Graduate Courses

Phil 500: Introduction to Contemporary Philosophical Literature (4, Fa Units) 
Analysis of selected philosophical problems and theses of current interest; explication of major contemporary papers and/or books is emphasized.


Phil 501: Seminar in Recent Philosophy (4, max 16, Sp Units)
Contemporary philosophical issues and literature.


Phil 503: Introduction to Contemporary Philosophical Literature on Value (4, Sp)
Analysis of selected philosophical problems and theses of current interest; explication of major contemporary papers and/or books is emphasized.


Phil 505: Proseminar in Central Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (4 Units)
Key developments in central areas of philosophy are used to provide training in philosophical analysis, criticism, and writing of precise philosophical prose.


Phil 510: Philosophical Logic (4, Sp)
Applications of logical theory to contemporary philosophical research. Elements of model theory, recursion theory; Goedel's Incompleteness results; modal logic and its interpretations. Recommended preparation: PHIL 350.


Phil 515: Studies in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (4, max 16 Units)
Problems in research in selected portions of ancient and medieval philosophy.


Phil 520: Studies in Modern Philosophy (4 Units)
Problems in research in selected portions of modern philosophy.


Phil 525: Seminar in Phenomenology (4 Units)
The origin, principles, and development of the phenomenological movement from Brentano to Merleau-Ponty.


Phil 530: Seminar in Philosophy of Law (4 Units)
Theories of the nature of law; emphasis on recent writing; legal concepts such as rights, powers, liability, legal responsibility, law, and morality.


Phil 537: Seminar in Social and Political Philosophy (4, max 16 Units)
Advanced literature on selected topics in social and political philosophy, including the nature of law, man, and society; ideals such as justice and freedom.


Phil 540: Seminar in Ethics (4, max 16 Units)
Advanced topics and literature in ethical theory.


Phil 545: Seminar in Aesthetics (4 Units)
Advanced topics in the philosophy of the arts. Contemporary views on such problems as the nature of art and the role of criticism.


Phil 550: Advanced Topics in Formal Logic (4 Units)
Consistency and completeness of the predicate calculus; truth and validity; rudiments of modal logic. Prerequisite: PHIL 450.


Phil 551: Seminar in the Philosophy of Logic (4 Units)
Advanced topics in logic and/or philosophy of logic.


Phil 560: Seminar in Metaphysics (4, max 16, Fa Units)
Advanced topics in metaphysics.


Phil 565: Philosophy of Language (4, Irregular)
Philosophical issues in the empirical study of language concerning the relationship between linguistic meaning and the use of sentences to assert and convey information.


Phil 570: Seminar in Epistemology (4, max 16 Units)
Advanced topics in epistemology.


Phil 585: Seminar in Philosophy of Science (4, max 16 Units)
Advanced topics in the philosophy of science.


Phil 589: Writing for Publications in Philosophy (4 Units)
Intensive writing seminar in which students read cutting-edge philosophy and take supervised steps towards crafting critical essays for publication.

Prerequisites: Philosophy 500, Philosophy 505 (or equivalent), and permission of instructor(s).


Phil 590: Directed Research (1-12 Units)
Research leading to the master's degree. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.


Phil 594: Master's Thesis (2-2-0 Units)
Credit on acceptance of thesis. Graded IP/CR/NC. 594abz. (2-2-0)


Phil 599: Special Topics (2-4, max 8 Units)
Major trends of current thought; specific topics to be announced.


Phil 790: Research (1-12 Units)
Research leading to the doctorate. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.


Phil 794: Doctoral Dissertation (2-2-2-2-0 Units)
Credit on acceptance of dissertation. Graded IP/CR/NC. 794abcdz (2-2-2-2-0)



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