Courses

The aim of this course is to help you further develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you...
Instructor: Thomas Rooney
Credits: 1.5
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Instructor: Katalin Farkas
Credits: 4.0
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Instructor: István Bodnár
Credits: 2.0
The course gives an overview of key issues of ancient philosophy from the Presocratics to the Hellenistic Age. The course does not require or build on any specific previous knowledge of ancient philosophy. We will read and discuss a selection of texts from different authors and periods, focussing on their...
Instructor: István Bodnár
Credits: 2.0
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Instructor: Katalin Farkas
Credits: 4.0
In many areas of philosophy – in philosophy of action, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and philosophy of action – reference to causes and dispositions plays an essential role. This course aims at exploring the very concept of dispositions and their relation to causality. Originally, the technical concept of...
Instructor: Ferenc Huoranszki
Credits: 2.0
This course provides a foundation and an entry point into current debates in metaethics for students of philosophy. We will investigate questions such as: Do moral thoughts and moral sentences represent properties that exist in reality? If so, are these properties "natural" or sui generis? How can different theories...
Instructor: Simon Rippon
Credits: 4.0
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Instructor: David Weberman
Credits: 2.0
The department arranges for about ten colloquia per semester, usually on Tuesdays, in which visiting or CEU faculty give talks on diverse topics followed by discussion with the audience. Students are required to attend at least seven of these meetings and are encouraged to participate in the discussion. No further...
Instructor: various
Credits: 1.0
In the reading seminar, students read and discuss recent work in a variety of philosophical areas. This is intended to help them keep abreast of recent developments and also widen and deepen their acquaintance withá a variety of philosophical subjects. The seminar meets every second week and is coordinated by a 2nd or...
Instructor: various
Credits: 1.0
The aim of the Work-in-progress Seminar is to provide a forum for doctoral candidates to acquire professional skills and receive continuous feedback on their work. The seminars consist of discussions of recent literature in the area of the candidates' research and presentations of the candidates' work in progress.
Instructor: Tim Crane, Howard Robinson
Credits: 2.0
This course is a survey of 17th and 18th-century philosophy meant to fulfill a core requirement in the 2-year MA program. The main aim of the course is to acquire knowledge of the central issues and arguments of the early modern period. Topics will include knowledge and skepticism, the nature of substance, the...
Instructor: Mike Griffin
Credits: 2.0
Level: Core MA course. Mandatory for first year philosophy MA students on the 2-year MA program; elective for philosophy MA students on the 1-year program. Philosophy PhD students can take the course for audit. Non-philosophy students with some background in philosophy (not specifically epistemology) are welcome, but...
Instructor: Katalin Farkas
Credits: 2.0
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Instructor: Maria Kronfeldner
Credits: 4.0
We will look at some of the major arguments for the existence of God, in both their historical forms, and in the more modern versions. This will include especially the ontological argument, the first cause argument, and the argument from design. Then we will move on to consider some of the properties traditionally...
Instructor: Howard Robinson
Credits: 2.0
The primary aim of this course is an in-depth discussion of Book II of Aristotle’s De anima, a key text of the philosophy of mind in ancient philosophy. For the reading of the De anima some preliminary knowledge of Greek is required, on the basis of which we will read and translate the text, and give an in depth...
Instructor: István Bodnár
Credits: 2.0
Hermeneutics is a strain in German philosophical thinking for which the concepts of understanding and interpretation are as central to our grasp of the world as is the concept of knowledge. In this sense, it stands as a kind of rival to epistemology as traditionally conceived. It inclines toward holism. In its 20th...
Instructor: David Weberman
Credits: 4.0
Can literature, and more generally art, be philosophical? If so, how? Given that philosophy is thought to be all about argument and given that literature largely does not do arguments but something rather different, a puzzle is generated about how literature can be philosophical. One answer would be to say that...
Instructor: David Weberman
Credits: 2.0
The way science works raises deep and pressing philosophical questions that should concern everyone engaged with sciences. Is there a way to demarcate science from pseudo-science or ideology? How is scientific knowledge made reliable? Is it giving us access to reality or is it merely a tool, e.g. for successful...
Instructor: Maria Kronfeldner
Credits: 2.0
The course offers an introduction to some central issues in the philosophy of law. These include questions concerning the nature and content of the law, the relationship between law and morality, the question of whether there is an obligation to obey the law, and the question of what justifies punishment. We will also...
Instructor: Katalin Farkas
Credits: 2.0
This course will focus primarily on the formal properties of statements and sets of statements. It will be shown how to determine which statements are logical truths or tautologies, i.e., true by virtue of their logical form, and how to determine when a statement follows from, or is entailed by, other statements as a...
Instructor: Mike Griffin
Credits: 2.0
MA students are required to enroll in thesis seminar in the Winter Term prior to their defense. Students must give presentations of their work and attend the presentations of others.
Instructor: Simon Rippon
Credits: 2.0
This course will introduce the contemporary problem of mental causation — the problem of how the mind makes things happen in the rest of the world — first by tracing its historical origins in early modern philosophy, and then by examining how this frames the recent debates in the philosophy of mind. Mental causation...
Instructor: Tim Crane
Credits: 2.0
The course offers a general introduction into some of the major problems of contemporary analytic metaphysics. Metaphysics is a study of the most general categories in order to answer the questions what is real and what are the ultimate constituents of reality. In the course we’ll be addressing the following problems...
Instructor: Ferenc Huoranszki
Credits: 2.0
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Instructor: Tim Crane
Credits: 2.0
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Instructor: Nenad Miscevic
Credits: 2.0
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Instructor: Mike Griffin
Credits: 4.0
We will consider the properties attributed to God in the Western philosophical tradition. We will examine both historical and contemporary attempts to formulate doctrines of divine omniscience, omnipotence and absolute goodness, as well as eternality, simplicity, immutability and necessary existence. We will...
Instructor: Mike Griffin
Credits: 2.0
The growing inequality of income, wealth, and opportunities is a central political problem of our times. This course will be dedicated to the question, what are the moral reasons for the objection to it.It is plausible to argue that if economic inequality is morally objectionable, this is because it conflicts with the...
Instructor: Janos Kis
Credits: 2.0
What is understanding and what is explanation? How are the two related and how do they relate to knowledge and truth? Do explanation and understanding mark the boundary between natural sciences on the one hand and social sciences and humanities on the other hand? Can there be explanation without understanding (as it...
Credits: 4.0
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Instructor: Nenad Miscevic
Credits: 2.0

War

War involves widespread killing and maiming. For this reason it is of utmost importance to understand the morality that governs the conduct for and in war. Besides its practical importance war also raises many philosophical interesting issues. In this course we will explore some prominent aspects of war theory. We...
Instructor: Andres Moles
Credits: 2.0