Philosophy (PHIL)

110-120 The Adventure of Ideas (3, 3 - Fall, Spring) 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 - Fall, Spring) 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.

160 Introduction to Ethics (3 - Fall, Spring) A study of basic issues in ethics. Action-centered vs. agent centered theories, the idea of virtue, and aspects of moral psychology may be discussed. Applications to a selection of issues in applied ethics (e.g., medical and environmental ethics.)

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

301 Major Religions of the World (3 - Fall) 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)

310 Aesthetics (3 - Spring, Every 3 Years) 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 artists' intentions to interpretation, and truth in literature and the arts. Analysis of these and similar notions with reference to examples from various art forms (painting, music, literature, etc.). Written reports and oral presentations required. (Same as FA 310)

320 Traces of God (3 - Spring, Every 3 Years) 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 - Fall, Every 3 Years) 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 - Spring, Every 3 Years) 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 - Fall, Every 3 Years) 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 - As Needed, Every 3 Years) 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 instructorís approval.

410 Political and Legal Philosophy (3 - Spring, Every 3 Years) An examination of classic and recent discussions of the foundations of society, and of conceptions of justice and law. Topics may include classical theories of the state, theories of natural law, 20th century discussions of law and liberty, legal idealism, legal realism and positivism, law and the social sciences, and critical legal issues. Some focus on court decisions as illustrative of philosophical assumptions in legal reasoning.

420 (620) Philosophies of Creativity and the Future (3 - Fall, Every 3 Years) 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 - Spring, Every 3 Years) 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 Topics in African-American and Feminist Studies (3 - Spring, Every 3 Years) An examination of the status of African Americans, including a focus on such matters as economic, social, political and educational status. An exploration of the global status of women and the effects on women of major social institutions.

450 Existentialism and Phenomenology (3 - Spring, Every 3 Years) Studies in selected contemporary existentialist philosophers and phenomenologists: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Sartre, Heidegger, Marcel, and Jaspers. Existentialismís 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 - Spring, Every 3 Years) 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 - Irregular) 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.

480 Topics in the Philosophy and History and Religion [Selected Topics] (3 - Fall) 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). Course may be repeated with total credits not to exceed six (6) hours. (Same as RLST 480)

485 Topics in the History of Philosophy [Selected Topics] (3 - Spring) Intensive coverage of individual philosophers or of periods only surveyed or not covered in PHIL 314 and 315, such as 19th and 20th century philosophy. Course may be repeated with total credits not to exceed six (6) hours.

490 (690) Topics in Philosophy [Selected Topics] (3 - Fall) 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. Course may be repeated with total credits not to exceed six (6) hours.

 



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