Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Philosophy - Courses

PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy

Examines general topics in various areas of philosophy showing different sides of issues; develops critical thought and philosophical method.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 105 Contemporary Moral Problems
Philosophy

This course will philosophically examine contentious moral issues of the day. Among the topics that may be discussed are abortion, capital punishment, affirmative action, obligations of wealthy nations to poor nations, duties to non-human animals, vegetarianism, sex workers, pornography, legalized gambling and lotteries, gun control, drone warfare, human enhancements through drugs and prostheses, homosexual marriage, racial profiling, and legalization of currently illegal drugs.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 107 Ethics
Philosophy

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 110 Philosophy of Human Nature
Philosophy

Introduces philosophical views of being human and consequences of these for thought, action, and emotion.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 115 Critical Thinking
Philosophy

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 129 Special Topics
Philosophy

Provides for the study of various philosophical topics not covered in other 100-level courses.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 138 Topics in Ethics
Philosophy

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?

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 154 Asian Wisdom
Philosophy

Explores spirit, thought, and action of Asians culled from the contemporary relevance of classical readings. Texts include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Zen.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 162 Law, Morality, Authority
Philosophy

Enforcement of morals by law, the proper authority of the state or society over the individual.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 175 Introduction to Deductive Logic
Philosophy

Covers definitions, formal and informal errors of reasoning, and principles of deductive reasoning; also examines the Aristotelian tradition.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 212 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy

In this course, we will survey several issues in philosophy of religion: arguments for the existence of God, concepts of God/the divine, divine attributes, language about God/the divine, the problem of evil, the nature of religious belief, evidence for religion, miracles, the relationship between science and religion, and the status of religious experience. Primarily we will focus on the religious beliefs and traditions of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism), but we will occasionally make forays into other religious traditions as well. No prior knowledge of philosophy is required. One textbook is required. Coursework will include: readings from classic and contemporary articles on philosophy of religion, open-book/take-home reading quizzes, an essay (approx. 1,400 words), a midterm exam, and a final exam.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 213 World Religions
Philosophy

Surveys major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 215 Symbolic Logic
Philosophy

Introduces the formal techniques of deductive reasoning.

Credits: 4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 217 Professional Ethics
Philosophy

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 221 Science and Religion
Philosophy

Explores the relations of science and religion and the extents to which they agree, differ, or are independent and separate realms.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 228 Topics in Philosophy of Language
Philosophy

Studies selected issues of language's structure, meaning and reference.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 234 Environmental Ethics
Philosophy

Examination of how humans should interact with the environment, both as individuals and as members of groups or organizations.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 236 Business Ethics
Philosophy

Examines current ethical positions and their applications to problems in business.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 237 Medical Ethics: Social & Ethical Values in Medicine
Philosophy

Examines current ethical positions and their application to ethical and social questions in medicine.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 238 Philosophy of Law
Philosophy

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 244 Topics in Aesthetics
Philosophy

Selected issues in aesthetics, appreciation and evaluation of art, literature and drama.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 246 Philosophy in Literature
Philosophy

Studies philosophical issues in literature and literatures presentation of these.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 248 Philosophy and Popular Culture
Philosophy

Study of philosophical issues, ideas and questions presented or raised by fiction, plays, music and other components of popular culture.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 252 Eastern Philosophy
Philosophy

Examines selected views, traditions or issues in Chinese, Japanese, Indian or Southeast Asian philosophies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 256 Topics in History of Philosophy
Philosophy

Studies a selected position, tradition or issue in the history of philosophy.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 260 Ancient Philosophy
Philosophy

Reviews the history of Greek philosophy from Pre-Socratic philosophers to the Hellenistics.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.



PHI 266 Medieval Philosophy
Philosophy

Studies the history of philosophy from Plotinus to the end of the Middle Ages.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.


PHI 270 Early Modern Philosophy
Philosophy

Reviews the history of metaphysics and epistemology from the Renaissance to Kant.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.



PHI 280 Nineteenth Century Enlightenment from Kant to Freud
Philosophy

The 19th century Industrial Revolution (steam engine, railroad, mass production) is not yet the 20th century Communications Revolution (phone, radio, movies, TV, computers, internet, Wi-Fi, cell phones, cable). The last thoughts and outlooks of a three thousand year old spiritual-intellectual heritage in the West reach their fruition and open new prospects, such as the spread of democracy, the rise of liberal religion, the growth of metropolitan culture, and the prospect of general prosperity. Seeking these breakthroughs at their sources, we will explore the old and the new in the prose and poetry of Kant, Mendelsohn, Hegel, Feuerbach, Schopenhauer, Marx, Melville, Dostoyevsky, Whitman, Comte, Darwin, Bergson, Nietzsche and Freud, among others.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.


PHI 288 Twentieth-Century Philosophy
Philosophy

Three independent schools of philosophy developed across the twentieth century: (1) Continental European phenomenology and social-political thought; (2) Anglo-American linguistic and logical analysis and (3) American pragmatism and process philosophy. Some major figures of each are: (1) Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Levinas,Frankfurt School, Derrida and Deleuze; (2) Frege, Russell, Moore, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Quine, Rawls, Austin, Searle; (3) Dewey, Mead, Whitehead, Buchler, Randall Jr., Hartshorne and Neville. Depending on the Instructor, an introduction to the development and key ideas of one or more of these schools will be taught.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.



PHI 298 Special Topics
Philosophy

Provides for the study of various philosophical topics not covered in other 200-level courses.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 314 Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy

Analyzes selected concepts in religious thought.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 320 Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy

Introduction to the philosophy of mind, emphasizing both historically significant and contemporary discussion of the relationship between mind and the material world.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.


PHI 321 Philosophy of Science
Philosophy

Examines the nature of theories in the sciences and the philosophical issues associated with them, explores causation, explanation, and induction.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 322 Philosophy of Social Sciences
Philosophy

Considers theories within the social sciences and the issues of how, if at all, they are fundamentally different from the theories of physical sciences.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 329 Metaphysics
Philosophy

Explores theories of reality; freedom and determinism; and the reality of the self, the mind, and the body.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.



PHI 333 Epistemology
Philosophy

Considers epistemology: The nature, sources, kind, scope, and certainty and validity of knowledge.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.


PHI 335 Contemporary Ethical Theory
Philosophy

Examines attempts in moral philosophy to find a justification for the basic ethical principles; also considers conception of an ethics based on natural law.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.



PHI 336 History of Ethics
Philosophy

Studies the history of ethics from ancient times through the Enlightenment. Also covers ancient Hebrew, Greek, medieval, and modern moral theories.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 338 Law and Morality
Philosophy

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?

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.



PHI 340 Law and Responsibility
Philosophy

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?

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: Student must of taken one PHI course in a prior term.


PHI 341 Social Philosophy
Philosophy

Examines conceptions of the good society and programs for improving contemporary societies; also explores democracy, equality, discrimination, civil disobedience, revolution, liberalism, conservatism, communism, capitalism.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 342 Political Philosophy
Philosophy

Surveys political theories in a systematic or historical way.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 344 Aesthetic Theory and Criticism
Philosophy

Surveys theories of art and their evaluation of works of art.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 345 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
Philosophy

Considers artistic creativity and expression, beauty and the sublime, the role of art in society.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 347 Gender and Philosophy
Philosophy

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 356 Special Topics
Philosophy

Critically considers a selected philosophical issue.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 359 American Philosophy
Philosophy

Examines early development of American philosophical thought; considers leading movements and thinkers, such as idealism, pragmatism (Peirce, James, Dewey), and realism.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 391 Existentialism/Phenomenlgy
Philosophy

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 398 Special Topics
Philosophy

Provides for the study of various philosophical topics not covered in other 300-level courses.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 412 Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy

Performs advanced critical analysis of selected issues in religious belief.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 415 Logical Theory I
Philosophy

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 416 Logical Theory II
Philosophy

Continuation of PHI 415. Considers predicate logic, generalization, and related philosophical issues.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 417 Modal Logic
Philosophy

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 418 Philosophy of Mathematics
Philosophy

Explores philosophical topics and problems of mathematics and its logical foundations.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 419 Philosophy of Logic
Philosophy

Reviews philosophical topics and issues of logic, both historical and contemporary.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 420 Topics in Philosophy of Science
Philosophy

Involves an in-depth critical examination of selected issues in philosophy of the natural or social sciences.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 438 Topics in Ethics
Philosophy

Addresses selected issues in ethics from a historical, contemporary, or thematic perspective.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 442 Contemporary Issues of Social Philosophy
Philosophy

Examines strengths and weaknesses of current social philosophy positions.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 443 Topics in Legal Philosophy
Philosophy

Considers philosophical issues in law, including theories of law, evidence, argument, punishment and penalties.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 444 Aesthetics
Philosophy

Considers in-depth selected theories of art.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 452 Eastern Philosophy
Philosophy

Examines selected views, traditions or issues in Chinese, Japanese, Indian, or Southeast Asian philosophies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 454 Chinese Philosophy
Philosophy

Examines selected views, traditions or issues in Chinese philosophy.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 462 Plato
Philosophy

Involves detailed consideration of central issues in Plato's philosophy.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 463 Aristotle
Philosophy

Involves detailed consideration of central issues in Aristotle's philosophy.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 465 Ancient Philosophy
Philosophy

Considers selected issues in ancient philosophy, including comparison of major positions.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 469 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
Philosophy

Examines selected traditions or issues in philosophy from 500 to 1600 AD.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 489 Special Topics
Philosophy

Provides for the study of various philosophical topics not covered in other 400-level courses.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 490 Introduction to Wittgenstein
Philosophy

Studies Wittgenstein's philosophical development and positions.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 497 Honors Thesis or Project
Philosophy

Credits: 1-8
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



PHI 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Philosophy

Credits: 1-8
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


PHI 499 Independent Study
Philosophy

Credits: 1-8
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)




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