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PHI 1010 or 1010H Philosophy and Propositional Logic3
creditsTruth, semantic paradoxes, conditionals and probability,
possible worlds, vagueness, logical consequence, and other crucial topics in
PHI 1011 Introduction to Philosophy I3
creditsIntroduction to the problems of ethics, political and social
philosophy, philosophy of religion, and aesthetics.
PHI 1012 Introduction to Philosophy II3
creditsIntroduction to the problems of meta-physics, epistemology,
and philosophy of science.
PHI 1100 Logic3 creditsIntroduction to formal
PHI 1130 Symbolic Logic3 creditsAdvanced logic.
Topics are selected from the following: 1) soundness and completeness proofs; 2)
meticulous examination of Godel’s proof of his first incompleteness theorem; 3)
modal logic; and 4) axiomatic set theory.Prerequisite: PHI 1100.
PHI 1220 Philosophy of Language3 creditsTheories of
meaning, reference, and truth.
PHI 1320 Theories of the Mind3 creditsExamination of
rival conceptions of mind and self, and of differing explanatory models for
PHI 1360 Theory of Knowledge3 creditsConcepts of
sense perception, memory, knowledge, and belief; principle of verifiability and
problems of induction. Emphasis on contemporary views. Prerequisite: one
semester of PHI.
PHI 1400 Philosophy of Science3 creditsFundamental
conceptions of the empirical and mathematical sciences, such as explanation,
law, theory, space, determinism, and reduction. Prerequisite: one semester of
PHI or one year of science or mathematics.
PHI 1550 Metaphysics3 creditsCurrent metaphysical
problems, with topics to be selected from the following: nature of metaphysical
reasoning, problems of language and reference, mind-body problem, determinism
and free will, causality, personal survival, and the philosophical concept of
God.Prerequisite: one semester of PHI.
PHI 1600 Ethics3 creditsFundamental moral problems
such as the place of pleasure and happiness in the moral life, and the relation
between individual interests and social obligations. Readings from classical and
PHI 1800 Philosophy of Art3 credits
PHI 1932H Freshman Honors Seminar II: Modernity3
PHI 2170 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy3
creditsFrom the pre-Socratics to Thomas Aquinas, with emphasis on
Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Boethius, and Aquinas.
PHI 2420 Modern Philosophy3 creditsContinental
rationalism and British empiricism, from Descartes to Hume.
PHI 2560 Philosophy in the 19th and 20th Centuries3
creditsThe chief contributions of Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer,
Nietzsche, James, Russell, Ayer, and Wittgenstein.
PHI 2640 Contemporary Analytic Philosophy3
creditsPhilosophical analysis, logical positivism, and ordinary
language philosophy; representative selections from Russell, Moore,
Wittgenstein, Ryle, Ayer, and J. L. Austin. Prerequisite: one semester of
PHI 2650 Phenomenology and Existentialism3
creditsCritical examination of these two related movements, with
special attention to the works of Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre.
PHI 3200 Classical Political Philosophy3
creditsTheories of great political philosophers from Plato to
Hegel; analysis of various interpretations of history, the nature of man,
justice, liberty, and authority. (Not open to students who have taken POL
1801.)Prerequisite: one semester of PHI or POL 1001 or 1040.
PHI 3402 Philosophy of Law3 creditsFundamental
questions about the nature and scope of law, grounds for legal obligation, and
the justification of particular jural practices, such as punishment.
PHI 4901 Independent Study
PHI 4911 Guided ProjectMeet with the Yeshiva College
PHI 4930 Selected Topics3 creditsSpecial topics,
issues, and movements in philosophy.Prerequisites: one semester of PHI and
permission of the instructor.
PHI 4931 or 4932 Seminar3 creditsIntensive analysis
of a philosopher, a philosophic concept, or a philosophic
movement.Prerequisites: one semester of PHI and permission of the
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