Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

Philosophy

 

PHIL 100    Search in Philosophy    3

Introduction to the techniques and perspectives of philosophical inquiry. Title and content may vary from section to section. Study Area I

 

PHIL 112    Introduction to Philosophy    3

Introduction to the study of philosophy, to some significant philosophies, and to philosophical problems in metaphysics, theories of knowledge, ethics, and/or aesthetics. Study Area I

 

PHIL 121    Introduction to Philosophy through Literature   3

Introduction to philosophical inquiry pursued through literary works. Topics covered include the nature of literary understanding, its relation to philosophical inquiry, and the meaning and grounds of philosophical ideas about the identity and interpretations of a work of literature. Study Area I

 

PHIL 125    Introduction to Philosophy through Popular Culture    3

Study of philosophical issues as they arise in films, television, music etc. Recent topics include ethics, feminism, nihilism, the meaning of life. Irregular. Study Area I


PHIL 135    Nature, Mind, and Science     3

Introduction to philosophical problems concerning matter, life, mind, cosmology, and evolution from ancient times to the present. Fall. Study Area I


PHIL 144    Moral Issues      3

Critical examination (both practical and theoretical) of issues arising in the private and public conduct of one's life. Typical issues for examination are abortion, violence, capital punishment, and conflicts between personal values and professional duties. Spring. Study Area I

 

PHIL 220    Introduction to Logic   3

Introduction to formal systems of deductive reasoning (Aristotelian syllogism, Venn diagrams, sentential, and predicate logic), as well as non-deductive reasoning and the relations between logic and philosophy. Skill Area I


PHIL 222    Philosophy of Gender    3

Study of attitudes to gender in the history of philosophy, discussion of recent and contemporary issues and texts, and an introduction to feminist thought. Cross listed with WGSS 222. No credit given to students with credit for WGSS 222. Fall. (E)


PHIL 230    Ancient Greek Philosophy      3

Development of Greek philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Plato and Aristotle. Fall.

 

PHIL 232    Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy 3

Development of European philosophy from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance (3rd to the 16th century). Topics may include pagan philosophy (Neoplatonism), arguments for the existence of God, and free will and divine foreknowledge. Authors may include Plotinus, Augustine and Aquinas. Spring. (E) Study Area I


PHIL 235    Philosophy of Social Science  3

Study of philosophical questions related to the social sciences, including the origin and nature of the concept of social science and the relation between social science and natural science. (O) Study Area I


PHIL 240    Ethical Problems in Business  3

Critical examination (both practical and theoretical) of contemporary moral problems in business such as ethical investment, questionable foreign payments, disclosure, dumping, mergers, job discrimination, whistle-blowing, and big and small business responsibilities and regulations. Spring.


PHIL 241    Environmental Ethics    3

Critical examination of ethical problems concerning how people treat the land, air, plants, and animals. Fall. (E) Study Area I


PHIL 242    Ethical Problems in Technology      3

Critical examination (both practical and theoretical) of contemporary moral problems in technology, ranging from modern farming and manufacturing technologies to recombinant DNA, nuclear, modern surgical and computer technologies. Fall. (O)

 

PHIL 245    Computer Ethics   3

Examination of ethical theories and principles relevant to issues regularly confronted by computer professionals and users, including privacy, intellectual property, expression, and codes of conduct. Fall.

 

PHIL 248    Philosophy of the Arts  3

Philosophical analysis of some of the concepts used in identifying, describing, and evaluating both works of art and aesthetic experience: expression, representation, form, content, interpretation. Fall. (O) Study Area I


PHIL 250    Introduction to Asian Philosophy    3

Broad survey of Indian and Chinese philosophical traditions. Fall. (E) Study Area I [I]

 

PHIL 255    Philosophy of Religion  3

Critical examination of important concepts, beliefs and arguments presented in world religions. Fall. Study Area I


PHIL 260    African Philosophy      3

Examination of some or all of the five leading trends in African philosophy; ethnophilosophy, sagacity philosophy, metaphilosophy, modern/critical philosophy, and liberation philosophy. Spring. Study Area I [I]


PHIL 275    Chinese Philosophy      3

Close examination of the foundational texts of the Confucian and Taoist traditions including the four Confucian and two Taoist classics. Spring. (E) Study Area I [I]


PHIL 290    Philosophical Methods   3

Introduction to philosophical methods, including research of material, argumentation and writing, and oral presentation of topics within different philosophical traditions. Open only to philosophy majors or minors. Spring.

 

PHIL 311    Global Justice    3

Critical examinatiion of theoretical and practical issues within the field of global justice. Theoretical concerns include the nature and scope of justice, the moral significance of national boundaries, and the possibility of cross-cultural reasoning at the global level. Practical concerns include global poverty, women's human rights, terrorism, and environmental degradation. Fall. (E) [I]


PHIL 320    Modern Logic      3

Prereq.: PHIL 220 or permission of instructor. Further study of sentential and predicate logic. The formal foundations of epistemology and metaphysics as applied to various philosophical problems such as logical paradoxes, and minds and machines. Irregular.


PHIL 330    Early Modern Philosophy 3

European philosophy from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (17th and 18th centuries). Authors may include Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz (rationalists), Locke, Berkeley, Hume (empiricists); and Kant. Topics may include: epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of science, political theory and philosophical psychology. Fall. (O)

 

PHIL 332    The Age of Ideology     3

Major issues of the nineteenth century: the era of Darwin, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, and others, focusing on metaphysics, epistemology, political philosophy, and philosophy of history. Topics include philosophical background to continental philosophy, liberal, conservative and socialist ideologies, and the scientific doctrines of evolutionism and mechanism. Spring. (E) [I]


PHIL 335    Philosophy of Science   3

Study of some contemporary philosophies of science, including theories of scientific revolutions, confirmation and refutation of scientific theories, hypothesis formation and theory testing, and scientific progress. Spring. (E)


PHIL 345    Philosophy of War & Peace     3

Philosophical concepts related to war and peace from the ancient world to modern times. including just war, perpetual peace, moral equivalent of war, non-violence, absolute and non-absolute pacifism, war crimes, cease fires and peace-keeping. Cross listed with PES 345. No credit given to students with credit for PES 345. [I]

 

PHIL 346    Ethical Theory    3

Critical examination of practical and theoretical problems about right and wrong conduct, good and bad character, and justified and unjustified practices, policies and institutions, as well as of ethical theories for addressing the problems. Spring.


PHIL 349    Philosophy of Law 3

The nature of law and of such correlative concepts as legal rights, obligations, responsibility and punishment. The logic of judicial reasoning. The relationship between law and morality. Fall. (O)


PHIL 360    African-American Philosophy   3

Critical examination of the writings of African- American philosophers from 1619 to the present. Addresses issues in moral, social, and political philosophy. Spring. (O)

 

PHIL 366    Existentialism    3

Some of the important existentialists in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on questions concerning human existence, such as freedom, responsibility, anguish, interpersonal relationships, and the meaning (or lack of meaning) of human existence itself. Spring. Study Area I [I]

 

PHIL 368    Contemporary Epistemology and Metaphysics 3

Study of relations between language, thought, and reality by reference to the works of leading 20th century thinkers, both analytic and others. Spring. (O)


PHIL 376    Buddhist Philosophy     3

Critical survey of Buddhist philosophy from its Indian beginnings to its development in China, including contemporary aspects. Primary source material is used to illustrate key doctrinal developments. No credit given to those with credit for PHIL 276. Fall. [I]


PHIL 382    Special Topics in Philosophy  3

Study of various topics not dealt with in other philosophy courses. Irregular.


PHIL 400    Seminar in Philosophy   3

Prereq.:  PHIL 290, or permission of instructor. Must be a philosophy major or minor. Study of selected topics as announced.

 

PHIL 440    Project in Practical Ethics   3

Prereq.:  PHIL 220, 346 and six credits from PHIL 144, 222, 240, 241, 242, 349, NRSE 246 341, 342. Research in practical ethics. May include a practicum designed by the student and approved by the instructor. On demand. [GR]


PHIL 441    Philosophy Honors Thesis      3

Prereq.: Major in philosophy and approval of department. Undergraduate thesis on a topic in philosophy. On demand.


PHIL 492    Independent Study 1 TO 3

Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Individual research in selected topics. Open to any student who wishes to pursue a topic of special interest for which the student is qualified. On demand. [GR]

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