Courses

PHIL 101 / FRESHMAN SEMINAR: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY AND PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING

Providing basic knowledge on the subject-matter of philosophy, including the various kinds of philosophy and the areas they correspond to. Introduction on how to think philosophically and write critically. Learning about the basic idea of philosophy, about knowledge, logical and critical reasoning, philosophies of nature and science, about ethics, the philosophy of art and political philosophy.
Credits: 3

PHIL 131 / LOGIC

In this course, we will study propositional logic and first-order monadic quantifier calculus.
Credits: 3

PHIL 213 / ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY

Introduction to key thinkers and texts in the history of ancient philosophy, from the Pre-Socratics to Late Antiquity. A survey of key debates on theoretical and practical philosophy, an examination of basic interpretative issues, and an evaluation of the ancient proposals and our modern interpretations using the tools of historical contextualisation and philosophical analysis. Aiming to the appreciation of the significance of the history of ancient philosophy in our understanding of that chronologically remote and extensive period (6th century BCE to 6th century CE) and of its relevance to our contemporary philosophy.
Credits: 3

PHIL 215 / EPISTEMOLOGY

An examination of the concept of knowledge with respect to the origins, limits and validity of human knowledge.
Credits: 3

PHIL 216 / ETHICS

An examination of ethical views from Ancient times until present. An in-depth analysis of the issues in ethics.
Credits: 3

PHIL 217 / MODERN PHILOSOPHY

Western philosophy from Descartes to Kant. An examination of the texts of philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Hume, Hobbes, Spinoza and Kant.
Credits: 3

PHIL 301 / CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY

The course aims to discuss various social and political theories of the 20th century which respond both to the tradition of social contract theory and to the contemporary political issues. Rather than focusing only on the analysis of different approaches to state and citizenship with regard to Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau for example, we will gear towards more contemporary approaches, where the relations of social contract, sovereignty, oppression, power and resistance are analyzed in reference to lived experience and social movements. While we will begin with the traditional ideas of social contract with Aristotle and onward to Rousseau, we will focus mostly on debates and questions on identity-politics, humanism, individualism, liberalism, communtarianism, and the politics of singularity via close readings of some excerpts from Marx, Althusser, Foucault, Agamben, Arendt, Fanon, Derrida, Butler and Nancy.
Credits: 3

PHIL 311 / PHILOSOPHY IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE


Credits: 3

PHIL 312 / ONTOLOGY


Credits: 3

PHIL 314 / PHILOSOPHY IN THE CONTEMPORARY AGE

Western philosophy from Kant until present. An examination of the texts of philosophers such as Hegel, Mill, Nietzsche and Heidegger.
Credits: 3

PHIL 315 / HISTORY OF ANALYTICAL PHILOSOPHY

An introduction to the philosophies of Frege, Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein and others. The rise and decline of logical positivism and ordinary language philosophy, the impact of Quine?s philosophy, meaning and reference, the picture theory of language, verification, private language argument, and other issues in contemporary analytic philosophy will be discussed.
Credits: 3

PHIL 324 / POSTSTRUCTURALIST THOUGHT

A study of the writings of Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Guattari and Lyotard et. al. on existence, experience, knowledge, science, power and ethics.
Credits: 3

PHIL 325 / PROBLEMS IN PHENOMENOLOGY

A study of Husserl's phenomenology and after, including the philosophies of Heidegger, Fink, Schutz, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas as well as a phenomenological exploration of new philosophical problems.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: PHIL. 101 or consent of the instructor

PHIL 330 / APPLIED ETHICS

Examination of the various issues in Applied Ethics such as bioethics, environmental issues, poverty and global justice, religious, ethnic, racial and sexual equality.
Credits: 3

PHIL 334 / PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Examination of the philosophical questions arising in scientific inquiry. The goals of science.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: PHIL. 202 or consent of the instructor

PHIL 338 / PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

A study of the nature of mental phenomena and their relationship to the rest of reality. A survey of both metaphysical and epistemological problems mental phenomena have given rise to: how our minds are related to our bodies; whether our minds have effects in physical world; how we acquire knowledge of our own minds, and the minds of others; whether we have privileged knowledge of our own minds. An examination of the phenomena of consciousness and intentionality—mental states’ being about things in the world—and an inquiry into the mental faculties of the will and imagination.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PHIL.101 or consent of the instructor

PHIL 350 / SELECTED TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY

Detailed examination current topics in philosophy.
Credits: 3

PHIL 353 / SELECTED TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY

Detailed examination current topics in philosophy.
Credits: 3

PHIL 354 / PHENOMENOLOGY AND DECONSTRUCTION

Extensive study of Martin Heidegger (Phenomenology) and Jacques Derrida (Deconstruction). On Phenomenology: the work of both Husserl, the founder of the movement, and Heidegger, with an emphasis on Heidegger?s idea of Dasein as a being-toward-death, as well as his claim that we have entered the era of the end of metaphysics. On Deconstruction: Derrida?s attempt to develop the idea of deconstruction as a theory of both reading and writing, or of what he calls écriture, and texts from Jean-Luc Nancy, another very prominent deconstructionist
Credits: 3

PHIL 355 / SELECTED TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY

Detailed examination current topics in philosophy.
Credits: 3

PHIL 372 / EXISTENTIALISM AND POLITICS

Focus on the motto of existentialism: one is thrown to be free. Contextualizing this motto in Turkey and discussing its appropriation as a desire to be different and rebellious against one?s environment that is perceived as banal, impersonal, or oppressive. Emphasis also on the other way this claim can lead: solitude and strangeness. Fundamental issues brought out by thrownness to freedom, such as the meaning of life, anxiety, death, suicide, faith, peace, responsibility, writing, being oneself, identity, politics and action. Tracing these issues in the literature of existentialism: some mainstream selections of existentialist writings from Sartre, Dostoyevsky, Heidegger, Camus, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, and Fanon.
Credits: 3

PHIL 380 / FEMINISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS: IF FEMINISM IS THE ANSWER, WHAT IS THE QUESTION?

Introduction to the issues, debates and themes in the contemporary feminist theory. Emphasis on the impact of recent social theories and their destabilizing influences in comparison to the unifying theme of the earlier feminist theories. Special focus on the conceptual debates surrounding issues such the body, sexuality, sexual identity, the category of woman and the politics of difference.
Credits: 3

PHIL 381 / FEMINIST THEORIES: GENDER AND SOCIAL IDENTITY

A thematic course on contemporary feminist theories. Dealing with issues in sex and gender, as well as other forms of social identity including race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, age and religion from the perspective of social and political philosophy. Discussing the distinction between mainstream feminist theory that prioritizes the category of ?Woman? And contemporary queer theory that questions this category. Special focus on Intersectionality theory that proposes that various forms of social identity and oppression intersect in terms of history and politics.
Credits: 3

PHIL 382 / WOMEN, DISCRIMINATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Examination and clarification of critical concepts such as equality, equity, justice, intersectionality, cultural relativism, ?right? and rights. Developing the foundational understanding of the centrality of gender equality for human rights in general. Discussion of the contemporary situation of gender equality from an international perspective in the light of the various historical, legal and normative developments for the promotion of women's human rights.
Credits: 3

PHIL 390 / INDEPENDENT STUDY

The goal of this course is to give students the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic in which they are interested under the guidance and direction of a faculty member. This course is mostly available to senior students and is subject to the consent of the instructor.
Credits: 3

PHIL 395 / INDEPENDENT STUDY

The goal of this course is to give students the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic in which they are interested under the guidance and direction of a faculty member. This course is mostly available to senior students and is subject to the consent of the instructor.
Credits: 1.5

PHIL 401 / POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Examination of major concepts and issues in social and political philosophy. The concepts of equality, law, freedom, and social and political responsibility.
Credits: 3

PHIL 403 / TOPICS IN ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY

A critical examination of topics in the history of ancient philosophy. Emphasis may be placed on a particular thinker or on the development of a particular trend through the close study of the primary texts and engagement with the interpretative debates in the secondary bibliography.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: PHIL. 213 or consent of the instructor

PHIL 413 / AESTHETICS

The nature of art, reality and realization in art, the moral and political aspects of art and art critique.
Credits: 3

PHIL 423 / PHILOSOPHY OF VALUE

The concept of value. The nature of value judgment. The evaluation of values.
Credits: 3

PHIL 430 / MIND AND METAPHYSICS: THE ROAD TO KANT'S CRITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Examination of the development of the idea of metaphysics from Leibniz to Kant. Gaining an understanding of the idea of metaphysics as a foundational system, and of the emergence of the idea of `mind? as the central principle.Investigation of Kant?s critique of the ideas of mind, soul, and of empiricist psychology.
Credits: 3

PHIL 432 / PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON GENDER

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the issues, debates and themes in the contemporary feminist theory. We will emphasize the impact of recent social theories and their destabilizing influences in comparison to the unifying theme of the earlier feminist theories. We will focus on the conceptual debates surrounding issues such the body, sexuality, sexual identity, the category of woman and the politics of difference.
Credits: 3

PHIL 436 / PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE

The analysis of the philosophical problems that issue from the nature and structure of language. These include meaning, reference, speech acts and contemporary descriptive linguistics.
Credits: 3

PHIL 440 / SEXUAL DIFFERENCE AND PSYCHOANALYSIS: IRIGARAY AND KRISTEVA

Focusing on Irigaray and Kristeva's reading of Freud and Lacan. Showing what kind of contribution a critical engagement with psychoanalysis can make to feminist questioning of sexual difference and thinking through the challenge feminism presents to psychoanalysis.
Credits: 3

PHIL 442 / PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE

Philosophical evaluations of literature. Topics include the logic of narrative, theories of interpretation, fictional representation, the concept and function of the unconscious, ethics and the idea of the self in the history of literature, and the comparison of poetic language with non-poetic language.
Credits: 3

PHIL 446 / HUMAN RIGHTS AND PHILOSOPHY

A study of the basic concepts of human rights and freedoms and their development. Discussion of the principles of various legal systems.
Credits: 3

PHIL 450 / SELECTED TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY

Detailed examination current topics in philosophy.
Credits: 3

PHIL 490 / INDEPENDENT STUDY

The goal of this course is to give students the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic in which they are interested under the guidance and direction of a faculty member. This course is mostly available to senior students and is subject to the consent of the instructor.
Credits: 3

PHIL 495 / INDEPENDENT STUDY

The goal of this course is to give students the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic in which they are interested under the guidance and direction of a faculty member. This course is mostly available to senior students and is subject to the consent of the instructor.
Credits: 1.5