The Dennes Room

Summer 2020 2nd 6wks

Undergraduate courses

2  Individual Morality & Social Justice. STAFF. MTuWTh 10-12, TBA.

3  The Nature of Mind. Levac. MTuWTh 12-2, TBA.

This course is an introduction to the philosophy of mind. You and I are conscious; we have experiences. In this respect among others we differ from such things as rocks, bicycles, planets, or waterfalls. But in some ways we are not so different from them. We have bodies composed of matter, subject to the laws of physics; the same is true even of our brains.

What explains the fact that some of the things in the world have conscious experiences, while others do not? What is the nature of the mind and the self we often associate with it, and how do these connect up with our scientific picture of the universe? What is it to be conscious, exactly? How and to what extent do the perceptual experiences of a subject put her in touch with a mind-independent world? Drawing primarily — but not exclusively — on readings from the Analytic tradition, we’ll consider these questions and others. In the process, we’ll work on developing philosophical reading and writing skills.

12A  Introduction to Logic. STAFF. TuWTh 1-3:30, TBA.

25A  Ancient Philosophy. STAFF. MTuWTh 10-12, TBA.

25B  Modern Philosophy. STAFF. TuWTh 1-3:30, TBA.

115  Political Philosophy. Grosser. TuWTh 1-3:30, TBA.

This course examines central issues and concepts in political philosophy: freedom, equality, justice, authority, and citizenship. Drawing on the works of main representatives of social contract theory (Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and John Rawls), the first part of the course analyzes key principles of modern and contemporary political thought including basic liberties and human rights. The second part of the course is devoted to a discussion of critical responses to the framework of the social contract that seek to modify it, to expand its scope, or to develop conceptual alternatives to it. In light of current challenges like climate change, migration, or populism such responses have been formulated from the vantage points of, for instance, democratic theory, critical race theory, and recognition theory.

132  Philosophy of Mind. STAFF. TBA, TBA.

132  Philosophy of Mind. STAFF. TuWTh 10-12:30, TBA.