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Philosophy

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

To request a syllabus, please contact the course instructor. You can find contact information for an instructor on the university directory.

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

Runs from July 3- August 11

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

Summer 2017: PHIL S2101Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 2101 001/60986 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
Room TBA
Usha Nathan 3 3

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

Runs From May 22- June 30

A broad historical survey of major thinkers in early modern philosophy, including Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant, focusing on the way each thinker deals with the challenge of skepticism in developing an account of the nature of reality and how we might come to know it.

Summer 2017: PHIL S2201D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 2201 001/18861 M W 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Room TBA
Adam Blazej 3 3

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.

Summer 2017: PHIL S3411Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3411 001/77593 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Room TBA
Ignacio Ojea Quintana 3 8

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.

Summer 2017: PHIL S3701Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3701 001/68682 M W 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Room TBA
Lars Heisenberg 3 2

PHIL S3751D Social and Political Philosophy. 3 points.

Runs From May 22- June 30

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 2017: PHIL S3751D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3751 001/26556 M W 5:30pm - 8:40pm
Room TBA
Alexander Rigas 3 5

PHIL S3551D Philosophy of Science. 3 points.

Runs from July 3- August 11

Prerequisites: one philosophy course or the instructor's permission.

Philosophical problems within science and about the nature of scientific knowledge in the 17th-20th centuries. Sample problems: space, time, and motion; causes and forces; scientific explanation; theory, law, and hypothesis; induction; verification and falsification; models and analogies; scientific realism; scientific revolutions.

Summer 2017: PHIL S3551D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3551 001/69898 T Th 9:00am - 12:10pm
Room TBA
Sebastien Rivat 3 5

PHIL S3252D Philosophy of Language and Mind. 3 points.

Runs From May 22 - June 30

This course will explore creativity in relation to issues such as consciousness, imagination, artificial intelligence, mental illness, rule following, freedom, agency, and virtue. Though our approach will be primarily philosophical, readings will include empirical studies into the psychology of creativity.

Summer 2017: PHIL S3252D
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3252 001/25340 T Th 1:00pm - 4:10pm
Room TBA
John Morrison 3 5

PHIL S3350Q Existentialism. 3 points.

Runs From May 22- June 30

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.

Summer 2017: PHIL S3350Q
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PHIL 3350 001/17645 M W 9:00am - 12:10pm
Room TBA
Laura Martin 3 5

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