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Graduate Courses

Here is the complete list of philosophy graduate courses at Georgia State. It is not possible to offer all these courses in any one year.

In addition to the regularly offered courses described below (and any other Georgia State University courses), Georgia State University students are able to take courses at about 20 local universities, such as Emory University. Students should be aware that the cross-registration deadlines and procedures are complex and the other universities often require that students follow them to the letter.

PHIL 6010 - PLATO
Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or consent of the instructor.Not open to students with prior credit for Phil 611. Advanced introduction to the major areas of Plato's philosophy, which may include the relationship between virtue and knowledge, the theory of recollection, the theory of forms, the nature of sensible objects, and the relationship between the individual and the state. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6020 - ARISTOTLE
Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or consent of the instructor.Not open to students with prior credit for Phil 610. Advanced introduction to the major areas of Aristotle's philosophy, which may include early and later theories of substance, methodology, the study of nature, the soul, and ethics. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6030 - TOPICS IN ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or consent of the instructor. Not open to students with prior credit for Phil 692. Investigation of a specific theme, philosopher, or text, such as Aristotle's ethics, the philosophy of Socrates,Plato's Republic, Stoicism, Hellenistic ethics, or Aristotle's philosophy of mind. May be repeated if topic varies. A maximum of 6 hours of credit may be applied toward the degree. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6040 - AUGUSTINE AND AQUINAS
(Same as RelS 6040.) Selected works of the major religious philosophers of the Middle Ages with emphasis on their views on topics such as God, sin, human nature, free will, faith, and politics. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6050 - TOPICS IN MODERN PHILOSOPHY
Intensive study of major works of at least two of the following rationalist or empiricist philosophers: Descartes,Spinoza, Leibniz, Malbranche, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, or Reid. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6055 - HUME
Advanced introduction to the major areas of Hume's philosophy. Topics may include the relation between his theoretical and moral philosophy, skepticism, causation, necessity, the foundations of human knowledge, self-consciousness, personal identity, reason, will, sentiment, naturalism, and normativity. May be repeated if topic varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the degree. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6060 - KANT
Selected works of Kant, such as The Critique of Pure Reason or The Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6070 - MARXISM
Origin and development of central themes in the philosophy of Karl Marx, such as alienation, exploitation, and dialectical materialism, with limited reference to contemporary trends in Marxist thought. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6075 - TOPICS 19TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY
Investigation of a specific theme, philosopher, or text, such as Hegel, Nietzsche, German Idealism, or the emergence of philosophy in America. May be repeated if topic varies, but only six credit hours may be applied to the major. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6085 - TOPICS HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
Investigation of a specific theme, philosopher, or text, such as scepticism in Ancient and Modern Philosophy, Anselm, or the Summa Contra Gentiles. May be repeated if topic varies, but only six credit hours may be applied to the major. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6090 - TOPICS IN CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY
Study of works of such authors as Husserl, Scheler, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Ricoeur. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6095 - TOPICS IN ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY
Study of works of such authors as Russell, Moore, Carnap, Putnam, Lewis, Feinberg, Hart, and Rawls. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6100 - EPISTEMOLOGY
Problems in the concept of knowledge, such as the definition of propositional knowledge, the problem of induction, the a priori, and theories of truth. May also include theories such as coherentism, reliabilism, and foundationalism. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6130 - PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Varieties of scientific explanation; hypothesis formation and confirmation; paradigms, laws, and theories; the status of unobservable entities; holism and reductionism; science and values; nature and scope of scientific progress; limits of scientific explanation. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6150 - TOPICS IN EPISTEMOLOGY
Investigation of selected contemporary or classical topics in epistemology, May be repeated if topic varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6300 - METAPHYSICS
Prerequisite: one upper-level course in philosophy or religious studies.(Same as RelS 6300. Formerly Phil 6600.)Topics may include personal identity and human nature; space, time, matter, and causality; freedom and determinism;teleology; conceptions of divinity; and world views and paradigm shifts. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6330 - PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
Topics such as theories of mind; the connection between mental and physical states; the relation between mind, language, and the world; and artificial intelligence. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6340 - PHILOSOPHY & COGNITIVE SCIENCE
Philosophy and Cognitive Science. An interdisciplinary examination of the problems, theories, and research strategies central to the study of the human mind and of other cognitive systems. Basic readings will come from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology. Topics of investigation may include perception, mental representation, language, modularity, consciousness, emotions, moral psychology, action, mental disorders, folk psychology, and animal minds. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6350 - TOPICS IN METAPHYSICS
Study of specific issues in metaphysics, such as free will, causation, time, personal identity, possible worlds, existence of God, realism, etc. May be repeated if topic varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6500 - SYMBOLIC LOGIC
Fundamentals of propositional and predicate logic, with selected topics in such areas as the logic of identity and relations. Emphasis placed on construction of proofs informal systems. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6530 - PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or consent of instructor. (Formerly Phil 6400.)Efforts in twentieth-century philosophy to account for the unique capacities of language to represent the world and to communicate our beliefs about it. Topics may include the nature of language, theories of meaning and reference, semantic paradoxes, private language, speech acts, and nonhuman language. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6700 - ETHICS
Major Western theories, such as relativism, egoism, emotivism, utilitarianism, deontology, naturalism, intuitionism, virtue, ethics, existential ethics, and feminist ethics. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6720 - ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
A consideration of the challenges environmental problems pose for ethical theory. Topics covered may include: the moral status of nonhuman animals, environmental preservation and restoration, environmental sustainability, development, human population growth, ethics as it bears on issues in nonbiological environmental sciences, and other related issues. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6740 - ADVANCED BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
Major moral problems in science and medicine, including abortion, death and euthanasia, treatment of the mentally ill, experimentation with human subjects, and genetic research. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6750 - TOPICS IN ETHICS
Study of the works of major authors or views in normative ethics and/or metaethics. The focus will be on contemporary ethics but the course may include some study of historical figures. May be repeated if topic varies. A maximum of six credit hours nay be applied toward the major. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6770 - MORAL PSYCHOLOGY
Examination of how humans function in moral contexts and how its information may impact debates in ethical theory. Topics may include moral judgment and intuitions, moral disagreement, reason and emotion, moral agency and responsibility, character traits and virtues, altruism and egoism, and moral development
3.000 Credit hours

PHIL 6780 - NEUROETHICS
Neuroethics considers how ethical theories inform neuroscientific practice and how neuroscientific discoveries inform ethical theorizing. Topics may include ethical protocols for neuroscience research, ethical and legal implications of neuroscientific research, and implication of neuroscientific research, and implications of neuroscience for debates about moral behavior and judgment.
3.000 Credit hours

PHIL 6790 - TOPICS IN NEUROETHICS
Study of specific issues in neuroethics, such as cognitive enhancement, neuromarketing, neurolaw, neuroscience and free will, etc.
3.000 Credit hours

PHIL 6800 - SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Issues such as the definition and justification of human rights, justice, social welfare, and forms of political participation, and the debate between ideologies. Readings from classical and contemporary sources, for example, Plato, Locke, Mill, Marx, and Rawls. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6820 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or consent of instructor. (Formerly Phil 6720.) Topics such as theories of law, feminist legal theory, the nature of legal reasoning, legal obligation, law and justice, law and morality. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6830 - PHILOSOPHY OF ART
Historical and contemporary accounts of the nature of art, aesthetic experience, creative activity, imagination, expression, interpretation, and aesthetic evaluation. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6855 - ADV TOPICS POLITICAL THEORY
Advanced survey of the great writings in political thought. Examines the contributions these works made to Western conceptions such as democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, and liberty, as well as their continuing relevance for understanding contemporary moral and political dilemmas. May be repeated if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6870 - FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
(Same as WSt 4360. Formerly Phil 6860.) Classical and contemporary issues concerning women, such as discrimination on the basis of gender, class, race, or sexuality, whether gender is natural or constructed, and historical roots of feminist and anti-feminist perspectives. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6890 - TOPICS SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHIL
Study of selected issues in social/political philosophy. The focus will be on contemporary ethics but the course may include some study of historical figures. May be repeated if topic varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6900 - ISSUES IN PHILOSOPHY
Examination of selected philosopher(s) or topic(s). May be repeated if topic varies, but only six hours of credit may be applied toward the degree.  3 Credit Hours

PHIL 6990 - SUPPLEMENTAL SEMINAR
Co-requisite with the associated 6000-level course. Each section of this course is a co-requisite of another 6000-level philosophy course. It provides for a period of discussion reserved for graduate students. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the degree.
1.000 Credit hours

PHIL 8000 - SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY
In-depth treatment of philosophical issues that are current topics of discussion among philosophers. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8030 - SEMINAR IN ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
Investigation of a specific theme, philosopher, or text such as Plato's Republic, Aristotle's metaphysics, Epicurus, Hellenistic ethics, or skepticism in ancient philosophy. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8050 - SEMINAR IN ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY
Issues such as normativity, theories of truth, or contextualism. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8060 - SEMINAR IN MODERN PHILOSOPHY
Detailed examination of the writings of one or two of the following philosophers: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume or Kant. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8075 - SEMINAR IN 19TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY
Detailed examination of a major figure, theme, or text from the long 19th century (roughly 1789-1914). May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8085 - SEMINAR IN HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
Detailed examination of a major figure, theme, or text from the history of philosophy. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8090 - SEMINAR IN CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY
Topic or figure such as deconstructionism, de Beauvoir, Sartre, Foucault, or Habermas. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8100 - SEMINAR IN EPISTEMOLOGY
Issues such as truth, evidence, and belief; conditions of knowledge; recent discussions of the limits of scientific progress. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8130 - SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Basic philosophical issues and problems attending any reasonably adequate discussion of the nature, function and limits of natural science and its relationship to the social sciences. Includes such topics as the logic of hypothesis construction, testability, criteria of confirmation, physical laws and their role in scientific explanation, the nature of scientific theories, scientific realism and instrumentalism, the completability of science, the social sciences, scientism, and the difference between philosophy and science. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8300 - SEMINAR IN METAPHYSICS
Selected topics such as free will, the nature of the mind, universals, and causation. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8330 - SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
Examination of issues in philosophy of mind. Topics may include: dualism, behaviorism, identify theories,functionalism, eliminative materialism, mental content, mental causation, consciousness, qualia, subjectivity. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8340 - SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE
(Same as Neur 8770.) An in-depth examination of specific issues concerned with the interdisciplinary study of mind, drawing on research from philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, computer science, and ethology. Topics may include: mental representation and language, sensation and perception, inference and reasoning, innateness and modularity, the emotions, learning and conceptual change, moral cognition and development, consciousness and self-consciousness, mental deficits and disorders, animal and computer models of cognition, folk psychology and reductive strategies in neurobiology; a careful reading of one or more recent influential books in philosophy or cognitive science. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8530 - SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
Examination of issues in contemporary philosophy of language. Topics may include: truth, meaning, descriptions, attitude reports.May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8600 - SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
Topics such as proofs of the existence of God, the nature of religious belief, the relationship between religion and ethics. May be repeated if topic varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8700 - SEMINAR IN ETHICS
Topics such as Greek ethics, Kantian ethics, utilitarianism, feminist ethics, and religious ethics. Maybe repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8740 - SEMINAR IN BIOETHICS
Examination of contemporary issues in bioethics. Topics may include: research ethics-human and non-human subjects; end-of-life decision making; eugenics and The Human Genome Project; reproductive technology-cloning, freezing embryos, artificial insemination; abortion-maternal/fetal relations, embryonic stem cell research; and health care disparity-race, gender and income. May berepeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8770 - SEMINAR IN MORAL PSYCHOLOGY
An in-depth examination of select topics in moral psychology, such as moral intuitions, moral disagreement, agency and responsibility, virtues, altruism, etc.
3.000 Credit hours

PHIL 8780 - SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
(Same as EPSF 8270.) Examination of selected philosophical writings as they relate to the roles of students and teachers and the fundamental aims of education. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8810 - SEMINAR IN SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Examination of issues in social and political philosophy.Topics such as democracy, liberalism, liberty, civil rights,and nationalism. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8820 - SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
Examination of issues in contemporary legal philosophy. Topics include: legal positivism, natural law theory, human rights, and international law, legal interpretation, death penalty, race and the law, freedom of expression, and the right to privacy. May be repeated once if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8855 - SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THEORY
Intensive study of some great writings in political thought. Examines the contributions these works made to Western conceptions such as democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, and liberty, as well as their continuing relevance for understanding contemporary moral and political dilemmas. May be repeated if topic varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8870 - SEMINAR IN FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
Philosophical topics or figures in feminist theory, such as a study of the ways feminist theory has challenged traditional philosophical thought, feminist ethics, or the thought of Andrea Dworkin. May be repeated once if topics varies. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8900 - INTERNSHIP
Prerequisite: Approval of the departmental Graduate Committee. Work experience in which philosophical skills are utilized. 3 to 6 Credit Hours

PHIL 8950 - DIRECTED READINGS
Independent study of philosophical texts under the supervision of a faculty member. Not to be used as a substitute for topics normally covered in other graduate courses. May be repeated once for credit.
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1 to 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8960 - RESEARCH/TEACHING IN PHIL
Does not count toward degree requirements. Assisting of philosophy faculty members in their research or teaching classes of one's own under the supervision of a faculty member. Required of all graduate students receiving a stipend. May be repeated for credit. 3 to 12 Credit Hours

PHIL 8970 - TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Does not count toward degree requirements. Prerequisite for being a graduate teaching assistant. Preparation course for teaching, covering syllabus design, making up tests, grading papers, and other classroom techniques. May be repeated for credit. 3 Credit Hours

PHIL 8980 - TEACHING PHILOSOPHY PRACTICUM
Does not count toward degree requirements. Apprenticeship in teaching for graduate teaching assistants. Required for all graduate teaching assistants in their first semester of teaching. May be repeated for credit. 3 to 12 Credit Hours

PHIL 8985 - ADVANCED TEACHING PHILOSOPHY PRACTICUM
Does not count toward degree requirements. Apprenticeship in teaching for advanced graduate teaching assistants under faculty supervision. Required for all graduate teaching assistants in their second and subsequent semesters of teaching. GTAs learn how to document and collect materials for Teaching Portfolio. May be repeated for credit. 3 to 12 Credit Hours

PHIL 8989 - PROSEMINAR IN NEUROPHILOSOPHY
Lecture-series based on research at the intersection of neuroscience and philosophy. Speakers include GSU researchers as well as philosophers and scientists from other universities. Among the fields represented are neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, neuropsychology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. Topics may include, among others: neural substrates of consciousness, localization of function, modularity of mind, and philosophical controversies in the empirical study of the mind/brain. Required of all graduate students in the neurophilosophy track each time it is offered. Hours earned in this course do not count toward degree requirements.
3.000 Credit hours

PHIL 8999 - THESIS RESEARCH
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1 to 6 Credit Hours