College of Arts and Sciences
(An asterisk [*] denotes associate membership in University Graduate School faculty.)
Oscar R. Ewing Professor
Adjunct Associate Professors
Director of Graduate Studies
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
Foreign Language Requirement
Distribution and Specialization Requirements
Dissertation Chapter Exam
Ph.D. Minor in Philosophy
Ph.D. Minor and Certificate in Logic
The Department of Philosophy participates in the Program in Pure and Applied Logic, along with the Departments of Computer Science, Linguistics, and Mathematics. For details of the requirements for the Logic Minor and the Logic Certificate, see the booklet IU Program in Pure and Applied Logic, available in the departmental office, Sycamore 026.
Philosophy Ph.D. students may minor in logic, provided that (1) no courses are double-counted for major and minor, (2) at least three of the minor courses are taken outside the Department of Philosophy, and (3) the courses constituting the minor are approved by the Philosophy Logic Area Committee.
P511 Plato (3 cr.)
P512 Aristotle (3 cr.)
P522 Topics in the History of Modern Philosophy (3 cr.) Selected topics from the philosophies of one or more of the following: Contintental rationalists (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz), British empiricists (Locke, Berkeley, Hume), and Kant. May be repeated twice with consent of instructor(s).
P526 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (3 cr.) Selected topics as announced.
P530 Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy I (3 cr.) Nineteenth-century British idealism, early Russell, and Moore.
P531 Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy II (3 cr.) Logical atomism and logical positivism.
P532 Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy III (3 cr.) Trends in recent analytic philosophy.
P535 Phenomenology and Existentialism (3 cr.) Selected topics as announced
P595 Intensive Reading: Ancient Philosophy from the Greek or Latin Texts (cr. arr.) Substantive philosophical topics investigated directly from Greek or Latin texts. Reading knowledge of ancient Latin or Greek required. May be repeated for credit.
P596 Intensive Reading: Medieval Philosophy from the Sources (cr. arr.) Substantive philosophical topics investigated directly from Latin or Hebrew texts. Reading knowledge of medieval Latin or Hebrew required. May be repeated for credit.
P597 Intensive Reading: Modern Philosophy from the Sources (cr. arr.) Substantive philosophical topics investigated directly from modern foreign-language texts. Reading knowledge of language or languages involved is required. May be repeated for credit.
P710 Seminar: Topics in History of Philosophy (4 cr.) Selected topics from ancient, medieval, or modern philosophy. May be repeated.
P748 Seminar in American Philosophy (3 cr.) Advanced study of a principal philosopher or a set of selected topics in classical American philosophy.
P546 Philosophy of Art (3 cr.) In-depth discussion of contemporary aesthetic theories.
P561 Philosophy of Mind (3 cr.) In-depth discussion of representative contemporary theories.
P570 Philosophical Psychology (3 cr.) P720 Seminar: Philosophy of Language (4 cr.) Advanced topics in the philosophy of language, e.g., reference, meaning of truth, nature of language.
P541 Selected Topics in the History of Ethics (3 cr.) Selected topics in the history of ethics, ancient, medieval, or modern.
P542 The Ethics and Values of Philanthropy (3 cr.) An inquiry into the ethics and values of philanthropy, rooted in a general understanding of philanthropy as voluntary action of the public good, and as an ethical ideal. A consideration of philanthropic activity in light of the ideal.
P694 Biomedical Ethics (3 cr.) A rigorous examination of bioethical theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on moral and conceptual issues embedded in biomedical research, clinical practice, and social policy relating to the organization and delivery of health care.
P740 Seminar: Ethical Theory (4 cr.) Selected topics in ethical theory.
Social and Political Philosophy
P543 Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (3 cr.)
Philosophy of Law
P545 Legal Philosophy (3 cr.) An introduction to major legal philosophers and fundamental legal philosophical questions. Logic
P506 Logical Theory II (3 cr.) P: P505 or equivalent. A survey of central metatheoretic topics in modern logic with special emphasis on (a) model theory and first-order completeness, (b) incompleteness and undecidability results of Gödel and Church, and (c) recursive function theory.
P550 Systems of Modal Logic (3 cr.) P: P251 or consent of instructor. Formal semantical and syntactical analysis of modal concepts, including temporal, dontic, epistemic, and general pragmatic modalities.
P551 Philosophy and Foundations of Mathematics (3 cr.) P: P251 or consent of instructor. R: P350. Philosophical and formal investigations on the foundations of mathematics. Examination of logicism, on the nature of mathematics, mathematical entities, and mathematical truth. Gödel's incompleteness theorem and its philosophical significance.
P552 Philosophy of Logic (3 cr.) P: P251 or consent of instructor. Philosophical issues on the nature of logic, alternative logics, the ontological commitments of logic, the analytic-synthetic dichotomy, the analysis of logical truth, etc. History of logic.
P750 Seminar: Logical Theory (4 cr.) Selected problems in the interpretation and application of logical systems. Such topics as model theory, nonstandard logics, and theory of meaning will be discussed.
P751 Seminar: Logic (4 cr.) Selected topics in advanced logic, e.g., set theory, recursive function theory, foundations of mathematics.
MetaphysicsP560 Metaphysics (3 cr.) In-depth discussion of representative contemporary theories.
P571 Philosophy of Nature (3 cr.) In-depth study of representative contemporary theories of space, time, causality, action, dispositions, and particulars.
P760 Seminar: Metaphysics and Epistemology (4 cr.) Advanced topics in metaphysic or epistemology or both.
Theory of KnowledgeP562 Theory of Knowledge (3 cr.) Twentieth-century developments
P730 Seminar: Contemporary Philosophy (4 cr.) Selected topics on the works of twentieth-century philosophers.
Philosophy of Science(Available from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science)
X456 Historical Development of Philosophy of Science (3 cr.)
X551-X552 Survey of the Philosophy of Science I-II (3-3 cr.)
X571 Research Topics in the Philosophy of Science (1-3 cr.)
X600 Advanced Readings Course (cr. arr.)*
X654 Seminar: Philosophy of the Social Sciences (4 cr.)
X683 Philosophical Problems of Quantum Mechanics (4 cr.)
X691 Seminar: Philosophical Problems of Space and Time (4 cr.)
X692 Seminar: Foundations of Scientific Inference (4 cr.)
X755 Special Topics in the Philosophy of Science (2-5 cr.)
X756 Special Topics in the Philosophy of Science (2-5 cr.)
P590 Intensive Reading (1-3 cr.) A tutorial course involving in-depth consideration of a specific philosophical area of problem or author. May be repeated for credit.
**These courses are eligible for a deferred grade.