Philosophy 398. Experimental Courses
Action Theory in Criminal Law
A seminar exploring major issues in the metaphysics of human action through the lens of the criminal law. Course topics will include: causal theories of agency, the act/omission distinction, voluntariness, subjectivity and objectivity in standards for defining actions, the relationship between the mental and physical elements of action, and attempted crimes versus completed crimes.
In-depth examination of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s later philosophy, its historical context, and its wide and lasting influence on many areas of philosophical inquiry. The course will focus primarily on Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations and On Certainty, but will also devote some time to the works of Wittgenstein’s intellectual forebears as well as those of his philosophical heirs.