2205 Angell Hall
Professor Stephen Darwall, Chair
May be elected as a departmental concentration program
Frithjof Bergmann, Continental Philosophy, 19th Century Philosophy, Social Philosophy
Stephen Darwall, Ethics, Social-Political Philosophy, History of Ethics
Allan Gibbard, Ethics, Social-Political Philosophy
Louis Loeb, History of Modern Philosophy
George Mavrodes, Philosophy of Religion, Social Philosophy
Jack Meiland, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Social Science
Donald Munro, Chinese Philosophy
Peter Railton, Ethics, Social-Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Science
Lawrence Sklar, Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology
Kendall Walton, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, Wittgenstein
Nicholas White, Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics, Ethics
Crispin Wright, Philosophy of Language, Logic, Theory of Knowledge, Metaphysics
J. David Velleman, Ethics, History of Ethics, Pragmatism
Elizabeth Anderson, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Economics and of the Social Sciences
James Joyce, Philosophy of Science, Decision Theory, Logic
Eric Lormand, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Epistemology
Gideon Rosen, Metaphyics, Epistemology
Stephen Yablo, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophical Logic
Philosophy is an attempt to consider systematically various general topics such as forms of argument, kinds of knowledge, the nature of reality, systems of individual and social values and standards of conduct, and the nature of religion and art. Philosophy cuts across other academic disciplines by examining their assumptions or by analyzing their concepts and methods. The main value of philosophy lies in its contributions to a liberal education. Its vocational value (except for teachers of philosophy) is always indirect and depends upon its associations with other fields.
Humanities Distribution for Philosophy Courses. It is possible, with Departmental approval, to receive humanities distribution credit for philosophy courses that do not automatically qualify. Students should consult the Philosophy Department Office.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Philosophy 151, 152, 153, 154, 181, 182, 202, 231, 232, 234, or 297. None of these courses counts toward the concentration requirement, except that a student who takes a 150-level introduction in addition to another introduction may count that 150-level course toward concentration.
Concentration Program. 24 credits of philosophy are required, including one course from each of the following groups:
1. logic (Philosophy 203, 296, or 414);
2. history of ancient philosophy (Philosophy 388, 405, or 406);
3. history of modern classical philosophy (Philosophy 389, 461, or 462);
4. either Philosophy 361 (Ethics) or 385 (Continental Philosophy since 1900);
5. either Philosophy 345 (Language and Mind) or 383 (Knowledge and Reality).
6. one 400-level course in addition to any that are used to satisfy the foregoing requirements. This requirement must be met with a 400-level course other than 401, 402, 419, 455, 498, or 499.
The courses needed to satisfy these requirements are not always offered every term. Concentrators should plan their programs so that they can be sure to get the courses they need before they intend to graduate.
Honors Concentration. Qualified students who are interested in an Honors concentration in philosophy should consult a concentration advisor as early as possible. Except in cases where special permission is granted, students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and a 3.5 average in completed courses in philosophy in order to be eligible for admission. Honors concentrators are required to complete 27 (rather than 24) credits in the concentration, including 401 and 498 or 499, which is taken in the senior year. Before enrolling in 498 or 499, students must submit a thesis proposal for the department's approval. Only students who have written an Honors thesis will be considered for graduation with Honors degrees. Students are admitted to the Honors concentration at the beginning of the junior year (or later) by permission of the Honors concentration advisor.
Advising and Counseling. Prospective concentrators, especially students contemplating graduate work in philosophy, should consult a concentration advisor as early as possible in order to work out an appropriate, unified program. Appointments are scheduled at 1213 Angell. Honors students schedule appointments at 1210 Angell Hall. Regular consultation hours of departmental faculty can be obtained from the departmental office at 2209 Angell Hall.
Introductory Philosophy Courses and the Philosophy Concentration. As mentioned under "Prerequisites to the Concentration" above, 150 level philosophy courses, and any of 181, 182, 202, 231, 232, 234, or 297, can be counted as a concentration prerequisite. None of these courses, however, counts toward the concentration requirements, except that a student who takes a 150-level introduction in addition to another introduction may count that 150-level introduction (but only one) toward the concentration.
Introductory Logic Courses and the Philosophy Concentration. Only introductions to symbolic logic, i.e., Philosophy 203 and 296, can be counted toward the concentration (these satisfy the logic requirement, as does Philosophy 414).
Half Term Information. Normally, courses are offered in half terms for 2 credits.
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