Course Offerings

PHIL-111 Introduction to Western Philosophy (3 credits)
Develops and enhances critical thinking skills through the analysis and discussion of perennial philosophical problems. Emphasis on developing critical reading and discussion skills, writing expository and evaluative analysis of extended argument prose, and constructing argumentative essays. Prerequisite: Freshman or sophomore standing (closed to junior and senior students).
PHIL-121 Introductory Ethics (3 credits)
Presents a systematic and historical discussion of moral and social values through classical and contemporary readings. Emphasis on applying moral theories to concrete moral problems.
PHIL-211 Ancient Greek Philosophy (3 credits)
Develops and analyzes philosophical theories from the Pre-Socrates through the Hellenistic periods. Emphasis primarily on the thought of Plato and Aristotle.
PHIL-221 Modern European Philosophy (3 credits)
Develops and analyzes philosophical theories from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Emphasis on the works of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hobbes, Hume, and Kant.
PHIL-231 Symbolic Logic (3 credits)
Introduces fundamental principles and techniques of modern symbolic or mathematical logic including truth functional logic, quantification theory, and the logic of relations. Especially suited for students with interests in mathematics and computing science.
PHIL-240 Philosophy and Religion (3 credits)
Examines mutually intersecting themes and influences between Western philosophy and religion from antiquity to the present day. Sample topics include the nature of religious experience, claims to religious knowledge, the relationship between faith and reason, etc.
PHIL-241 Science, Technology and Society (3 credits)
Examines the current state of science and technology along with their effects on social change. Also explores the future prospects and perils of science and technology in light of global problems and the extent to which human beings can address them responsibly.
PHIL-300 Eastern Religious Philosophies (3 credits)
This course will cover the main systems of philosophy embedded in Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other Eastern religious traditions. Topics will include: Who am I? What is really real? What happens after death? What is the good life? What is the relationship between the individual and society? What is wisdom? The answers that Eastern cultures offer to these questions tell us not only about their cultures and philosophers, but also provide valuable perspectives on contemporary problems such as social and environmental disruptions and the allocation of limited resources.
PHIL-301 Selected Topics in Philosophy (3 credits)
Studies selected topics of current interest. Specific topic may vary each time the course is taught. May be repeated for credit as the selection of topics changes. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or religion, or permission of instructor.
PHIL-316 Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
Presents a systematic discussion of environmental ethics and key issues therein. Emphasis on applying moral theories to concrete moral problems.
PHIL-317 Bioethics (3 credits)
Considers selected problems in bioethics. Topics may include abortion, euthanasia, and genetic engineering. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor.
PHIL-321 Social and Political Philosophy (3 credits)
Explores various social and political philosophies regarding how to ideally construct society.
PHIL-322 Kant & the Nineteenth Century (3 credits)
Develops and analyzes philosophical theories from Kant through Nietzsche. Primary focus will be on Kant and thinkers selected from among Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche.
PHIL-350 God, Suffering & Evil (3 credits)
How can God be all-good and all-powerful if evil exists? The classic question of theodicy guides this course, with a study of classic and contemporary attempts to deal with the problem of evil. This course explores how people in religious traditions have thought about and lived in relation to evil and the experiences of suffering. Sustained focus on one topic enables students to practice critical thinking in the study of philosophy and religion. Prerequisite: FYS-112.
PHIL-412 Contemporary Philosophy (3 credits)
Examines philosophical movements in the 19th through the 21st centuries. Topics may vary from semester to semester and may emphasize major movements or schools of thought in this period, such as existentialism, phenomenology, logical positivism, linguistic philosophy, and/or pragmatism as well as individual philosophers.
PHIL-421 Ethical Theory (3 credits)
Studies ethical theories from historical and contemporary perspectives. Examines foundational ethical questions from a theoretical perspective. Sample topics include reasons to be ethical, moral realism and moral relativism, moral agency, ethics in relation to religion, law, and politics, etc. Prerequisite: One other course in ethics or permission of instructor. Upper division standing recommended.
PHIL-445 History and Philosophy of Science (3 credits)
Studies methodological problems of the natural and social sciences from a historical point of view. Also examines the logic of explanation and theory construction. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy, or junior or senior standing in natural or social science.
PHIL-447 Philosophy of Mind (3 credits)
Analyzes the relationship between mental and bodily phenomena and the nature of cognitive activity. Explores whether a strictly physicalist approach to mind is feasible. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor.
PHIL-450 Gender, Power, and Oppression (3 credits)
Explores philosophical analysis of gender, power, and oppression, with special attention to how intersectional oppression overlaps in experience (e.g., due to race, class, etc.). Prerequisite: FYS-112 or FYS-312.
PHIL-451 Philosophy of Agency (3 credits)
Examines the concept of agency from philosophical, psychological, and biological perspectives. Topics include intentional action, free will, autonomy, selfhood, guidance, control, and the phenomenology of action. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or permission of instructor.
PHIL-459 Philosophical Classics (1-3 credits)
In a seminar setting, studies selected philosophical classics or texts destined to become classics. May be repeated for credit as the selection of texts changes. Prerequisite: One course in philosophy or religion, or permission of instructor.
PHIL-491 Directed Study in Philosophy (1-3 credits)
Offers research in special problems or persons under the direction of a member of the philosophy faculty. May be repeated for up to nine hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
PHIL-492 Internship in Philosophy (1-3 credits)
Offers students the opportunity for supervised field experience in teaching or research either on campus or at some other facility appropriate to the student?s field of study. Prerequisite: Completion of at least two courses in philosophy.
PHIL-499 Senior Seminar in Philosophy (1-3 credits)
Required of all senior philosophy majors. Affords the student the opportunity to work independently in the preparation of an extended paper and to present this paper in a seminar to other majors in philosophy, religion, and pretheology. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

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