Course DescriptionThis class will examine a variety of philosophical questions about color. Some of those questions are metaphysical:
Other questions we'll be examining concern our perceptual experience of color:
Throught the course we will be wrestling with the question: What is the proper relationship between science and philosophy in these various inquiries?
Who Should Take This Course?This course is designed for grad students and undergraduates who have already taken many philosophy courses. The course will presuppose familiarity with basic issues in philosophy of mind; so students who take the course should have already taken a course like Phil 156, or something similar (e.g. a tutorial on perception or consciousness).
Familiarity with formal logic (such as you'd get by taking QR 22) will be very useful in this course, though it is not a prerequisite.
If you're unsure whether you're adequately prepared for the course, let us know what background you do have, and we'll let you know.
This course counts as one of the "Interdisciplinary Seminars" for juniors in the MBB program.
We may allow auditors in the class, but we're going to keep the group to around 16 people. So chances are good that we won't be able to allow auditors. (If we do permit auditors, they must also meet the minimum preparation requirements described above. And we'll expect them to attend regularly, and to do all the weekly work for the course.)
If it looks like there will be more people who want to take the class than we can accommodate, we will ask everybody to fill out a petition after the first class meeting (Monday Feb. 4). This will tell us who you are, and what kind of background you have. We'll let you know that evening who's allowed into the class.