Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Philosophy

 

Faculty

E. Godway, Chair; D. Adams, F. Best, D. Blitz, P. English, A. King, A. P. Iannone, J. McKeon, (Dept. phone: 860-832-2915)

 

Department Overview

Philosophy is a critical, self-critical, comprehensive inquiry about knowledge, reasoning, reality, norms, and values. It deals with corresponding problems arising in science, morality, art, literature, religion, and the social and natural worlds. Accordingly, engaging in philosophy can both address curiosity about matters of lasting significance and help us develop skills for dealing intelligently and sensitively with life.

The Department of Philosophy offers undergraduate major and minor programs with a broad spectrum of courses reflecting the diversity of western and non-western thought. Majors select two specializations and minors select one specialization from among the following: history of western philosophy; African, African-American, and Asian philosophy; logic and philosophy of science; continental philosophy; theoretical and practical ethics; and philosophy of religion and religious studies. The department offers its majors the opportunity to write an undergraduate thesis, supervised by a member of the department. In addition, the department is responsible for interdisciplinary minors in religious studies, peace studies, and African-American studies and is an active participant in the University Honors Program.

The department strives above all for excellence in teaching and for the cultivation of an active and supportive milieu for undergraduate study and for professional growth. It supports the scholarly research and professional activities of the faculty.

 

Programs

Major in Philosophy, BA (39 credits)

Core (15 credits)

PHIL 112 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 220 Introduction to Logic 3
PHIL 290 Philosophical Methods 3
PHIL 230  Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
   or

PHIL 330 Early Modern Philosophy 3
PHIL 400 Seminar in Philosophy 3

 

Specializations (two required with at least 6 credits at the 300 level or higher in each; 24 credits)


Specialization in History of Philosophy
PHIL 230  Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
PHIL 232 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy 3
PHIL 330 Early Modern Philosophy 3
PHIL 332 The Age of Ideology 3
PHIL 368 Contemporary Epistemology and Metaphysics 3

Specialization in African, African-American, and Asian Philosophy
AFAM 110 Introduction to African American Studies 3
PHIL 250 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 3
PHIL 260 African Philosophy 3
PHIL 275 Chinese Philosophy 3
PHIL 360 African-American Philosophy
PHIL 376 Buddhist Philosophy 3

Specialization in Logic and Philosophy of Science
PHIL 135 Nature, Mind, and Science 3
PHIL 235 Philosophy of Social Science 3
PHIL 241 Environmental Ethics 3
PHIL 242 Ethical Problems in Technology 3
PHIL 245 Computer Ethics 3
PHIL 320 Modern Logic 3
PHIL 335 Philosophy of Science     3
PHIL 368 Contemporary Epistemology and Metaphysics 3

Specialization in Continental Philosophy
PHIL 222 Philosophy of Gender 3
PHIL 248 Philosophy of the Arts 3
PHIL 332 The Age of Ideology 3
PHIL 366 Existentialism 3
PHIL 368 Contemporary Epistemology and Metaphysics 3

Specialization in Theoretical and Practical Ethics
PHIL 240 Ethical Problems in Business 3
PHIL 241 Environmental Ethics 3
PHIL 242 Ethical Problems in Technology 3
PHIL 346 Ethical Theory  3
PHIL 349 Philosophy of Law 3
PHIL 311 Global Justice 3
NRSE 246 Health Care Ethics 3

Specialization in Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies
REL 105  Development of Christian Thought 3
   or

REL 110 World Religions 3
REL 256 Philosophy, Religion & Culture 3
REL 257 Special Topics in Religion 3
REL 361 African-American Religion 3
PHIL 232 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy 3
PHIL 250 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 3
PHIL 255 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHIL 376 Buddhist Philosophy 3
and courses listed under the minor in religious studies

 

Note: If PHIL 400 is taken more than once, the additional credit will be counted in a specialization.

Note: Any specialization course(s) taken to fulfill the core curriculum will be replaced by directed elective(s) selected in consultation with advisor.

Note: PHIL 382 or 492 may be included in a specialization if approved by the faculty advisor.

 

Minor in Philosophy (18 credits)

PHIL 112 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 220 Introduction to Logic 3
PHIL 290 Philosophical Methods 3
PHIL 230  Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
   or

PHIL 330 Early Modern Philosophy 3

and 6 credits of PHIL or REL electives listed in one of the specializations for philosophy majors (at least 3 credits at 300 level or higher).

 

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