Philosophy

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Philosophy

Departmental Representative:
Prof. Achille Varzi
713 Philosophy
212-854-3531
av72@columbia.edu

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PHIL S2101Q History of Philosophy I: Presocratics To Augustine. 3 points.

Exposition and analysis of the positions of the major philosophers from the pre-Socratics through Augustine.

Summer 2018: PHIL S2101Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 2101 001/15074 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
316 Hamilton Hall
James Finley 3 13/40

PHIL S2201D The History of Philosophy, II: Aquinas through Kant. 3 points.

PHIL UN2101 is not a prerequisite for this course. Exposition and analysis of central philosophical problems as discussed by innovative thinkers from Aquinas through Kant. Authors include figures like Descartes, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Spinoza, Anne Conway, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, Émilie du Châtelet, and Kant.

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Summer 2018: PHIL S2201D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 2201 001/23533 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Sebastien Rivat 3 6/40

PHIL S3350D Existentialism. 3 points.

A survey of major themes of Existentialist philosophy in Europe from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century, this class will focus on Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Sartre and their influences on philosophical conceptions of the human being and the form of its freedom, and the consequences of anxiety, nihilism, and despair in the face of death.

PHIL S3411Q Symbolic Logic. 3 points.

Runs from July 3- August 11

Advanced introduction to classical sentential and predicate logic. No previous acquaintance with logic is required; nonetheless a willingness to master technicalities and to work at a certain level of abstraction is desirable.

PHIL S3601Q Metaphysics. 3 points.

This course will survey topics in contemporary metaphysics. We will focus on material objects, time, modality, causation, properties, and natural kinds. We will begin by considering what objects there are in general (ontology) and what to say about certain puzzling entities (such as holes). Then we will turn to debates about material objects and puzzles about composite objects and the notion of parthood. Next is the issue of how material objects persist over time and survive change in their parts. We shall consider two important views on persistence. We then turn to two issues related to persistence: personal identity over time, and puzzles about time travel. This will lead us into the next part of the course on modality and causation, which concerns the notions of possibility, necessity, laws of nature, and causation. We will consider different views about "possible worlds". We will then consider the nature of laws and causation and then turn to the problem of free will. We will look at debates in the metaphysics of properties between realists and nominalists about properties. Then we'll consider causal powers, dispositions, and natural kinds. The section will conclude with problems about the metaphysics of socially constructed kinds such as race or gender.

PHIL S3701Q Ethics. 3 points.

Runs from July 3- August 11

Prerequisites: One philosophy course

This course is mainly an introduction to three influential approaches to normative ethics: utilitarianism, deontological views, and virtue ethics. We also consider the ethics of care, and selected topics in meta-ethics.

PHIL S3751D Social and Political Philosophy. 3 points.

Six major concepts of political philosophy including authority, rights, equality, justice, liberty and democracy are examined in three different ways. First the conceptual issues are analyzed through contemporary essays on these topics by authors like Peters, Hart, Williams, Berlin, Rawls and Schumpeter. Second the classical sources on these topics are discussed through readings from Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Marx, Plato, Mill and Rousseau. Third some attention is paid to relevant contexts of application of these concepts in political society, including such political movements as anarchism, international human rights, conservative, liberal, and Marxist economic policies as well as competing models of democracy.

Summer 2018: PHIL S3751D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3751 001/13406 M W 5:30pm - 8:40pm
716 Philosophy Hall
Cesar Cabezas Gamarra 3 2/40

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