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PHILOSOPHY

PHIL-685
Selected Topics in Philosophy (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including: medical ethics, philosophy of language, advanced philosophical argumentation, philosophy of reason and passion, bio-ethics, and post-modernism. Usually meets with PHIL-485. Usually offered every term.

PHIL-685
001
PHILOSOPHY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Philosophy (3)

Marxism

This course is about Marx and his followers in nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students begin with Marx's philosophical writings, with a particular focus on the Philosophical Manuscripts and the German Ideology. Adorno, Macuse, Gramsci, Althusser, Sartre Laclau andMouffe, Derrida, and Zizek, Lacan are the main Marxists studied. Meets with PHIL-485 001.

PHIL-685
002
PHILOSOPHY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in Philosophy (3)

Philosophical Views of Habit

Given the role of habit in addiction, self-deception, ignorance, and moral numbness, "habit" seems to be synonymous with "bad habit" and dangerous, or base, in principle. However, philosophical analyses of our capacity to make and break habits also involve discussions of knowledge, embodiment, and language. If we are creatures of habit, then the idea of what that means can lead to important questions in moral psychology and many other fields. In this course, a few major theories of habit ae discussed, including Aristotle and his discussion of human excellence, as well as concepts of meaning and truth in American Pragmatism, German and French phenomenology, and twentieth century structuralisms. Ultimately, students engage in nuanced discussions of contemporary problems that we inhabit, quite literally, in feminist reflections on oppression, ignorance, stereotypes, and implicit bias. Meets with PHIL-485 002.