PHIL-101 Problems in Philosophy
An introduction to philosophy and philosophical problems. Emphasizes standards and ideals of morality and truth.
PHIL-105 Philosophy of Love & Desire
An introduction to philosophy, this course examines theories of love, desire, and friendship from ancient, medieval, modern, 19th and 20th century philosophers.
PHIL-111 Introduction to Logic
Basic aspects of logical argument. Emphasizes deduction and presents some of the related problems of language.
PHIL-115 Social Justice Leadership
This course is designed to introduce students to a number of theoretical frameworks in the fields of philosophy, leadership and social justice. Using multiculturalism and social justice as guideposts, the course will assist student leaders to understand diversity using the central tenets of mentoring, leadership and agency. Through these theories, the concepts of oppression, activism and advocacy will be investigated.
PHIL-122 Resolving Moral Conflicts
Investigates problems involved in moral decision making, providing students with a better understanding of what it means to be a good individual, a good family member, and a good citizen of the nation and world.
This introductory course is a philosophical inquiry into the idea of justice. Rather than focusing on personal morality, we will investigate issues of public policy. How ought we, through our laws and institutions, distribute the benefits and burdens of society -- income and wealth, duties and rights, powers and opportunities, offices and honors? Philosophical writings as well as practical issues that illustrate competing theories of justice will be investigated.
PHIL-150 Everyday Ethics
Examines ethical theory and practice in connection with the relevant social and political philosophy, focusing on the philosophical issues that arise in everyday life.
PHIL-210 Philosophy of Religion
Focus on classical and contemporary writings to determine the credibility of religious faiths and beliefs.
PHIL-212 Feminist Philosophy
An examination of the various forms of feminist philosophy (e.g., liberal feminism, radical feminism, existential feminism, Marxist/socialist feminism, psychoanalytic feminism, postmodern feminism, eco-feminism, multicultural & global feminism). Emphasizes how feminism differs from common (mis)understandings of it. Some attention is also given to various women in professional philosophy. Same as WMST-200. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or one course in women's studies or completion of the Diversity Central Curriculum requirement or permission of the instructor.
PHIL-213 Symbolic Logic
Examines basic procedures for determining the validity or invalidity of deductive arguments. Emphasizes standard notations, principles and methods used in modern symbolic logic. Also covers aspects of set theory. Prerequisite: Completion of at least two philosophy courses.
PHIL-221 Applied Ethics
Examines a variety of practical ethical issues and problems using the tools of philosophical analysis and moral theory. Subject area for course will change on a rotating basis and will include ethics of war and peace and environmental ethics.
PHIL-222 Advanced Ethical Theory
Principal theories of moral value and duty in the history of Western thought as well as in contemporary philosophy. Readings may include works from such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Held, Korsgaard, Hursthouse, Hooks, Bordo, de Waal, MacIntyre, Blackburn, and Lear. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
PHIL-223 Business Ethics
A systematic and philosophically informed consideration of some typical moral problems faced by individuals in a business setting, and a philosophical examination of some common moral criticisms of the American business system.
Examines the major ethical controversies in medicine, subjecting them to close philosophical analysis. Subjects addressed include the patient/doctor relationship, informed voluntary consent, beginning and end of life issues, abortion, reproductive rights, genetic therapies and cloning, human subject medical experimentation, and health care resource allocation.
PHIL-225 Just War Theory
Examines from a philosophical perspective the ethical issues raised by the Just War Tradition. Subjects addressed include pacifism, realism, the criteria for starting and conducting a just war, international law, terrorism, humanitarian interventions, and the moral responsibility for war and war crimes.
Examines artistic and aesthetic values reflected in both past and present philosophies of art and beauty. Readings may include selections from Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Tolstoy, as well as 20th-century philosophers and artists.
PHIL-241 Ancient Philosophy
The origins of Western philosophical thought in ancient Greece and Rome. Emphasizes Plato, and Aristotle, and the Stoics.
PHIL-243 Modern Philosophy
Focuses on the ideas of European and British philosophers from Descartes through Kant.
PHIL-245 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
This course is a study of works by noted philosophers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that represent the dominant movements that arose in response to the critique of idealism and metaphysics, such as existentialism, phenomenology, psychoanalytic theory, analytic philosophy, and postmodern philosophy. Prerequisite: PHIL-241 or PHIL-243 or instructor's permission.
PHIL-255 The Republic & HBO's The Wire
This course examines HBO's The Wire in comparison with Plato's Republic. Both the Republic and The Wire concern life in a city and which factors foster justice and which foster injustice. These texts raise philosophical questions, such as: What is justice? Who should rule? What are the obligations of rulers? How should children be educated? Who is best suited to protect the city, and how should they be educated for this important job? and How should desire be managed in society? Our task is, first, to work to understand the philosophizing being done in both these texts, and second, to philosophize on our own about the topics raised by both texts.
PHIL-301 Plato Seminar
An intensive study of the works of Plato. Topics may vary and may include Plato's theory of education, Plato and the Greek literary tradition, Plato's Republic, the role of the body in Plato's epistemology, dialectic and dramatic dialogue. Prerequisite: PHIL-241 or instructor's permission.
PHIL-302 Philosophy in the Wake of the Holocaust
This course examines the validity of certain traditional philosophical assumptions in the aftermath of the Nazi genocide. In this effort the class will read texts by scholars in a variety of fields who throw doubt on the moral value of rational thought, the telelogical worldview, the western conception of 'human nature' and the legacy of the Enlightenment through an analysis of the Holocaust and other genocides in the 20th and 21st centuries. Same as JWST-302. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
PHIL-305 Topics in Philosophy
Examines selected topics in philosophy, depending on student and instructor interest. Course may be repeated for credit if topic is different. 2 - 4 SH.
PHIL-310 Philosophy of Science
Investigates the logic of the scientific method, the history of scientific thought, and the philosophical underpinnings of modern science. Focuses on developing an understanding of the nature, origins, and growth of modern science and the application of scientific knowledge to human affairs. Prerequisites: One course in philosophy and junior standing.
PHIL-312 Epistemology-Theories of Knowledge
Do we have knowledge of the world around us, the so-called external, objective world? Are there any objective truths about the world for us to discover? If there are, how do we come to have knowledge of these truths? These and other related questions of epistemology will constitute the subject matter of this course.
PHIL-350 Metaphysics-Theories of Reality
Investigations into the nature of being and the structure of reality, as well as the epistemological and ethical status of such inquiries, as conducted by such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Nietzsche.
PHIL-400 Independent Study
PHIL-443 Political Philosophy
The ideas of the major philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Hegel and Marx. Juniors or seniors only or by instructor's permission. Same as POLI-443. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing or instructor's permission.
PHIL-500 Directed Reading and Research
Study of a specific topic in the field for qualified students in consultation with the department.