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Special Topics Philosophy Courses

Variable topic courses are those that change topic from term to term. Here, you will find the course descriptions for upcoming variable topic Philosophy courses offered by the department.

Fall 2017

PHIL T280 Section 940 - Philosophy of Mind

Instructor: Daniel Casey

The course will examine central issues in the Philosophy of Mind, including the issue of Mind/Body relation, Personal Identity and Freedom of the Will, innatism and developments in Artificial Intelligence.

PHIL T380 Section 001 - Literary Theory

Instructor: Jennifer Yusin

This course examines literary theoretical thinking, and focuses on twentieth century structuralism, post-structuralism, and contemporary theory. We will examine the ways in which language is conceived and reconceived by major theoretical writers and the implications of this rethinking for conceptualizations of history, politics, ideology, sexuality, and trauma, among others.

PHIL 481 Section 001 – The Dialogues of Plato

Instructor: Patricia Grosse

The dialogues of Plato are foundational to the history of philosophy and modern thought. We will focus on three major themes: “Death and Healing”; “Friendship and Love”; and “Knowledge and Philosophy.” While we will primarily be reading the dialogues of Plato, we will also be exposed to relevant secondary literature concerning these texts.