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Please note that all courses with the letter “a” are offered in the fall semester and all courses with the letter “b” are offered in the spring semester.
DRST 003/004 Directed Studies: Philosophy (DS)
An examination of major figures in the history of Western philosophy with an aim of discerning characteristic philosophical problems and their interconnections. Emphasis on Plato and Aristotle in the fall term. In the spring term, modern philosophers include Descartes, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, and Nietzsche. HU, WR
Fall: David Charles, Brad Inwood, John Hare, Ken Winkler, Adam Eitel, Jonathan Fine
Spring: Michael Della Rocca, Daniel Greco, Stephen Darwall, Mark Maxwell, Terence Renaud, Jonathan Fine
History of Philosophy
Ethics and Value Theory
History of Philosophy
How does beauty matter to who we aspire to be and how we desire to live together? Beauty has long been thought central to a good life; but beauty can be superficial, damaging, vain. This course explores how ancient philosophers grappled with the challenges of beauty in a good life so that we can reflect on the ethical and political challenges of beauty today. We focus on the central place of beauty in ancient Greek ethics, asking among other questions: What is beauty, and is it good? What does it mean to pursue beauty and how are its pursuits shaped by culture? What is the role of love in a worthwhile life? Is beauty fake or does it show what is real? A dangerous ideal or a guide to happiness? How might appearing beautiful to others affect senses of self or shame and honor? How is beauty tied to norms of gender, class, and race—across different historical contexts? We read several dialogues of Plato—including the Symposium and Phaedrus—with attention to their historical context before examining Aristotle, Stoics, and some modern legacies of and challenges to these ideas in virtue ethics, feminist aesthetics, and critical race theory. Other thinkers include Homer, Sappho, Smith, Shaftesbury, Dubois, de Beauvoir, Murdoch, Williams, and Paul Taylor. Course includes film screening and class trip to Yale Art Gallery.
One course in Philosophy, Classics, or Humanities, or permission of Instructor. HU, WR
Metaphysics and Epistemology
PHIL 226b, Metaphysics: the Paradoxes of Time Travel LA Paul
This course explores the possibilities and paradoxes of time travel: could we travel back to the past? Could we travel a thousand years into the future? If so, could you go back in time and ensure that you am not born? If this is not possible, what does this tell us about free will? If so, does this mean that, in the present, we can cause things to happen in the past? More generally, what would the logical structure of time have to be in order to make time travel possible? How would we experience time travel? The paradoxes and possibilities of time travel serve as a foil for exploring central questions in metaphysics about the nature of time, the possibility of free will, the direction of causation, and the persistence of persons. HU
TTH 11:35-12:25 HTBA