Catalog Courses

Core Program

PHIL 111
Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Eski ve Ortaçağ Felsefesine Giriş
Credits3 ECTS6
The evolution of philosophy from its beginning in ancient Greece till the end of the medieval period.
PHIL 112
Introduction to Modern Philosophy
Modern Felsefe Tarihi
Credits3 ECTS6
The evolution of modern philosophy from Descartes up to the present.
PHIL 142
Elementary Set Theory
Kümeler Kuramına Giriş
Credits3 ECTS6
Algebra of sets, algebra of relations, order relations, equivalence relations, mathematical induction, power sets, cardinality; mathematical structures such as Boolean algebras, groups, homomorphisms and isomorphism of structures, Zermelo-Fraenkel axioms for sets.
PHIL 232
Scientific Reasoning
Bilimsel Düşünce
Credits3 ECTS6
Survey of the basic inference patterns in scientific reasoning. Emphasis on hypothetical-deductive and statistical methods. Basic skills in evaluating scientific arguments by examining numerous concrete examples. Divergence of opinions on methodological issues.
PHIL 241
Applied Ethics
Uygulamalı Etik
Credits3 ECTS6
Philosophical analysis of contemporary moral issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, affirmative action, the ethics of charity, animal rights, moral justification of war.
PHIL 251
Special Topics in Logic
Mantıkta Özel Konular
Credits3 ECTS6
Selected topics on modal logic and Kripke semantics, tense logic, tensed modalities, epistemic logic, free logic, logic of existence, intuitionistic logic, Lesniewsky's mereology, philosophical grammar and formal semantics.
PHIL 284
Free Will and Determinism
Özgür İrade ve Belirlenimcilik
Credits3 ECTS6
The analysis of the concepts of action and intention. Philosophical problems arising in the context of determinism versus free will.
PHIL 301
Problems of Contemporary Philosophy
Çağdaş Felsefe Sorunları
Credits3 ECTS6
Short selections from the writings of contemporary philosophers. Among topics likely to be covered are: the nature and range of human knowledge, determinism and free will, personal identity, truth, reference and meaning. Existentialism, and the relation between mind and body.
PHIL 302
Continental Philosophy
Kıta Avrupası Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
The purpose of this course is to survey neo-Kantianism, phenomenology, structuralism, existentialism, the Frankfurt school, and deconstructionalism in the 19th and 20th centuries.
PHIL 320
Philosophy of Religion
Din Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
Introduction to the philosophical study of religion covering issues such as the existence of a Divine Creator, the nature and explanation of evil, the relation between religious belief and knowledge, and religious ethics.
PHIL 324
Poststructuralist Thought
Yapısalcılık Sonrası Düşünce
Credits3 ECTS6
Study of the works of one or more of the poststructuralist thinkers, such as Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Guattari and Lyotard, directed towards an assessment of their positions on such issues as being, experience, knowledge, science, power and ethics.
PHIL 331
Advanced Logic I
İleri Mantık I
Credits3 ECTS6
ZF axioms for set theory, axiom of choice, well ordering, ordinal numbers, cardinal numbers, GCH, ultraproducts. Deduction theorem, completeness theorem, compactness theorem, non-standard models of arithmetic, elementary structures, chains.
PHIL 332
Advanced Logic II
İleri Mantık II
Credits3 ECTS6
Formal number theory, primitive recursive and recursive functions, arithmetization, MRDP theorem, Godel incompleteness theorems, recursive undecidability, Church's theorem, Turing machines, partial recursive functions, unsolvable problems, Kleene-Mostowski hierarchy, effective computability, decision problems.
PHIL 339
Philosophy of Logic
Mantık Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
Philosophical questions concerning first-order and second-order predicate logic, propositional logic and modal logic. Ontological presuppositions of different logical systems, justification of primitive inference rules and informativeness of logical propositions.
PHIL 342
The Problem of Perception
Algı Sorunu
Credits3 ECTS6
The study of different philosophical views concerning the source of our knowledge of the external world.
PHIL 346
Phenomenological Problems
Görüngübilim Sorunları
Credits3 ECTS6
Phenomenology as founded by Husserl and elaborated by thinkers like Heidegger, Fink, Schutz, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas. The phenomenological discovery of new philosophical problems.
PHIL 351
Philosophy of History
Tarih Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
An exposition of various philosophical approaches to history. The issues of explanation, objectivity, interpretation, and determinism. Philosophical analysis of the methodology of history.
PHIL 354
Social and Political Philosophy
Toplum ve Siyaset Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
A systematic study of fundamental explanations and concepts concerning human society and political institutions; distributive justice, equality, sovereignty, law, liberty and political obligations.
PHIL 357
Philosophy of Social Sciences
Toplum Bilimleri Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
A survey of ontological, epistemological and methodological problems raised in the sciences of human behavior and society. Comparison between positivist and non-positivist approaches to society.
PHIL 361
Natural Philosophy
Doğa Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
Examination of various conceptions of nature, through an investigation of Aristotelian natures, Cartesian mechanical philosophy, and Hume's argument against miracles and natural theology.
PHIL 371
Philosophical Logic
Felsefi Mantık
Credits3 ECTS6
The study and analysis of concepts fundamental to philosophy. Concepts of meaning, truth, identity, logical form, propositional attitudes, opacity of reference and predication.
PHIL 372
Philosophy of Language
Dil Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
An examination of the nature and structure of language and of philosophical problems arising in connection with it. Topics covered will include meaning, reference, speech acts and relevant issues of contemporary descriptive linguistics.
PHIL 375
Philosophy of Mind
Zihin Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
Investigation of some of the following topics: the mind-body problems, personal identity, the unity of consciousness, the unconscious, the problem of other minds, action, intention, and will.
PHIL 380
Philosophy of Action
Edim Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
The purpose of this course is to survey modern and contemporary discussions concerning the nature of human action. Some specific issues treated will include the analysis of action, the volitional theory, the identification of actions and events, intentional and contextual theories, and the explanation of action.
PHIL 390
Philosophical Schools
Felsefe Ekolleri
Credits3 ECTS6
This course is intended to allow an in-depth examination of either a circle of philosophers who together constitute a school, or of a great philosopher whose doctrines have influenced and led a group of minor thinkers.
PHIL 400
Current Issues in Philosophy
Güncel Felsefe Konuları
Credits3 ECTS6
This course will involve a thorough discussion of a variety of current problems to be selected among philosophical issues such as the theory of identity, essentialism, subject-predicate distinction, prescriptivism, causality, etc.
PHIL 401
The Soul
İnsan Ruhu
Credits3 ECTS7
Philosophical examination of conceptions of the soul and its capacities, and their criticisms in a wide range of traditions.
PHIL 402
The Self
Credits3 ECTS7
Philosophical examination of the self or ego or I as both subject and object in philosophy. Study of such questions as self-reference and indexicality, self-knowledge, the nature of the self, sympathy and identification with others in art and culture, isolation and social alienation from others, plasticity and historical constitution of the self, and the varieties of transcendence of the ego in ethics. Consideration of the question 'Who am I?'
PHIL 406
Advanced Study of Philosophical Texts
İleri Düzeyde Felsefe Metinleri
Credits3 ECTS6
In-depth study of selected texts from a thematic or historical perspective in their original language.
PHIL 412
Advanced History of Philosophy
İleri Felsefe Tarihi
Credits3 ECTS6
A detailed study of classical philosophical systems or major philosophical authorities. Topics such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, etc., will be chosen for study by arrangement.
PHIL 414
History of Analytic Philosophy
Analitik Felsefe Tarihi
Credits3 ECTS6
Analytic methods developed by Frege, Russell, Moore, and Wittgenstein. The rise and fall of logical positivism and ordinary language philosophy. The impact of Quine, sense and reference, the picture theory of language, the verifiability theory of meaning, the private language argument, speech acts, Gricean strictures, ontological relativity, radical translation, the Davidson-Dummett controversy about meaning, and the issue of whether the analytical tradition has come to an end.
PHIL 417
History of Islamic Thought
İslam Düşüncesi Tarihi
Credits3 ECTS6
Conceptual frameworks of Islamic philosophy. The relations between Aristotelian, neo-Platonic and Islamic philosophy with respect to ontological and epistemological questions. The influences of Islamic and Western thought on Turkish intellectual history.
PHIL 420
Advanced Philosophy of Science
İleri Bilim Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
Critical analysis of the views in contemporary philosophy of science.
PHIL 421
Theories of Rationality
Akılcılık Kuramları
Credits3 ECTS6
An introduction to theories of rationality, including those that are implicit in rational choice theory, decision-making under uncertainty, and game theory. Emphasizing the relation between normative and descriptive theories of rational behavior.
PHIL 422
Mind and Cognition
Zihin ve Biliş
Credits3 ECTS6
A study of philosophical and meta-theoretical issues arising in the cognitive sciences. Readings from an interdisciplinary array covering philosophy of psychology, cognitive psychology, and artificial intelligence.
PHIL 431
Inductive Logic
Tümevarımsal Mantık
Credits3 ECTS6
Problems of statistical inference. Varieties of inductive inference, elementary probability theory and statistics. Emphasizing on different philosophical positions on statistical inference.
PHIL 435
Philosophical Issues in Feminism
Feminizmde Felsefi Konular
Credits3 ECTS6
A selection of philosophical issues that arise within feminist thinking, such as the nature of sexual equality, patriarchy, sexual harassment, oppression, and exploitation and the use of such concepts in feminist analysis of women's social position.
PHIL 438
Philosophy of Time
Zaman Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
Study of different philosophical problems connected with time, including the relation of time and change, the flow of time, Mc Taggart's paradox, the reality of past and present, the token-reflexive account of tense, the direction of time, the openness of the future, the topology of time, space-time and relativity, the experience of time and
PHIL 442
Issues in Ethics
Etik Sorunları
Credits3 ECTS6
An in-depth analysis of the ethical views of prominent philosophers on a major issue in ethics.
PHIL 443
Philosophies of Enlightenment
Aydınlanma Felsefeleri
Credits3 ECTS6
Historical and contemporary accounts of Enlightenment values and visions. Interpretations of reason and its significance; its alleged role in the promotion of justice and in human emancipation.
PHIL 444
Philosophy and Literature
Felsefe ve Edebiyat
Credits3 ECTS6
Philosophical examination of literature with special emphasis on the logic of narrative, theories and strategies of interpretation, representation and truth in fiction, concept and function of unconscious, genesis and development of moral space and the notion of the self in the history of literature, and a comparison of poetic language to the language of philosophy.
PHIL 445
Philosophical Paradoxes
Felsefi Paradokslar
Credits3 ECTS6
Examination of philosophical paradoxes. Issues of self-reference. The source, resolution, and philosophical significance of paradoxes.
PHIL 451
Human Rights and Philosophy of Law
İnsan Hakları ve Hukuk Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
Examination of the sources, stages of development and significance of basic human rights and liberties. Discussion of fundamental principles underlying systems of law. Views of philosophers from Plato onwards.
PHIL 453
Credits3 ECTS6
Contemporary debates about freedom in social and political philosophy, such as the negative and positive conceptions of freedom, the illusion of freedom, internal constraints on freedom, freedom of choice, free agency, social and political conditions of freedom.
PHIL 454
Advanced Political Philosophy
İleri Siyaset Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
Critical analysis of debates within contemporary political philosophy or in-depth study of major texts by a historical figure.
PHIL 461
Credits3 ECTS6
Overview of aesthetics: Nature of art, truth and representation, moral and political aspects of art and criticism.
PHIL 464
Translation of Philosophical Texts into Turkish
Felsefe Metinlerinin Türkçeye Çevrilmesi
Credits3 ECTS6
Theory and practice of translating various kinds of philosophical texts from English into Turkish. General principles of translation. Work on specific difficulties in translating philosophy into Turkish.
PHIL 465
Advanced Study of Philosophical Texts
Felsefe Metinlerinin İleri Düzeyde İncelenmesi
Credits3 ECTS6
In-depth study of selected texts from a thematic or historical perspective in their original language.
PHIL 470
Philosophy of Mathematics
Matematik Felsefesi
Credits3 ECTS6
Foundations of mathematics and philosophical problems in the interpretation of the nature of mathematics.
PHIL 473
Philosophy as a Way of Life
Bir Yaşam Biçimi Olarak Felsefe
Credits3 ECTS7
Historical and philosophical examination of the attempt to live on the basis of philosophical understanding, as it occurs in the work of such people as Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, the Epicureans, Plotinus, Augustine, Spinoza, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, existentialists, and eastern philosophers.
PHIL 479
Metaphilosophy: The Nature of Philosophy
Meta-Felsefe: Felsefenin Doğası
Credits3 ECTS6
An examination of philosophy as a cultural phenomenon and an expression of the human mind. Examination and evaluation of alternative forms of philosophy as ways of seeking wisdom or understanding. Consideration of the questions whether progress in philosophy is possible and whether philosophy yields knowledge.
PHIL 499
Independent Study
Bireysel Çalışma
Credits3 ECTS6
This course is intended to give students the opportunity to do intensive research on a special topic in which they are interested and produce a thesis length paper on the basis of their research and study. The work is to be carried out as an independent study under the direction of a faculty member. Available mostly to seniors and subject to the consent of the instructor.
PHIL 480-498 and PHIL 48A-49Z
Selected Topics in Philosophy
Felsefede Özel Konular
Credits3 ECTS6
Study of selected topics in philosophy not covered in other courses at an undergraduate level.