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Walter R. Ott

Professor
Director
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Philosophy
Office location and address
210 Levering Hall
20 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
PHIL 1750: The Meaning of Life
Credits: 3
What is the meaning of life? Does a meaningful life presuppose the existence of a divine being, or can human beings somehow create meaning? Does the certainty of death rob life of meaning, or provide it? These and related questions will be pursued through contemporary and classic texts by such authors as Sartre, Nagel, Nietzsche, Bernard Williams, and Epicurus.
PHIL 2500: Survey on a Philosophical Topic
Credits: 3
A lecture series on the various topics central to Philosophy.
PHIL 2652: Animal Minds and Animal Ethics
Credits: 3
Other species seem to represent objects in their environments, think about the thoughts of their conspecifics, and perhaps even use language. Some seem to have long-term memory, emotion, and self-awareness. Do they in fact do all of these things, and if so, how, and in what sense? We will engage philosophically with the best scientific evidence available to answer these and similar questions before considering their ethical implications.
PHIL 3160: 18th Century Philosophy
Credits: 3
Studies the central philosophers in the empiricist tradition.
PHIL 3170: Kant
Credits: 3
Primarily a study of Kant's metaphysics and epistemology, followed by a brief look at the views of some of Idealist successors. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 3330: Philosophy of Mind
Credits: 3
Studies some basic problems of philosophical psychology. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 4995: Directed Reading and Research
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under the direction of a faculty member. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 5530: Seminar on a Modern History of Philosophy Topic
Credits: 3
A survey of the most important philosophers of the Modern Age.
PHIL 7500: First Year Seminar
Credits: 3
Seminar for First Yr graduate students. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 7995: Supervised Research
Credits: 1–12
For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 8530: Seminar on a Modern History of Philosophy Topic
Credits: 3
A survey of the most important philosophers of the Modern Age.
PHIL 8995: Supervised Research
Credits: 3
For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.
PHIL 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.virginia.edu/philosophy/.