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Upcoming Graduate Courses (See below for Undergraduate Courses)

Philosophy 567.4 Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science

Winter 2017: Scientific Practice (with C. Kenneth Waters)

Other Graduate Courses

Philosophy 603 Graduate ProSeminar

The aim of this seminar is to sharpen one’s research, writing, and professional skills. We will focus on how to write a scholarship proposal, construct a C.V., give a research presentation, identify a promising research topic, as well as write a research proposal, abstract, and paper.

Fall 2014 Syllabus

Philosophy 667.9 Topics in Philosophy of Science

Philosophical theories of natural kinds tend to assume that ultimately there will be one correct theory of natural kinds reflecting the way the world is fundamentally divided. The phrase one often hears in philosophy is that natural kinds ‘carve nature at its joints.’ This seminar explores how philosophers can offer a more scientifically informed and more pragmatic approach to natural kinds. We start the seminar by reading and discussing foundational articles on natural kinds to get us up to speed on the topic. We then turn to articles selected by students related to their research as well as several articles selected by visitors to the Philosophy Department. Students in this course undertake a semester long research project with the aim of producing a research paper that can be submitted for presentation at a conference.

Winter 2016 Syllabus

Philosophy 623.5 Topics in Metaphysics: Scientific Metaphysics

The topic of this seminar is metaphysical inquiry informed by science. The seminar is organized into three parts. The first part is devoted to introductory readings on scientific metaphysics. These readings provide overviews of naturalistic metaphysics, accounts of how metaphysics might be informed by science, and discussions of the relationship between philosophy of science and metaphysics. The contents of the rest of the seminar are set by student research projects. Students identify their own topics during this part of the seminar. In the second part, students present their topics and select readings for the class to read and discuss. In the third part of the course, students read and discuss drafts of one another’s research papers.

Fall 2015 Syllabus (taught with C. Kenneth Waters)

Philosophy 667.3 Topics in Philosophy of Science: Philosophy of Biology

Fall 2012 Syllabus
Winter 2011 Syllabus

Philosophy 667.4 Topics in Philosophy of Science: Natural Kinds and Scientific Classification

Winter 2012 Syllabus

Upcoming Undergraduate Courses

Philosophy 567.4: Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science

Winter 2017: Scientific Practice (with C. Kenneth Waters)

Other Undergraduate Courses

Philosophy 201: Mind, Matter, and God

This class is a general introduction to philosophy. It will focus on three areas of philosophy: epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind. Epistemology explores how we obtain knowledge. Philosophy of science asks what makes a theory scientific. Philosophy of mind attempts to provide an account of the mind.

Winter 2015 Syllabus

Philosophy 275: Scientific and Critical Reasoning

Topics include reasoning, informal fallacies, propositional logic, proof, categorical propositions, syllogisms, and generalizations and analogies.

Winter 2010 Syllabus

Philosophy 367: Science and Philosophy

We will discuss four important questions in the philosophy science. What makes a theory a scientific theory? What is scientific objectivity? What does science tell us about human nature? Are scientific theories true?

Winter 2016 Syllabus

Philosophy 467: Problems in the Philosophy of Science

The course will focus on philosophical accounts of scientific explanation. We will explore prominent theories of explanation, as well a particularly problematic area of explanation: historical explanation.

Fall 2013 Syllabus

Philosophy 517.3: Advanced Topics in the History and Philosophy of Science

Philosophical theories of natural kinds tend to assume that ultimately there will be one correct theory of natural kinds reflecting the way the world is fundamentally divided. The phrase one often hears in philosophy is that natural kinds ‘carve nature at its joints.’ This seminar explores how philosophers can offer a more scientifically informed and more pragmatic approach to natural kinds. We start the seminar by reading and discussing foundational articles on natural kinds to get us up to speed on the topic. We then turn to articles selected by graduate students related to their research as well as several articles selected by visitors to the Philosophy Department.

Winter 2016 Syllabus

Philosophy 523.5 Advanced Topics in Metaphysics

The topic of this seminar is metaphysical inquiry informed by science. This class will meet with a graduate seminar.

Fall 2015 Syllabus (taught with C. Kenneth Waters)

Philosophy 565.3 Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science: Philosophy of Biology

Fall 2012 Syllabus

Philosophy 567.2 Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science: Natural Kinds and Scientific Classification

Winter 2012 Syllabus