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List of Courses
PHIL 1003 Reasoning and Discovery This is a practical, "hands-on" course in sound reasoning, critical thinking, and the careful evaluation of evidence and argument. The course will utilize a range of real-world sources (television, Internet, magazines, etc.) and will be informed in content and method by the psychology of human judgment.
PHIL 1503 Topics in Philosophy & Culture Exploration of introductory-level special topics of an issue or issues in contemporary culture not otherwise covered in the philosophy curriculum.
PHIL2003 Introduction to Philosophy An examination of such basic philosophical topics as the existence of God, the nature of the human mind, the relationship between appearance and reality, the forms and limits of human knowledge, freedom of the will, and standards of right and wrong. Includes both historical and contemporary readings. UNIVERSITY CORE COURSE
PHIL2103 Introduction to Ethics Basic concepts of moral philosophy, including historical and contemporary literature concerned with such issues as ethical relativism vs. objectivism, duty, happiness, freedom of the will and responsibility, facts and values, individual liberty and society. Application of theories to substantive questions. UNIVERSITY CORE COURSE
PHIL2203 Logic Traditional and modern methods of deductive and inductive inference. Degree credit may not be earned for both PHIL 1203 and 2203. UNIVERSITY CORE COURSE
PHIL 2303 Human Nature & Meaning of Life Examination of important views on human nature, the meaning of human existence, the value and significance of different human activities and projects, and on what philosophy, religion, art, and literature have to teach us on these topics. Reading may be drawn from a variety of philosophical, literary, and religious writings.
PHIL 2503 Philosophical Explorations
Explores topics in philosophy that are not currently covered in lower-level philosophy courses.
PHIL3103 Ethics and the Professions After a survey of the standard theories of moral obligation, justice, and rights, the course focuses on specific moral problems that arise within engineering, business, and the professions. UNIVERSITY CORE COURSE
PHIL 3113 Environmental Ethics The course addresses ethical questions about nature and the natural environment. Topics of discussion include anthropocentric and biocentric ethics, population control, obligations to future generations, animal rights, moral considerability, Leopold's land ethic, deep ecology, and ecofeminism.
PHIL 3203 Philosophy & Christian Faith This course will deal with philosophical issues that arise in Christian theology. Topics to be discussed may include the doctrines of the Incarnation, the Trinity, Atonement, and Hell, as well as the nature of God and the relationship between faith and reason.
PHIL390V Readings (1-6)
PHIL3923H Honors Colloquium Treats a special topic of issue offered as part of the honors program. May be repeated. Prerequisite: honors candidacy (not restricted to candidacy in philosophy).
PHIL 3933 Special Studies A course (not independent study) which covers a topic or a philosopher not usually presented in depth in regular courses. May be repeated for credit.
PHIL 3943 Philosophy and Physics Examination of the metaphysical and epistemological implications of specific physical theories with an emphasis on twentieth-century physics. Topics covered may include the nature of space and time (particularly as described in relativity theory), the nature of the quantum mechanical world, and the temporal asymmetries found in thermodynamics and other areas of physics. Prerequisite: PHIL 2003.
PHIL 3983 Capstone Course: Phil Majors An undergraduate seminar to be taken in the student's final spring semester. The content will vary with the instructor. The objective is for the student to sharpen his or her philosophical skills by, e.g., writing short papers, giving class presentations, and writing a substantial final essay. Prerequisite: 21 hours of philosophy.
PHIL399VH Honors Course (1-6) May be repeated for 12 hours. Prerequisite: junior standing.
PHIL4003 Ancient Greek Philosophy Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.
PHIL4013 Platonism & Origin of Christian Theology The study of Plato, gnosticism, Middle and Neoplatonism, including Philo, Plotinus, and Procius, and the influence of Platonism on the Greek church fathers of the 2nd-5th centuries, principally Irenaeus, Origen, Athanasius, and Gregory of Nyssa, as well as Psuedo-Dionysius. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.
PHIL4023 Medieval Philosophy Includes Augustine, Bonventure, Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham.
PHIL4033 Modern Philosophy-17th and 18th Centuries British and Continental philosophy, including Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza, Liebniz, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.
PHIL4043 Nineteenth Century Continental Philosophy Study of major Continental European philosophers of the 19th century including Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche. Emphasis on the nature of persons, the question of freedom, and the importance of self-expression, as well as views on knowledge, reality, and the nature of philosophy.
PHIL4063 Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy Study of major figures (e.g. Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Foucault, Derrida) and trends (phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, critical theory, deconstruction) in 20th century French and German thought. Topics include human beings and their place in the world, the role of history and culture, and the possibility of critical reflection.
PHIL4073 History of Analytic Philosophy From Frege to recent figures, including Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, Schlick, Carnep, Ayer, Ryle, Strawson, Quine, including a representative sample of works on the logical analysis of language, logical positivism, and ordinary language analysis. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.
PHIL4083 Existentialism Readings in major figures associated with "Existentialism" (e.g. Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty). Emphasis on connections between the metaphysical views of these thinkers, their views of freedom, their conceptions of modernity, and their responses to it.
PHIL 4093 Special Topics This course will cover subject matter not covered in regularly offered courses. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
PHIL4113 Social and Political Philosophy Selected philosophical theories of society, the state, social justice, and their connections with individuals.
PHIL4123 Classical Ethical Theory Study of classical texts in the history of philosophical ethics from Plato to Nietzsche. Philosophers covered may include Plato, Aristotle, Butler, Hume, Kant, and Mill. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.
PHIL4133 Contemporary Ethical Theory A study of contemporary texts in philosophical ethics from G.E. Moore to the present. Philosophers covered may include Moore, Stevenson, Hare, Foot, and Rawls. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.
PHIL4143 Philosophy of Law A philosophical consideration of the nature of law, theory of adjudication, concepts of legal responsibility, liberty and the limits of law, and selected moral-legal issues (abortion, affirmative action, punishment, etc.).
PHIL4203 Theory of Knowledge An examination of skepticism, the nature and structures of knowledge and epistemic justification, human rationality, and the justification of religious belief. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.
PHIL4213 Philosophy of Science Examination of issues related to scientific explanation, empirical foundations of science, observation and objectivity, nature of laws and theories, realism and instrumentalism, induction and confirmation, models, causation, and simplicity, beginning with historical survey set in the context of the history of science but emphasizing works from the 1930s to the current period, often including issues in recent physics.
PHIL4233 Philosophy of Language A survey of mainstream philosophical theories of meaning, reference, truth, and logical form. Attention given to the views of such figures as Frege, Russell, Tarski, Searie, Dumett, and the advocates of possible worlds semantics.
PHIL4253 Symbolic Logic I Rigorous analyses of the concepts of proof, consistency, equivalence, validity, implication, and truth. Full coverage of truth-functional logic and quantification theory (predicate calculus). Discussion of the nature and limits of mechanical procedures (algorithms) for proving theorems in logic and mathematics. Informal accounts of the basic facts about infinite sets. (Same as MATH 4253)
PHIL4263 Symbolic Logic II Topics include: soundness and completeness of propositional logic, soundness and completeness of quantification theory, the elements of model theory and recursion theory, G]odel's incompleteness theorems, and the limitative theorems of Tarski and Church. (Same as MATH 4263) Prerequisite: PHIL 4253 or MATH 4253.
PHIL4303 Philosophy of Religion Types of religious belief and critical examination of their possible validity, including traditional arguments and contemporary questions of meaning.
PHIL4403 Philosophy of Art Varieties of truth and value in the arts and aesthetic experience, focusing on the creative process in the art and in other human activities.
PHIL4423 Philosophy of Mind An examination of such topics such as the relationship between mind and body, the mentality of machines, knowledge of other minds, the nature of psychological explanation, the relationship between psychology and the other sciences, mental representation, the nature of the self, and free will and determinism.
PHIL4603 Metaphysics Theory and critical analysis of such basic metaphysical problems as mind and body, universals and particulars, space and time, determinism and free will, self-identity and individualism, with emphasis on contemporary perspectives. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy.