writing Intensive

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PHIL B319 Philosophy of Mind Not offered 2016-17 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. Counts toward Neuroscience

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PHIL B323 Culture and Interpretation Not offered 2016-17 This course will discuss these questions. What are the aims of interpretation? Must we assume that, for cultural objects--like artworks, music, or literature--there must be a single right interpretation? If not, what is to prevent one from sliding into an interpretive anarchism? What is the role of a creator's intentions in fixing upon admissible interpretations? Does interpretation affect the identity of the object of interpretation? If an object of interpretation exists independently of interpretive practice, must it answer to only one right interpretation? In turn, if an object of interpretation is constituted by interpretive practice, must it answer to more than one right interpretation? This course encourages active discussions of these questions. Writing Intensive Counts toward International Studies

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PHIL B326 Relativism: Cognitive and Moral Not offered 2016-17 Relativistic theories of truth and morality are widely embraced in the current intellectual climate, and they are as perplexing as they are provocative. Cognitive relativists believe that truth is relative to a given culture or reference frame. Moral relativists believe that moral rightness is relative to a given culture or reference frame. This course will examine varieties of relativism and their absolutist counterparts. It encourages active discussions of these questions. Writing Intensive

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PHIL B330 Kant Fall 2016 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. Writing Intensive

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PHIL B338 Phenomenology: Heidegger and Husserl Not offered 2016-17 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.

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PHIL B344 Development Ethics Not offered 2016-17 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. Writing Intensive Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward International Studies

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PHIL B352 Feminism and Philosophy Not offered 2016-17 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. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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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.

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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.

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PHIL B403 Supervised Work

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PHIL B425 Praxis III: Independent Study Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community. Counts toward Praxis Program

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CMSC B325 Computational Linguistics Not offered 2016-17 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: CMSC 206 , or H106 and CMSC 231 or permission of instructor. Counts toward Neuroscience

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CMSC B372 Artificial Intelligence Not offered 2016-17 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. Prerequisites: CMSC B206 or H106 and CMSC B231. Counts toward Neuroscience

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COML B293 The Play of Interpretation Not offered 2016-17 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward International Studies

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Critic Approaches to the World
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Critical Theories Fall 2016 An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time. This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisites: FREN 102 or 105.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Current topic description: This course will be taught in English and focus on works of French feminist, postcolonial and post-structuralist theory. While our primary critical texts will draw from a particular linguistic tradition (namely French), and more or less distinctly circumscribed fields, we will also look at the broader transcultural and translinguistic influences that brought these "schools" into being and, most importantly, what fields of thinking they have subsequently inspired across language traditions.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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FREN B356 Rousseau polémiste Not offered 2016-17 This course will explore Rousseau's work not as a closed system, but as a polemical reaction to major trends of the French Enlightenment. Although he was denying any taste for polemics, Rousseau fought intellectual battles most of his life. The author of the ultimate best-seller of the 18th century, he harshly criticized novels. He also opposed theatre, established a new form of pedagogy, and undermined the foundations of the Western political theory by stating that men are not political animals. We will thus consider Rousseau not only as a philosopher, but also as one of the most brilliant polemicists of his time.

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GERM B212 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and the Rhetoric of Modernity Not offered 2016-17 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). Course is taught in English. One additional hour will be added for those students wanting German credit. Cross-listed with Philosophy 204. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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POLS B224 Comparative Political Phil: China, Greece, and the "West" Fall 2016 An introduction to the dialogic construction of comparative political philosophy, using texts from several cultures or worlds of thought: ancient and modern China, ancient Greece, and the modern West. The course will have three parts. First, a consideration of the synchronous emergence of philosophy in ancient (Axial Age) China and Greece; second, the 19th century invention of the modern "West" and Chinese responses to this development; and third, the current discussions and debates about globalization, democracy, and human rights now going on in China and the West. Prerequisite: At least one course in either Philosophy, Political Theory, or East Asian Studies, or consent of the instructor. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B228 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern Fall 2016 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B231 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Modern Spring 2017 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B245 Philosophy of Law Not offered 2016-17 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B290 Power and Resistance Not offered 2016-17 What more is there to politics than power? What is the force of the "political" for specifying power as a practice or institutional form? What distinguishes power from authority, violence, coercion, and domination? How is power embedded in and generated by cultural practices, institutional arrangements, and processes of normalization? This course seeks to address questions of power and politics in the context of domination, oppression, and the arts of resistance. Our general topics will include authority, the moralization of politics, the dimensions of power, the politics of violence (and the violence of politics), language, sovereignty, emancipation, revolution, domination, normalization, governmentality, genealogy, and democratic power. Writing projects will seek to integrate analytical and reflective analyses as we pursue these questions in common. Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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POLS B300 Three Approaches to the Philosophy of Praxis: Nietzsche, Kant and Plato Not offered 2016-17 A study of three important ways of thinking about theory and practice in Western political philosophy. Prerequisites: POLS 228 and 231, or PHIL 101 and 201.

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POLS B320 Topics in Greek Political Philosophy Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course, course content varies. Past topics include: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics and Thucydides,Plato, Aristotle. Prerequisites: At least two semesters of philosophy or political theory, including some work with Greek texts, or consent of the instructor.

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POLS B327 Political Philosophy in the 20th Century Spring 2017 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. Writing Intensive

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POLS B350 Politics and Equality Fall 2016 What is the relationship between democracy and equality? Is equality a presupposition or precondition for democracy? Is the problem of equality separable from equality? Are there any respects in which democracy presupposes or relies on inequality? For all of these, an important sub-question to that of the relationship of democracy and equality will be: equality of what? We will examine these various questions at both an abstract level (reading essays of political theory, moral philosophy and such) and in the context of particular problems of politics, law, and/or policy. While the instructor will be largely responsible for assigning readings of the first sort, students will share the responsibility for finding readings of the second. They will do this as part of their own semester-long research projects. This course is open to all students who have the prerequisites. It also serves as a thesis prep course for political science seniors. Suggested Preparation: At least one course in political theory OR Political Science Senior OR consent of instructor. Writing Intensive

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POLS B371 Topics in Political Philosophy Not offered 2016-17 An advanced seminar on a topic in political or legal philosophy/theory. Topics vary by year. Prerequisite: At least one course in political theory or philosophy or consent of instructor.

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POLS B381 Nietzsche Not offered 2016-17 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.

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