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Catalogue 2017-2018

Philosophy Department


Chair: Jeffrey Seidman;

Professors: Giovanna Borradori, Jennifer Church, Uma Narayan, Bryan Van Norden;

Associate Professors: Jamie Kelly, Barry Lam, Jeffrey Seidman, Douglas Winblad;

Assistant Professors: Christopher C. Raymond;

Visiting Assistant Professors: Travis Holloway;

Post-doctoral Fellow: Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa.


Philosophy as a discipline reflects both speculatively and critically on the world, our actions, and our claims to knowledge. It pays special attention to questions and problems that other fields neglect or may be unable to resolve. The Department of Philosophy offers a variety of courses of study that not only introduce students to the great philosophical achievements of the past and present but also aim to teach them how to think, write, and speak philosophically themselves.

Philosophy Major Advisors: The Faculty

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art Correlate Sequence Advisers: Giovanna Borradori and Jennifer Church

Comparative Philosophy Correlate Sequence Adviser: Bryan Van Norden

Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy Correlate Sequence Advisers: Uma Narayan, Jeffrey Seidman and Jamie Kelly

Continental Philosophy Correlate Sequence Advisers: Giovanna Borradori

History of Western Philosophy Correlate Sequence Adviser: Christopher Raymond

Analytic Philosophy Correlate Sequence Advisers: Jennifer Church, Barry Lam and Douglas Winblad

Programs

Major

Correlate Sequences in Philosophy

The philosophy department offers six different correlate sequences. In each sequence a total of 6 units is required. The required 300-level seminar may be taken twice if the topics differ; students may also petition to count an appropriate PHIL 280.

Correlate sequences may be designed for other subfields in philosophy; for example, philosophy and gender, philosophy of science, and classical philosophy. However, students must obtain approval from the department for any correlate or alternative correlate sequence prior to the beginning of their senior year.

Courses

Philosophy: I. Introductory

Philosophy: II. Intermediate

Philosophy: III. Advanced