Philosophical Concepts Course Offered for Fall 2018

March 19, 2018

PHIL 391: Topics in Philosophy: PHILOSOPHICAL CONCEPTS

Instructor: Ken Akiba

Philosophy majors are often shocked by the gap between the relative ease of lower (100-200) level philosophy courses and the difficulty of upper (300-400) level philosophy courses. Upper level philosophy courses are not only much more difficult but also divided into specialized subareas; as a result, it is sometimes difficult for the majors to obtain a broader view of philosophy in general. PHIL 391: Topics in Philosophy: Philosophical Concepts aims to mitigate these problems by offering relatively accessible accounts of basic philosophical concepts and distinctions that are used throughout different subareas of philosophy (such as metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and ethics). The course can also serve as introductions to those subareas.

Concepts and distinctions to be discussed may include: tokens/types, particulars/universals, realism/anti-realism, extension/intension, sets, properties, propositions, analyticity/apriority/necessity, de re/de dicto, possible worlds, form/content, representations, and internalism/externalism.

This course serves mainly as an introductory course for philosophy majors, but philosophy minors and other non-majors who are sufficiently prepared are also welcome.  Prior completion of at least three courses in philosophy is expected as (unofficial) prerequisites.

If you have any question about the course, please contact Prof. Ken Akiba (kakiba@vcu.edu).