Spring 2023 (no graduate courses)
PHIL 680B Non-Ideal Philosophy continued
Instructor: Jenny Saul
The distinction between ideal and non-ideal theory originates in political philosophy. Although, as we will see, there are many ways of drawing this distinction, non-ideal theories are generally taken to be those which prioritize a grounding in our messy and flawed reality. In recent years, we have seen non-ideal theories developed across nearly all areas of philosophy. This seminar will explore non-ideal theories in many areas of philosophy, hopefully offering useful resources to students no matter what area they end up working in. We will also explore various ways of drawing the distinction, and various ways of troubling the distinction.
PHIL 673/675 Ethics of Care
Instructor: Katy Fulfer
Although care is central to our lives, it is largely ignored by our social and political institutions. For many of us the COVID-19 pandemic brought this to the fore, though feminist scholars and social justice activists have long pointed to how care is devalued within Western societies. This course provides an introduction to feminist care ethics. We will study the foundation of “care” as a distinct ethical approach in philosophy, examine the political and economic significance of care, and compare and contrast a Western feminist care approach with other philosophical traditions. We will also examine how philosophers, practitioners, and activists are re-imagining and centering care in their social justice work.
PHIL 674 Cosmology: Plato to Galileo
Instructor: Jacqueline Feke
This course explores the intersection of science and philosophy from antiquity to the early modern period. Responding to their naked-eye observations of the world and divergent philosophical commitments, ancient Greek philosophers and mathematicians constructed competing theories of the cosmos’ composition and structure. This course examines the variety of cosmological theories advanced by ancient Greek philosophers and mathematicians as well as their reception from the medieval Islamic tradition to early modern Europe. Analyzing texts in translation by, for example, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, and Ptolemy, students will familiarize themselves with the content and range of ancient Greek cosmologies as well as their relation to various epistemological and metaphysical theories. In addition, students will examine these cosmologies’ reception by Ibn Tufayl, Copernicus, and Galileo, who responded to earlier cosmologies in light of their own philosophical commitments and, in the case of Galileo, the observation of phenomena inaccessible before the invention of the telescope.
PHIL 673/675 The Ethics of Drug Policy
Instructor: Matt Doucet
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