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Indiana University Bloomington

Graduate Program

Graduate Courses

500-level courses are lecture courses intended primarily for graduate students. 700-level courses are graduate seminars.


  • PHIL-P 511 Plato (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 512 Aristotle (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 595 Intensive Reading: Ancient Philosophy from the Greek or Latin Texts (arr. cr.) Substantive philosophical topics investi­gated directly from Greek or Latin texts. Reading knowledge of ancient Latin or Greek required. May be repeated for credit.
  • PHIL-P 515 Medieval Philosophy (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 596 Intensive Reading: Medieval Philosophy from the Sources (arr. cr.)Substantive philosophical topics investigated directly from Latin or Hebrew texts. Reading knowledge of medieval Latin or Hebrew required. May be repeated for credit.
  • PHIL-P 522 Topics in the History Modern Philosophy (3 cr.) May be repeated twice with consent of instructor(s).
  • PHIL-P 597 Intensive Reading: Modern Philosophy from the Sources (arr. cr.) Substantive philosophical topics investigated directly from modern foreign language texts. Reading knowledge of language or languages involved is required. May be repeated for credit. (arr. cr.) Substantive philosophical topics investigated directly from Latin or Hebrew texts. Reading knowledge of medieval Latin or Hebrew required. May be repeated for credit.
  • PHIL-P 526 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (3 cr.) Selected topics in nineteenth-century philosophy.
  • PHIL-P 530 Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy I (3 cr.) Foundations of analytic philosophy in Frege, Russell, and Moore.
  • PHIL-P 531 Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy II (3 cr.) Logical atomism and logical positivism.
  • PHIL-P 532 Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy III (3 cr.) Topics in post-positivist 20th century analytic philosophy.
  • PHIL-P 535 Phenomenology and Existentialism (3 cr.) Selected topics in phenomenology and existentialism.
  • PHIL-P 748 Seminar in American Philosophy (3 cr.) Selected topics in American Philosophy.
History Seminar
  • PHIL-P 710 Seminar: Topics in History of Philosophy (3 cr.) Selected topics from ancient, medieval, or modern philosophy. May be repeated.


  • PHIL-P 540 Contemporary Ethical Theories (3 cr.) Fundamental prob­lems of ethics in contemporary analytic philosophy.
  • PHIL-P 541 Selected Topics in the History of Ethics (3 cr.) Selected topics in the history of ethics, ancient, medieval, or modern.
  • PHIL-P 740 Seminar: Ethical Theory (3 cr.) Selected topics in ethical theory.
Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 543 Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 544 Selected Topics in History of Social and Political Philosophy (3 cr.)Selected topics in the history of social and political philosophy, ancient, medieval, or modern. 
  • PHIL-P 545 Legal Philosophy (3 cr.) Selected topics in philosophy of law.
  • PHIL-P 743 Seminar: Social and Political Theory (3 cr.) Selected topics in social and political theory.
  • PHIL-P 546 Philosophy of Art (3 cr.) Selected topics in classical and/or contemporary aesthetic.


Logic & Philosophy of Mathematics
  • PHIL-P 350 Logic of Sets (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 505 Logical Theory I (3 cr.) P: P250 or equivalent. A close study of mathematical logic at the beginning graduate level, including syntactic and semantic (proof-theoretic and model-theoretic) treatments of the first-order propositional and predicate calculi, together with full proofs of soundness, completeness, and compactness for those calculi.
  • PHIL-P 506 Logical Theory II (3 cr.) P: P505 or equivalent. A detailed metamathematical study of incompleteness, undefinability, and undecidability results first proved by Gödel, Tarski, and Church, together with introductions to recursive function theory and to nonstandard models of arithmetic.
  • PHIL-P 550 Systems of Modal Logic (3 cr.) P: P506 or some proof-oriented mathmetics course, or consent of instructor. Formal semantical and syntactical analysis of modal concepts, including epistemic and temporal modalities, and also dynamic logic.
  • PHIL-P 551 Philosophy and Foundations of Mathematics (3 cr.) P: P505. Philosophical and mathematical investigations into the foundations of mathematics. Topics may include logicism, intuitionism, formalism, the nature of mathematics, mathemati­cal entities, and mathematical truth.
  • PHIL-P 552 Philosophy of Logic (3 cr.) P: P251 or consent of instruc­tor. Philosophical issues on the nature of logic, alternative log­ics, the ontological commitments of logic, the analytic-synthetic dichotomy, the analysis of logical truth, etc. History of logic.
  • PHIL-P 750 Seminar: Logical Theory (3 cr.) Selected problems in the interpretation and application of logical systems. Topics such as model theory, nonstandard logics, and theory of meaning will be discussed.
  • PHIL-P 751 Seminar: Logic (3 cr.) Selected topics in advanced logic; e.g., set theory, recursive function theory, foundations of math­ematics.
  • PHIL-P 560 Metaphysics (3 cr.) In-depth discussion of representative contemporary theories.
  • PHIL-P 571 Philosophy of Nature (3 cr.) In-depth study of represen­tative contemporary theories of space, time, causality, action, dispositions, and particulars.
Theory of Knowledge
  • PHIL-P 562 Theory of Knowledge (3 cr.) Central topics in epistemology.
  • PHIL-P 553 Philosophy of Science (3 cr.) Basic issues in the philosophy of science, such as the cognitive significance of theories, the scientific method (hypothesis formation, theory construction, and testing), research paradigms, reductivism, and social epistemology.
Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL-P 520 Philosophy of Language (3 cr.) Cental topics in the philosophy of language.
  • PHIL-P 720 Seminar: Philosophy of Language (3 cr.) Advanced topics in the philosophy of language; e.g., reference, truth and meaning, nature of language.
Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL-P 561 Philosophy of Mind (3 cr.) Central topics in the philosophy of mind.
  • PHIL-P 570 Philosophical Psychology (3 cr.) Selected topics in philosophical psychology.
General M&E Seminar
  • PHIL-P 760 Seminar: Metaphysics and Epistemology (3 cr.)  Advanced topics in metaphysic, epistemology, language, mind and action.
General Topics Seminar
  • PHIL-P 730 Seminar: Contemporary Philosophy. (3 cr.) Advanced topics in comtemporary philosophy, issues, figures, theories, problems, questions.
Philosophy of Science

These courses are taught by HPS faculty.

  • PHIL-X 456 Historical Development of Philosophy of Science (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-X 551 Survey of the Philosophy of Science I (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-X 552 Survey of the Philosophy of Science II (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-X 571 Research Topics in the Philosophy of Science (1-3 cr.)
  • PHIL-X 600 Advanced Readings Course (arr. cr.)
  • PHIL-X 654 Seminar: Philosophy of the Social Sciences (4 cr.)
  • PHIL-X 683 Philosophical Problems of Quantum Mechanics (4 cr.)
  • PHIL-X 691 Seminar: Philosophical Problems of Space and Time I (4 cr.)
  • PHIL-X 692 Seminar: Philosophical Problems of Space and Time II (4 cr.)
  • PHIL-X 755 Special Topics in the Philosophy of Science I (2-5 cr.)
  • PHIL-X 756 Special Topics in the Philosophy of Science II (2-5 cr.)
Special Research
  • PHIL-P 590 Intensive Reading (1-3 cr.)  A tutorial course involving in-depth consideration of a specific philosophical area of problem or author. May be repeated for credit.
  • PHIL-P 804 Dissertation Prospectus Research (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 805 Doctor’s Thesis in Philosophy (arr. cr.)  (Eligible for a deferred grade.)
  • PHIL-G 901 Advanced Research (arr. cr.)