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PHIL 201 Fundamental Texts of Western 3 Credits

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2017-2018 Fundamental Texts of Western 3
Spring 2016-2017 Fundamental Texts of Western 3
Spring 2015-2016 Fundamental Texts of Western 3
Spring 2014-2015 Fundamental Texts of Western 3
Spring 2013-2014 Fundamental Texts of Western 3
Spring 2012-2013 Fundamental Texts of Western 3
Spring 2010-2011 Fundamental Texts of Western 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 202 Problems of Philosophy 3 Credits
This course introduces students to contemporary research on the central problems of philosophy such as the foundations of knowledge, the basis of morality, the existence of God, the relationship between mind and body, and the problem of free will.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2017-2018 Problems of Philosophy 3
Fall 2016-2017 Problems of Philosophy 3
Fall 2015-2016 Problems of Philosophy 3
Fall 2014-2015 Problems of Philosophy 3
Fall 2013-2014 Problems of Philosophy 3
Fall 2012-2013 Problems of Philosophy 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 224 Philosophy and Film 3 Credits
This course aims to discuss movies and read selected philosophical texts in search of answers to a number of interrelated questions such as: How are philosophical problems depicted and dealt with in motion pictures? How can philosophy help us understand and interpret various conceptual layers of visual narratives?

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Summer 2010-2011 Philosophy and Film 3
Summer 2009-2010 Philosophy and Film 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 240 Moral Philosophy: Theory and Practice 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to moral philosophy and its application to various aspects of human life. The first part of the course will cover main moral theories including consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. The second part of the course will focus on specific issues of moral importance such as life and death decisions, our duties toward the poor and powerless, the moral status of animals, the meaning of life and how to live well.

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Spring 2014-2015 Moral Philosophy: Theory and Practice 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 300 Philosophy of Science 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the main issues and approaches in the philosophy of science. Topics to be covered are the origins, the nature and the aims of science; the problem of demarcation; the problem of induction; the nature of scientific explanation; the rationality of science and scientific objectivity; scientific method, theories and their testing; scientific revolutions; realism/anti-realism debate; and science and values.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2017-2018 Philosophy of Science 3
Fall 2016-2017 Philosophy of Science 3
Fall 2015-2016 Philosophy of Science 3
Fall 2014-2015 Philosophy of Science 3
Fall 2013-2014 Philosophy of Science 3
Fall 2012-2013 Philosophy of Science 3
Spring 2010-2011 Philosophy of Science 3

Prerequisite: SPS 101 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
and SPS 102 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 301 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the main issues and approaches in the philosophy of social sciences, with a focus on questions of methodology. These include whether social sciences employ a methodology different from that of the natural sciences; whether explanations in terms of reasons differ in any way from those in terms of causes; the nature of social reality; the relationship between individuals and social structures; the debate between methodological individualism and methodological holism; whether social sciences are value-free or not and the problem of objectivity. General approaches to be discussed are positivism, realism, the hermeneutical-interpretive and critical schools. These approaches and issues will be exemplified in the context of various social scientific disciplines.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2017-2018 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Spring 2016-2017 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Spring 2015-2016 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Spring 2014-2015 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Spring 2013-2014 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Spring 2012-2013 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Fall 2011-2012 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Fall 2010-2011 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3
Fall 2009-2010 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3

Prerequisite: SPS 101 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
and SPS 102 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 310 Philosophy of Mind 3 Credits
This course introduces students to traditional and current topics in philosophy of mind and cognition. The first part of the course is devoted to the mind-body problem and classical responses to it like dualism, identity theory, and functionalism. The second part deals with two characteristic features of mind: intentionality and consciousness. Accounts to be discussed include representationalism and the computer model of mind, connectionism and neural networks, theories of mental content, theories of phenomenal consciousness.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2017-2018 Philosophy of Mind 3
Spring 2016-2017 Philosophy of Mind 3
Spring 2015-2016 Philosophy of Mind 3
Spring 2013-2014 Philosophy of Mind 3
Spring 2012-2013 Philosophy of Mind 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 313 Emotion and Reason 3 Credits
This course explores the relations between reason and emotion in moral cognition and cognition more generally, through the works of selected major philosophers and the findings of contemporary psychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Summer 2011-2012 Emotion and Reason 3
Summer 2010-2011 Emotion and Reason 3
Summer 2009-2010 Emotion and Reason 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 321 Symbolic Logic 3 Credits
This course introduces students to formal logic. Topics to be covered include propositional logic and predicate logic.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2017-2018 Symbolic Logic 3
Fall 2016-2017 Symbolic Logic 3
Fall 2015-2016 Symbolic Logic 3
Fall 2014-2015 Symbolic Logic 3
Fall 2013-2014 Symbolic Logic 3
Fall 2012-2013 Symbolic Logic 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 322 Philosophy of Art 3 Credits
This course aims to provide both an introduction to philosophies of art and an opportunity to philosophise art, actual and perhaps imaginary: what has counted as art, for someone somewhere, as well as what might count as such. The aims of philosophy will be reviewed - such as truth, value, understanding - in the light of different works of art and different ways of understanding them. The aims, or ends, of art will also therefore be put in question.

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 323 Imagination and Play 3 Credits
This course analyzes various aspects of imagination that puzzle philosophers and psychologists. It asks what kind of puzzles emerge when, for example, children pretend to be trains or to have a tea party, when we cry while watching a movie (although we know it is just fiction), when we resist imagining that killing babies on the grounds of their gender is good, or when philosophers believe to have disproven materialism by imagining a zombie (a creature that is identical to us except lacking consciousness). Special emphasis is put on pretend play which is considered to present one of the major skills of human mental development: Is children?s fantasy totally unconstrained? Do they know that they are only pretending? What is different in the imaginative capacities of autistic children? What happens when adults try to put themselves into another?s shoes?

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Summer 2012-2013 Puzzles of the Imagination: From Children?s Worlds 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 330 Philosophy of Language 3 Credits
This course examines the major issues and approaches in philosophy of language in three parts: analytical philosophy of language, pragmatics, and philosophy of linguistics. The first part covers main theories of meaning, reference, and truth from Frege to Kripke. The second part covers theories of speech acts, implicature and related issues by such philosophers as Searle, Austin, and Grice. The final part is concerned with linguistic relativism, Saussure?s structuralism, and Chomsky?s generative grammar.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2014-2015 Philosophy of Language 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 340 Bioethics 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the ethical issues that arise in the medical sciences and related fields. Topics to be covered include utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, euthanasia, ethical issues in cloning and genetic enhancements, ethics of biomedical research, justice in the distribution of healthcare, global justice, the social and political framework of biotechnological research, and human nature.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2013-2014 Bioethics 3
Fall 2012-2013 Bioethics 3
Fall 2011-2012 Bioethics 3
Fall 2010-2011 Bioethics 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 342 Philosophy of Biology 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the main issues in philosophy of biology. It begins by briefly explaining some of the fundamental matters in philosophy of science such as: scientific inquiry, the problem of demarcation, science and values, biology?s place in sciences and following these it opens up an examination of what life is. It then continues with introductions to major philosophical topics in biology such as: evolution, units of selection, genotype and phenotype, environment, innateness, epigenetics, developmental biology, genomics and phenomics, reductionism, complexity, biological laws, sociobiology and its controversies, biology and ethics. The course aims include encouraging students to discuss these topics as well as helping them to understand the main features of biology as a scientific discipline and also to familiarize themselves with philosophical problems related to methodologies of biology and its close connections with social issues.

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 399 Independent Study 3 Credits
This course allows students to explore an area of academic interest not currently covered in regular course offerings. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning, including developing together a reading list and forms of evaluation. Students must receive the approval of a supervisor faculty member prior to enrollment.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2017-2018 Independent Study 3
Spring 2016-2017 Independent Study 3
Spring 2015-2016 Independent Study 3
Spring 2014-2015 Independent Study 3
Fall 2013-2014 Independent Study 3
Spring 2012-2013 Independent Study 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 401 Epistemology 3 Credits
This course explores the central issues in the theory of knowledge. Topics to be covered include the traditional analysis of knowledge, the Gettier problem, skepticism, coherentism, foundationalism, and reliabilism.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2016-2017 Epistemology 3
Spring 2013-2014 Epistemology 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 421 Personhood and Personal Identity 3 Credits
This course pursues a philosophical inquiry into the significance of being a `person? and the conditions of personal identity, through a critical examination of some of the major theories on personal identity and personhood developed so far.

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 425 European Humanism and After 3 Credits
The aim of this course is to offer insight in the humanist tradition in Europe (Vico, 19th century's historicism, 20th century's philology), with a focus on its "reactivation" by Edward Said before and after Orientalism. This will provide the opportunity to give some hints about humanist philosophy in the 20th century as well as anti-humanist thinking (e.g. Nietzsche, Foucault, Derrida). The stake is the necessity of producing a general critique of the philological enterprise in the last two centuries.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2013-2014 European Humanism and After 3
Spring 2009-2010 European Humanism and After 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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PHIL 450 Science and Society 3 Credits
This course aims to study the two-way interaction between science and society. It aims to understand how science and science-driven technology change society and in turn how social factors influence them. Topics covered will include: the changing nature of scientific research, the challenges to formulating science policy in democratic societies, the comercialization of scientific research, how scientific controversies on matters of interest to the public are played out, and normative questions that these issues raise.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2014-2015 Science and Society 3
Spring 2011-2012 Science and Society 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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