Reading: All of the readings will be available via Quercus. Rebecca Comay Tuesday - An examination of Hegel’s project of absolute knowing, its philosophical assumptions, and its implications for history, science and experience. Jordan Thomson Tuesday and Thursday - This course is an advanced introduction to the thought of Karl Marx.
Evaluation: Two papers (25% each), a midterm (20%), and a final exam (30%). Charlie Cooper-Simpson Tuesday and Thursday - This course will consist in an intensive introduction to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. We may also read some contemporary Marxists as well as critics of Marxism. Dave Suarez Wednesday - Phenomenology calls for a return to the the ‘things themselves’ as they show up for us in experience.
Reading: Texts to be used (in translation) will be taken on the first place from R. In particular we will study Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Skepticism.
We will consider their views on the nature of the universe, human happiness, knowledge, and virtue. Texts for the Middle Platonists will be provided in pdfs.
In trying to answer these questions, Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein gave birth to analytic philosophy, developing concepts and methods that have irrevocably shaped the way we think about logic and language, mathematics and the mind. Owen Pikkert Mondays and Wednesdays - This course is an examination of naturalism, roughly the view that all of reality is exclusively or ultimately physical, and only understood through the sciences.
We’ll begin by considering some classics of analytic philosophy on the subject.
Reading: Husserl, , Hill and Wang, 1991 A few additional readings from Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Beauvoir will be made available through the course website. Evaluation: Short reading responses (30%), Short Paper (30%), Final Paper (40%) Prof.
Evaluation: Class participation — 10%; Short answer assignments — 20% each x 3 = 60%; Final paper , trans. Charlie Cooper-Simpson Thursday - This course will develop the idea of a critique of culture and investigate the relationship between philosophy and culture.
Key names in between include Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Zeno, Anaxagoras and Empedocles.
Much of our evidence comes to us from thinkers who Plato and Aristotle recognised and engaged with as their predecessors; so the course also helps to understand their agenda in shaping philosophy as a distinct intellectual activity. Evaluation: TBA – but will be based on written research assignments. Lloyd Gerson Monday and Wednesday - This course will focus on what is usually termed Hellenistic philosophy, the period after the death of Aristotle in which numerous philosophical schools flourished.