General electives can be selected from all the courses offered at Koç University.

PHIL 215 / EPISTEMOLOGY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

An examination of the concept of knowledge with respect to the origins, limits and validity of human knowledge.

PHIL 216 / ETHICS
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

An examination of ethical views from Ancient times until present. An in-depth analysis of the issues in ethics.

PHIL 217 / MODERN PHILOSOPHY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Western philosophy from Descartes to Kant. An examination of the texts of philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Hume, Hobbes, Spinoza and Kant.

PHIL 301 / CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

The course aims to discuss various social and political theories of the 20th century which respond both to the tradition of social contract theory and to the contemporary political issues. Rather than focusing only on the analysis of different approaches to state and citizenship with regard to Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau for example, we will gear towards more contemporary approaches, where the relations of social contract, sovereignty, oppression, power and resistance are analyzed in reference to lived experience and social movements. While we will begin with the traditional ideas of social contract with Aristotle and onward to Rousseau, we will focus mostly on debates and questions on identity-politics, humanism, individualism, liberalism, communtarianism, and the politics of singularity via close readings of some excerpts from Marx, Althusser, Foucault, Agamben, Arendt, Fanon, Derrida, Butler and Nancy.

PHIL 303 / TOPICS IN ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition: PHIL. 213 or consent of the instructor

A critical examination of topics in the history of ancient philosophy. Emphasis may be placed on a particular thinker or on the development of a particular trend through the close study of the primary texts and engagement with the interpretative debates in the secondary bibliography.

PHIL 311 / PHILOSOPHY IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

PHIL 312 / ONTOLOGY
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PHIL 314 / PHILOSOPHY IN THE CONTEMPORARY AGE
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Western philosophy from Kant until present. An examination of the texts of philosophers such as Hegel, Mill, Nietzsche and Heidegger.

PHIL 324 / POSTSTRUCTURALIST THOUGHT
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

A study of the writings of Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Guattari and Lyotard et. al. on existence, experience, knowledge, science, power and ethics.

PHIL 325 / PROBLEMS IN PHENOMENOLOGY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition: PHIL. 101 or consent of the instructor

A study of Husserl's phenomenology and after, including the philosophies of Heidegger, Fink, Schutz, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas as well as a phenomenological exploration of new philosophical problems.

PHIL 330 / APPLIED ETHICS
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Examination of the various issues in Applied Ethics such as bioethics, environmental issues, poverty and global justice, religious, ethnic, racial and sexual equality.

PHIL 334 / PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition: PHIL. 202 or consent of the instructor

Examination of the philosophical questions arising in scientific inquiry. The goals of science.

PHIL 338 / PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition: PHIL.101 or consent of the instructor

A study of the nature of mental phenomena and their relationship to the rest of reality. A survey of both metaphysical and epistemological problems mental phenomena have given rise to: how our minds are related to our bodies; whether our minds have effects in physical world; how we acquire knowledge of our own minds, and the minds of others; whether we have privileged knowledge of our own minds. An examination of the phenomena of consciousness and intentionality—mental states’ being about things in the world—and an inquiry into the mental faculties of the will and imagination.

PHIL 350 / SELECTED TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Detailed examination current topics in philosophy.

PHIL 353 / SELECTED TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Detailed examination current topics in philosophy.

PHIL 354 / PHENOMENOLOGY AND DECONSTRUCTION
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Extensive study of Martin Heidegger (Phenomenology) and Jacques Derrida (Deconstruction). On Phenomenology: the work of both Husserl, the founder of the movement, and Heidegger, with an emphasis on Heidegger?s idea of Dasein as a being-toward-death, as well as his claim that we have entered the era of the end of metaphysics. On Deconstruction: Derrida?s attempt to develop the idea of deconstruction as a theory of both reading and writing, or of what he calls écriture, and texts from Jean-Luc Nancy, another very prominent deconstructionist

PHIL 355 / SELECTED TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Detailed examination current topics in philosophy.

PHIL 372 / EXISTENTIALISM AND POLITICS
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Focus on the motto of existentialism: one is thrown to be free. Contextualizing this motto in Türkiye and discussing its appropriation as a desire to be different and rebellious against one?s environment that is perceived as banal, impersonal, or oppressive. Emphasis also on the other way this claim can lead: solitude and strangeness. Fundamental issues brought out by thrownness to freedom, such as the meaning of life, anxiety, death, suicide, faith, peace, responsibility, writing, being oneself, identity, politics and action. Tracing these issues in the literature of existentialism: some mainstream selections of existentialist writings from Sartre, Dostoyevsky, Heidegger, Camus, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, and Fanon.

PHIL 380 / FEMINISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS: IF FEMINISM IS THE ANSWER, WHAT IS THE QUESTION?
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Introduction to the issues, debates and themes in the contemporary feminist theory. Emphasis on the impact of recent social theories and their destabilizing influences in comparison to the unifying theme of the earlier feminist theories. Special focus on the conceptual debates surrounding issues such the body, sexuality, sexual identity, the category of woman and the politics of difference.

PHIL 381 / FEMINIST THEORIES: GENDER AND SOCIAL IDENTITY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

A thematic course on contemporary feminist theories. Dealing with issues in sex and gender, as well as other forms of social identity including race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, age and religion from the perspective of social and political philosophy. Discussing the distinction between mainstream feminist theory that prioritizes the category of ?Woman? And contemporary queer theory that questions this category. Special focus on Intersectionality theory that proposes that various forms of social identity and oppression intersect in terms of history and politics.

PHIL 382 / WOMEN, DISCRIMINATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Examination and clarification of critical concepts such as equality, equity, justice, intersectionality, cultural relativism, ?right? and rights. Developing the foundational understanding of the centrality of gender equality for human rights in general. Discussion of the contemporary situation of gender equality from an international perspective in the light of the various historical, legal and normative developments for the promotion of women's human rights.

PHIL 390 / INDEPENDENT STUDY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

The goal of this course is to give students the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic in which they are interested under the guidance and direction of a faculty member. This course is mostly available to senior students and is subject to the consent of the instructor.

PHIL 395 / INDEPENDENT STUDY
Sınıf: Credit: 1.5Precondition:

The goal of this course is to give students the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic in which they are interested under the guidance and direction of a faculty member. This course is mostly available to senior students and is subject to the consent of the instructor.

PHIL 401 / POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Sınıf: Credit: 3Precondition:

Examination of major concepts and issues in social and political philosophy. The concepts of equality, law, freedom, and social and political responsibility.