Philosophy (PHIL)

110-120 The Adventure of Ideas (3, 3) 110: The Living Heritage of Philosophy. An introductory study of the philosophical quest for understanding and wisdom from Socrates to Kant. A study of classical Greek, Biblical, medieval, Buddhist, scientific, and early modern thought. 120: Living Issues in Current Philosophy. An introductory study of the philosophical quest for understanding and wisdom in modern, contemporary, and recent thought. A study of perspectives in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

130 Ethics and Race (3) An introductory course which explores the morality of race relations in America, from the points of view of secular and religious value systems. The goal of the course is the enhancement of understanding and philosophical rigor in matters of values among races.

140 Introduction to Business Ethics (3) Survey of landmark cases in business ethics within the context of traditional moral theories. Issues include deceptive advertising, insider trading, whistle blowing, environmental responsibility, employee’s rights, affirmative action, and corporate codes of ethics.

150 Introduction to Criminal Justice Ethics (3) An introductory ethics course with a focus on the ethical issues encountered in policing, corrections, probation, parole, prosecution, and criminal defense. Critical moral reasoning, criteria for ethical decision-making on the job, the analysis of various codes of professional ethics, and an in-depth analysis of some typical ethical dilemmas in the criminal justice system will be covered.

210 Elementary Logic (3) An analysis of the fundamental logical categories and skills which are needed for academic studies and the ordering of life’s experiences: meaning, informal fallacies, tests of truth, rules of evidence, types of language, inference, argument, and methodology (scientific and otherwise).

300 Introduction to Ethics (3) A critical study of basic approaches to moral theory, including a study of action centered moral theories such as utilitarianism and various deontological theories, and agent centered theories. Some emphasis on the idea of a virtue, and on practical applications.

301 Major Religions of the World (3) A survey of the history and philosophy of major living religions: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. (Same as RLST 301)

314 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3) A survey of philosophy from its beginnings through the medieval period; pre-Socratics, sophists, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophy, selected major medieval figures (Augustine, Aquinas, and some Arabic and/or Jewish figures).

315 History of Modern Philosophy (3) An examination of the leading philosophical ideas of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries; the scientific revolution, Descartes, Spinoza, Liebniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.

320 Traces of God (3) An analysis of the contemporary question of the existence and nature of God and the relevance to that question of experience, faith, revelation, mysticism, proofs, history, relationships, and creativity. Also an exploration of the relation of God and the World in terms of creation/evolution, time/eternity, and culture/values. Position paper required. (Same as RLST 320)

330 Love, Sexuality, and Living (3) A contemporary study of relationships, particularly those of love, human sexuality, caring, authenticity, friendship, family, fellowship, creative living, and appreciation/manipulation. Position paper required.

340 Death, Suffering, and Evil (3) A study of the essential limits and boundary situations of life, particularly the dark shadows of death, suffering, and evil. Special attention given to an investigation of the possible meaningfulness of these limits and their value for authentic life. Other considerations include: suicide, abortion, war, crime, punishment, illness, insanity, perversion, inequality, waste. Position paper required. (Same as RLST 340.)

350 Principles of Bioethics (3) Introduction to the ethical principles of paternalism, utilitarianism, autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, and justice, and application of those principles to problem areas in the allocation of medical resources, genetic counseling, human experimentation, and other areas of medical science.

360 Symbolic Logic (3) A first course in symbolic logic designed to introduce students to the idea of a logistical system, the propositional calculus, the predicate calculus with identity, functions, decideability and completeness. Prereq: PHIL 210 or equivalent, or instructor’s approval.

390 Topics in the Philosophy and History of Religion (3) Intensive coverage of issues in the philosophy of religion (such as the theistic attributes, theistic proofs, religious language) or in the history of religion (such as non-Western religious traditions, eras of reform, the history of interpretation). Students should consult the department for details on topics to be offered any given year. Course may be repeated with total credits not to exceed six (6) hours. (Same as RLST 390)

400 Aesthetics (3) A basic course in aesthetics, dealing with such conceptual issues as the criteria of identity for works of art, the idea of style, of expression, the notion of aesthetic attitude, the relevance of artist’s intentions to interpretation, and truth in literature. Analysis of these and similar notions generally involves reference to examples from various art forms (painting, music, literature, etc.)

401 Creative and Critical Thinking (3) Senior Project. The project blends theory and practice with special emphasis upon personal and professional growth in an interdisciplinary area. Research/position papers and speaking assignments required.

415 Topics in the History of Philosophy (3) Intensive coverage of individual philosophers or of periods not covered in PHIL 314 and 315, such as 19th century philosophy. Students should consult the department for details on topics to be offered any given year. Course may be repeated with total credits not to exceed six (6) hours.

420 (620) Philosophies of Creativity and the Future (3) Studies in the contemporary philosophies of process thought, Marxism, Biblical philosophy, evolutionary naturalism, theistic evolution, and philosophies of hope. Emphasis on their concepts of reality (person, time, history, nature, society, history, God), knowledge, and values. Position paper required.

430 (630) Science and Human Values (3) An examination of the philosophical foundations of the scientific enterprise with particular emphasis on the social/value implications of the natural, biological, social, and behavioral sciences. (Same as PSYC 430)

440 Social Ethics and Justice (3) A critical analysis of the theories of ethics and the major social/political philosophies. Typical theoretical topic areas include: the nature of the good, perspectives on justice, freedom, liberty, human action and agency. Applied topics include: the morality of war, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, public policy, discrimination, law, civil disobedience, censorship, utopia and government, equality, and the escape from freedom.

450 Existentialism and Phenomenology (3) Studies in selected contemporary existentialist philosophers and phenomenologists: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Sartre, Heidegger, Marcel, and Jaspers. Existentialism’s dominant themes, its historical and social origins, its use of the phenomenological method, and its current impact on thought and culture are considered.

460 Contemporary Metaphysics and Epistemology (3) Survey of contemporary discussions in metaphysics and epistemology. Issues include idealism, materialism, dualism, realism, theories of knowledge, theories of truth, epistemological skepticism.

470 Internship in Race Relations (3) Experience with local, state, national, international authorities in matters of race relations. Internship is under the supervision of faculty. Course performance is based on an agreement between student and instructor which stipulates specific academic and work assignments. Prereq: Approval of instructor and either PHIL 130 or 440.

490 (690) Seminar in Philosophy (3) Studies in selected issues in metaphysics, epistemology ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of science, such as philosophy of mind, theories of truth, cognitive relativism, concepts of virtues, literary theory and the like, with each seminar devoted to one such topic. Students should consult the department for details on topics to be offered any given year. Course may be repeated with total credits not to exceed six (6) hours.