Department of Philosophy

Current Faculty

Eric Bayruns Garcia, Assisant Professor
B.A. 2013, Hunter College, CUNY
M.A. 2017, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Ph D. 2019, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Kaitlyn Creasy, Assistant Professor
BA. 2010, New York University
Ph D. 2017, University of New Mexico
Matthew Davidson, Professor
B.A. 1994, University of Illinois
M.A. 1997, University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. 2000, University of Wisconsin
Brandon Johns, Lecturer
B.A. 2003, University of California - Riverside
Ph.D. 2012, University of Southern California
John Mumma, Associate Professor
B.A. 1996, Cornell University
M.S. 2006, Ph.D. 2006, Carnegie Mellon University
Chris Naticchia, Professor
B.A. 1985, Cornell University
M.A. 1987, New York University, New York
Ph.D. 1995, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
William Vanderburgh , Professor
B.A. 1993, University of Western Ontario
M.A. 1994, University of Western Ontario
Ph.D. 2001, University of Western Ontario

Emeriti

B. Jill Buroker, Professor, Professor
Susan M. Finsen, Professor
Paul J. Johnson, Professor
Thomas E. Moody, Associate Professor
Tony D. Roy, Professor
B.A. 1979, M.A. 1988, University of California, San Diego
Ph.D. 1991, University of California, Davis

Courses

PHIL 1001. Moral Choices in Life. Units: 3

Fundamentals of ethical reasoning in the context of a first-year seminar. Introduction to moral theories and methods of moral decision making. Focus on such issues as ethics in the workplace, responsible citizenship, euthanasia, and responsibilities to the homeless, the environment and animals. Satisfies GE category E. Formerly offered as PHIL 101.

PHIL 1005. Critical Thinking Through Argument Analysis. Units: 3

Analysis of various kinds of reasoning employed in everyday life and in more specialized contexts, to develop each students skill in understanding and using carefully constructed arguments. Illustrations will include materials drawn from contemporary issues. Satisfies GE Category A3. Formerly offered as PHIL 105.

PHIL 1010. Introduction to Philosophical Problems. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Written Communication requirement. Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Written Communication requirement
Problems from philosophy at an introductory level. All topics satisfy the GE category C2 and WI designation. The Asian philosophy topic also satisfies G designation. May be taken for credit as topics change, but only 3 units can be used for GE category C2.

PHIL 2100. Critical Thinking Through Symbolic Logic. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: Mathematics/Quantitative reasoning GE requirement. Quarter Prerequisite: Mathematics GE requirement A3
Introduction to logic and its application to everyday reasoning. Emphasis on formal methods and modern symbolic logic. A grade of C- is required to receive GE credit. Satisfies the GE Category A3. Formerly offered as PHIL 200.

PHIL 3001. Philosophy in the World. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Written Communication requirements. Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Written Communication requirements
Philosophical examination of contemporary social, political and cultural issues. All topics satisfy GE category C4 and WI designation. The Philosophy of Race and Philosophy of Gender topics also satisfy DI designation. Human Rights and Global Citizenship topic satisfy G designation. May be taken again for credit as topics change, but only 3 units can be used for GE category C4.

PHIL 3005. Philosophical Questions in Literature. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Written Communication requirements. Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Written Communication requirements
Examination of philosophical questions in imaginative literature. May be taken again for credit as topics change, but only 3 units can be used for GE credit. All topics satisfy GE Category C4 and WI designation.

PHIL 3100. Predicate Logic. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: PHIL 2100 or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: PHIL 200 or consent of instructor
Introduction to the standard predicate calculus. Some metatheory. This course requires some basic mathematical or logical background. Formerly PHIL 300.

PHIL 3110. Alternative Logics. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: PHIL 2100 or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: PHIL 200 or consent of instructor
Logics alternative to the classical predicate calculus. Topics include logics extending or contrasting with the classical approach. May be repeated for credit two times as topics change for a total of 6 units. Formerly known as PHIL 308.

PHIL 3210. Ancient Philosophy. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Introduction to the origin of Western philosophy, as represented in the works of the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Epicureans, Skeptics and Mystics. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly PHIL 311.

PHIL 3250. Early Modern Philosophy. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Major philosophical developments in Western philosophy from c 1600-1800. Figures examined may include: Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Reid, Rousseau, Hobbes, Malebranche, Wollstonecraft, Newton, and Clarke. Satisfies the writing GE designation WI.

PHIL 3290. Topics in the History of Philosophy. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements
Study of a specially-selected figure, movement, problem, or theory in the history of philosophy. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Satisfies the GE designation WI.

PHIL 3310. Ethics. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
The nature of the meaningful life and its relation to concepts of right and wrong explored through various moral theories. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly offered as PHIL 350.

PHIL 3330. Social and Political Philosophy. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
An examination of major perspectives on how societies should be organized. Study of central issues such as legitimacy of government, and rights versus obligations; or of major concepts such as justice, equality, rights, class, patriarchy and power. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly PHIL 361B.

PHIL 3350. Philosophy of Law. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
A study of philosophical problems raised by the law, such as the obligation to obey the law; concepts of justice; and justifications for legal rights. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly PHIL 362.

PHIL 3355. Jurisprudence. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Addresses the classic question, "What is law?" and considers whether the criteria for identifying valid legal rules in a legal system refer exclusively to their origin or pedigree or whether they must also satisfy valid moral principles. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly PHIL 363.

PHIL 3390. Topics in Value Theory. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Consideration of select problems in moral and political theory. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly PHIL 351.

PHIL 3410. Philosophy of Religion. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Problems arising in contemporary philosophy of religion. These may include those arising from consideration of the nature or existence of God, the rationality of belief in God, the problem of evil, the hiddenness of God, the relation between justified belief and religious experience, and God's relation to the world. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly Phil 372.

PHIL 3450. Asian Philosophy. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Study of various philosophical issues that arise within non-Western world views such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism. Satisfies the GE desingations G and WI. Formerly offered as PHIL 375.

PHIL 3510. Theory of Knowledge. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Problems concerning acquiring and justifying knowledge, including the roles of sense perception and reason, the distinction between knowledge and belief, the nature of evidence, and the concepts of truth and certainty. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly PHIL 385.

PHIL 3520. Philosophy of Science. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Foundations of science, including the nature of scientific methodology, explanation, concept formation, and the structure of theories, using case studies from the natural sciences and social sciences. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly PHIL 386.

PHIL 3550. Metaphysics. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Problems relating to existence. Includes issues such as realism and anti-realism, the nature of modal truth, free-will and determinism, the mind-body problem, and the nature of identity. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly offered as PHIL 380.

PHIL 3560. Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: PHIL 2100 and satisfaction of the Philosophy requirement. Quarter Prerequisite: PHIL 200 and satisfaction of the Philosophy (C4) requirement
Philosophical issues raised by logic and mathematics, such as the nature of mathematical and logical truth, the nature of logical consequence, the relation between logic, mathematics and the world, and justification of logical and mathematical systems. Satisfies the GE designation WI.

PHIL 3580. Philosophy of Language. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Inquiry into the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic dimensions of language, focusing on different theories of these components, and the philosophical implications of these theories. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly offered as PHIL 387.

PHIL 3590. Topics in Metaphysics and Knowledge. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements
Consideration of select problems in metaphysics, philosophy of language, theory of knowledge and philosophy of science. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Satisfies the GE designation WI.

PHIL 3900. Topics in Philosophy. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Study of a specially-selected figure, movement, problem, or theory in philosophy. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Satisfies the GE designation WI. Formerly offered as PHIL 390.

PHIL 4100. Advanced Issues in Logic. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: PHIL 3100 or consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: PHIL 300 or consent of instructor
Discussion of issues such as axiomatic logic, proofs of soundness and completeness, the incompleteness of arithmetic and set theory. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Formerly PHIL 400.

PHIL 4200. Advanced Issues in History of Philosophy. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: At least two 3000-level philosophy courses. Quarter Prerequisite: at least two 300-level philosophy courses
An intensive study of one or more philosophical figures or topics in the history of philosophy. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Formerly PHIL 410.

PHIL 4300. Advanced Issues in Value Theory. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: at least two 3000-level philosophy courses. Quarter Prerequisite: at least two 300-level philosophy courses
Intensive study of topics in ethics, social philosophy and/or political philosophy. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Formerly PHIL 460.

PHIL 4500. Advanced Issues in Metaphysics and Knowledge. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: At least two 3000-level philosophy courses. Quarter Prerequisite: at least two 300-level philosophy courses
Intensive study of topics in metaphysics, philosophy of language, theory of knowledge and/or philosophy of science. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Formerly PHIL 485.

PHIL 4900. Advanced Topics in Philosophy. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking and Philosophy requirements. Quarter Prerequisite: satisfaction of the GE Critical Thinking (A4) and Philosophy (C4) requirements
Intensive study of a specially selected figure, movement, problem or theory in philosophy. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Formerly PHIL 490.

PHIL 5751. Internship in Philosophy. Unit: 1

Semester Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: consent of instructor
Supervised intensive work of an applied nature that requires advanced skills in philosophy. A total of six internship units may be applied toward graduation; a total of three internship units may be applied to the major. Graded credit/no credit. Formerly PHIL 575B.

PHIL 5752. Internship in Philosophy. Units: 2

Semester Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: consent of instructor
Supervised intensive work of an applied nature that requires advanced skills in philosophy. A total of six internship units may be applied toward graduation; a total of three internship units may be applied to the major. Graded credit/no credit. Formerly PHIL 575C.

PHIL 5753. Internship in Philosophy. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: consent of instructor
Supervised intensive work of an applied nature that requires advanced skills in philosophy. A total of six internship units may be applied toward graduation; a total of three internship units may be applied to the major. Graded credit/no credit. Formerly PHIL 575D.

PHIL 5951. Independent Study. Unit: 1

Semester Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Intensive study of topics not offered in other existing philosophy courses. No more than six units of independent study can apply towards the philosophy major without departmental approval. Formerly PHIL 595B.

PHIL 5952. Independent Study. Units: 2

Semester Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Intensive study of topics not offered in other existing philosophy courses. No more than six units of independent study can apply towards the philosophy major without departmental approval. Formerly PHIL 595C.

PHIL 5953. Independent Study. Units: 3

Semester Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Quarter Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Intensive study of topics not offered in other existing philosophy courses. No more than six units of independent study can apply towards the philosophy major without departmental approval. Formerly 595D.