Graduate Courses

PHILOS 303 - Theory of Knowledge (3 units; U/G)
Study of the nature, source, and limits of our knowledge of the world of experience and of necessary truth. Prereq: jr st; Philos 101(P), 201(P), or 215(P).
PHILOS 317 - Metaphysics (3 units; U/G)
Study of perennial philosophical issues about the nature of the world and our relation to it; realism, idealism, causality, the mind-body problem, time, truth. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 324 - Philosophy of Science (3 units; U/G)
Study of traditional and recent views about the nature, aim and ways of evaluating scientific theories, with reference to both the natural and social sciences. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 335 - Philosophy of Biology (3 units; U/G)
Philosophical study of topics in the biological sciences, such as evolutionary explanations, genetic determinism, the definition of life, what constitutes a biological individual. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 337 - Environmental Ethics (3 units; U/G)
Theories of environmental ethics, practical application. Responsibilities to nature/future generations; moral value/status of environment and organisms; philosophical issues concerning environmental studies and ecology. Prereq: jr st.
PHILOS 341 - Modern Ethical Theories (3 units; U/G)
Ethical theories and problems as discussed in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 349 - Great Moral Philosophers (3 units; U/G)
Major themes of moral philosophy from Plato and Aristotle to Bentham and Mill, with critical study of the outstanding works. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 350 - Introduction to the Comparative Study of Religion (3 units; U/G)
Analysis of the nature of religion, of various comparative typological classifications and methodological approaches; basic problems in understanding the varieties of religious experience and expression. Prereq: jr st; Philos 204(P), Philos/Hist/Hebr St 275(P) or Anthro 203(P).
PHILOS 351 - Philosophy of Mind (3 units; U/G)
Critical study of the nature of mind and its relation to body and matter, with emphasis on recent advances in philosophy and psychology. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 355 - Political Philosophy (3 units; U/G)
Philosophical doctrines involved in justification of political decisions; analysis of fundamental concepts such as the common good, authority, justice, natural law, and natural rights. Prereq: jr st; Philos 242(P) or a course in ethics.
PHILOS 358 - Action, Will, and Freedom (3 units; U/G)
The nature of the will, agency, intentional action, and the problem of free will and determinism. Prereq: jr st, 3 cr philos; or grad st.
PHILOS 360 - Philosophy of Perception (3 units; U/G)
Major issues in the philosophy of perception: the nature of sensation, perception and inference, the relationship of perception and belief. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in Philos.
PHILOS 384 - The Philosophy of Law (3 units; U/G)
The idea of law and its relationship to morality. Issues of legal obligation, rights, responsibility, and punishment. Philos 384 & Pol Sci 384 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr philos or previous course in political theory or law studies recom.
PHILOS 430 - Great Thinkers of the Ancient Period (3 units; U/G)
An examination of, and engagement with, the thought of some of the major philosophers of the ancient period, including the Pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 431 - History of Medieval Philosophy (3 units; U/G)
Critical and historical examination of writings of medieval philosophers such as Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, Ockham, Al Farabi, Maimonides. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 432 - Great Thinkers of the Modern Period (3 units; U/G)
An examination of the thought of representative philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 433 - Nineteenth-Century Philosophers (3 units; U/G)
Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and others. The conflict of idealistic, materialistic, and irrationalist philosophies of the nineteenth century and their influence on its social, literary, and religious movements. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 434 - Survey of Contemporary Philosophy (3 units; U/G)
Comparison of problems and solutions dealt with by currently active movements and philosophers, including Carnap, Croce, Dewey, Heidegger, Husserl, Moore, Russell, Sartre, and Wittgenstein. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 435 - Existentialism (3 units; U/G)
Analysis of existentialist thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 437 - Phenomenology (3 units; U/G)
Husserl's phenomenological method and its impact on recent continental philosophy, e.g. Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 461 - Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism (3 units; U/G)
Problems central to Islamic theology, philosophy, and mysticism, and their relations to the teachings of Islam. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 474 - Contemporary Religious Thought: (3 units; U/G)
Analysis of two or more contemporary religious thinkers (e.g., Buber, Heschel, Tillich, Barth, Bultmann, death-of-God theologians, Moltmann, Pannenberg, Rahner, Chardin). Difficulties and objections are discussed. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st, 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 475 - Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought: (3 units; U/G)
Intensive study of selected Hindu and Indian Buddhist thinkers and schools of thought, e.g. the Vedanta of Sankara and Ramanuja, Mahayana thought, modern Vedanta, Gandhi. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Pereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U/G)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
PHILOS 511 - Symbolic Logic (3 units; U/G)
First-order predicate calculus; formal properties of theoretical systems; chief results of modern mathematical logic; advanced topics such as completeness and computability. Jointly-offered w/& counts as repeat of CompSci/Math 511. Prereq: jr st, either Philos 212(P) or 6 cr math at the 300-level or above; or grad st.
PHILOS 516 - Language and Meaning (3 units; U/G)
Philosophical issues of the semantics, syntax and pragmatics of language; relations between philosophy of language and metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of science. Prereq: jr st & Philos 101(P) or 432(P).
PHILOS 517 - Special Problems in the Philosophy of Language and Linguistics: (3 units; U/G)
In depth study of one or more topics concerning the nature of language; its acquisition, use and formal structures. Retakable w/chg in topic & cons advisor & instr to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 518 - Philosophy of History (3 units; U/G)
The nature of historical knowledge and belief in terms of the justification of historical narration, explanation and prediction. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 519 - Special Problems in Metaphysics and Epistemology: (3 units; U/G)
Intensive study in such topics as perception, skepticism, induction, mathematical knowledge, universals, causality, substance, determinism, possibility. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 520 - Philosophy of the Natural Sciences (3 units; U/G)
The nature and function of science; the logic of scientific method; clarification of such concepts as cause, law, theory, probability, determinism, and teleology. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 521 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3 units; U/G)
The nature and scope of the social sciences; explanatory, interpretive, and normative concerns in theory construction, their interconnection, and their methodological implications. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 522 - Special Topics in the Philosophy of Science: (3 units; U/G)
Consideration of one or more of the following: logic of theory construction, theoretical entities, measurement, nature of laws, conventionalism, operationalism, and induction. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
PHILOS 532 - Philosophical Problems: (3 units; U/G)
Intensive study of one or two particular problems, such as determinism and freedom, ethical relativism, memory, or perception. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 535 - Philosophical Topics in Feminist Theory: (3 units; U/G)
Study of selected feminist theorists with an emphasis on past or contemporary thinkers. Attention will be paid to the philosophical importance of the problems raised. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Philos 535 & Wmns 535 are jointly offered; with same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; a course in philos or women's stds.
PHILOS 542 - Punishment and Responsibility (3 units; U/G)
Views on the moral permissibility of punishment and other forms of penalization; the foundations of a general theory of moral responsibility. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos. Philos 241(R) or social science background recom.
PHILOS 551 - Aristotle (3 units; U/G)
Intensive study of one or more of Aristotle's major works or of themes and problems in Aristotle's thought. Particular attention to careful analysis of the texts. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr philos; Philos 430(R).
PHILOS 554 - Special Topics in the History of Modern Philosophy: (3 units; U/G)
Intensive study of a philosopher, movement, or historical problem in modern philosophy, e.g., Spinoza, British empiricists, Locke's influence upon the Enlightenment, overthrow of Hegelian idealism. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr philos; Philos 432(R); or cons instr.
PHILOS 555 - Recent Philosophy: (3 units; U/G)
Intensive study of one or more philosophers or philosophical movements of the recent past. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 3 cr philos.
PHILOS 562 - Special Topics in Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: (3 units; U/G)
Intensive study of issues such as the concept of law, punishment, liberty, civil disobedience, the public good, and the applicability of scientific method to social issues. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st & 3 cr in philos.
PHILOS 681 - Seminar in Advanced Topics: (3 units; U/G)
Seminar on a philosopher, philosophical movement, issue, or problem for majors and graduate students. Research papers required. Additional prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: sr st & 12 cr in philos at 300-level or above; or grad st.
PHILOS 712 - Fundamentals of Formal Logic (3 units; G)
A study of basic aspects of contemporary formal logic. Prereq: grad st.
PHILOS 756 - Seminar in Major Movements in Philosophical Thought: (3 units; G)
Intensive study of school or movement such as continental rationalism, empiricism; existentialism, phenomenology, etc. Specific topic and any additional prerequisites announced in schedule of classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.
PHILOS 758 - Seminar in Major Philosophers: (3 units; G)
Intensive study of the thought or system, or an important part of the thought or system, of a major figure in philosophy. Specific topics and any additional prerequisites announced in schedule of classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.
PHILOS 790 - Advanced Topics in Philosophy: (3 units; G)
Discussion of special advanced topics in Philosophy. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Specific topics may be jointly-offered w/CompSci. Prereq: grad st; add'l prereqs depending on topic.
PHILOS 820 - The Teaching of Philosophy (0 units; G)
Discussion group with teaching assistants and their supervisor. Required for all teaching assistants teaching a Philos course.
PHILOS 888 - Candidate for Degree (0 units; G)
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement. Fee assessed for 1 cr. Prereq: grad st.
PHILOS 903 - Seminar in Epistemology: (2-3 units; G)
Specific topics and any additional prerequisites announced in schedule of classes each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st; & cons instr.
PHILOS 911 - Seminar in Logic: (2-3 units; G)
Specific topics and any additional prerequisites announced in Timetable each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st & cons instr.
PHILOS 920 - Seminar in the Philosophy of Science: (2-3 units; G)
Specific topics and any additional prerequisites announced in Timetable each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st & cons instr.
PHILOS 941 - Seminar in Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: (2-3 units; G)
Specific topics and any additional prerequisites announced in Timetable each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st & cons instr.
PHILOS 960 - Seminar in Metaphysics: (2-3 units; G)
Specific topics and any additional prerequisites announced in Timetable each time course is offered. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st & cons instr.
PHILOS 990 - Thesis (3 units; G)
Retakable only once in option B. Not retakable by students in Language & Linguis concentration. Prereq: grad st in option B or in Language & Linguis concentration; cons major prof & committee.
PHILOS 999 - Advanced Independent Study (1-3 units; G)
Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st & cons dept chair.