2nd Sem Grad Courses

*As of October 23, 2014

Ph 201 Advanced Reflexive Metaphysics

Mr. Eduardo Calasanz Mon. 6-9
The course will re-examine the question of metaphysics in the light of Martin Heidegger’s critique of the history of metaphysics, Hans Urs von Balthazar’s notion of the theological a priori of metaphysics, and Jean-Luc Marion’s proposal of phenomenology as first philosophy.
Ph 214/310.9 Ancient Chinese Philosophy (official course title: History of Ancient Chinese Philosophy/Ancient Chinese Thought)
Dr. Manuel Dy, Jr. Sat. 9-12
The course is a textual study of the Confucian Four Books (The Analects, The Book of Mencius, The Great Learning, and The Doctrine of the Mean) and the Taoist classics, Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tze.
Ph 242/Ph325 Seminar in Teaching Philosophy/Philosophical Foundations of Education
Dr. Rainier Ibana Wed. 6-9
Selected philosophical texts about Philosophy of Education will be discussed as meta-narratives of the structures of the human brain: Plato’s Meno, The Great Learning, the Yogasutras of the Patanjali, St. Thomas’ De Magistro, Whitehead’s The Aims of Education, Matthew Lippman’s Thinking in Education [for Children].  Students will be directed to tackle selections from the texts of Buddhadasa Bikhhu, Suyetsu Yanagi, and Roque Ferriols’ Aurobindo and the Life Divine, among others. It will be argued, however, that the philosophical approaches mentioned above do not merely mirror the inner workings of the brain but also further enhance its formation and development.
Ph 250 Topics in Philosophy of Language (official course title: Philosophy of Language)
Dr. Jacklyn Cleofas Schedule TBA
This course enables graduate students to further their understanding of themes in philosophy of language. It will include readings on the following: the normativity of meaning, naturalistic theories of meaning, Chomskian accounts of meaning and reference, the nature of reference, pragmatics, and the relevance of debates in philosophy of language for the realism vs. anti-realism debate in metaphysics.
* Pre-requisite: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, or Logic
Ph 272/320.15 - Nietzsche and Freud  (official course title: Nietzsche)
Dr. Jean Tan Wed. 6-9
This course will be a reading-intensive comparative study of the concepts of instincts and drives as put forward by Friedrich Nietszche and Sigmund Freud. We will look closely at the following primary texts: Nietzsche’s The Gay Science, Beyond Good and Evil, and On the Genealogy of Morals, and also Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, and his metapsychological papers. We will be assisted by a number of secondary texts, most notably Paul-Laurent Assoun’s comparative study, Freud and Nietzsche.