Summer 2019 2nd 6wks
2 Individual Morality & Social Justice. STAFF. MTuWTh 10-12, 136 Barrows.
3 The Nature of Mind. STAFF. MTuWTh 12-2, 220 Wheeler.
12A Introduction to Logic. STAFF. TuWTh 1-3:30, 20 Wheeler.
Course Description This course is an introduction to the tools of formal logic, with the goal of using them to evaluate arguments. We will cover the syntax and semantics of truth-functional and first-order logic, and develop proof systems for both. This will give us the tools to symbolize natural language arguments in both formal languages, assess arguments for validity, and give deductive proofs. Overall, we will be developing resources to think precisely about what makes for good and bad reasoning, in both everyday and philosophical contexts.
25A Ancient Philosophy. STAFF. MTuWTh 10-12, 200 Wheeler.
25B Modern Philosophy. STAFF. TuWTh 1-3:30, 200 Wheeler.
This course will survey the ideas of five important philosophers of the 17th and 18th century – Descartes, Leibniz, Berkeley, Locke, Hume, Reid, and Kant. We will consider how they pose and develop responses to important metaphysical and epistemological questions that form the basis of some of the main concerns of modern philosophy. These include questions about the nature of reality (Does God exist? What is the nature of the human mind? How does the mind relate to the body? Are there causal connections in the world?), as well as the relation between us and the world (What do we perceive? Can we come to know things about the world through perception? Are there things we can know to be true through reason alone? Are there limits on what we can know?) We will attempt to develop a historical understanding of the connections across the views.
110 Aesthetics. STAFF. TuWTh 1-3:30, 151 Barrows.
This course will explore topics in the philosophy of art. What is art? What makes art valuable? Is art really valuable? What is a picture? Why are some pictures works of art, but not others? What is performance? What makes performance art? What does art reveal about human nature? What does art tell us about the mind? We will seek to answer these and other questions. We will read writings on these and related topics by a range of philosophers (mostly from the 20th century).
132 Philosophy of Mind. STAFF. TuWTh 10-12:30, 120 Wheeler.
This is a course on the nature of mind. The central question we ask: Can we give make sense of mind as a natural phenomenon? We will read widely in philosophy and cognitive science as we seek to answer this fundamental question. Among the topics we will cover: the nature of perception and consciousness, the possibility of machine minds, neuroscience as the basic science of human experience, our knowledge of each other.
188 Phenomenology. STAFF. TuWTh 3:30-6, 200 Wheeler.