UB Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2007: Philosophy

Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

College of Arts and Sciences
132 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

Phone: 716.645.2444, ext. 132
Fax: 716.645.6139
Web: wings.buffalo.edu/philosophy

Carolyn Korsmeyer
Chair

About the Program

Philosophy studies the foundation of values, examines the nature of justice, knowledge, and reality; and sets the mind working with accuracy and imagination.

The student of philosophy learns the fundamental theories and concepts that have framed our intellectual heritage, and also learns the essential tools to investigate and develop the ideas that shape our lives today. Philosophy is especially well equipped to teach skills that are important for success in almost any endeavor: how to think critically, how to construct arguments and examine reasons, and how to formulate and express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing.

A major in philosophy provides a solid foundation for advanced study in almost any field, for entering a profession, or for entering the job market with confidence. Because it trains the student to think clearly and critically, it is excellent preparation for the many professions that require these skills.

Degree Options

Major in Philosophy. The undergraduate major includes study in each of the basic areas of philosophy�ethics, logic, metaphysics and epistemology, and the history of philosophy. There is a selection of electives that expand upon these, or that composes a concentration in a specific period, topic, or philosophical approach. For more information, see the Philosophy�BA chart. Students interested in exploring further a major in philosophy are invited to contact the director of undergraduate studies.

Honors. Philosophy offers an honors program for majors in their senior year of study. This is an opportunity to explore philosophical ideas and problems more deeply.

Concentration in Professional Ethics. This series of courses is available either as a major or as a minor in philosophy. The courses address ethical issues in the health sciences, biomedical research, law, communications, engineering, and architecture, and business. They include careful consideration of various approaches to ethics and their application to professional ethics questions.

Minor in Philosophy. A minor in philosophy can be a significant contribution to studies in many areas of the arts and sciences. Requirements for a minor include study of logic, of ethics, and in some areas of the history of philosophy. A minor also provides ample opportunity for selection of courses addressing issues of special interest to the student. For more information, see the Philosophy�Minors chart.

There are several areas in which the theories and approaches of philosophy are especially useful and in which philosophy offers specialized minors. These include the arts, law, logic, professional ethics, and philosophy of science. Each of these is designed for students majoring or planning postbaccalaureate study in that area. For more information, see the charts for Philosophy of the Arts�Minor; Philosophy of Law�Minor; Logic�Minor; Professional Ethics�Minor; and Philosophy of Science�Minor.

The minor programs are administered by the director of undergraduate studies.

Philosophy - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
A minimum grade of C in the prerequisite course.

Advising Notes

No more than two 100-level courses may count toward the total requirement of 36 credit hours.

Students interested in a philosophy major, honors, a specialized program in professional ethics, or a philosophy minor, as well as students interested in selected study of philosophical questions or issues, are invited to contact the director of undergraduate studies, Professor Baumer, at (716) 645-2444, ext. 134, or whbaumer@buffalo.edu to discuss their interests and receive additional information.

Prerequisite Courses

One philosophy course with a minimum grade of C.

Required Courses

Ethics
One of the following: PHI 107 Ethics, PHI 238 Philosophy of Law, PHI 335 Contemporary Ethical Theory, PHI 336 History of Ethics, PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine

Logic
One of the following: PHI 215 Introduction to Deductive Logic, PHI 315 Symbolic Logic

Metaphysics and Epistemology
One of the following: PHI 108 Knowledge and Reality, PHI 329 Metaphysics, PHI 333 Epistemology

History of Philosophy
Two of the following: PHI 360 Ancient Philosophy, PHI 366 Medieval Philosophy, PHI 370 Early Modern Philosophy, PHI 380 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, Kant to Nietzsche, PHI 388 Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Philosophy electives
Seven additional courses, of which four must be at the 300/400 level

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 36

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST AND SECOND YEARS
Required courses in ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, logic (three courses in total)
Optional: history of philosophy or elective at 200 level or higher (if general education requirements are also fulfilled)

THIRD YEAR
Required courses(s) in the history of philosophy
Two electives, preferably at the 300/400 level

FOURTH YEAR
Remaining electives at the 300/400 level

Philosophy - Minors

Acceptance Criteria for All Minors

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
A minimum grade of C in the prerequisite course.

Advising Notes

Students interested in a philosophy minor, and students interested in selected study of philosophical questions or issues, are invited to contact the director of undergraduate studies, Professor Baumer, at (716) 645-2444, ext. 134, or whbaumer@buffalo.edu to discuss their interests and receive additional information.

Prerequisite Courses

One philosophy course with a minimum grade of "C".

Required Courses

LOGIC�MINOR
PHI 215 Introduction to Deductive Logic
PHI 315 Symbolic Logic
One of the following: PHI 415 Logical Theory I, PHI 416 Logical Theory II, PHI 418 Philosophy of Mathematics, PHI 419 Philosophy of Logic
Three additional courses, including two at the 300/400 level

PHILOSOPHY�MINOR
Logic�One of the following: PHI 115 Critical Thinking, PHI 215 Introduction to Deductive Logic
Ethics�One of the following: PHI 107 Ethics, PHI 238 Philosphy of Law, PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
History of philosophy�One of the following: PHI 360 Ancient Philosophy, PHI 366 Medieval Philosophy, PHI 370 Early Modern Philosophy, PHI 380 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, Kant to Nietzsche, PHI 388 Twentieth-Century Philosophy
Philosophy electives�Three additional courses at the 300/400 level. No more than two independent study tutorials may count toward the fulfillment of this requirement.

PHILOSOPHY OF LAW�MINOR
PHI 115 Critical Thinking or PHI 215 Introduction to Deductive Logic
PHI 238 Philosophy of Law
PHI 338 Law and Morality
PHI 340 Law and Responsibility
PHI 341 Social Philosophy or PHI 342 Political Philosophy
One additional 300/400-level course

PHILOSOPHY OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS�MINOR
PHI 115 Critical Thinking
PHI 117 Professional Ethics
PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine or PHI 238 Philosophy of Law
PHI 335 Contemporary Ethical Theory or PHI 336 History of Ethics
Two additional 300/400-level courses

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE�MINOR
PHI 215 Introduction to Deductive Logic
PHI 315 Symbolic Logic
PHI 221 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science or PHI 321 Philosophy of Natural Sciences
PHI 370 Early Modern Philosophy
Two additional 300/400-level courses

PHILOSOPHY OF THE ARTS�MINOR
PHI 108 Knowledge and Reality
PHI 115 Critical Thinking
PHI 344 Aesthetics Theory and Criticism or PHI 345 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
PHI 360 Ancient Philosophy or PHI 354 Chinese and Japanese Philosophy
Two additional 300/400-level courses

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor: 18

Course Descriptions

PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines general topics in various areas of philosophy showing different sides of issues; develops critical thought and philosophical method. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 107 Ethics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces value theory, good and bad, justification of obligations to others, relationship of free choice and determinism, and contemporary moral problems analyzed by ethical principles. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 108 Knowledge and Reality

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces epistemology, metaphysics, knowledge as a reflection of the real world's properties and its relation to different viewpoints, the world as material objects, the mind and matter, and the role of scientific and technical knowledge in today�s world. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 110 Philosophy of Human Nature

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces philosophical views of being human and consequences of these for thought, action, and emotion. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 115 Critical Thinking

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines techniques of problem solving, decision making, and evaluating pros and cons of an issue; organizing data; forming strategies and giving reasons; perceptual, cultural, emotional, intellectual, and expressive blocks to thinking; and simple inductive reasoning and statistical fallacies. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 117 Professional Ethics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces ethical issues encountered in such professions as medicine, engineering, public service, the media, business, social work, accounting, law, and manufacturing with an environmental impact, as well as the central concepts of professionalism. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 129 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Provides for the teaching of various philosophical topics not covered in other 100-level courses. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 137 Reproductive Ethics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Considers social and personal ethical issues of reproduction raised by medical, legal, religious, and philosophical sources and traditions; issues arising from reproductive and reproduction-affecting technology.

PHI 138 Topics in Ethics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies selected issues of obligations and values: what are the bases of judgments of right, wrong, good and bad, and what are the applications of these? See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 154 Asian Wisdom

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Explores spirit, thought, and action of Asians culled from the contemporary relevance of classical readings. Texts include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Zen. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 162 Law, Morality, Authority

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Enforcement of morals by law, the proper authority of the state or society over the individual. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 212 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces issues and questions in religion, including existence of a deity, religion and science, and functions of religion in personal life. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 213 World Religions

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 215 Introduction to Deductive Logic

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Covers the definition, formal and informal errors of reasoning, and principles of deductive reasoning; also examines the Aristotelian tradition. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 221 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores the philosophy and methodology of science, scientific experimentation, the problem of induction, nature of scientific explanation, basis of probability, and fundamental characteristics of scientific theories. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 228 Topics in Philosophy of Language

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies selected issues of language�s structure, meaning and reference. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 236 Business Ethics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines current ethical positions and their applications to problems in business. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 238 Philosophy of Law

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies conscientious violators, preferential treatment of minorities and women, and plea bargaining in light of ethical theories and legal cases; considers case studies related to questions of different theories of law and the nature of legal reasoning.

PHI 244 Topics in Aesthetics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Selected issues in aesthetics, appreciation and evaluation of art, literature and drama. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 250 Topics in Philosophy of History

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Considers views of history�s meaning, patterns, and complexities of historical knowledge. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 252 Topics in Eastern Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines selected philosophical views from China, Japan, India, or Southeast Asia; views may include classical or contemporary Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, or Taoism. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 256 Topics in History of Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies a selected position, tradition or issue in the history of philosophy. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 314 Philosophy of Religion

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Analyzes selected concepts in religious thought. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 315 Symbolic Logic

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the formal techniques of deductive reasoning. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 320 Philospohy of Mind

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduction to the philosophy of mind, emphasizing contemporary discussion of the relationship between mind and the material world. Considers a number of different positions concerning this relationship and assesses the relative merit of each. Addresses questions such as: Are minds non-material entities, or is having a mind simply a matter of being a material entity with a certain type of complex organization? If having a mind is simply a matter of being a material entity of this sort, why do events such as pains and experiences of colors seem so different in kind from other material events? See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 321 Philosophy of Natural Sciences

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines the nature of theories within the physical sciences and the family of philosophical issues that surround their characterization; also explores causation, explanation, and induction. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 322 Philosophy of Social Sciences

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Considers theories within the social sciences and the issues of how, if at all, they are fundamentally different from the theories of physical sciences. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 329 Metaphysics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores theories of reality; freedom and determinism; and the reality of the self, the mind, and the body. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 333 Epistemology

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Considers epistemology: The nature, sources, kind, scope, and certainty and validity of knowledge. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 334 Environmental Ethics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examination of how humans should interact with the environment, both as individuals and as members of groups or organizations. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 335 Contemporary Ethical Theory

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines attempts in moral philosophy to find a justification for the basic ethical principles; also considers conception of an ethics based on natural law. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 336 History of Ethics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies the history of ethics from ancient times through the Enlightenment. Also covers ancient Hebrew, Greek, medieval, and modern moral theories. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines current ethical positions and their application to ethical and social questions in medicine. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 338 Law and Morality

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores the moral status of legality and the legal status of morality, the status of unjust laws, and the role of moral judgments of lawmakers. Is a good law one that does good? See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 340 Law and Responsibility

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores the legal notion of liability for actions, events, or states of affairs. On what basis does the law assign blame? Does this notion of blame accord with our moral or scientific notions of responsibility? See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 341 Social Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines conceptions of the good society and programs for improving contemporary societies; also explores democracy, equality, discrimination, civil disobedience, revolution, liberalism, conservatism, communism, capitalism. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 342 Political Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys political theories in a systematic or historical way. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 344 Aesthetic Theory and Criticism

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys theories of art and their evaluation of works of art. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 345 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys historically or systematically various concepts of beauty and art. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 346 Philosophy in Literature

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces philosophy through literature, such as Voltaire�s Candide and Sartre�s Nausea, which present philosophical issues in vivid forms. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 356 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Critically considers a selected philosophical issue. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 359 American Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines early development of American philosophical thought; considers leading movements and thinkers, such as idealism, pragmatism (Peirce, James, Dewey), and realism. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 360 Ancient Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews the history of Greek philosophy from Pre-Socratic philosophers to the Hellenistics. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 366 Medieval Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies the history of philosophy from Plotinus to the end of the Middle Ages. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 370 Early Modern Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews the history of metaphysics and epistemology from the Renaissance to Kant. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 380 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, Kant to Nietzsche

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Considers philosophy from Kant to the twentieth century; including idealism, post-Hegelian philosophies, positivism, utilitarianism, evolutionism, and intellectual movements at the close of the nineteenth century. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 388 Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines representative movements and issues in present-day philosophy in Europe and America. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 389 Contemporary Latin American Thought

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Surveys principal positions and traditions in contemporary philosophy in Latin America.

PHI 398 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Provides for the teaching of various philosophical topics not covered in other 300-level courses. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 401 Philosophy Honors Tutorial

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  permission of department
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Six credit hours of honors tutorial work in independent study are required for graduation with departmental honors. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 402 Philosophy Honors Tutorial

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  permission of department
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Six credit hours of honors tutorial work in independent study are required for graduation with departmental honors. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 412 Philosophy of Religion

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Performs advanced critical analysis of selected issues in religious belief. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 415 Logical Theory I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews modern studies in propositional logic, formal techniques that can be used to analyze inferences, and philosophical topics and problems related to propositional logic. Some acquaintance with logic desirable. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 416 Logical Theory II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  PHI 315
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Continuation of PHI 415. Considers predicate logic, generalization, and related philosophical issues. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 417 Modal Logic

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines philosophical topics and problems arising from modern studies in logic. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 418 Philosophy of Mathematics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores philosophical topics and problems of mathematics and its logical foundations. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 419 Philosophy of Logic

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews philosophical topics and issues of logic, both historical and contemporary. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 420 Topics in Philosophy of Science

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Involves an in-depth critical examination of selected issues in philosophy of the natural or social sciences. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 438 Topics in Ethics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Addresses selected issues in ethics from a historical, contemporary, or thematic perspective. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 442 Contemporary Issues of Social Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Examines strengths and weaknesses of current social philosophy positions. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 443 Topics in Legal Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Considers philosophical issues in law, including theories of law, evidence, argument, punishment and penalties. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 444 Aesthetics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Considers in-depth selected theories of art. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 452 Eastern Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Examines selected views, traditions or issues in Chinese, Japanese, Indian, or Southeast Asian philosophies. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 454 Chinese Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines selected views, traditions or issues in Chinese philosophy. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 462 Plato

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Involves detailed consideration of central issues in Plato�s philosophy. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 463 Aristotle

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Involves detailed consideration of central issues in Aristotle's philosophy. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 465 Ancient Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Considers selected issues in ancient philosophy, including comparison of major positions. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 469 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines selected traditions or issues in philosophy from 500 to 1600 AD. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 489 Special Topics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Provides for the teaching of various philosophical topics not covered in other 400-level courses. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu.

PHI 490 Introduction to Wittegenstein

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies Wittgenstein's philosophical development and positions. See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 497 Honors Thesis or Project

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

PHI 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

See the Philosophy Department website for details, at http://www.philosophy.buffalo.edu

 

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