Of Reckoning Anew:
A Path to seeking Philosophy in Good Earnest
Philosophy of Science
Unique & Interdisciplinary Studies
City University of New York
Robert Kai Erlenbusch
The general literature regarding the evaluation and utility of the Philosophy of Science emphasizes the gulf between various schools within Humanities and those of the Sciences. The discipline where I feel the interpretative gap exists more gravely than others is within Political Philosophy, particularly the interpretations made by various philosophers of Consent & Contract theory.
In presenting this Interdisciplinary Curriculum Proposal, I wish to combine Philosophy of Science and Anthropology as to reevaluate classical notions over the "Laws of Nature" & the "Nature of Man" as it is weighed by schools within Humanities.
Seeking this secondary degree is not an abandonment of my interests in Political Science, especially since this decision is heavily inﬂuenced by my investigations into the mind of Thomas Hobbes. Rather, it involves delving into something far more critical to my core as I attempt to ﬁnd an axiomatic basis for perspective. What I present here is entirely about developing a proper foundation of knowledge as to become well-learned in philosophy and its implications found within the ﬁelds of Physics, Biology, and Anthropology. Describing this proposal is accomplished by tracing through my various inﬂuences as it pertains to each subject mentioned, including: Thomas Hobbes, Stanley Salthe, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Roland Omnès, and Jared Diamond.
Epistemology: Theory of Knowledge (PHIL 3410)
MW 9:05-10:45 (Brooklyn College)
Classical and contemporary theories of the nature of knowledge and belief. Discussion of skepticism, rationalism, empiricism, coherentism, foundationalism. Analysis of such concepts as probability, certainty, perception, evidence, truth.
Philosophy of Biology (PHIL 3611) MW 11:00AM-12:15PM (Brooklyn College) Intensive study of selected areas in the philosophy of biology including the origin of life: teleological, functional, and mechanistic explanations; the theory of evolution and the neo-Darwinian synthesis; reductionism, genetics, and hierarchies; taxonomy and the species problem; and sociobiology.
Philosophical Issues in Cognitive Science (PHIL 3422) TTh 12:45-2PM (Brooklyn College) Introduction to select foundational issues in cognitive science. Consideration of such topics as concept formation, meaning, representation, language, reasoning, consciousness, rationality, the human mind, and machine intelligence.
Anthropology of Race (ANTH 32558) M 5:30-7:20PM (Hunter College)
End of Summer (Austria)
5th Annual Wittgenstein Summer School/36th Annual Symposium
7th – 10th of August (Summer School)
11th - 17th of August (Symposium)
Philosophy of Mathematics (PHIL 3610) MW 9:30AM-10:45AM (Brooklyn College) Introduction to philosophy of mathematics. Classical philosophers of mathematics (Pythagoreans, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill). Major 20th century schools (logicism, intuitionism, formalism). Recent developments (realism/nominalism debate, structuralism, philosophy of set theory).
Philosophy of Nature (PHIL 3620) MW 11:00AM-12:15PM
A critical examination of the development of theories of nature, life, and cosmology. Classical and modern issues in natural philosophy. Such topics as the structure of the natural world, the nature of space and time, theories of the organism, classic debates concerning mechanism, vitalism, atomism and monism, determinism, the relation between God and nature. Views on issues in natural philosophy of such thinkers as Anaximander, Democritus, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Aquinas, Descartes, Gassendi, Boyle, Locke, Leibniz, Hume.
Urban Sustainability Theory (ECON 3251) TTH 2:15PM- 3:55PM
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