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Katherine Laura Dunlop


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., UCLA

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  • Phone: (512) 232-8467
  • Office: WAG 410B
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Biography


The Philosophy Department is proud to welcome Harrington Fellow Katherine Dunlop from Brown University.

The focus of Dunlop's work has been philosophy of mathematical science in the early modern period.  She has given particular attention to the relationship of mathematics to perception.  Her current project is an account of Kant's philosophy of mathematics.  She is also interested in Kant's broader theory of knowledge, and in the influence of Kant's views on twentieth-century analytic philosophy.

Courses


PHL 329L • Early Mod Phl: Descartes-Kant

42490-42495 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM WAG 302

This course is an introduction to early modern philosophy. The objectives of the class are to identify and analyze arguments in philosophical texts of the early modern period, and to become familiar with central themes and problems. Topics include causation, substance, and the possibility of knowledge. The relationship of philosophical theories to contemporary science will be an ongoing theme.

PHL 301L • Early Modern Philosophy

41460 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM WAG 302

An introduction to the philosophical achievements of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, concentrating on such figures as Descartes, Hume, and Kant. 

PHL 329M • Kant's Critiq Of Pure Reason

41725 • Spring 2016
Meets W 10:00AM-1:00PM WAG 210

This seminar-style course will be an intensive study of Immanuel Kant's classic Critique of Pure Reason.  We will discuss the significance of Kant's work for contemporary philosophy as well as its historical background.  Additional readings from source works that influenced Kant as well as commentary and criticism.

PHL 301L • Early Modern Philosophy

41545 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WAG 210

Introduction to basic issues of early modern philosophy, such as: the capacities of the mind, and whether knowledge is possible through Reason; God’s nature and our knowledge of God; and the reality of the physical world.  Readings from Descartes, later Rationalist writers, Berkeley, and Hume.

PHL 344M • Philosophy Of Mathematics

41995 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CBA 4.340

Introductory survey of philosophy of mathematics, from classic texts from the history of philosophy (Plato and Kant) to currently debated positions.  Examples will be taken from elementary geometry, number theory, and set theory.  No specific technical background required, although familiarity with formal logic is highly recommended.

PHL 381 • Leibniz's Metaphysics

43134 • Fall 2014
Meets T 6:30PM-9:30PM WAG 312

Past topics include major figures and movements in ancient, medieval, early modern, and nineteenth- and twentieth - century philosophy. 

PHL 384F • First-Year Seminar

43155 • Fall 2014
Meets M 12:30PM-3:30PM WAG 312

Prerequisites

This seminar restricted to first year graduate students in PhD program.

Course Description

There will be two streams in this seminar. First, Dunlop will cover the classics in the history of analytic philosophy, by Frege, Russell, Strawson, Quine, and others.  Then Pautz will cover more recent work on mind, perception, and epistemology.

 

Readings:

Classics by Frege, Russell, Strawson and Quine. More recent work by Jackson, Smart, Lewis, Papineau, Pyror, and others.

PHL 329L • Early Mod Phl: Descartes-Kant

43100-43110 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 420

This course is an introduction to early modern philosophy.  The objectives of the class are to identify and analyze arguments in philosophical texts of the early modern period, and to become familiar with central themes and problems.  Topics include causation, substance, and the possibility of knowledge.  The relationship of philosophical theories to contemporary science will be an ongoing theme. 

PHL 610QB • Probs Of Knowledge & Valuation

42610-42620 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 302

The aim of this semester is to introduce topics in epistemology and metaphysics, initially through the works of two major philosophers, Ren Descartes (f. 1640) and David Hume (f. 1745). They will serve to introduce two main themes: the nature of knowledge and skepticism; and the nature of the human mind and action.

Descartes is known for two highly influential ideas. His skepticism arises from his reflection that we might be deceived by an “evil demon” who makes it seem as if our ordinary world exists whereas in reality there is nothing. Although Descartes hoped to defuse skepticism, it has lived on, inspiring not only generations of philosophers, but also leaving its mark in such movies as Matrix and Solaris.

Descartes’ dualism is his view that mind and body are entirely distinct. This view has been supported by religious thinkers, by many philosophers impressed by the distinctive character of consciousness, and by some defenders of free will.
Hume’s Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is famous for supposedly arguing for a form of skepticism that Descartes did not explicitly consider: skepticism about whether the future will resemble the past. His discussion of this issue is closely intertwined with a remarkable theory of causation, a theory which led him to hold that an action can be free, and so can merit praise or blame, even though it is causally determined. We will also discuss some aspects of Hume’s philosophy of religion, notably his section on miracles, and his presentation of the problem of evil. 

PHL 329L • Early Mod Phl: Descartes-Kant

42626-42628 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM JGB 2.218

This course is an introduction to early modern philosophy. The objectives of the class are to identify and analyze arguments in philosophical texts of the early modern period, and to become familiar with central themes and problems. Topics include causation, substance, and the possibility of knowledge. The relationship of philosophical theories to contemporary science will be an ongoing theme.

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