Description of Courses in MS. Program

PHIL 501 Research Methods:

An advanced paper-writing workshop aiming to teach students methods and techniques of research and publication in philosophy.

PHIL 504 Prothesis Seminar:

A seminar to be given by each Master’s degree candidate related to her/his thesis topic.

PHIL 505 Confirmation of Scientific Theories I:

The hypothetico-deductive, Bayesian, and "bootstrapping"models of theory confirmation. Importance of idealizations and approximations for confirmation in science. The problem of old evidence.

PHIL 506 Confirmation of Scientific Theories II:

A continuation of PHIL 505.

PHIL 507 Philosophical Logic I:

Modal and intentional logics. Tense Logic, Epistemic Logic, Deontic Logic.

PHIL 508 Philosophical Logic II:

A continuation of PHIL 507.

PHIL 510 Topics in Epistemology:

Study of selected topics in epistemology.

PHIL 511 Graduate Readings in Philosophy I:

Examination of major philosophical texts in history and social sciences.

PHIL 512 Graduate Readings in Philosophy II:

A continuation of PHIL 511. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

PHIL 513 Graduate Readings in Philosophy III:

A continuation of PHIL 512.

PHIL 514 Graduate Readings in Philosophy IV:

A continuation of PHIL 513.

PHIL 515 Philosophy of Technology I:

Technology assessment, technoaxiology, responsibility of increased technological power, historical, epistemological, and metaphysical problems regarding technology, information and computers, the problems of philosophy of technology as a recently emerged philosophical discipline.

PHIL 516 Philosophy of Technology II:

A continuation of PHIL 515.

PHIL 517 Philosophy of Communication I:

The course aims at: 1) Improving the student's understanding of the problems of communication stemming from the relationship between language, truth, rationality and intentionality of human action; 2) to increase his knowledge of the theory and use of argumentative discourse in philosophical and practical problems. To this end, this course will proportinally focus on traditional (ancient, mediveal, modern) and contemporary approaches to philosophy of communication and their solutions to various communication problems.

PHIL 518 Philosophy of Communication II:

A continuation of PHIL 517.

PHIL 521 Studies in the History of Science I:

Studies in change of scientific theories in historical perspective.

PHIL 522 Studies in the History of Science II:

A continuation of PHIL 521.

PHIL 523 Studies in Philosophy of Science I:

Discussion of various problems in contemporary philosophy of science. Critical assessment of recent philosophical views on these issues.

PHIL 524 Studies in Philosophy of Science II:

A continuation of PHIL 523.

PHIL 525 Measurement and Evaluation:

Continuous and discrete variables. Intensive and extensive qualities. Scales of measurement. The logic of evaluation.

PHIL 527 Philosophy in Science:

The Logical Empiricist Philosophy of science. The origins of Logical Empiricism. Confirmation. Theoretical terms. Explanation. Falsification. The new image of science. Perception and theory. Presuppositions in science. Scientific revolutions. Context of discovery and context of justification. Some basic epistemological and metaphysical problems in science. Rationality. Scientific knowledge and scientific truth.

PHIL 529 Philosophy of Biology:

This course offers a survey and critical examination of basic issues in the philosophy of biology: a brief history of biology and the philosophy of biology; the nature of evolutionary theory, with special reference to the status of natural selection; the rise of genetics; the scientific status of evolutionary theory; biological teleology; the implications of biology for human kind; the problem of reduction; the significance of Human Genome Project; challenges to the adaptationist programme; ethical and social issues, including the status of neo-Creationism(Intelligent Design).

PHIL 530 Studies in Greek Philosophy: Hellenistic Philosophers:

A study of extant by the Hellenistic philosophers. Topics of special interest are the problem of criteria of truth and questions concerning ethics. The texts from which selections will be read are: Epicurus’ letters, Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, Sextus Empiricus’ Outlines of Pyrrhonism and Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of Eminent Philosophers.

PHIL 531 Studies in Greek Philosophy: Aristotle:

This course is designed to conduct further research into the philosophy of Aristotle, so as to do an advanced study of the main ethical text of Aristotle, the Nicomachean Ethics.

PHIL 532 Studies in Greek Philosophy: Plato:

This course is designed to conduct further research into the philosophy of Plato, so as to do an advanced study of the main ethical text of Plato, the Republic.

PHIL 533 Introduction to Phenomenology:

Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty; introduction to their major concepts, methods and texts; how to practice phenomenological seeing; twentieth century developments following on from phenomenology.

PHIL 534 Introduction to the Thought of Heidegger:

Introduction to some of the major concepts, methods and texts of Heidegger; his early phenomenological work; his late thought on technology, language, poetry; later developments- in deconstruction, architecture, cognitive science - following on from his philosophy.

PHIL 535 Introduction to the Thought of Nietzsche:

PHIL 536 Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Art:

PHIL 537 Kant's Critical Philosophy of Art and Nature:

PHIL 538 Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy and Technology:

Conceptions of and responses to the provocation of technology in twentieth-century Continental thought; human beings and technology - mutual effects; the changing self-understanding of human being amidst modern technology; influential understandings of twentieth-century technology in the work of Heidegger, Canguilhem, Deleuze and Guattari, and De Landa.

PHIL 540 Special Issues in Philosophy I:

Studies in the formalization of a particular philosophical system or problem.

PHIL 541 Special Issues in Islamic Philosophy I:

Immanent issues in Islamic philosophy with solutions by important phşlosphers such as Al Farabi, Ibn Sina, Ghazzali, Sadra and Ibn Arabi.

PHIL 542 Special Issues in Islamic Philosophy II:

A continuation of PHIL 541.

PHIL 544 Special Issues in Philosophy II:

A continuation of PHIL 540.

PHIL 545 Graduate Readings in Turkish-Islamic Philosophy I:

Selected readings from the works of immanentist. Turkish and Islamic philosophers such as Farabi, Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd, Mevlana, Sadr ald-Din, al Quarawi and Kemal Pashazade.

PHIL 546 Graduate Readings in Turkish-Islamic Philosophy II:

A continuation of PHIL 545.

PHIL 548 Twentieth-Century Philosophy and Literature:

How can we understand language in general? What is distinctive about the language of literature? Some major statements on language and literature in twentieth-century thought; the central role of Kafka for that thought; thought expressed in philosophy and in literature; the influential concept of a `minor` literature; philosophical writers, e.g. Rilke, Beckett.

PHIL 550 Major Philosophers I:

Intensive study of the work of a major philosopher with a view to delineating the significance for the whole body of philosophical knowledge.

PHIL 551 Advanced Logic I:

Proof theory and model theory of formal systems. Recursion theory.

PHIL 552 Advanced Logic II:

A continuation of PHIL 551.

PHIL 553 Scientific Explanation:

The nature and methods of science. Scientific laws and lawlike statements. The principle of causality. Logical analysis of scientific explanation. Kinds of explanation. Critical appraisal of current views on scientific explanation.

PHIL 554 Scientific Concepts and Theories:

Concept formation: Definition in science, classificatory, comparative, and quantitative concepts. Observation language, theoretical language, and correspondence rules. The problem of theoretical terms. The nature of scientific theories and models.

PHIL 555 Analytic Philosophy and the Analytic Tradition:

The forerunners and the founders of the Analytic Tradition. The Logical Empiricists. The ordinary-language and the formal-language philosophy. Definition of analytic philosophy; philosophy and science; philosophical analysis of metaphysical knowledge claims; the empirical criterion of meaning.

PHIL 556 Major Philosophers II:

A continuation of PHIL 550.

PHIL 560 Studies in Political Philosophy and Ethics: Contractarianism:

A study of the philosophical issues of the theories of “social contract”. The main topic of discussions is the concept of “agreement” (contract, compact and covenant) as one of the principal explanatory tools for political theory and ethics. The texts from which selections will be read are the writings of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant and John Rawls.

PHIL 571 Eco-Philosophy: Philosophy of Environment I:

Philosophical discussions of environmental problems.

PHIL 572 Eco-Philosophy: Philosophy of Environment II:

A continuation of PHIL 571.

PHIL 580 Bioethics and Biopolitics:

New moral issues involved in the transformation of Ethics in our time. Inquiry in value problems in different settings such as biomedical activity and man-nature relationship. Biopolitics as ethical study of environmental (ecological) issues with man's impact on the biosphere as the origin.

PHIL 599 Master's Thesis:

PHIL 800-899 Special Studies: