Spring 2016 (Graduate)


PHI 7610 - 001 Early Modern: CRN: 34085

Days: T from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Instructors: Julie Klein
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Graduate Arts and Sciences
May not be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
University Alliance

Description

A study of Spinoza’s metaphysics and theory of knowing against the backdrop of medieval Jewish Aristotelian philosophy.  Readings from Spinoza include the Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect, Cogitata Metaphysica, Ethics, and selected Letters.  Contextual authors include Aristotle, Maimonides, Averroes, and Gersonides.  The course has three parts.  Part I distinguishes Spinoza from Descartes and the mainstream Latin Christian tradition; Part II constructs a working genealogy for reading Spinoza in connection with the medieval Jewish Aristotelian tradition; Part III returns to Spinoza’s Ethics, Parts 1-2 and 5.

PHI 8710 - 001 Psychoanalysis CRN: 34086

Days: R from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Instructors: Yannik Thiem
Comment: course dates: FF 8/24 to 10/2

Must be enrolled in one of the folllowing level:
Graduate Arts and Sciences
May not be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
University Alliance

PHI 8710 - 002 Biotechnology CRN: 34087

Days: W from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Instructors: Stephen Napier

Must be enrolled in one of the folllowing level:
Graduate Arts and Sciences
May not be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
University Alliance

British scientists have created a frog embryo without a head, a technique that may lead to the production of headless human clones to grow organs and tissue for transplant." So read a report from 1997 shortly after the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep. Biotechnology is advancing rapidly with some "far out" developments. This class presses the pause button to assess the ethical implications of these developments. Focus will be on enhancement technologies and in particular neuro-prosthetics. Since many of these developments have to run through human experimentation, we will also focus on the ethical status of research on human subjects. Particular attention will be paid to the context within which research is done namely, in a capitalistic system where most research is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. The content of the course is unified by two questions: what really counts as an "enhancement" and what really counts as a "medical advance"? The course aims to be of interest to those concentrating on social criticism, ethics, and political philosophy.

PHI 8710 - 003 Historical Ontology CRN: 34088

Days: M from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Instructors: Gabriel Rockhill
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Graduate Arts and Sciences
May not be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
University Alliance

This seminar has two primary, interdependent objectives. The first is to explore and elucidate the broad parameters of a historical ontology with an eye to intervening in contemporary debates on the status and modalities of being. The second is to situate this account in relationship to the history of modern ontology and, more specifically, the widespread temporalization of being that is legible in the larger cultural world as well as in specific philosophical sequences, such as the one leading from Hegel to Castoriadis and beyond, including such figures as Nietzsche, Bergson, Heidegger, Elias, Foucault, Eiseley, de Castro, Butler and Revel. In order to provide a reflexively coherent and immanent justification for a radically historical ontology, the former task is in many ways dependent upon the latter, insofar as the history of historical ontology is part of the very project of a properly historical ontology.

This twofold investigation will thus allow us to grapple with some of the most perplexing ontological questions in the contemporary conjuncture: What becomes of ontology when beings, and even being ‘itself,’ is immersed—and perhaps even dissolved—into time (and space), meaning when they are recognized as contingent formations in flux? What happens to foundational categories such as ‘nature,’ ‘the human,’ ‘man,’ ‘woman,’ ‘animal,’ and so forth? What is the precise status of their historical contingency, particularly from the viewpoint of a deep history that parts ways with the anthropocentric time-scale? What happens, moreover, to the very notion of time when immersed in a profound history that reveals that it is not a constant, i.e. that time as we understand it is in fact a temporal construct? What are the metaphysical, epistemological, moral and political consequences of recognizing the radical contingency of what was formerly called being and time (whose centers no longer hold)? What does it mean, finally, to develop une ontologie sans l’être in the current conjuncture, meaning an ontology without being that is simultaneously an ontology without being one (i.e. without being an ontology in the proper sense of the term)? Have we arrived at the very limit of ontological explanation, and perhaps of ontology itself?

 

PHI 8830 - 001 Independent Study I CRN: 34089

Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Yannik Thiem
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
University Alliance

PHI 8875-001 Independent Study II CRN: 34091

Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Yannik Thiem
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
University Alliance

PHI 8870 - 001 Consortium I CRN: 34090

Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Yannik Thiem
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
University Alliance

PHI 8875 - 001 Consortium II CRN: 34091

Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Yannik Thiem
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
University Alliance

 

PHI 9010 - 001 Dissertation  CRN: 34092

Days: TBA Location: TBA
Instructors: Yannik Thiem
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Graduate Arts and Sciences
May not be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
University Alliance

 

PHI 9081 - 001 Dissertation Continuation CRN: 34093

Days: TBA Location: TBA

Instructors: Yannik Thiem
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Graduate Arts and Sciences
May not be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
University Alliance

Prerequisites:
PHI 9000 or PHI 9010 or PHI 9020