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Department of Philosophy|College of Arts & Sciences

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Department of Philosophy
Department Head:
Franz-Peter Griesmaier
Office Associate:
Clayleen Rivord
Ross Hall, Room 122
Dept. 3392
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3204
Fax: 307-766-2096
Email: philosophy@uwyo.edu

Graduate Level Courses

4000 Level Courses

  • 4000. Philosophical Issues. 1-3 (Max. 6). Dual listed with PHIL 5000. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
  • 4020. Plato. 3. Detailed examination of selected dialogues of Plato. Dual listed with PHIL 5020. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 2100.
  • 4030. Aristotle. 3. Detailed examination of selected works of Aristotle. Dual listed with PHIL 5030. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 2100.
  • 4040. Kant. 3. An examination of one or more aspects of the work of Immanuel Kant, conducted either from the perspective of the history of philosophy, or predominantly as a critical study. Dual listed with PHIL 5040. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 3100.
  • 4110. Figures in Contemporary Philosophy. 3-6 (Max. 6). An advanced study of the work of one, or several related, contemporary philosophers. Dual listed with PHIL 5110. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 3100.
  • 4120 [4100]. Philosophy and the 20th Century. 3. [W3<>(none)] Part three of the history of philosophy sequence. Covers the third great age of philosophy. Studies the main ways in which philosophy has been done since 1900. Topics normally include logic and philosophy, Wittgenstein, logical positivism and current trends. Dual listed with PHIL 5120. Prerequisites: PHIL 4120/5120, PHIL 4120; 12 hours of philosophy including either PHIL 2100 or 3100.
  • 4140. Topics in Philosophy of Science. 3 (Max. 6). [W3<>(none)] Encompasses selected topics in philosophy of science. Prerequisite: 9 hours of philosophy, including PHIL 1000 and 3140; PHIL 2220 is recommended.
  • 4190. Philosophy of Language. 3-6 (Max. 6). An advanced study of the work of one, or several related, contemporary philosophers. Dual listed with PHIL 5190. Prerequisites: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 4510 or 4560.
  • 4300. Topics in Ethics. 3-6 (Max. 6). An advanced investigation of selected topics in ethics. Examples include derivative and basic principles of obligation; justice; morality and utility; generalization of norms; and the relation of morality and law. Dual listed with PHIL 5300. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 3300 or 3350.
  • 4340. Issues in Environmental Ethics. 3. Encompasses selected topics in environmental and natural resource ethics.  Dual listed with PHIL 5340. Prerequisites: PHIL 2330, 2345, 3300 or 3350.
  • 4420. Advanced Logic. 3. Studies advanced topics in mathematical logic. Takes up such topics as: uninterpreted calculi and the distinctive contributions of syntax and semantics; metatheory, including completeness and consistency proofs; modal logic and semantics; logic as a philosophical tool. Dual listed with PHIL 5420; cross listed with COSC/MATH 4420. Prerequisite: PHIL 3420 or equivalent.
  • 4440. Topics in Philosophy of the Mind. 3-6 (Max. 6). An advanced study of problems in the philosophy of mind such as the concept of human action; intention, choice, reasons and causes in the explanation of human action, mental states and brain states, and artificial intelligence. Dual listed with PHIL 5440. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 3440.
  • 4510. Theory of Knowledge. 3. [W3<>(none)] Studies such problems as knowledge and belief, skepticism, perception and knowledge, memory, truth and justification of induction. Dual listed with PHIL 5510. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 3100 and 4100.
  • 4560. Metaphysics. 3. [W3<>(none)] Examines approaches to metaphysics. Discusses problems such as causality, individuation and distinction between particulars and universals. Dual listed with PHIL 5560. Prerequisites: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 3100 and 4100.

5000 Level Courses

  • 5000. Philosophical Issues. 1-3 (Max. 6). Dual listed with PHIL 4000. Prerequisites: graduate status and consent of instructor.
  • 5020. Plato. 3. Detailed examination of selected dialogues of Plato. Dual listed with PHIL 4020. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
  • 5030. Aristotle. 3. Detailed examination of selected works of Aristotle. Dual listed with PHIL 4030. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
  • 5040. Kant. 3. An examination of one or more aspects of the work of Immanuel Kant, conducted either from the perspective of the history of philosophy, or predominantly as a critical study. Dual listed with PHIL 4040. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
  • 5100. Figures in Modern and 19th Century Philosophy. 3-6 (Max. 6). A detailed examination of one or more of the figures in modern or 19th century philosophy. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 3100.
  • 5110. Figures in Contemporary Philosophy. 3-6 (Max. 6). An advanced study of the work of one, or several related, contemporary philosophers. Dual listed with PHIL 4110. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 3100.
  • 5120. Philosophy and the Twentieth Century. 3. Part three of the history of philosophy sequence. Covers the third great age of philosophy. Studies the main ways in which philosophy has been done since 1900. Topics normally include logic and philosophy, Wittgenstein, logical positivism and current trends. Dual listed with PHIL 4120. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
  • 5140. Topics in Philosophy of Science. 3-6 (Max. 6). Encompasses selected topics in philosophy of science. Dual listed with PHIL 4140. Prerequisite: 12 hours of Philosophy including PHIL 3140.
  • 5190. Philosophy of Language. 3-6 (Max. 6). An advanced study of the work of one, or several related, contemporary philosophers. Dual listed with PHIL 4190. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 4510 or 4560.
  • 5200. Topics in Contemporary Philosophy. 3-6 (Max. 6). An advanced investigation of topics of current importance in philosophy not dealt with in other advanced courses. Examples include: truth, nature of conceptual schemes and world views, and nature of philosophical problems and arguments. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 1000 and consent of instructor.
  • 5300. Topics in Ethics. 3-6 (Max. 6). An advanced investigation of selected topics in ethics. Examples include derivative and basic principles of obligation; justice; morality and utility; generalization of norms; and the relation of morality and law. Dual listed with PHIL 4300. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
  • 5340. Issues in Environmental Ethics. 3. Encompasses selected topics in environmental and natural resource ethics. Dual listed with PHIL 4340. Prerequisite: PHIL 2330, 2345, 3300 or 3350.
  • 5420. Advanced Logic. 3. Studies advanced topics in mathematical logic. Takes up such topics as: uninterpreted calculi and the distinctive contributions of syntax and semantics; metatheory, including completeness and consistency proofs; modal logic and semantics; logic as a philosophical tool. Dual listed with PHIL 4420; cross listed with COSC/MATH 5420. Prerequisite: PHIL 3420 or equivalent; graduate standing.
  • 5440. Topics in the Philosophy Of Mind. 3-6 (Max. 6). An advanced study of problems in the philosophy of mind such as the concept of human action; intention; choice; reasons and causes in the explanation of human action; mental states and brain states; and artificial intelligence. Dual listed with PHIL 4440. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 3440.
  • 5510. Theory of Knowledge. 3. Studies such problems as knowledge and belief, skepticism, perception and knowledge, memory, truth and justification of induction. Dual listed with PHIL 4510. Prerequisites: 12 hours of philosophy including PHIL 3100 and 4100.
  • 5550. Independent Study. 1-6 (Max. 6). A study of a topic selected in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy and consent of instructor.
  • 5560. Metaphysics. 3. Examines approaches to metaphysics. Discusses problems such as causality, individuation and distinction between particulars and universals. Dual listed with PHIL 4560. Prerequisites: graduate standing.
  • 5890. Problems in Philosophy. 1-10 (Max. 10). A study of specific topics to be selected in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: 15 hours of philosophy and consent of instructor.
  • 5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
  • 5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.
  • 5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes. Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.
  • 5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.
  • 5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate degree program.
  • 5990. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 24). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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