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2019-2020 Course Catalog

Required for the major in philosophy

Students who major in philosophy will learn to appreciate the formal features of arguments. They will acquire a clear sense of the development of philosophy and critically engage issues in metaphysics and epistemology and in ethics and value theory, and they will learn to relate philosophy to other areas of study.

The major in philosophy requires the following:

  1. PHIL 150 Symbolic Logic or 420 Topics in Logic; majors are strongly encouraged to satisfy this requirement early
  2. At least two core courses in the history of philosophy:
    1. PHIL 200: History of Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle
    2. PHIL 210: History of Philosophy: Descartes, Locke, and Leibniz
    3. PHIL 220: History of Philosophy: Berkeley, Hume, Kant, and Mill
    4. PHIL 227: History of Philosophy: New Narratives from 17th and 18th Century Women Philosophers
    5. PHIL 230: History of Philosophy: Early Analytic Philosophy
    6. PHIL 240: History of Philosophy: The American Pragmatists
    7. PHIL 275: Existentialism
    8. PHIL 283: Chinese Philosophy
  3. One course in epistemology:
    1. PHIL 300: Epistemology
    2. PHIL 305: Experimental Philosophy 
    3. PHIL 330: Philosophy of Science
    4. PHIL 332: The Ethics of Religious Beliefs
    5. PHIL 405: How to Do Things With Words
  4. One course in metaphysics:
    1. PHIL 310: Metaphysics
    2. PHIL 340: Philosophy of Art
    3. PHIL 400: Philosophy of Language
    4. PHIL 410: Philosophy of Mind
  5. One course in ethics:
    1. PHIL 280: Women and Friendship
    2. PHIL 320: Ethics
    3. PHIL 325: Metaethics 
    4. PHIL 347: Valuing Art: The Philosophy and Psychology of Aesthetic Appreciation
    5. PHIL 350: Political Philosophy
    6. PHIL 360: Environmental Ethics
    7. PHIL 365: Compassion and Other Virtues
    8. PHIL 370: Advanced Studies in Bioethics
    9. PHIL 375: Philosophy of Sex and Love
    10. PHIL 380: Ethics of Technology
    11. PHIL 385: Value Theory
    12. PHIL 430: Philosophy of Law
    13. PHIL 440: Morality, Rationality, and Self-Interest
  6. Four additional six-unit courses in philosophy or a second major and two additional six-unit courses in philosophy:
    1. Two of these additional courses may be numbered 149 or below.
    2.  Philosophy majors who do not prefer a second major may, in consultation with their advisor and subject to the approval of the department of philosophy, substitute selected courses not offered by the department for no more than two of the four additional courses.
  7. One dimensions of diversity (D) course offered in the philosophy department, which may also satisfy one of the above requirements.
  8. PHIL 600 Studies in Philosophy as a Senior Experience

Senior Experience in philosophy

The department of philosophy's Senior Experience is PHIL 600: Studies in Philosophy. This is an advanced seminar, the topic for which varies from year to year, in which students critically analyze each other's original research.

Required for the minor in philosophy

  1. Six 6-unit courses in philosophy, including:
    1. At least two courses in the history of philosophy, from among:
      1. PHIL 200: History of Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle
      2. PHIL 210: History of Philosophy: Descartes, Locke, and Leibniz
      3. PHIL 220: History of Philosophy: Berkeley, Hume, Kant, and Mill 
      4. PHIL 227: History of Philosophy: New Narratives from 17th and 18th Century Women Philosophers
      5. PHIL 230: History of Philosophy: Early Analytic Philosophy
      6. PHIL 240: History of Philosophy: The American Pragmatists
      7. PHIL 275: Existentialism
      8. PHIL 283: Chinese Philosophy
    2. At least three courses outside the history of philosophy numbered 250 or above.
  2. C average in the minor.

Students pursuing a minor in philosophy are encouraged to choose a member of the philosophy department as an informal advisor.