Spring 2018 (Graduate)

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PHI 7300 - 001 : Roman Philosophy CRN: 33383

Days:  M from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Instructor: James R. Wetzel

The continuing focus of this seminar is on the Romanization of Greek philosophy. The scope is usually late republic to waning empire, and the figures covered generally include (but are not limited to) Plotinus and Augustine. Of special concern is the nature and fate of autarkic virtue—the dominant ideal of philosophical self-sufficiency—under Stoic, skeptical, Platonic, and Epicurean regimes.

The particular emphasis of this Spring’s iteration of Roman Philosophy is on the idea of a radical and permanent reorientation of perspective, or philosophical conversion.  We will be looking at both pagan and Christian exemplars.  Main readings: Cicero, Tusculan Disputations; Lucretius, On the Nature of Things; Apuleius, The Golden Ass; Plotinus, On Beauty and On the Descent of the Soul into Bodies; Augustine, Confessions; and Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy.

PHI 7610 - 001 Topics: Early Modern Phil CRN: 33384

Days: T from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Instructor: Julie Klein

Spinoza’s Ethics in Context
A close reading of the Ethics in conjunction with Spinoza’s interlocutors and with special attention to how Spinoza moves readers from preconceived ideas to his own insights.  In addition to drawing on other parts of Spinoza’s oeuvre and his correspondence, we will examine material from medieval Jewish and Islamic philosophy, Latin Scholastic philosophy, Descartes and Cartesianism, Hobbes, and other thinkers to put Spinoza’s work in context and perspective.

PHI 7720 - 001 Kant's Practical Phil CRN: 33385

Days: R from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Instructor: Farshid Bagahi

This seminar is devoted to studying major works of Kant’s practical philosophy. We do so in three steps. First, we study selections from Critique of Pure Reason in order to situate Kant’s practical philosophy within the critical system of reason as a whole. Second, we turn to the critical part of Kant’s practical philosophy in Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals and Critique of Practical Reason. Third, we examine the dogmatic part of Kant’s practical philosophy in the Doctrine of Virtue. Our goal is to investigate Kant’s systematic account of the possibility of moral reasoning and its application.

PHI 8710 - 001 Sem in Philosophical Topics CRN: 34095

Days: W 6:00pm to 8:30
Instuctor: Gabriel Rockhill

Aesthetics: Remaking the World

This seminar examines the emergence and possible meanings of aesthetics in the modern world. Drawing on and questioning the innovative framework put forth by Jacques Rancière, it begins with an inquiry into the idea that an aesthetic revolution took place in the work of Friedrich Schiller and others, ushering in an unprecedented regime of art. Tracing out the development of this revolution in the writings and activities of the early Karl Marx and Frederick Douglass, it then raises a series of questions concerning the power of art to overturn dominant worldviews, potentially inverting the camera obscura of ideology. This leads to an exploration of the possibility that aesthetics, far from being simply a matter of external perception, is perhaps most fundamentally about the forging of an internal matrix of sensory experience that makes the world what it most fundamentally is. This narrative arc leading from aesthetic revolution to aesthetic ontology is supplemented, in the final weeks of the seminar, by a number of specific case studies—ranging from Alfred Hitchcock, Chris Marker and Marguerite Duras to Octavio Getino, Fernando Solanas and Maggie Nelson—that examine the power of art to make and remake the world.

PHI 8830 - 001 Independent Study I    CRN: 33386

Instructor: Yannik Thiem

PHI 8835 - 001 Independent Study II     CRN: 33387

Instructor: Yannik Thiem

PHI 8870 - 001 Consortium I CRN: 33388

Instructor: Yannik Thiem

PHI 8875 - 001 Consortium II CRN: 33389

Instructor: Yannik Thiem

PHI 9010 - 001 Dissertation  CRN: 33390

Instructor: Yannik Thiem

PHI 9081 - 001 Dissertation Continuation CRN: 33391

Instructor: Yannik Thiem
Prerequisite: PHI 9010