Dr. Nicolas Bommarito
Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Register for Class #: 24025
This seminar introduces a set of philosophical problems surrounding human motivation and character in relation to morality and rationality. It is not about: trolley cases or people hooked up to fMRI machines while answering questions about trolley cases.
Dr. Richard Cohen
Wednesday, 4:00 - 6:40 PM
Register for Class #: 24059
The political - in theory and practice - has always had two contending valences: justice and power. Ethical politics, reflected upon by Plato and Aristotle and exhorted by the Hebrew Bible, demands that power serve justice. Realpolitik, reflected by Machiavelli, Hobbes and Schmitt, would empower power for power's sake. Reflecting the profound transformations produced by the Industrial Revolution and mathematical science, modern ethical politics began in revolutions overthrowing regimes of feudal authoritarianism for the sake of the "rights of man and citizen," i.e., for liberal democracy. Today, however, when liberal democracy has succumbed to plutocracy, two new challenges have arisen against it. From the side of ethical politics, social democracy would correct liberal democracy and preserve human rights by providing for their cooperative and collective material collections. From the side of realpolitik, in contrast, a dictatorial and nationalist authoritarianism - fascism, populism - would eliminate liberalism and democracy, and thereby also thwart the possible rise of social democracy.
This course will trace these several developments, in part their historical unfolding, but paying primary attention to intellectual representations of capitalism, modern science, Enlightenment, liberal democracy, social democracy and fascism, to their complex inter-dynamics and most particularly focused upon the opposition of the latter two. We will discuss a variety of political thinkers, with especial attention paid to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant and Karl Marx.
Dr. David Hershenov
Tuesday, 4:00 - 6:40 PM
Register for Class #: 24026
This seminar will deal with some contemporary controversies in bioethics. We'll examine whether: (1) health care workers should have the right to conscientiously refuse to provide legal, established, and expected medical services; (2) doctors should provide transgender adolescents with the puberty-blocking treatment without parental approval; (3) organ sales ought to be permitted out of respect for the autonomy of the person who is the organ source and to increase the supply of life saving organs; (4) the dead donor rule should be abandoned and multiple vital organs taken from those who are dying or comatose - assuming they have given their earlier consent; (5) infanticide should be an option for neonates born with severe pathologies; (6) disabilities should be treated as "mere differences" and environments changed to accommodate them or they should be viewed as "bad differences" and cured; (7) the anti-natalists are correct that it is a harm to bring someone into existence.
The readings will most likely consist of papers by the following authors: David Benatar, Elizabeth Barnes, Christopher Boorse, Jeff McMahan, Peter Singer, Alberto Giubilini, Francesca Minerva, Michael Tooley, David Hershenov, Alan Shewmon, Robert Truog, John Lizza, James Bernat, Gerald Dworkin, Janet Radcliffe-Richards, Paul Hughes, Samuel Kerstein, James S. Taylor, Maura Priest, Alex Bird, Julian Savulescu, Udo Schuklenk, and Ezekiel Emanuel.
Dr. Ryan Muldoon
Thursday, 1:00 - 3:40 PM
Register for Class #: 24027
This seminar will focus on local social dynamics and how they can shape civic values. We will take a look at a combination of empirical social science, theoretical models, and normative political philosophy to examine how and when liberal arrangements give rise to distinct normative values. Of particular interest will be questions surrounding residential density and residential segregation.
Dr. Barry Smith
Monday, 1:00 - 3:50 PM
Register for Class #: 24032
The aim of the course is to provide a philosophical introduction to intelligence analysis. We will apply the methods of philosophy to a range of topics including: the nature and goals of intelligence analysis; the cognitive processes involved; the different types of evidence used; statistical aspects of analytic reasoning; the role of AI and other forms of computer support. Philosophical methods employed will include those of epistemology, social ontology, cognitive ontology, and the philosophy of computing and information.
This is a three credit hour graduate seminar. Components of each three-hour seminar will be incorporated into a series of on-line videos. The final session will be structured around YouTube videos created by the students in the class. The course will feature a practical component, in which students will be trained in the basic cognitive tools of intelligence analysis.
Dr. Neil Williams
Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:40 PM
Register for Class #: 24037
In this course we'll be looking at the most cutting-edge work in what is the largest growth field in contemporary metaphysics: powers and dispositions. Our focus will be on two very recent monographs, McKitrick's (2018) Dispositional Pluralism and Williams' (2019) The Powers Metaphysic.
See HUB Registration site for Individual Tutorial Course Sections with Philosophy Department Faculty, to be arranged with permission of instructor:
PHI 599 Graduate Tutorial
PHI 701 MA Thesis Guidance Tutorials (Arranged with Professor)
PHI 703 Dissertation Guidance Tutorials (Arranged with Professor)