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Oddie, Graham Professor

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  • I work on the logic, metaphysics and epistemology of value. Of late I have been mostly interested in cognitive value—the value of truth, of truthlikeness, of accuracy and of probability. I am also interested in aesthetic value and the nature of art.

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  • metaphysics, value theory, ethics, philosophical logic

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  • HUMN 3092 - Studies in Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Students should check with the department for specific semester offerings. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours, provided the specific offerings vary.
  • PHIL 1000 - Introduction to Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Introduces students to the most fundamental questions of human existence, either topically or through various major figures in philosophy. Topics may include free will, the mind-body problem, the nature of the self, the existence of God, knowledge of the external world, the nature of morality, the meaning of life.
  • PHIL 3700 - Aesthetic Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces major theories of aesthetics and contemporary discussions of problems, such as the nature of art and the problem of evaluations in art. Recommended prerequisite: 6 hours of philosophy coursework.
  • PHIL 4470 - Probability and Rational Choice
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines issues in four related areas: probability theory (e.g. the interpretation of probability, the raven paradox, and the principle of indifference), decision theory (e.g., the Newcomb problem, the toxin puzzle, and Pascal's wager), game theory (e.g., Prisoner's dilemma, tragedy of the commons, and Schelling points), and social choice theory (e.g., Arrow's theorem). Familiarity with symbolic logic is strongly recommended. Recommended prerequisite: PHIL 2440 and 12 hours philosophy course work. Same as PHIL 5470.

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