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Philosophy Courses which satisfy requirements

NB: New courses with new numbers are added to our roster on a regular basis. The list below will be kept as up-to-date as possible, but if you do not see any of our currently offered courses listed anywhere below, you should do the following. First, check the year-specific listing of requirements satisfied by various courses to see if the course in question indeed does satisfy a requirement. Second, if the year specific listing does indicate that a course satisfies a requirement, please notify the undergraduate chair so s/he can update the list below.

Some courses do not satisfy any of philosophy’s distribution requirements since they draw on different distribution areas, but do not draw substantially enough upon one area to count toward that requirement. Philosophy of religion, for example, draws upon both contemporary theoretical philosophy and value theory, but does not give significant and focused enough preparation in either area to qualify as satisfying either area.

Please note that many courses listed below are offered only once every few years, so please do not expect all of the following to appear on our roster during your time at Penn.

Finally, undergraduates may take 500-level classes with permission of the instructor, and these may well satisfy distribution requirements toward the major. Please ask the undergraduate chair about individual 500-level courses if you wish to use them toward such requirements.

College Requirements

Sector I: Society

  • PHIL002: Ethics
  • PHIL008: The Social Contract
  • PHIL072: Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL077: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 211: Ancient Moral Philosophy

Sector II: History and Tradition

  • PHIL-003: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL-004: Introduction to Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL-050: Indian Philosophy

Sector III: Arts and Letters

  • PHIL-080: Aesthetics

Sector IV: Humanities and Social Sciences

  • PHIL-001: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL-247: Marx

Sector VII: Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • PHIL-025: Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-026: Relativity and the Philosophy of Space and Time
  • PHIL-027: Origin and Meaning of Quantum Mechanics
  • PHIL-226: Philosophy of Biology

Formal Reasoning

  • PHIL-005: Formal Logic
  • PHIL-044: Introduction to Cognitive Science

Cross-cultural analysis

  • PHIL-050: Indian Philosophy

Philosophy Requirements

  • PHIL-003: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL-004: Introduction to Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL-005: Formal Logic

Contemporary theoretical philosophy

  • PHIL-006: Formal Logic II
  • PHIL-007: Critical Thinking
  • PHIL-015: Logic and Formal Reasoning
  • PHIL-025: Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-026: Relativity and the Philosophy of Space and Time
  • PHIL-027: Origin and Meaning of Quantum Theory
  • PHIL-044: Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • PHIL-205: What is Meaning?
  • PHIL-215: Probability and Statistical Reasoning
  • PHIL-225: Introduction to Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-226: Philosophy of Biology
  • PHIL-228: Philosophy of Social Science
  • PHIL-231: Epistemology
  • PHIL-243: Metaphysics
  • PHIL-245: Philosophy and Science Fiction
  • PHIL-244: Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL-325: Topics in Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-330: Philosophy of Perception
  • PHIL-331: Epistemology
  • PHIL-342: Topics in Metaphysics
  • PHIL-344: Wittgenstein
  • PHIL-405: Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL-411: Recursion Theory
  • PHIL-412: Topics in Logic
  • PHIL-413: Set Theory
  • PHIL-414: Philosophy of Mathematics
  • PHIL-416: Model Theory
  • PHIL-417: Game Theory
  • PHIL-423: Visual Perception
  • PHIL-430: Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL-431: Formal Epistemology
  • PHIL-425: Advanced Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-426: Philosophy of Psychology
  • PHIL-428: Advanced Philosophy of Social Science
  • PHIL-430: Advanced Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL-431: Theory of Knowledge
  • PHIL-445: Model Logic

Philosophy of Science or Mathematics (for Philosophy and Science concentration)

  • PHIL-006: Formal Logic II
  • PHIL-007: Critical Thinking
  • PHIL-015: Logic and Formal Reasoning
  • PHIL-025: Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-026: Relativity and the Philosophy of Space and Time
  • PHIL-027: Origin and Meaning of Quantum Theory
  • PHIL-044: Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • PHIL-215: Probability and Statistical Reasoning
  • PHIL-225: Introduction to Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-226: Philosophy of Biology
  • PHIL-228: Philosophy of Social Science
  • PHIL-325: Topics in Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-330: Philosophy of Perception
  • PHIL-411: Recursion Theory
  • PHIL-412: Topics in Logic
  • PHIL-413: Set Theory
  • PHIL-414: Philosophy of Mathematics
  • PHIL-416: Model Theory
  • PHIL-417: Game Theory
  • PHIL-423: Visual Perception
  • PHIL-425: Advanced Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-426: Philosophy of Psychology
  • PHIL-428: Advanced Philosophy of Social Science
  • PHIL-445: Model Logic

Value Theory

  • PHIL-002: Ethics
  • PHIL-008: The Social Contract
  • PHIL-018: The Idea of Nationalism
  • PHIL-028: Feminist Philosophy
  • PHIL-072: Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL-073: Topics in Ethics
  • PHIL-076: Political Philosophy
  • PHIL-077: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL-080: Aesthetics
  • PHIL-211: Ancient Moral Philosophy
  • PHIL-247: Marx
  • PHIL-249: Philosophy of Education
  • PHIL-252: African American Philosophy
  • PHIL-271: Global Justice
  • PHIL-277: Justice, Law, and Morality
  • PHIL-280: Topics in Aesthetics
  • PHIL-372: Topics in Ethics
  • PHIL-376: Justice
  • PHIL-377: Philosophy and the Constitution
  • PHIL-379: Topics in Political Philosophy
  • PHIL-380: Topics in Aesthetics
  • PHIL-406: Aristotle’s Politics
  • PHIL-427: Moral Psychology
  • PHIL-464: British Philosophy II
  • PHIL-466: Kant II
  • PHIL-472: Metaethics; Survey of Ethical Theories
  • PHIL-473: Topics in Ethics
  • PHIL-475: Political Philosophy
  • PHIL-477: Philosophy and the Law
  • PHIL-479: Modern Political Philosophy
  • PHIL-480: Aesthetics
  • PHIL-485: Topics in Gender Theory
  • PHIL-488: The Idea of Nationalism