Graduate Course Descriptions

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Below is a list of upcoming graduate courses with full descriptions and other specific information.  Below that is a list of all graduate-level courses offered by the Department.  A full listing of graduate level courses is also available at the OSU Course Catalog.  For a complete listing of courses offered in recent, current, and upcoming semesters, see the OSU Master Schedule.

Upcoming Graduate Courses


Autumn 2022

5211 - Ancient Philosophy: Plato
Instructor:  Allan Silverman
R 12:40-3:25
Delivery Mode: DL

We shall study Plato’s Metaphysics, Epistemology and Ethics.  The main texts will be the Phaedo, Republic, and Theaetetus.  Course Requirements:  1 ten page paper.

5460 - Philosophy in Literature
Instructor: Tamar Rudavsky
WF 9:35-10:55
Delivery Mode: In person

An introduction to some of the most interesting points of intersection between philosophy and literature. In this course we will explore two kinds of connections between them, most notably:  Philosophy on literature – philosophical approaches to understanding literary texts (truth; authorship; selfhood)  and Philosophy in literature – literary texts that explicitly invoke philosophical problems or approaches.  Specific topics and authors will be chosen from the following list:  a)     What is time; can we travel forward or backward in time? Is time even real? (Augustine; Borges; Lightman; McTaggart; Lewis; LeGuin)  b)    How can we, if at all, account for personal identity over time? (Kafka; Dostoyevsky; Parfit; Hume)  c)     Do we actually have free will – do we make free choices? (Sophocles; Borges; Chisholm; Taylor)  d)    Reality, Truth and Illusion (Plato; Borges; Baudrillard; Rashomon (film)) e)     If something is conceivable, is it possible? f)     Is there a meaning to life? (Sartre; Tolstoy)  (Calvino; Yablo)g)    The fine line between literary philosophy and philosophical literature (Kundera) 

5700 - Advanced Metaphysics 
Instructor: Robert Kraut
TR 3:55-5:15
Delivery Mode: In person

Topic: Meaning, Interpretation, Norms and Objectivity

The goal is to explore the process of interpretation and the ontology of meaning. One wishes to know, e.g., whether interpretation of speech discloses determinate, objective features of assertions—"meanings" which are there to be discerned—or whether it involves the "projection" of subjective constructs onto other people's behavior. If it is projected, one wishes to know whether it can be "correct"--and, if so, the criteria by which correctness is determined. Ongoing inquiries in aesthetics and semantic theory involve the nature of this contrast between “the found” and “the made”—and, more broadly, the nature and determinants of meaning and the very idea of correct interpretation. In this course we will explore these topics, and various notions of "objectivity" which lurk in the background. Pragmatism will be foregrounded in our discussions, insofar as it provides an illuminating perspective on these inquiries—and, in its more radical moments, seeks to dismiss them as riddled with illegitimate assumptions.  We will study and discuss work by Wittgenstein, Kripke, Stroud, Quine, Davidson, Gibbard, McDowell, Rorty, Boghossian, and Matti Eklund. Some familiarity with the basic concepts and methods of first-order logic is essential.

8001 - Graduate Training Seminar
Instructor: Declan Smithies
*Flexibility arranged by instructor

This course is designed to provide professional training for all first- and second-year graduate students that will enable them to develop the skills required for success in research, teaching and service.

8100 - First-year Seminar
Instructor: Eden Lin & Declan Smithies
M 12:40-3:25
Delivery Mode: In person

This course will focus on issues at the intersection between ethics and the philosophy of mind. We will discuss the nature of mental states that have figured prominently in ethical theory, including desire, emotion, pleasure, and pain. We will also discuss the value of consciousness and its role in a theory of well-being.

8200 - History Seminar
Instructor: Lisa Shabel
W 12:40-3:25
Delivery Mode: In person

This will be a seminar on Euclid’s Elements and its influence in the history of philosophy. We will study selections from the Elements and discuss various philosophical issues that arise, including the role of diagrams in mathematical proof, the axiomatic method, mathematical definition, and the ontology and epistemology of mathematics. We will also look at the role that euclidean geometry has played throughout the history of philosophy, having been invoked by philosophers eager to provide an epistemic account of geometry itself, but also in order to give a philosophical account of the nature of the physical universe. Here we will look at selections from some of the following: Plato, Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Wallis, Kant, Helmholtz, Poincaré, Frege, Russell. 

8300 - Value Theory Seminar
Instructor: Justin D'Arms
T 12:40-3:25
Delivery Mode: In person

Seminar Topic TBD. Possibilities include:

  • Blame, Blameworthiness, and Responsibility
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Morality and the Emotions

8500 - Logic seminar
Instructor: Neil Tennant
F 12:40-3:25
Delivery Mode: In person

This seminar will study a clutch of interrelated issues involving analyticity, aprioricity, necessary existence, and inferentialism. Readings will be both classical and contemporary. Further details will follow in good time before Autumn semester begins.

Spring Semester 2023
 

5241 - Studies in 18th-Century Philosophy – Kant
Instructor:  Lisa Shabel
F 12:40-3:25
Delivery Mode: In person

5440 - Philosophical Perspectives on Race, Education & Citizenship
Instructor:  Winston Thompson
M 12:40-3:05
Delivery Mode: In person

5500 - Advanced Symbolic Logic
Instructor: Stewart Shapiro
TR 3:55-5:15
Delivery Mode: DL

5800 - Advanced Philosophy of Mind
Instructor:  Declan Smithies
WF 11:10-12:30
Delivery Mode: In person

8300 - Seminar in Value Theory
Instructor:  Sahar Heydari Fard
T 12:40-3:25
Delivery Mode: In person

8650 - Seminar in Philosophy of Science
Instructor:  Chris Pincock
W 12:40-3:25
Delivery Mode: In person

8800 - Seminar in Philosophy of Mind
Instructor:  Richard Samuels
R 12:40-3:25
Delivery Mode: In person

8999 - Dissertation Research in Philosophy
Instructor:  Staff
TBD
Delivery Mode: In person

 

Complete Listing of Philosophy Graduate Courses

5010S  Teaching Philosophy
3 Credit Hours

Design a set of philosophy lessons and team-teach some of these lessons to secondary school students.

5210  (601.03)--Ancient Philosophy:  Studies in Ancient Philosophy
3 Credit Hours

Variable content; special topics in ancient Greek philosophy, including value theory, logic, metaphysics and natural science in pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle the Hellenistic schools or neo-Platonism.
Prereq: 301 or 10 cr hrs of Philos at the 200 level; or above; or grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr hrs.


5211  (601.01)--Ancient Philosophy: Plato
3 Credit Hours

A survey of central philosophical themes in one or more Platonic dialogues.
Prereq: 301 or 10 cr hrs of Philos at the 200 level; or above; or grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor.

5212  (601.02)--Ancient Philosophy:  Aristotle
3 Credit Hours

A survey of central philosophical themes in one or more Aristotelian treatises.
Prereq: 301 or 10 cr hrs of Philos at the 200 level; or above; or grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor.

5220  (602)--Studies in Medieval Philosophy
3 Credit Hours

An intensive examination of a major philosopher, school or philosophical problem of the medieval period; topics vary.
Prereq: 302 and 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 200 level or above; or grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs.

5230  (603)--Studies in 17th-Century Philosophy
3 Credit Hours

An intensive examination of a major philosopher or philosophical problem of the rationalist period; topics vary from quarter to quarter.
Prereq: 303 and 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 200 level or above; or grad standing in Philos; or written of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs.

5240  (604.02)--Studies in 18th Century Philosophy:  Selected Problems or Topics
3 Credit Hours

An intensive examination of one or more important themes in Kant's philosophical writings.
Prereq: 303, or 304, and 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 200 level or above; or grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor

5241  (604.01)--Studies in 18th Century Philosophy:  Kant
3 Credit Hours

An intensive examination of one or more important themes in Kant's philosophical writings.
Prereq: 303, or 304, and 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 200 level or above; or grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor.

5260  (606)--Studies in 20th-Century Philosophy
3 Credit Hours

An intensive examination of one or more central movement in 20th-century philosophy; topics vary.
Prereq: 15 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 200 level or above, or grad standing in Philos or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs.

5261 Phenomenology and Existentialism
3 Credit Hours

Early existentialist ideas of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche; Husserl's phenomenological method and critical analysis of works of philosophers such as Heidegger, Jaspers, Sartre, Beauvoir, and others.

5300   (631)--Advanced Moral Philosophy
3 Credit Hours

An intensive examination of major issues within moral philosophy such as: the foundations of morality; objectivity in ethics; morality, reason and sentiment; virtues and vices.
Prereq: 431 and 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 200 level or above or grad standing in Philos or permission of instructor.

5400  (630)--Advanced Political and Social Philosophy
3 Credit Hours

An intensive examination of issues in political and social philosophy, including democracy, civil disobedience, anarchism, totalitarianism, nature of the state, etc.
Prereq: 230 and 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 200 level or above; or grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor, and English 110 or 111 or equiv.

5410  (638)--Advanced Philosophy of Law
3 Credit Hours

An examination of the nature and function of law and of such problems as the relation of law to morality and the justification of punishment.
Prereq: 338 and 10 cr hrs of Philos coursework at the 200 level or above; or grad standing; or equiv or permission of instructor.

5420  (625)--Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory
3 Credit Hours

An analytical study of selected philosophical issues arising out of feminist theory, such as the nature of autonomy, or the relation between gender and knowledge.
Prereq: 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 300 level or above; or grad standing; or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr hrs.


5450  (640)--Advanced Aesthetic Theory
3 Credit Hours

Basic issues in philosophy of art: the definition of art; meaning, truth, and representation in art; the nature and basis of criticism; the criteria of interpretation of works of art.
Prereq: 15 cr hrs of Philos course work at 200 level or above; grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 641.

5500  (650)--Advanced Symbolic Logic
3 Credit Hours

Introduction to the metatheory of first-order logics and languages: axiomatic development of propositional and predicate logic; model theory; soundness, completeness, and Lowenheim-Skolem theorems.
Prereq: 250

5510  (652)--Nonclassical Logic
3 Credit Hours

Study of selected systems of nonclassical logic, such as entailment systems, modal, many-valued, epistemic, deontic, imperative, erotetic, tense, and free logics.
Prereq: 650. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr hrs.

5550  (750)--Advanced Logical Theory
3 Credit Hours

Topics include formal arithmetic, recursive functions, Turing machines, Godel's incompleteness theorems, Church's thesis, arithmetical truth, logical paradoxes, and higher-order logic.
Preq: 250 and 650.  Repeatable to a maximum of 15 hours.

5600  (673) - Advanced Philosophy of Language
3 Credit Hours

Basic problems and results in the philosophy of language, concentrating on theories of reference, theories of meaning, and theories of language-use (speech-acts, implicature, etc.).
Prereq: 250 and 10 credit hrs of Philos course work at the 300 level or above (preferably 473); or grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor.

5650  (655)--Advanced Philosophy of Science
3 Credit Hours

A study of the nature and structure of scientific concepts, laws, and theories; appraisal of methodologies, presuppositions, and frames of reference in science.
Prereq: 250 and 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 300 level or above (preferably 455); or 250 and grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor.

5700  (663)--Advanced Metaphysics
3 Credit Hours

An intensive examination of major metaphysical problems: categories, universals, substance and process, causality and law, space and time, metaphysical presuppositions of knowledge.
Prereq: 250 or 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 300 level or above (preferably 463); or grad standing; or permission of instructor.


5750  (660)--Advanced Theory of Knowledge
3 Credit Hours

An intensive examination of major epistemological problems: the possibility, origin, foundation, structure, methods, limits, types, and validity of knowledge.
Prereq: 250 and 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 300 level or above (preferably 460); or grad standing; or permission of instructor.

5800  (667) - Advanced Philosophy of Mind
3 Credit Hours

Classical and contemporary approaches to the nature of mind, mind-body, other minds, intentionality, and other problems.
Prereq: 15 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 300 level or above (preferably 467); or grad standing in Philos; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 767.

5830  (612)--Introduction to Cognitive Science
3 Credit Hours

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary study of the nature of human thought; psychological, philosophical, linguistic, and artificial intelligence approaches to knowledge representation.
Prereq: Permission of instructor or a total of 12 cr hrs from at least two of the following areas: Cptr Inf, Linguist, Philos, and Psych. Not open to students with credit for CptrInf 612, Linguist 612, or Psych 612 or 794 (Sp Qtr 1989) or 794A (Wi Qtr 1990). Cross-listed in Computer and Information Science, Linguistics, and Psychology.

5840  (620)--Advanced Philosophy of Cognitive Science
3 Credit Hours

In-depth examination of the influence of results in cognitive science upon the way in which philosophers approach fundamental issues about the nature of the mind.
Prereq: 467 or permission of instructor.

5850  (670) - Philosophy of Religion
3 Credit Hours

A study of religious concepts and problems; the idea and nature of God, of humans, their relation to the world and human destiny.
Prereq: 10 cr hrs of Philos course work at the 300 level or above; or grad standing; or permission of instructor.

8001 --Graduate Training Seminar
1-3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide professional training for all first- and second-year graduate students that will enable them to develop the skills required for success in research, teaching and service.
Prereq: Grad standing in Philos. Repeatable to a maximum of 5 cr hrs or 2 completions. This course is graded S/U.

8100  (700) - First-Year Seminar
4 Credit Hours

A topically variable introduction to advanced philosophical methodology.
Open only to first-year philosophy grad students.

8200  (801)--Seminar in the History of Philosophy
1-4 Credit Hours
Preq: Grad standing in Philos or permission of instructor.  Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs.

8300  (830)--Seminar in Value Theory
1-4 Credit Hours
Preq: Grad standing in Philos or permission of instructor.  Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs.

8500  (850)--Seminar in Logic
1-4 Credit Hours
Preq: Grad standing in Philos or permission of instructor.  Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs.

8600  (873)--Seminar in Philosophy of Language
1-4 Credit Hours
Preq: Grad standing in Philos or permission of instructor.  Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs.

8650  (855)--Seminar in Philosophy of Science
1-4 Credit Hours
Preq: Grad standing in Philos or permission of instructor.  Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs.

8700  (863)--Seminar in Metaphysics
1-4 Credit Hours
Preq: Grad standing in Philos or permission of instructor.  Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs.

8750  (860)--Seminar in Theory of Knowledge
1-4 Credit Hours
Preq: Grad standing in Philos or permission of instructor.  Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs.


8800--Seminar in Philosophy of Mind
1-4 Credit Hours
Preq: Grad standing in Philos or permission of instructor.  Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs.

8900--Placement Seminar
1-3 Credit Hours

Prereq: Grad standing in Philos. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is graded S/U.

8999 --Dissertation Research in Philosophy
1-9 Credit Hours
Research for dissertation purposes only.
Prereq: Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs or 30 completions. This course is graded S/U.

 

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