Philosophy : Courses

PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines general topics in various areas of philosophy showing different sides of issues; develops critical thought and philosophical method.

PHI 107 Ethics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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.

PHI 110 Philosophy of Human Nature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces philosophical views of being human and consequences of these for thought, action, and emotion.

PHI 115 Critical Thinking

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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.

PHI 129 Special Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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 study of various philosophical topics not covered in other 100-level courses.

PHI 138 Topics in Ethics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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?

PHI 154 Asian Wisdom

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores spirit, thought, and action of Asians culled from the contemporary relevance of classical readings. Texts include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Zen.

PHI 162 Law, Morality, Authority

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Enforcement of morals by law, the proper authority of the state or society over the individual.

PHI 212 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces issues and questions in religion, including existence of a deity, religion and science, and functions of religion in personal life.

PHI 213 World Religions

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Surveys major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism.

PHI 215 Introduction to Deductive Logic

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Covers definitions, formal and informal errors of reasoning, and principles of deductive reasoning; also examines the Aristotelian tradition.

PHI 221 Science and Religion

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores the relations of science and religion and the extents to which they agree, differ, or are independent and separate realms.

PHI 228 Topics in Philosophy of Language

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies selected issues of language's structure, meaning and reference.

PHI 236 Business Ethics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines current ethical positions and their applications to problems in business.

PHI 238 Philosophy of Law

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
An introductory class in jurisprudence and legal theory, covering general issues such as legitimacy, authority, validity, obligation, interpretation, economics, and the relation to morality, and/or specific issues such as criminal responsibility, punishment, promises, privacy, civil rights, accidents, property, etc.

PHI 244 Topics in Aesthetics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Selected issues in aesthetics, appreciation and evaluation of art, literature and drama.

PHI 252 Topics in Eastern Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines selected philosophical views from China, Japan, India, or Southeast Asia; views may include classical or contemporary Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, or Taoism.

PHI 256 Topics in History of Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies a selected position, tradition or issue in the history of philosophy.

PHI 298 Special Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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 study of various philosophical topics not covered in other 200-level courses.

PHI 314 Philosophy of Religion

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Analyzes selected concepts in religious thought.

PHI 315 Symbolic Logic

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the formal techniques of deductive reasoning.

PHI 320 Philosophy of Mind

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduction to the philosophy of mind, emphasizing both historically significant and contemporary discussion of the relationship between mind and the material world.

PHI 321 Philosophy of Science

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines the nature of theories in the sciences and the philosophical issues associated with them, explores causation, explanation, and induction.

PHI 322 Philosophy of Social Sciences

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers theories within the social sciences and the issues of how, if at all, they are fundamentally different from the theories of physical sciences.

PHI 329 Metaphysics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores theories of reality; freedom and determinism; and the reality of the self, the mind, and the body.

PHI 333 Epistemology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers epistemology: The nature, sources, kind, scope, and certainty and validity of knowledge.

PHI 334 Environmental Ethics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examination of how humans should interact with the environment, both as individuals and as members of groups or organizations.

PHI 335 Contemporary Ethical Theory

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines attempts in moral philosophy to find a justification for the basic ethical principles; also considers conception of an ethics based on natural law.

PHI 336 History of Ethics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies the history of ethics from ancient times through the Enlightenment. Also covers ancient Hebrew, Greek, medieval, and modern moral theories.

PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines current ethical positions and their application to ethical and social questions in medicine.

PHI 338 Law and Morality

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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?

PHI 340 Law and Responsibility

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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?

PHI 341 Social Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines conceptions of the good society and programs for improving contemporary societies; also explores democracy, equality, discrimination, civil disobedience, revolution, liberalism, conservatism, communism, capitalism.

PHI 342 Political Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Surveys political theories in a systematic or historical way.

PHI 344 Aesthetic Theory and Criticism

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Surveys theories of art and their evaluation of works of art.

PHI 345 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers artistic creativity and expression, beauty and the sublime, the role of art in society.

PHI 346 Philosophy in Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies philosophical issues in literature and literature?s presentation of these.

PHI 347 Gender and Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines the degree to which fundamental concepts that lead philosophical investigation are affected by gender prejudice, and perhaps also by other cultural blinders such as those related to race or nationality.

PHI 348 Philosophy and Popular Culture

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Study of philosophical issues, ideas and questions presented or raised by fiction, plays, music and other components of popular culture.

PHI 352 Eastern Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines selected views, traditions or issues in Chinese, Japanese, Indian or Southeast Asian philosophies.

PHI 356 Special Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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.

PHI 359 American Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines early development of American philosophical thought; considers leading movements and thinkers, such as idealism, pragmatism (Peirce, James, Dewey), and realism.

PHI 360 Ancient Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Reviews the history of Greek philosophy from Pre-Socratic philosophers to the Hellenistics.

PHI 366 Medieval Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies the history of philosophy from Plotinus to the end of the Middle Ages.

PHI 370 Early Modern Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Reviews the history of metaphysics and epistemology from the Renaissance to Kant.

PHI 380 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, Kant to Nietzsche

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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.

PHI 388 Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Pre-requisite: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines representative movements and issues in present-day philosophy in Europe and America.

PHI 398 Special Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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 study of various philosophical topics not covered in other 300-level courses.

PHI 412 Philosophy of Religion

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Performs advanced critical analysis of selected issues in religious belief.

PHI 415 Logical Theory I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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.

PHI 416 Logical Theory II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Continuation of PHI 415. Considers predicate logic, generalization, and related philosophical issues.

PHI 417 Modal Logic

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies logical systems designed to express concepts of necessity and possibility. Develops semantic accounts employing systems of possible worlds. Examines philosophical topics and problems related to necessity and possibility.

PHI 418 Philosophy of Mathematics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores philosophical topics and problems of mathematics and its logical foundations.

PHI 419 Philosophy of Logic

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Reviews philosophical topics and issues of logic, both historical and contemporary.

PHI 420 Topics in Philosophy of Science

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Involves an in-depth critical examination of selected issues in philosophy of the natural or social sciences.

PHI 438 Topics in Ethics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Addresses selected issues in ethics from a historical, contemporary, or thematic perspective.

PHI 442 Contemporary Issues of Social Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines strengths and weaknesses of current social philosophy positions.

PHI 443 Topics in Legal Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers philosophical issues in law, including theories of law, evidence, argument, punishment and penalties.

PHI 444 Aesthetics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers in-depth selected theories of art.

PHI 452 Eastern Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines selected views, traditions or issues in Chinese, Japanese, Indian, or Southeast Asian philosophies.

PHI 454 Chinese Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines selected views, traditions or issues in Chinese philosophy.

PHI 462 Plato

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Involves detailed consideration of central issues in Plato's philosophy.

PHI 463 Aristotle

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Involves detailed consideration of central issues in Aristotle's philosophy.

PHI 465 Ancient Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Considers selected issues in ancient philosophy, including comparison of major positions.

PHI 469 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines selected traditions or issues in philosophy from 500 to 1600 AD.

PHI 489 Special Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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 study of various philosophical topics not covered in other 400-level courses.

PHI 490 Introduction to Wittgenstein

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Studies Wittgenstein's philosophical development and positions.

PHI 497 Honors Thesis or Project

Credits: 1 - 8
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

PHI 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Credits: 1 - 8
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

PHI 499 Independent Study

Credits: 1 - 8
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

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