Philosophy

Office: 5057 Woodward, 12th floor; 313-577-4583
Chairperson: John Corvinohttp://www.clas.wayne.edu/Philosophy/

CORVINO, JOHN F.: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; B.A., St. John's University; Professor and Chair

COTTRELL, JONATHAN D.: Ph.D., New York University; B.A., University of Oxford; Assistant Professor

FANSELOW, RYAN T.: Ph.D., M.A., University of Maryland; B.A., University of California, Riverside; Lecturer

HIDDLESTON, ERIC D.: Ph.D., M.A., Cornell University; B.A., University of Nebraska; Associate Professor

KIM, KATHERINE: Ph.D., M.A., University of Washington; B.A., University of Southern California; Assistant Professor

LOMBARD, LAWRENCE B.: Ph.D., Stanford University; A.B., Cornell University; Professor

MCKINSEY, T. MICHAEL: Ph.D., Indiana University; M.A., Kansas State University; B.A., Southern Methodist University; Professor

RUSSELL, BRUCE A.: Ph.D., M.A., B.S., University of California, Davis; Professor

STIDD, SEAN C.: Ph.D, M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.S., Harvey Mudd College; Senior Lecturer

VINEBERG, SUSAN N.: Ph.D., B.A., University of California, Berkeley; Associate Professor

WILBURN, JOSHUA J.: Ph.D., Princeton University; B.A., University of Texas, Austin; Associate Professor

YANAL, ROBERT J.: Ph.D., M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago; B.A., University of Pittsburgh; Professor Emeritus

 

History of Philosophy

 

PHI 5400 The Presocratics and Sophists Cr. 4

Selected readings on topics in philosophers who preceded or were contemporaneous with Socrates (7th - 5th centuries B.C.E), such as Heraclitus, Parmenides, Zeno, Democritus. Offered Irregularly.

Prerequisites: ([PHI 2000 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [CLA 1010 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [PS 1010 with a minimum grade of D-])

PHI 5420 Aristotle Cr. 4

Selected readings on topics in Aristotle. Offered Biannually.

PHI 5440 Continental Rationalism Cr. 4

Topics concerning Descartes, Spinoza or Leibniz. Offered Irregularly.

Prerequisites: ([PHI 2000 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [CLA 1010 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [PS 1010 with a minimum grade of D-])

PHI 5450 British Empiricism Cr. 4

Topics concerning Locke, Berkeley or Hume. Offered Irregularly.

Prerequisites: ([PHI 2000 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [CLA 1010 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [PS 1010 with a minimum grade of D-])

PHI 5460 Kant Cr. 4

Selected topics or readings in Kant's philosophy. Offered Biannually.

Prerequisites: ([PHI 2000 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [CLA 1010 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [PS 1010 with a minimum grade of D-])

PHI 7810 Seminar in History of Philosophy Cr. 4

Study of a philosopher or period. Offered Irregularly.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 8 Credits

Logic

PHI 5050 Advanced Symbolic Logic Cr. 4

Formal, extensive treatment of first-order predicate logic with emphasis on the notions of a formal logical language and truth in a model; the logic of identity; definite descriptions; brief introductions to set theory and the metatheory of propositional and first-order logic; some additional advanced topics to be selected by the instructor. Offered Yearly.

Equivalent: LIN 5050

PHI 5350 Logical Systems I Cr. 4

Metaresults concerning formal systems of first-order logics; soundness, completeness, and compactness; introduction to model theory; introduction to recursive functions and Church's theorem; formalization of elementary arithmetic; discussion of Godel's first and second incompleteness theorems; and Tarski's theorem. Offered Irregularly.

Prerequisites: ([PHI 1850 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [PHI 1860 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [PHI 5050 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [MAT 5600 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [MAT 5420 with a minimum grade of D-])

Equivalent: MAT 5350

PHI 5390 Logical Systems II Cr. 4

Advanced topics in logic. Offered Irregularly.

Prerequisites: ([MAT 5350 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [PHI 5350 with a minimum grade of D-])

Philosophical Problems

PHI 5230 Philosophy of Science Cr. 4

Intensive investigation and discussion of special topics or particular authors in the philosophy of science. Offered Yearly.

Prerequisites: (1 of PHI 2400, PHI 2550, PHI 3500, PHI 3600, PHI 5230, PHI 5500, PHI 5530, PHI 5550, PHI 5570, PHI 5630, PHI 5640)

PHI 5500 Topics in Metaphysics Cr. 4

Intensive investigation and discussion of special topics or particular authors in metaphysics. Offered Yearly.

Prerequisites: (1 of PHI 2400, PHI 2550, PHI 3500, PHI 3600, PHI 5230, PHI 5500, PHI 5530, PHI 5550, PHI 5570, PHI 5630, PHI 5640)

PHI 5530 Topics in Epistemology Cr. 4

Intensive investigation and discussion of special topics or particular authors in the theory of knowledge. Offered Irregularly.

Prerequisites: (1 of PHI 2400, PHI 2550, PHI 3500, PHI 3600, PHI 5230, PHI 5500, PHI 5530, PHI 5550, PHI 5570, PHI 5630, PHI 5640)

PHI 5550 Philosophy of Mind Cr. 4

Intensive investigation and discussion of special topics or particular authors concerned with the nature and status of the mental and theories about the mental. Offered Biannually.

Prerequisites: (1 of PHI 2400, PHI 2550, PHI 3500, PHI 3600, PHI 5230, PHI 5500, PHI 5530, PHI 5550, PHI 5570, PHI 5630, PHI 5640)

PHI 5570 Philosophy of Language Cr. 4

Intensive investigation and discussion of philosophical problems concerning meaning, truth, and the nature of language. Offered Biannually.

Prerequisites: (1 of PHI 2400, PHI 2550, PHI 3500, PHI 3600, PHI 5230, PHI 5500, PHI 5530, PHI 5550, PHI 5570, PHI 5630, PHI 5640)

Equivalent: LIN 5570

PHI 5630 Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy I Cr. 4

Major works, movements, and writers in the analytic tradition in the twentieth century up to the 1940s, such as Frege, Russell, Moore, the early Wittgenstein, Carnap, Ayer. Offered Irregularly.

Prerequisites: (1 of PHI 2400, PHI 2550, PHI 3500, PHI 3600, PHI 5230, PHI 5500, PHI 5530, PHI 5550, PHI 5570, PHI 5630, PHI 5640)

PHI 5640 Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy II Cr. 4

Major works, movements, and writers in the analytic tradition from the 1940s to the present, such as Quine, Austin, Ryle, the later Wittgenstein, Grice, Kripke, Putnam. Offered Irregularly.

Prerequisites: (1 of PHI 2400, PHI 2550, PHI 3500, PHI 3600, PHI 5230, PHI 5500, PHI 5530, PHI 5550, PHI 5570, PHI 5630, PHI 5640)

PHI 7790 Seminar in Philosophy of Language Cr. 4

Offered Irregularly.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 8 Credits

PHI 7800 Seminar in Philosophy: Special Topics Cr. 4

Offered Irregularly.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 8 Credits

PHI 7850 Seminar in Epistemology Cr. 4

Offered Irregularly.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 8 Credits

PHI 7860 Seminar in Metaphysics Cr. 4

Offered Irregularly.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 8 Credits

Special Courses

PHI 5800 Special Topics in Philosophy Cr. 2-4

Topics and prerequisites to be announced in Schedule of Classes . Offered Irregularly.

Repeatable for 8 Credits

PHI 5990 Directed Reading Cr. 1-6

Intensive investigation by student on topic chosen by student in consultation with instructor. Offered Every Term.

Repeatable for 12 Credits

PHI 7990 Directed Study in Philosophy Cr. 1-4

Directed study for graduate students in Philosophy. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 6 Credits

PHI 7999 Master's Essay Direction Cr. 1-4

Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Candidate Masters, enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 99 Credits

PHI 8999 Master's Thesis Direction and Research Cr. 1-8

Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Candidate Masters, enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

PHI 9990 Pre-Doctoral Candidacy Research Cr. 1-8

Research in preparation for doctoral dissertation. Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 12 Credits

PHI 9991 Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction Cr. 7.5

Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

PHI 9992 Doctoral Candidate Status II: Dissertation Research and Direction Cr. 7.5

Offered Every Term.

Prerequisite: PHI 9991, with a minimum grade of S

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

PHI 9993 Doctoral Candidate Status III: Dissertation Research and Direction Cr. 7.5

Offered Every Term.

Prerequisite: PHI 9992, with a minimum grade of S

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

PHI 9994 Doctoral Candidate Status IV: Dissertation Research and Direction Cr. 7.5

Offered Every Term.

Prerequisite: PHI 9993, with a minimum grade of S

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

PHI 9995 Candidate Maintenance Status: Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction Cr. 0

Offered Every Term.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 0 Credits

Theory of Value

PHI 5240 Special Topics in Social and Political Philosophy Cr. 4

Selected topics and readings from major social and political philosophers. Offered Irregularly.

Prerequisites: ([PHI 2000 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [CLA 1010 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [PS 1010 with a minimum grade of D-])

Repeatable for 8 Credits

PHI 5270 Philosophy of Law Cr. 4

Intensive investigation and discussion of special topics or particular authors in the philosophy of law. Offered Biannually.

PHI 5280 History of Ethics Cr. 4

A survey and discussion of historically important moral philosophers from Plato to Mill. Offered Biannually.

Prerequisites: ([PHI 2000 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [CLA 1010 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [PS 1010 with a minimum grade of D-])

PHI 5300 Foundations of Ethics Cr. 4

Twentieth century moral philosophers in the analytic tradition, with focus on debates in moral realism, moral epistemology, and the ""Why be moral?"" question; includes such philosophers as Moore, Stevenson, Foot, Mackie, Blackburn, Gibbard, Parfit, Korsgaard, and Railton. Offered Biannually.

Prerequisites: ([PHI 2000 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [CLA 1010 with a minimum grade of D-] OR [PS 1010 with a minimum grade of D-])

PHI 7830 Seminar in Aesthetics Cr. 4

Offered Irregularly.

Prerequisite: PHI 3700, with a minimum grade of C-

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 8 Credits

PHI 7840 Seminar in Ethics Cr. 4

Offered Irregularly.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Repeatable for 8 Credits