Current Offerings

Fall 2022

Africana Philosophy

PHIL 5050-002 | Eddy Souffrant | Tuesdays 2:30 - 5:15 PM F2F

The African, and later the African American, experience is silenced in the abstractions of the modern European and Euro-American philosophy.  This class explores with the help of some of the works of writers ranging from DuBois, Glaude, Hartman, Sharpe, Trouillot, Wiredu, to Wynter, the bases of that silence.  We shall also consider the ramifications of our exploration for our contemporary social and political philosophy.

Indigenous Feminisms

PHIL 5050-003 | Elisabeth Paquette | Wednesdays 2:30 - 5:15 PM F2F

The course focuses on Indigenous feminist writings that both aim toward a constructive project of maintaining and respecting indigenous ways of life and that seek to address the detrimental consequences of U.S. and Canadian settler colonialism.

Ethics after Auschwitz

PHIL 5050-090 | Martin Shuster | Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:15PM F2F

This course will center around what it means to "go on"—to live and function—as an ethical agent and as a human being in a world "after Auschwitz,"  taken expansively to refer to an entire century of genocides, mass murder, extreme violence, and depredation. Throughout the course, we will focus on the ways in which various thinkers have assessed, responded to, and ultimately understood Western modernity after a century of mass murder, what they claim it revealed about humanity and society, and especially what it suggests for or proposes about our future. Some of the topics we may consider include racism, antisemitism, imperialism, and colonialism, and how these variously relate to genocidal violence, thinking especially about whether genocidal impulses continue to be found in present day institutions and forms of agency. Some of the figures we may read include Theodor W. Adorno, Cedric Robinson, Hannah Arendt, Aimé Césaire, Emmanuel Levinas, and others.

Feminist Methods

PHIL 6050-090 | Elisabeth Paquette | Mondays 5:30 - 8:15 PM F2F

This course offers a survey of the various forms of feminist methodologies that have existed historically, and continue to impact the sphere of feminist methodologies today. Not only will this course seek to understand the experiences of race, gender, sexuality, but it will also seek to expand a framework to account for a multiplicity of systems of oppression, such as ableism, xenophobia, and settler colonialism. Also, this course will complicate understandings of these various systems, of the ways in which they compound and intersect. Finally, we will consider how we are to be accountable to the communities we seek to engage with textually, and how we ought to develop our political and philosophical commitments when doing this work.

Philosophical Methods and Analysis

PHIL 6120-001| Ruth Groenhout | Thursdays, 2:30 - 5:15 PM F2F

This course is an introduction to the various methods of doing philosophy, examining both the various philosophical traditions as well as the reading and writing skills necessary for success in a philosophy graduate program. Because the MA program at UNCC is an Applied Philosophy program, the focus of this class will be on methodologically different approaches to various applied issues in philosophy, focusing on issues of identity, agency, and selfhood. We begin with historical approaches, move to the analytic/continental divide, and conclude with alternative approaches that fall outside these three major categories.

Ethics of Public Policy

PHIL 6250-001 | Gordon Hull | Wednesdays 11:15 - 2:00 PM F2F

In many ways, modern policymaking might appear to be a technical matter, concerned with scientifically or economically provable matters of administration.  Aside from local conflict of interest concerns, cases of inappropriate employee conduct, and compliance with statutory law, ethics might appear to be irrelevant.  That appearance is an illusion, and the primary goal of this course is to think about how policy decisions, even at a micro level, are deeply value-laden.  Even the decision to pursue economic efficiency – the central move in the modern welfare economics that dominates policymaking circles – is itself a decision with moral implications. In this course, we will use an extended case study – intellectual property (IP) law – to pursue the ways in which public policies both express and advance some sets of values over others.  The course combines theoretical reading (some of it classic moral philosophy: Mill, Locke and Kant) with current literature developing that theory as it applies to IP.  Why IP?  IP turns out to be one of the more complicated areas of national policy, and one with tremendously far-reaching implications: there is a truth to statements like “copyright policy is cultural policy” or “patent policy is science policy.” 

Master's Research Paper

PHIL 6999-001|Lisa Rasmussen | Tuesdays 11:30 - 2:15 PM F2F

Students begin with a previously submitted course paper and spend the semester revising it.  The goal is for each student to produce a polished, professional paper worthy of submission to a philosophical journal.  Additional reading and research on the topic is conducted, and multiple steps of revision and presentation of work in progress to the class are included.