Brandeis Courses

The Department of Philosophy offers a variety of courses in logic, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and the history of philosophy. For a comprehensive list, consult the University Bulletin.

FALL 18 COURSES LISTED BY DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS THEY SATISFY

LOGIC REQUIREMENT

Phil 6: Introduction to Symbolic Logic (Samet – V block)

LOWER LEVEL COURSES

Phil 1a, section 1: Introduction to Philosophy (Moran -- N block)

Phil 1a, section 2: Introduction to Philosophy (Teuber – G block)

Phil 17a: Introduction to Ethics (Smiley – K block)

Phil 35a: Philosophy of Science (J. Marušić – B block)

UPPER LEVEL GENERAL ELECTIVES

Phil 123b: Neuroethics -- NEW! (B. Cline – D block)

UPPER LEVEL ETHICS/NORMATIVE ELECTIVES

Phil 114b: Topics in Ethical Theory: Metaethics (Hirsch – P block) [Note. Students may take 114b for credit more than once – as long as it’s not the same topic.]

Phil 119a: Human Rights (Teuber - P block)

Phil 120b: Radical Social and Political Philosophy -- NEW! (Smiley – V block)

UPPER LEVEL METAPHYSICS AND EPISTEMOLOGY ELECTIVES

Phil 136a: Personal Identity (Hirsch – J block)

Phil 137a Nature or Nurture? The Innateness Controversy (Samet - N block)

Phil 145b: Topics in the Philosophy of Language: Fiction (Yourgrau – M block)

Phil 150b: Topics in Epistemology and Metaphysics: Self-Knowledge (B. Marušić - F block)

Phil 151a: Philosophy of Action (B. Marušić)

HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY ELECTIVES

Phil 166a: Hume (J. Marušić – C block)

Phil 168a: Kant (Moran – H block)

MA PROGRAM

We will be offering two MA-level courses in the Fall

Phil 200a: Grad Proseminar on Free Will (B. Marušić – S9 block) – required for all first year MA students

Phil 237a: Graduate Seminar in Philosophy of Language on Proper Names (Yourgrau – M block)

 

MINI-CONFERENCE. The Philosophy Department holds a yearly one-day mini-conference, presenting invited speakers who talk on a specific topic and is followed by a banquet dinner. This year’s topic will be “Forgiveness,” and the speakers are Kate Moran, Jens Timmerman (St. Andrews),  Lucy Allais (UCSD) and Adrienne Martin (Claremont McKenna). Keep an eye out for advertisements for the 2019 Spring Philosophy Mini-Conference and save the date of April 13th!

HONORS THESES. If you are thinking of writing an Honors Thesis/Essay in Philosophy this coming year, please contact Professor Marion Smiley to talk about the process; you can also find information here. If you’ve already been considering this option, I encourage you to approach faculty members you’re thinking of working with, so that you can get a jump on the process over the summer.

PHILOSOPHY UDRs. We’re happy to welcome our new and returning Undergraduate Department Representatives for next year, Sonia Pavel, Matthew Reeves and Matthew Schecter. If you have ideas about improving life in the department and/or would like to work with them, please feel free to contact them.