• Current Courses

    • Courses in the Department of Philosophy combine deep intellectual analyses of important thinkers with a robust and comprehensive survey of their important thoughts. Through studying both, students learn underlying concepts and examine bigger intellectual implications.

      Courses from the curriculum include:   

      • GPHI 6728 Modern Aesthetics
        Jay Bernstein
        This course will trace the development of modern aesthetics from Schiller’s On the Aesthetic Education of Man to Gilles Deleuze’s Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation. A constant theme of the course will be the interrogation of how these works converge or depart from the dominant trends of artistic modernism.
      • GPHI 6149 Plato and the Sophists 
        Cinzia Arruzza
        This lecture course will focus on Plato’s philosophical and political battle against the Sophists and their influence on Athenian politics and education. We will read fragments and extant works by Antiphon, Critias, Gorgias, Prodicus, and Protagoras, and discuss the Sophists’ contribution to the secularization of Athenian politics and the debate concerning the relation between discourse and truth, rhetoric and virtue, nature and convention.
      • GPHI 6529 The Problem of Time
        James Dodd
        What is time? In this seminar we will attempt to articulate how and why time becomes a problem for philosophy, with a particular emphasis on the phenomenologies of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger.
      • GPHI 6726 Disability and Justice
        Emmalon Davis
        In this course, we will explore two questions: (1) What is disability (2) How does (and how ought) disability inform philosophical theories of justice. In the first part of the course, we will examine different models of disability, from social models to medical models. In the second part of the course, we will examine the ways in which disability has informed philosophical theories of justice as well as how conceptions of disability have operated historically in social justice movements.
      • GPHI 6731 Anxiety and Boredom
        Dmitri Nikulin
        In this course, we will discuss two modes of thought, two "fundamental moods" characteristic of modern subjectivity. We will address the problem of boredom and anxiety with reference to the texts of Kant, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Benjamin and Elizabeth Goodstein.
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