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PHIL BC 1001x and y Introduction to Philosophy

Survey of some of the central problems, key figures, and great works in both traditional and contemporary philosophy. Topics and texts will vary with instructor and semester. - Cheryl Mendelson
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: PHIL BC1001
PHIL
1001
09632
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
310 FAYERWEATHER
T. Carman 61 [ More Info ]
PHIL
1001
03579
002
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
302 BARNARD HALL
K. Gasdaglis 47 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2015 :: PHIL BC1001
PHIL
1001
06226
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
323 MILBANK HALL
C. Mendelson 55 [ More Info ]
PHIL
1001
03948
002
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
328 MILBANK HALL
C. Mendelson 107 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 1401 Introduction to Logic

Explicit criteria for recognizing valid and fallacious arguments,together with various methods for schematizing discourse for the purpose of logical analysis. Illustrative material taken from science and everyday life.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: PHIL V1401
PHIL
1401
01435
001
TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
323 MILBANK HALL
K. Lewis 57 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2003 Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

Introductory course in the philosophy of art. What is art? Should we try to define art? Should photographs count as art? What does it mean to have an aesthetic experience? Can one person's judgment be better than another's? Why do we enjoy watching tragedies or horror movies?
3 points

PHIL V 2100y Philosophy of Education

Drawing on classical amd contemporary sources, discussion will focus on the conditions necessary to produce free and responsible citizens of a just and democratic society. Readings from Plato, Rousseau, Dewey, and others.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
3 points

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Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: PHIL V2100
PHIL
2100
02575
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
LL103 Diana Center
K. Nieuwejaar 57 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2101x History of Philosophy I: Pre-Socratics through Augustine

Exposition and analysis of the positions of the major philosophers from pre-Socratics through Augustine.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
4 points

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Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: PHIL V2101
PHIL
2101
22829
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
503 HAMILTON HALL
W. Mann 45 / 75 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2110 Philosophy and Feminism

Is there an essential difference between women and men? How do questions about race relate to questions about gender? Is there a 'normal' way of being 'queer'? An introduction to philosophy and feminism using historical and contemporary texts, art, and public lectures. Focus includes essentialism, difference, identity, knowledge, objectivity, and queerness.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points

PHIL V 2201y History of Philosophy II: Aquinas to Kant

Exposition and analysis of the positions of the major philosophers from Aquinas through Kant.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)..
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: PHIL V2201
PHIL
2201
23279
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
413 KENT HALL
P. Kitcher 48 / 75 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2301x and y History of Philosophy III: Kant to Nietzsche

Exposition and analysis of texts by Kant and major 19th-century European Philosophers.
Prerequisites: None. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
4 points

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Call Number/
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Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: PHIL V2301
PHIL
2301
01186
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
202 MILBANK HALL
T. Carman 68 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 2400x or y Psychology and Philosophy of Human Experience

We will discuss some of the most fundamental questions that one can pose about human experience. For example, we will investigate how we experience time, whether anything really has color, the difference between imagining and seeing, whether beauty is subjective, how we understand other people's emotions, the ways in which the human mind is structured and the extent to which our minds are functionally fractionable. By drawing on both scientific and philosophical texts we hope to combine the best features of both approaches.
Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points

PHIL V 2702x Marriage, Morals, and Law

How specific historical, social, and psychological roots of Western-style marriage illuminate contemporary debates about marriage morals and marriage laws in the United States. Relations between couples and groups; the psychology of love in marriage; marriage, vows, and the logic of promises to love; monogamy, democracy, and the medieval church; monogamy vs. polygyny; pop evolutionary science and marriage; cousin marriage (consanguineous marriage); law and same-sex marriage; sexual morality in marriage; and related subjects. The course has a double goal: To understand both how to think about complex moral problems and how to think about marriage. - Cheryl Mendelson
3 points

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Autumn 2015 :: PHIL V2702
PHIL
2702
02662
001
TuTh 4:10p - 5:25p
TBA
C. Mendelson 25 / 25 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3121 Plato

Introduction to Plato's philosophy through analysis of characteristic dialogues.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: PHIL V3121
PHIL
3121
68891
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
603 HAMILTON HALL
W. Mann 25 / 75 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3131 Aristotle

Introduction to Aristotle's philosophy through analysis of selected texts.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points

PHIL V 3237 Late Medieval and Modern Philosophy

Study of one or more of the major philosophers from the Renaissance through the 18th century. Sample topics: substance and matter; bodies, minds, and spirits; identity and individuation; ideas of God; causation; liberty and necessity; skepticism; philosophy and science; ethical and political issues. Sample philosophers: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Conway, Locke, Berkely, Hume, Kant.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)..
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: PHIL V3237
PHIL
3237
09239
001
MW 7:40p - 8:55p
207 MILBANK HALL
S. Fisher 17 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2015 :: PHIL V3237
PHIL
3237
16629
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
603 HAMILTON HALL
L. Loeb 22 / 40 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3251 Kant

Explores the connections between theoretical and practical reason in Kant's thinking with special attention to the Critique of Pure Reason and the project of "transcendental" philosophy.
Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: PHIL V3251
PHIL
3251
65556
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
602 HAMILTON HALL
P. Kitcher 31 / 50 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3352 20th Century European Philosophy

Reading and discussion of Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Foucault. Topics include the crisis in metaphysics, the question of being, the structure of human existence, subjectivity, motivated irrationality, perception, the body, sociality, art, science, technology, and the disciplinary organization of modern society.
Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points

PHIL V 3353 European Social Philosophy

Historical survey of European social philosophy from the 18th to the 20th century, with special attention to theories of capitalism and the normative concepts (freedom, alienation, human flourishing) that inform them. A further topic will be the relation between society and the state. Readings from Smith, Hegel, Marx, and Weber.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).. Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points

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Spring 2015 :: PHIL V3353
PHIL
3353
08076
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
LL103 Diana Center
F. Neuhouser 35 [ More Info ]

PHIL BC 3398x and y Independent Study

Open to students who wish to pursue a project on an individual basis. The study consists in a combination of readings and papers over one semester under the direction of an appropriate instructor. The project and enrollment for the course are both subject to departmental approval.
1-3 points.

PHIL V 3411x and y Symbolic Logic

Sentential and first-order logic; the significance of a formal system and its use for analysis of meaning and language. Technical exercises are combined with analysis and parsing of English texts. A weekly required discussion section in addition to lectures.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: PHIL V3411
PHIL
3411
60291
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
501 NORTHWEST CORNER
A. Varzi 108 / 120 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2015 :: PHIL V3411
PHIL
3411
70209
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
209 HAVEMEYER HALL
A. Varzi 100 / 100 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3601 Metaphysics

Systematic treatment of some major metaphysical topics, e.g., necessity, causality, particulars and universals, personal identity. Readings from classical and contemporary authors.
4 points

PHIL V 3685 Philosophy of Language

In this course, we will carefully examine several seminal 20th century works in the philosophy of language. A central question is: how are we able to use language, composed of seemingly arbitrary symbols, to say things about the world?
3 points

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Location
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Autumn 2015 :: PHIL V3685
PHIL
3685
02461
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
307 MILBANK HALL
D. Friedell 10 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3701x and y Ethics

Introduction to the central problems of moral philosophy; alternative moral ideals and their philosophical formulations; the status and justification of moral judgments; reasons for action; individual rights and social justice.
Prerequisites: One philosophy course or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: PHIL V3701
PHIL
3701
70295
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
310 FAYERWEATHER
M. Moody-Adams 81 / 100 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2015 :: PHIL V3701
PHIL
3701
65645
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
602 HAMILTON HALL
A. Honneth 50 / 80 [ More Info ]

PHIL V 3710 Law, Liberty and Morality

Examination of classic philosophical theories about the rule of law, relations between law and morality, legal reasoning, and their implications for selected contemporty legal problems.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 40 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points

PHIL V 3720 Ethics and Medicine

Philosophical examination of moral issues in medical theory and practice. Analysis of the ethics of the doctor-patient relationship, e.g., informed consent, truth-telling, paternalism; topics in bioethics, e.g., abortion, euthanasia, experimentation on humans; justice and access to health care; human genetics.
Prerequisites: Limited enrollment by permission of the instructor. First-day attendance required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points

PHIL V 3751 Political Philosophy

This course examines major concepts of political philosophy including authority, rights, equality, justice, liberty and democracy.
3 points

PHIL V 3960x and y Epistemology

What can we know? What is knowledge? What are the different kinds of knowledge? We will read classic and contemporary texts for insight into these questions.
4 points

PHIL BC 4050x Senior Seminar

Intensive study of a philosophical issue or topic, or of a philosopher, group of philosophers, or philosophical school or movement. Open only to Barnard senior philosophy majors.
3 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: PHIL BC4050
PHIL
4050
08088
001
F 9:00a - 10:50a
214 MILBANK HALL
T. Carman 7 [ More Info ]

PHIL BC 4051x Senior Thesis

A substantial paper, developing from an Autumn workshop and continuing in the Spring under the direction of an individual advisor. Open only to Barnard senior philosophy majors.
3 points

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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2015 :: PHIL BC4051
PHIL
4051
03600
001
W 6:10p - 8:00p
326 MILBANK HALL
F. Neuhouser 1 [ More Info ]

PHIL BC 4052y Senior Thesis

A substantial paper, developing from an Autumn workshop and continuing into the Spring under the direction of an individual adviser. Open only to Barnard senior philosophy majors
3 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2015 :: PHIL BC4052
PHIL
4052
04153
001
W 6:10p - 8:00p
318 MILBANK HALL
K. Lewis 1 [ More Info ]

PHIL G 4495 Perception

This course addresses the fabulously rich range of issues about the nature of perception, including: perceptual mental representation and its content; computational explanation; justifying beliefs; knowledge and thought about perception; and perception of music. Perception is an interdisciplinary subject par excellence. Readings will be drawn from philosophy and psychology, aesthetics, and artificial intelligence.
Not offered in 2015-2016.
3 points


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