Syracuse University offers programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy. Studies in the Ph.D. Program are designed to prepare students to make original contributions in philosophy and to teach at the college or university level. Studies in the M.A. Program are designed to enhance a student's understanding and expertise in some aspects of philosophy.
The curriculum of the department provides opportunities for concentrations in metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, ethics, political philosophy, and the history of philosophy. Considerable curricular resources, both within the philosophy department and in related departments, also provide for concentrations in which religion, psychology, law, continental philosophy and language and linguistics are the focus of philosophical interest. The degree programs reflect the view that proper graduate education in philosophy includes both the study of the history of philosophy and the examination of current philosophical issues.
How to Apply
For information about applying to graduate school at Syracuse: http://www.syr.edu/gradschool/em/future_howtoapply.html
To go directly to the application: https://www.applyweb.com/cgi-bin/app?s=syr
Application deadline January 1 to be considered for funding; late applications considered until March 1.
Do not send application materials to the department, send all materials to the Graduate School (Admissions) directly.
The application fee is $75.
The advance tuition deposit will change to $500 for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
In addition to completing the application, the following are also required:
- Transcripts from previous institutions
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Personal Statement
- GRE scores
- TOEFL scores (for applicants whose first language is not English)
- Writing Sample (Please see instructions below)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING WRITING SAMPLES
Writing samples must be prepared in a way that facilitates our evaluating them via anonymous review. Please ensure that your writing sample satisfies the following criteria:
1. The first page of the writing sample should include the title of the paper, the name of the author of the paper, and the institutional affiliation of the author.
2. The second page of the writing sample should include only the title of the paper.
3. No other page in the writing sample should include the name of the author, the institution of the author, or any acknowledgements or thanks to named individuals. (If the author of the paper feels it is important to include acknowledgements, these can be included on the first page of the paper.)
Graduate Financial Assistance
Tuition is currently $1,443/credit hour. However, teaching assistants and University Fellows receive grants for their full tuition. In most cases we do not recommend that students enroll in our PhD program without a teaching assistantship or fellowship. Syracuse University's financial support for doctoral students includes tuition scholarships, teaching assistantships in philosophy (and occasionally in other departments), and University Fellowships.
In 2016/2017, University Fellows will receive awards of $14,825 (MA), and $24,795 (PhD). Beginning Teaching Assistants receive stipends of $20,293.74, are eligible to participate in the University's group health plan, and receive a discount at the University Bookstore. Current salaries for Teaching Associates are $22,510.09. All of our teaching assistants and University Fellows receive grants for their full tuition. All graduate students receive some basic health services from the Syracuse University Health Center. Please see the Human Resources website for further information on Employee Benefits.
The Department strongly encourages graduate student participation in professional conferences, and some travel funds are provided to graduate students to make such activity possible. (Here is a list of Recurring Philosophy Conferences.) The Department is usually able to provide small summer research grants to a few graduate students. Special funds normally make it possible to offer a colloquium featuring a speaker selected by the graduate students.
For a complete listing of graduate-level Philosophy courses, click here.
|Course #||Course Title||Instructor|
|PHI 600/REL 600||Kant's Critique of Judgement||
|PHI 693||Proseminar: Moral and Political Philosophy||
|PHI 710||Sem: Ancient & Medieval Philosophy: Ancient Moral Psych.||Noble|
|PHI 750||Sem. in Current Phil. Problems: Concepts||Edwards|
|PHI 850||Sem. in Theory of Knowledge: Topics in Contemp. Epist.||Sharadin|
|PHI 880/PSC 800||Sem. in Political Philosophy: Oppression and Freedom||Baynes/Richardson|
Graduate Class Descriptions - Spring 2017
PHI 600/REL 600 - Selected Topics: Kant's Critique of Judgement
Instructor: Ahmed Abdel Meguid
TH 3:30 - 6:15
This class is a thoroughly close reading of Kant’s third and last major critical work: The Critique ofJudgment. The course will pay close attention to the historical context of the third Critique and its genealogy in Kant’s critical and pre-critical writings on the one hand and key 18th century debates onlogic, metaphysics, epistemology and aesthetics surrounding and influencing Kant’s work on the other hand. However, the main focus of the class will be thematic. Kant’s theory of judgment is central to the evolution of modern and contemporary positions concerning meaning, fundamentality, conceptualism, nominalism versus realism and empiricism versus idealism. Given this centrality, the class will trace the most influential philosophical reactions to Kant’s theses on the main problems raised in every respective part we cover. The course sessions are divided into three parts. The first part examines the constitution of the first species of judgment in Kant’s system: determinant judgment. We will start with Kant’s distinction between analytic and synthetic judgments and the division of the latter into a posteriori and a priori in the Critique of Pure Reason. Against this background, we will carefully peruse Kant’s distinction between formal and transcendental logic on the one hand the relationship between concepts and intuitions on the other hand, dwelling on their implications for the constitution of determinant judgment. In this respect, we will preliminarily raise the following questions: What is Kant’s understanding of predication? What does Kant mean by spontaneity? What is Kant’s concept of the ‘Unity of Apperception’ and how is it related to the problem of individuation? What is the relationship between representation and predication? And what is the difference between a theoretical determinant judgment and a moral determinant judgment?
The second part of the course examines the second species of judgment in Kant’s system: reflective judgment. We will start with the distinction Kant makes between reflective and determinant judgment and the semantical problems ensuing from this distinction in both the first (1791) and second (1793) introductions. In this respect, we will look closely at the transformations Kant’s definition of the power of judgment undergoes from the first through the third Critique and their logical and metaphysical implications. We will then dwell on Kant’s qualification of ‘purposiveness’ as a principle of reflective judgment. Subsequently, and by way of reversing the original order of the third Critique, we will turn to its second part on ‘Teleological Reflective Judgment.’ Among the key questions we will raise are: Why does Kant think that nature needs to be represented as a system and not merely as an aggregate of laws? And how does teleological judgment objectively represent the ‘real’ purposiveness of nature? How does Kant’s notion of teleology compare and/or contrast with Aristotle’s and Leibniz’s early modern reformulation of it? The concept of teleology raised key problems for Aristotle’s theory of predication in the De Interpretatione on the one hand and substance theory in the Metaphysics on the other hand. Does Kant’s relegation of the question of existence enable him to overcome these problems?
The third and final part of the course reverts to the first part of the third Critique on ‘Aesthetic Reflective Judgment.’ We will carefully examine Kant’s attempt to resolve the problematic relationship between the moral, purely logical determinant judgment (that constitute the domain of the 2 supersensible) and theoretical judgments (that constitute the domain of experience and knowledge) through aesthetic judgment. Among the main questions we will raise are: Is the ‘beautiful’ and the ‘sublime’, the two predicates of aesthetic judgments concepts? What does Kant mean by beauty as a symbol of morality? What does he mean by a symbol? Further why does Kant consider aesthetic judgment the most humanly specific judgment of all the species and sub-species of judgments he identifies? Finally, why does Kant think that aesthetic judgment is the basis of ‘common sense’ and hence culture?
Among the key figures from whose works we will be reading short thematic selections are: Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Husserl, Habermas, Lotze, Frege, Quine, Davidson, David Lewis, Henry Allison, Mcdowell, Paul Guyer, Rudolf Makkreel, Eugen Fink and Beatrice Longuenesse.
1. Kant, Immanuel. Critique of the Power of Judgment (trans. Paul Guyer & Eric Mathews). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
2. All secondary readings will be available on Blackboard. All the secondary reading selections will be available online by January 1st, 2017.
(Recommended but not required German edition) Kant, Immanuel. Kritik Der Urteilskraft: Text und Kommentar (Hrsg. Manfred Frank & Veronique Zanetti). Tübingen: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1996.
A. Class Presentation (30% of the grade)
1. You may choose any of the readings we are discussing and prepare a presentation on it for your colleagues.
2. The number of presentations will depend on the number of students in the Seminar.
B. Final paper (50% of the grade)
1. 20-25 pages in length.
2. Essays must be double spaced in 12-pitch font.
C. Class participation (20% of the grade)
Regular attendance and constructive class participation are required.
Important Note: A detailed weekly reading schedule will be circulated by January 1st, 2017 along with an extensive bibliography of secondary sources classified according to the weekly themes.
PHI 693 - Proseminar: Moral and Political Philosophy
Instructor: Hille Paakkunainen
W 3:45 - 6:30
This course covers some of the important developments in moral and political philosophy since
1900. The course is divided roughly into three components: I – Metaethics and Practical Reason, II – Normative Ethics, and III – Political Philosophy.
We begin component I with Moore’s open question argument, go on to survey some central metaethical positions, and end by examining the question “Why be moral?” In component II, we examine act and rule utilitarianism, contemporary versions of Kantian ethics and neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics, and the non-identity problem. We end by considering some doubts about moral theorizing as an enterprise. In component III, we discuss political liberalism as developed by Rawls, consider some feminist critiques of Rawls, and discuss some recent work on egalitarianism and prioritarianism.
*Note: The first class meeting is on January 25*. You should come to this meeting having read sections 5-14 of Chapter I of G.E.Moore’s Principia Ethica. This is available through BlackBoard for all those signed up for the course, as well as here: http://fair-use.org/g-e-moore/principia-ethica/ss.5-14
PHI 710 - Seminar in Ancient & Medieval Philosophy: Ancient Moral Psychology
Instructor: Christopher Noble
T 2:00 - 4:45
PHI 750 - Seminar in Current Philosophical Problems: Concepts
Instructor: Kevan Edwards
M 3:45 - 6:30
PHI 850 - Seminar in Theory of Knowledge: Topics in Contemporary Epistemology
Instructor: Nathaniel Sharadin
TH 3:30 - 6:15
Instructors: Kenneth Baynes/Kara Richardson
T 5:00 - 7:45
We will explore some classic and contemporary work on the topic of oppression, primarily as it relates to the oppression of women. More specific issues will include various attempts to characterize oppression and the wrong or harm associated with it, intentional vs. structural accounts of oppression, the nature of social groups and group oppression, implicit bias, and adaptive preferences. We will also consider some of the different dimensions of oppression, including “epistemic injustice” (Fricker), and the normative assumptions that inform it (self-realization, autonomy, well-being, etc.). Authors may include Marilyn Frye, Iris Young, Sally Haslanger, Ann Cudd, Miranda Fricker, Natalie Slojar, Marilyn Friedman, Paul Benson, Jon Elster, and Serene Khader.
Doctorate Degree - Requirements
- Graduate coursework taken as an undergraduate at SU;
- Courework taken at SU before you were admitted to your graduate degree program (as a non-matriculated student); and
- Coursework taken at another institution.
There are limits to the number of credits you may transfer depending upon your program of study and other factors. A maximum of 30% of credits counted toward a master’s degree at SU may be transferred from another institution (section 4.5.3), provided they form an integral part of the degree program and at least 50 percent of a doctoral student’s planned coursework (exclusive of dissertation) must be in courses offering “residence credit” at Syracuse University (see section 4.3). This rule does not apply to degree programs that are offered jointly with another university
All coursework considered for transfer must:
- Clearly be graduate level work;
- Grades achieved must be the equivalent of B or better;
- Comply with all time limitations; and
- A letter grade must have been awarded (No transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken on a pass/fail basis).
You are advised to consult the Regulations directly and consult your advisor regarding your specific situation.
To request transfer credit, submit a Petition to the Faculty form to your academic unit and the Graduate Enrollment Management Center. This request must come with a Program of Study, which places this coursework in context, and an official transcript.
The Graduate Enrollment Management Center will consider your transfer credit only with departmental endorsement and recommendations specifying which courses are to be transferred and the number of credit hours to be granted toward degree requirements.
- Application for transfer credit should be filed within the first twelve credits of graduate study at SU.
- Transfer credit must be listed on the Program of Study (future_degreeprograms.html) along with SU coursework that will count towards your degree program.
- Additional documents, such as a Petition to the Faculty, may be required to count transfer credit toward your degree program. Official transcripts and documents must be filed with the Graduate School.
A. Required proseminars: The following three writing-intensive proseminars must be taken in the first three semesters. There will be a minimum grade requirement of B; students may retake a course at most once; incompletes will be awarded only in the event of a genuine emergency. One proseminar may be waived at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies based on prior graduate work. Each proseminar will focus on at least two major philosophical problems and will require students to read at least three major philosophers. Each proseminar will require several (5-6) short papers, and one longer paper which is revised by the student at least once following peer- and faculty-review.
- PHI 617: Proseminar: History of Philosophy
- PHI 693: Proseminar: Ethics and Political Philosophy
- PHI 687: Proseminar: Language, Epistemology, Mind, and Metaphysics
B. PHI 651: Logic and Language (must be taken in the first year)
C. Selected additional courses: Eleven additional 3-credit courses or seminars. At least 6 must be numbered 700 or higher. No more than two independent study courses may be included. These must include at least one course in each of the following three area: (1) history of philosophy, (2) ethics and political philosophy, (3) language, epistemology, mind, and metaphysics. Prior graduate work may count toward this distributional requirement at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies.
Papers: Each student will write one "special paper" by August 15 of the summer before the third year. This paper will be developed in consultation with a member of the faculty (chosen by the student) and approved by a committee of three faculty members chosen by the Director of Graduate Studies. Students may rewrite and resubmit papers that are not approved. Approval of a special paper before August 15 of the summer before the fourth year is required to maintain good standing in the program. It is also required in order to become ABD and have a dissertation clarification.
Students who enter our Ph.D. program with the MA degree in Philosophy (from our department or from another institution) must submit a special paper before the second year, and have a paper approved before the third year. (Ordinarily, if the student has done an MA thesis, it can be expected that a portion of that thesis would serve as the basis for a suitable submission.)
Full-Time Certification: When you have completed your course requirements, and you are in ABD status, you need to register for GRD 998 every semester. Also, you need to complete a Full-Time Certification form as well to keep your status as a full-time graduate student in the Department.
Just before completion of pre-dissertation requirements (the course requirements and the papers), typically near the end of the third year, the student should meet with the Director of Graduate Studies to discuss dissertation plans. The Director, in consultation with the student, will appoint a dissertation supervisor. In some cases, two faculty may jointly supervise a dissertation.
At that time, the student and the supervisor should identify the topic of the dissertation (e.g., "Skepticism", "Emotions", "Free Will", "Consciousness"), and compile a reading list of the most important literature in that topic. At this time the supervisor can also suggest that the student begin work developing any additional "tools" that may be required for research in that topic.
When all pre-dissertation requirements have been completed, when the supervisor feels that the student's proposal is adequately developed, and when the supervisor feels that the student has done adequate background reading, the Director of Graduate Studies will appoint a committee of at least three faculty members for the Dissertation Clarification. The student will provide the members of the clarification committee with a proposal for a dissertation, including a bibliography of the major works that the student expects to cite in the dissertation. The committee will meet with the student to discuss the proposal, perhaps suggesting amendments and additional relevant literature. The committee may then accept the proposal, as amended by this discussion, or the committee may request a new written proposal and another clarification meeting.
This committee is comprised of three faculty members who supervise your dissertation after you have clarified. You are expected to regularly share your work with each member. At the end of each semester, each member of the supervisory committee must write a report on your progress. The Director of Graduate Studies will collect these and review them with your principal supervisor.
There is no general program-wide foreign language requirement. However, a student's clarification committee has the authority to require some degree of competence to use one or more tools of research: perhaps one or more relevant foreign languages (e.g., if the student is writing a historical dissertation), some mathematics (e.g., statistics, if the student is writing about inductive logic), and so on. The dissertation supervisor will decide whether any requirements the clarification committee imposes have been satisfied.
When the supervisor judges that the dissertation is complete, he or she will approve it for defense. A defense committee consists of six people: (1) an external chair from another department at SU; (2) the dissertation advisor; (3) four additional philosophy faculty. One of the additional faculty members may be a philosopher at another institution, but this is not required. It is the responsibility of the DGS (in consultation with the student and the advisor) to ensure that the committee is populated.
Graduate School regulations and deadlines govern the preparation of the dissertation and the scheduling of the defense. It is important to work closely with the Director of Graduate Studies and appropriate representatives of the Graduate School in preparing the dissertation and scheduling the defense. These consultations need to begin several months before the expected graduation date.
Graduate School Guidelines for Theses and Dissertations: http://gradsch.syr.edu/pdfs/FormatGuidelines.pdf
An M.A. is earned after completion of 24 credit hours of course work (8 courses) and an M.A. Thesis. The program is intended to:
1. educate students in depth on the nature of philosophy
2. train students in generic methods of reasoning and analysis of wide applicability
3. permit graduate-level research and study in philosophy by students who are not necessarily committed to becoming contributing members of the field (such as university professors)
The M.A. Program is not a component of the Ph.D. Program, even though the M.A. degree can also be awarded as an intermediate achievement in the Ph.D. Program. Although courses, faculty, activities, and facilities are shared by both programs, acceptance in the Ph.D. Program is not included in acceptance in the M.A. Program. An important difference between the two programs is illustrated in the difference between an M.A. thesis and a Ph.D. dissertation. In addition to greater scope and complexity, the dissertation must make a genuine contribution to the advancement of philosophical research; whereas, the M.A. thesis need not make such a contribution (though it may). The M.A. thesis must, however, demonstrate mature understanding and expertise in philosophy.
Full-Time Certification: When you have completed your course requirements, and you are in ABD status, you need to register for GRD 998 every semester. Also, you need to complete a Full-Time Certification form as well to keep your status as a full-time graduate student in the Department.
The M.A. Program is independent of the Ph.D. Program in several ways. Within the Philosophy Department, it is administratively separate from the Ph.D. Program. Even though official admission to the S.U. Graduate School is required, further acceptance as a member of the Philosophy Ph.D. Program is not.
Although high standards for acceptance are demanded, appropriate flexibility will be applied in considering students who have minimal background in philosophy but who:
1. are sufficiently motivated and capable in philosophical study and writing (as explicitly demonstrated in the admissions process) and/or
2. have a satisfactory level of competence (through prior study, degrees, or experience) in fields allied to their intended focus in graduate-level study -- e.g., in psychology, fine arts, mathematics, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, specific "hard" sciences, literature, social sciences, natural languages and linguistics, business, health professions, law, etc.
An important additional flexibility is the opportunity to gain admission to the program through effective performance in two courses taken as an unmatriculated student.
One aim of the program is to encourage concentration or focus on some particular area or topic of philosophical concern. Subject to faculty advice and guidance, and availability of relevant courses and faculty expertise, every student in the M.A. Program will select an area of study, or a specific philosophical topic, which will guide selection of courses.
|Seattle University (TT)||Kara Richardson and Kris McDaniel|
|Franklin College (3 year)||"Knowing Better, Reasoning Together"||David Sobel and Hille Paakkunainen|
|Syracuse University (Senior TA)||"What Counts as Desiring the Actual Good"||Ben Bradley|
|Syracuse University (adjunct)||"On What Consists in What"||Kristopher McDaniel|
|Hebrew University (TT)||"Seeing Right and Wrong: A Defense of A Posteriori Intuitionism"||David Sobel|
|Seton Hall University (TT)||"In Defense of Deprivationism"||Ben Bradley|
|University of Southern Maine (TT)||"Incompatibilist Alternative Possibilities"||Mark Heller|
|Southern Methodist University (3 year position) and University of Johannesburg (research associate)||"Practical Identity and Meaninglessness"||Ben Bradley|
|Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan (assistant professor)||"The Sundial Tribe and the Labyrinth of Purpose"||Robert Van Gulick/Thomas McKay|
|Syracuse University (adjunct)||"Moral Worth and Supererogation"||Ben Bradley|
|Gulf Coast State College (TT)||"A Defense of Formal Contractualism"||Kenneth Baynes|
Charles (Rich) Booher
|De Anza College, Cupertino, CA (TT)||"Perfection, History and Harmonious Individuality: Herder's Ethical Thought, 1765-1791"||Frederick Beiser|
|Colgate University (adjunct)||"Where the Reasons Come From"||Ben Bradley|
|Syracuse University (adjunct)||"Social Equality: On the Aim of Distributive Justice"||Kenneth Baynes|
|Niagara University (adjunct)||"Questions and Inquiry: Some Epistemological Applications"||Mark Heller|
|Allan Hancock College (systems analyst)||"Kant and the Neglected Alternative"||Frederick Beiser|
|Non-academic employment||"Ground and Relative Fundamentality"||Mark Heller|
|Non-academic employment||"Centralizing Ambiguity: Simone de Beauvoir and a Twenty-First Century Ethics"||Linda Alcoff|
|Lemoyne College (TT)||"Feeling in Character: Towards an Ethics of Emotion"||Michael Stocker|
|Matthew Skene||Aurora Community College, Colorado (adjunct)||"Putting the Ghost Back in the Machine: A Defense of Common Sense Dualism"||Robert Van Gulick|
|Kelly McCormick||Texas Christian University (TT)||"Towards a Revisionist Account of Moral Responsibility"||Andre Gallois|
|David Bzdak||Onondaga Community College (TT)||"Knowing How: An Empirical, Functionalist Approach"||Mark Heller|
|Joel Brown||U.S. Air Force Academy (Assistant Professor)||"Kant, Derivative Influence, and the Metaphysics of Causality"||Frederick Beiser|
|Jordan Dodd||Carleton University (sessional)||"Meaningful Experiences: An Essay on Experiences of Understanding"||Robert Van Gulick|
University of Manchester (postdoc)
|"Ideology and Fundamentality: A Study in Metaphysics"||André Gallois|
|Jeremy Dickinson||Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (lecturer)||"An Essay on the Ontology of Reasons"||Mark Heller|
Syracuse University (VAP)
Upstate Medical University (Lecturer)
|"On Pessimism: A Study in Normative Psychology"||Michael Stocker|
|Patrick Beach||Cycorp (Ontological Engineer)||"Moral Luck"||Ben Bradley|
|Andrew Corsa||Colorado State University, Pueblo (VAP)||"Thomas Hobbes' Response to the Fool: Justice and Magnanimity"||Edward McClennen|
LeMoyne College (adjunct)
|"A Realist Metaphysics of Race: a Context-Sensitive, Short-Term Retentionalist, Long-Term Revisionist Approach"||Linda Alcoff|
Augustana College (VAP)
|"Analyticity, Platonism, and A Priori Knowledge"||André Gallois|
|Aaron Koller||Non-academic employment||"The Flower of Human Perfection: Moses Mendelssohn's Defense of Rationalist Aesthetics"||Frederick Beiser|
|Steffen Borge||University of Tromsø (Associate Professor)||"Speaker's Meaning: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language"||John Hawthorne|
|Kora Gould||Black Hawk College (TT)||"Personal Identity, Reductionism and Eliminativism"||André Gallois|
|KienHow Goh||First appointment: Central Washington University (VAP); current appointment unknown||"Fichte's Theory of Practical Agency"||Frederick Beiser|
|University of Osnabrueck, GERMANY (postdoc)||
"Classifying Emotions in Biology, Psychology, and Philosophy: Evoluntionary, Developmental, and Functional Continuities Between Basic and Higher-Cognitive Emotions"
|Adam Schechter||Yale University - Human Research Protection Program||"Valuing Life: A Moral Defense of the Right to Die in Liberal Democracy"||Laurence Thomas|
|Brendan Murday||Ithaca College (T)||"Two Dimensionalism and Semantic Content"||André Gallois|
|Edison Barrios||University of Utah (3-yr 2013-2016)||"The Foundations of Linguistics: Two Theses"||Thomas McKay|
|Nathan Hanna||Drexel University (TT)||"The Justifiability of Punishment"||Kenneth Baynes/Edward McClennen|
|Christopher Calvert-Minor||University of Wisconsin, Whitewater (T)||"Practicist Epistemology and the Social Dimension"||Linda Alcoff|
|Irem Kurtsal Steen||Boğaziçi University, Istanbul (TT)||"Composition, Vagueness, and Persistence"||André Gallois|
|Michael McFall||University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley (TT)||"Self-Respect and Family Egalitarianism" (passed with distinction)||Laurence Thomas|
|Michael McKeon||Barry University (T)||"The Value of Religious Commitments in a Pluralistic Society"||Laurence Thomas|
|Kevin Kukla||Teach for America||"An Anti-Bivalentist Solution to the Sorites Paradox"||André Gallois|
|Mark Scala||West Texas A&M (TT)||"Three-Dimensionalism"||John Hawthorne|
|Jessica (Wollam) Logue||University of Portland (lecturer)||"Context and Anti-Essentialism: A Thoroughgoing Approach"||Edward Mooney|
|Craig Hanson||Palm Beach Atlantic University (T)||"Addiction: Rationality and Responsibility"||Edward McClennen|
|Philip Pegan||Neumann University (TT)||"The Nature of Assertion"||John Hawthorne|
|Dimitria Gatzia||University of Akron, Wayne (TT)||"Color Fictionalism: Color Discourse without Colors"||Clyde Hardin|
|Laurence James||Non-academic employment||"The Meaningfulness of Life"||Michael Stocker|
|Mark Steen||Boğaziçi University, Istanbul (TT)||"Stuff, Process, and Object: An Examination of Substance and Its Alternatives"||André Gallois|
|Kari Middleton||Freelance writer and editor, Portland, Oregon||"Conceptions and Consequences of Semantic Underdetermination"||Thomas McKay|
|John Draeger||Buffalo State (T)||"Caring for Others: A Theory of Moral Reasons"||Michael Stocker|
|Seth Shabo||University of Delaware (T)||"Holding Responsible without Ultimate Responsibility: Towards a Communitarian Defense of Compatibilism"||Michael Stocker|
|Erik Schmidt||Gonzaga University (T)||"Beyond Comparison: Incomparability and hte Psychology of Choice"||Michael Stocker|
|Daniel Haggerty||University of Scranton (T)||"Moral Magnetism: A Study in Relations of Emotion, Value & World"||Michael Stocker|
|Eric Funkhouser||University of Arkansas (T)||"Eluding Exclusion: Making Room for the Special Sciences"||Robert Van Gulick|
|Patricia Psomas||In Athens, Greece (no further information)||"Speech Act Theories of Meaning"||William P. Alston|
|Carol Quinn||Metro State College (T)||"Reconsidering the Nazi Debate: The Moral Aspects of Deciding Whether to Use the Nazi Data"||Samuel Gorovitz|
|Sean McAleer||University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (T)||"Kant and Virtue Ethics"||Michael Stocker|
|David Kim||University of San Francisco (T)||"Mortal Feelings: A Theory of Revulsion and the Intimacy of Agency"||Michael Stocker|
|Robert Fudge||Weber State University (T)||"An Anti-Realist Account of Aesthetic Properties"||Philip Peterson|
|Pierre LeMorvan||The College of New Jersey (T)||"A Defense of the Theory of Appearing"||William P. Alston|
|Heather Battaly||California State University, Fullerton (T)||"What Are the Virtues of Virtue Epistemology?"||William P. Alston|
Law and Philosophy
The Juris Doctor may be pursued concurrently with either the Master of Arts in Philosophy or the Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy. Upon completion of such a concurrent program, degrees are conferred both by the College of Law and the Syracuse University Department of Philosophy. Students enrolled in these concurrent programs may obtain their J.D. and either the M.A. or Ph.D. in Philosophy in substantially less time than would be necessary if the programs were separately pursued.
Candidates for admission to the concurrent program must gain admission to the regular program of each participating academic unit. Interested students will then be assigned a College of Law advisor who will assist in the preparation of a petition requesting admission to the concurrent program and outlining a program of study. The petition must be approved by both the College of Law and the Department of Philosophy, and it must be filed with the College of Law Interdisciplinary Programs Committee.
Typically, students in their first year of study in a concurrent Law/Philosophy program will enroll mainly in law courses.
The College of Law will allow 15 credit hours in Philosophy courses toward the J.D. if pursuant to an approved concurrent program. The basis for awarding credit hours is set out in the College of Law Handbook of Academic Rules.
The M.A. in Philosophy requires 24 hours of course work and a defense of a six credit thesis. Because of the relatively modest credit hour requirements for the M.A. degree, the Philosophy Department does not generally transfer credit hours toward the M.A. in Philosophy for work taken elsewhere. Transfer credits from the School of Law are negotiable, however, depending on specific courses taken.
Credit hour arrangements between the J.D./Ph.D. in Philosophy may be more flexible. Questions and general inquiries should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy.
The application deadline is early March, but earlier application is encouraged. The LSAT score is generally accepted in lieu of the GRE.
Please read the provisions of the Handbook of Academic Rules for the College of Law relating to concurrent degree programs.
In addition to regular meetings with the course professor, each Assistant videotapes one of his/her classes each semester and discusses the tape with the professor in charge of the course and with fellow Assistants. The professor visits one of the Assistant's sections each semester, and shares his/her observations with the Assistant. At the end of every semester, students evaluate the Assistant's classroom performance. Most second and some third-year Assistants repeat this pattern, usually in a different course with a different professor.
OUTSTANDING TAs FOR 2015 - (Far left, Sean Clancy)
OUTSTANDING TA FOR 2015 (Li Kang)
OUTSTANDING TA FOR 2014 (Amy Massoud)
OUTSTANDING TAs FOR 2013 (Kendall Englund and Andrew Specht)
OUTSTANDING TAs FOR 2012 [2nd Row, 4th from left (Kirsten Egerstrom); Back Row, 4th from left (Anthony Fisher)]
More advanced Teaching Assistants may be appointed as Teaching Associates. Associates will normally teach 100-level courses such as PHI 107 (Knowledge and Reality) or PHI 192 (Introduction to Moral Theory). Teaching Associates set the overall features of the syllabus, as well as the textbooks, examination questions, and course policies. (The unusual extent of self-determination of the PHI 107 staff is the subject of an article by Michael Patton in Teaching Philosophy, 1992.)
Teaching Associates continue to develop their teaching with the aid of discussions of videotapes of their classes, classroom visits, and meetings with a faculty member who serves as a teaching mentor. They may apply for a Certificate in University Teaching that is awarded on the basis of participation in a professional development seminar and development of a teaching portfolio that documents their teaching experience and ability. (Our Department's program for developing teaching is discussed in a group of articles by some of our faculty and graduate students in Teaching Philosophy, 1995.)
The goal of the ABD workshop is to facilitate professional development for students in the program, and to provide those in the dissertation stage with an opportunity to present and receive feedback on their work. Any student currently working on dissertation chapters, papers, writing samples, job talks, and works in progress may make a presentation.
Friday, October 16, 2015, 5:00 pm in 538 Hall of Languages.
Preston Werner will be presenting his work, "Emotions as Affordances".
Lorenza D'Angelo will comment.
Retention and Completion Data for PhD and MA Programs
Here we provide information concerning students who have entered our PhD program since 2001. Keep in mind that there are many different reasons for leaving a graduate program without a degree (transferring to another PhD program, poor academic performance, non-academic personal reasons, etc.) and many reasons for delaying completion after reaching the ABD stage (need to perfect language skills for research, need to work, health problems, family growth, etc.). So these reports group cases together that are often very different. But they may be useful for a general overview. (Scroll down for MA program.) Please email corrections or updates to Lisa Farnsworth (email@example.com). Last updated 5/5/16.
|Year||Entering (women/men)||Completed PhD||Left without PhD||Still in program|
|2001||4 (2/2)||3 (1/2)||1 (1/0)||0|
|2002||9 (1/8)||5 (1/4)||4 (0/4)||0|
|2003||6 (0/6)||6 (0/6)||0||0|
|2004||6 (2/4)||3 (1/2)||2 (1/1)||1 (0/1)|
|2005||6 (1/5)||3 (0/3)||3 (1/2)||0|
|2006||7 (1/6)||4 (0/4)||3 (1/2)||0|
|2007||6 (3/3)||2 (1/1)||2 (2/0)||2 (0/2)|
|2008||4 (0/4)||2 (0/2)||1 (0/1)||1 (0/1)|
|2009||5 (2/3)||3 (1/2)||1 (0/1)||1 (1/0)|
|2010||7 (2/5)||1 (1/0)||4 (0/4)||2 (1/1)|
|2011||7 (1/6)||4 (0/4)||1 (0/1)||2 (1/1)|
|2012||5 (4/1)||0||1 (1/0)||4 (3/1)|
|2013||5 (1/4)||1 (0/1)||0||4 (1/3)|
|2014||5 (2/3)||0||0||5 (2/3)|
|2015||5 (1/4)||0||0||5 (1/4)|
|2016||7 (1/6)||0||0||7 (1/6)|
|Total||94 (24/70)||37 (6/31)||23 (7/16)||
Students enter our MA program for many different reasons. Some want an additional degree as an adjunct to other studies; some want to extend their liberal arts education; some are exploring the possibility of continuing in philosophy; some have definite plans to continue in philosophy; etc.. So the data here probably do not indicate very much, since they lump together people whose reasons for entering the program are very different.
In total, 17 students (10 men, 7 women) entered our MA program between 2000-2011. Nine (seven men, two women) completed the program; at least five of those have been admitted to PhD programs. Seven (three men, four women) left the program without finishing.
2000: One entered and completed.
2003: Two entered and did not complete.
2004: One entered and transferred into a different MA program at SU.
2005: One entered the program and finished her degree. She was admitted to a philosophy Ph.D. program at the University of Cincinnati.
2006: One entered and completed.
2007: Two men, one woman entered the program. One man in Philosophy/Law joint program. One man and one woman completed their MA degrees. One man was admitted into our Ph.D. program.
2008: Two men entered the program. Both were accepted into other Ph.D. programs. Both completed MA degrees, one defending at the end of 2010 and one defending at the end of 2011.
2009: One man entered the joint MA/Law program. He completed his degrees, defending his MA thesis on 6/14/11.
2010: Two women and two men entered the program. All left the program without finishing their degrees. One woman was accepted into the PhD program at Cornell.
2014: One man entered the joint MA/Law program. He withdrew from the MA program to pursue his JD full-time.
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