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Pasnau, Robert C Professor

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  • Robert Pasnau works across the whole history of philosophy, from the ancient to the modern era. His principal focus is on medieval philosophy, particularly focusing on mind, knowledge, and metaphysics.

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  • The history of philosophy, theories of knowledge, metaphysics

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  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • PHIL 1000 - Introduction to Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    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 4030 - Medieval Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces philosophy from the late Roman era to the 14th century. Philosophers studied may include Augustine, Boethius, Aquinas, and Ockham. Topics range over religion, ethics, mind, and metaphysics. Recommended prerequisite: 12 hours philosophy course work.
  • PHIL 5020 - Topics in the History of Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines a specific philosophical problem over an extended historical period. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as PHIL 4020.
  • PHIL 5040 - Latin Philosophical Texts
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2021
    Selected readings in classical and medieval philosophy, in the original language, with a focus on achieving fluency in reading philosophical Latin.
  • PHIL 5550 - Metaphysics and Epistemology Proseminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Covers seminal classic texts and/or fundamental topics in analytic metaphysics and epistemology.
  • PHIL 5810 - Special Topics in Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Instructor meets regularly with three or more students to discuss special topics in philosophy. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • PHIL 6000 - Seminar in the History of Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Studies advanced topics in the history of philosophy. Content varies by semester, but may extend to any period in the history of philosophy, from the Presocratics into the modern era. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • PHIL 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.

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