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Reginald S. Lilly, Professor of Philosophy

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PH 101-001  - Intro. to Philosophy
T/Th   11:10 - 12:30
3 Cr.
J. Koo
PH 101-002  - Intro. to Philosophy
W/F   10:10 - 11:30
3 Cr.
S. Carli
PH 101-003  - Intro. to Philosophy
T/TH    9:40 - 11:00
3 Cr.
R. Lilly
PH 204 - Early Modern Philosophy
T/TH   2:10  - 3:30
M    1:25 - 2:20
4 Cr.
L. Jorgensen
PH 215 - Buddhist Philosophy
M/W   2:30  - 3:50
3 Cr.
J. Smith
PH 307 - Twentieth Century Philosophy
T/TH   3:40  - 5:30
4 Cr.
J. Koo
PH 327 - Leibniz
T/TH   9:10  - 11:00
4 Cr.
L. Jorgensen
PH 330 - Psyche and Self in Ancient Thought
W/F   12:20  - 2:10
4 Cr.
S. Carli
PH 375 - Senior Seminar
M/W   2:30  - 4:20
4 Cr.
R. Lilly

                          TOPICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

PH 307 Twentieth Century Philosophy

This seminar-style upper-level course will be a selective survey of three influential ovements in 20th century European philosophy: phenomenology (Husserl and early Heidegger), philosophical hermeneutics (early Heidegger again, Gadamer, and maybe Ricoeur), and critical theory (selective writings of Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Habermas, Honneth, and/or Fraser). The texts we read will be challenging to say the least but well worth the effort because of their tremendous influence for later 20th century philosophers in both the  continental" European and (post-)analytic traditions. Assignments will include three papers and maybe also shorter explicatory compositions as well as possibly class presentations. Previous study of the philosophies of Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Marx will be of significant advantage. For this reason, this course is not ideal for beginners in philosophy or social theory, but geared toward students who are already somewhat capable of both reading and reflecting on theory that can be quite abstract and also understanding how theory can or should be put into potentially concrete practice.

Prerequisites: PH 204 or permission of instructor.


PH 327:  Leibniz

This course will investigate the prodigious and innovative philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716).

Leibniz had a hand in everything: he was a legal counselor to the royal court in Hanover, an engineer, a mathematician and logician, a librarian, an historian, a theologian, and a philosopher (among other things!). His philosophy reflects this broad interest, developing a philosophical system that, he believed, would lead to the resolution of many Early Modern controversies and an ethic of action in light of the world’s obvious evils.

In this course, we will focus especially on Leibniz’s philosophy of mind. Leibniz tried to chart a course through the many philosophical and theological controversies about the nature of the mind and to establish a fully natural theory. But Leibniz was sensitive to how his conclusions about the mind affect other issues, and so we will also explore how his philosophy of mind connects to other areas of concern, such as his accounts of freedom and justice.



This course explores ancient theories of psychê (usually translated as “soul”) and of human identity from the Presocratics to the Hellenistic philosophers, with special emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.

Greek thinkers engaged in a continuous dialogue on core questions concerning the soul, such as: Does psychê belong only to human beings, or is it something that we share with everything that is alive? Is there a fundamental affinity between our soul and the cosmos? What is the relation between psychê and body?

In the Phaedrus Plato compares the soul to the natural union of two winged horses, one obedient and one unruly, and a human charioteer. This image illustrates the range of questions that are central to Plato’s, as well as Aristotle’s, reflection on our identity. Are we in charge of our best and worst impulses? Is there a necessary tension between emotions, on the one hand, and reason, on the other, or is it possible to harmonize our values and our desires? Who am I and what is the relation between my identity and the structure of my soul? Am I responsible for who I become and for my happiness or unhappiness?

PH375 Senior Seminar                                                                                                                                      

The topic for the seminar, ‘The Philosophy of Time/History,’ What is time?  Is time?   We will look at the history of the concepts of time, as well as contemporary perspectives on time and history with special emphasis on the relation of time and being.