Spring 2024 Philosophy Courses, Enroll Today!

Dec. 8, 2023

Throughout the Spring 2024 semester, the Department of Philosophy will be offering numerous courses on topics including mental health, Asian philosophies, 19th century philosophers, and many more. You can find course descriptions for some of our most notable courses below: 

Phil 345: Philosophy & Psychiatry
With Instructor Lenin Vazquez Toledo
Mon/Wed/Fri, 2:00 - 2:50, Soc Sci 206

In this course, students will discuss questions such as: does mental illness exist? If it does, what is its nature? What can reflection on mental illness tell us about free will and responsibility? What can it tell us about appearance and reality? What can it tell us about the nature of self or the soul?

Phil 263: From Hegel to Nietzsche: 19th Century Philosophy
With Instructor Sam Thomas
Fully Online

This course is a survey of three influential 19th century philosophers - Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche. Students will cover their views on the individual, society, and human nature, and explain why they are still relevant today.

Phil 200: Special Topics - Asian Philosophy
With Professor Kim
Tues/Thurs, 2:00 - 3:15, Comm 214

Did Confucius really say all those things? What does it mean to call something "zen"? This class will discuss various Asian philosophies, including Confucianism, Mohism, Daoism, Buddhism, and Neo-Confucianism. Many schools of thought in Asia offered competing views on how to live a good life. We will explore these views and trace how they responded to each other.

Phil 344: Issues and Methods in Analytic Philosophy
With Professor Jonathan Weinberg
Fully Online

This course examines issues and methods that characterize analytic philosophy. This concerns issues within: epistemology (knowledge/belief), philosophy of language (meaning/reference/truth), metaphysics (the nature of reality), philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind. (Offered in spring only.)

Phil 202: Introduction to Symbolic Logic
With Professor Jonathan Weinberg
Fully Online

Throughout this course, students will define key logical concepts such as validity, invalidity, soundness, and consequence, translate from first order logic (FOL) into English, and from English into FOL, construct proofs in a natural deduction system, and prove invalidity and inconsistency by constructing countermodels.