Philosophy Courses

 

PHIL101 Problems in Philosophy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An introduction to a number of fundamental philosophical problems which are traditional to the discipline. Primary emphasis will be placed on theories of knowledge, metaphysics, human nature and ethical and political philosophy, introduced through logical and cultural analyses of the works of several major philosophers.

Prerequisite:  None


 

PHIL102 Ethics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Examines a variety of approaches to moral philosophy.  Analyzes the problems of values, ideals, and standards of human action, from both an individual and a social perspective.  Discusses contemporary issues from contrasting ethical points of view, and evaluates the logic of their cases.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL105 Philosophy of Religion

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to provide an introduction to the basic problems in the philosophy of religion, such as the nature of religion, religious language, the relationship between faith and reason, varieties of theism and atheism, proofs for and against the existence of God, religious pluralism, immortality, miracles, mysticism, and the problem of evil.  Students will examine a wide variety of religious beliefs, theories, and practices with the aim of clarifying and evaluating both Western and Eastern religious traditions.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL106 Social & Political Philosophy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of the traditional and contemporary philosophical issues of man in society, especially those problems concerning justice which exist as a result of human government.  Examines and critiques the philosophical foundations and historical roots of Authoritarianism, Democratic theory, Monarchy, Communism, Fascism and Democratic Socialism.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL110 Critical Thinking

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Focuses on creating in students an understanding of the many facets and pitfalls of good and bad reasoning. Emphasis is divided between the theoretical, logical issues and the practical application of good reasoning in a wide variety of contexts, both personal and public. This course does not meet the philosophy general education requirement.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL201 Classical Philosophy
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
The development of philosophy from Thales to Plotinus, covering the Greek and Roman periods. Major emphasis on Plato and Aristotle. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL202 Medieval Philosophy
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
A study of the development of philosophy from Augustine in the fourth century A.D. to William of Ockham in the 14th century. Special emphasis is placed on Augustine and Aquinas. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

PHIL204 Modern Philosophy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An historical study of the major figures and movements in philosophy from the 17th to the 19th century. The accent is upon the problems and methods of philosophy. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL205 Contemporary Philosophy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The major movements in the philosophy of the 20th century. Considers idealism, Neo-Thomism, Marxism, Phenomenology and Existentialism, Logical Positivism, Linguistic Analysis, and Naturalism. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL206 American Philosophy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A general study of philosophy in the U.S. since the middle of the 19th century. The emphasis is upon the works of those philosophers of this country who have developed themes peculiarly American. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL207 Asian Philosophies

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of the major schools of Indian and Chinese philosophy which developed out of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The emphasis will be on the metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical insights of the various systems. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL210 19th Century Philosophy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A survey of the major European and American philosophers of the 1800's, including Hegel, Marx, Mill, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and James. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of these thinkers on contemporary thought. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL215 Canadian Philosophy

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Introduces Canadian Philosophy and sets forth Canadian Philosophy as a distinct system of inquiry. In particular, close attention will be paid to the relationship between Canadian philosophy and Canadian intellectual history. Particular focus will be placed on the philosophical notion of community and its impact on Canadian society. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL220 Existentialism (3.0 sh)

An introduction to the 19th and 20th century philosophical movement called Existentialism.  The course examines the historical roots of the movement in pessimism and egoism, explores selections from the major writings of its central figures, and traces its continuing influence on 21st century thought.


 

PHIL301 Philosophy of Science
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
An investigation of the nature and techniques of scientific explanation. Study of such questions as the nature of scientific method, the logic of scientific explanation, theory construction, causality, and the nature of the laws of science. Primary emphasis on the philosophical questions involved in the work of science and the link between science and philosophy. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL305 Metaphysics

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of the most general questions concerning the nature of reality including such problems as the reality of an external world, the significance of human existence, the nature of time, space, substance, cause, and the status of natural laws.

Prerequisite: ( PHIL*** )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL306 Theory of Knowledge

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Examines the basic problems of epistemology, such as the nature, the reliability, and the proper objects of knowledge. Considers questions pertaining to the nature of truth, theories of perception, the problems of universals, concepts, and categories.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL307 Philosophy of Art

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An analysis of various concepts of aesthetics. Investigation into some of the fundamental questions involved in the philosophy of art. Aestheticians, both historical and contemporary. The application of aesthetic theory to art forms both past and present. Aesthetics approached from a worldwide outlook. Probes deeply into the arts for broader aesthetic understanding.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL308 Logic

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Standard logical notions and techniques. Chief emphasis on forms of argument, modes of valid inference, traditional and modern approaches to deductive argument, and inductive theory. Syllogistic and mathematical logic. The course does not meet the philosophy general education requirement.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL312 Ethical Theory

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A historical survey of ethical theorizing from the Ancient Greeks to the 21st Century. It will focus on the various justifications offered for competing ethical theories, and the problems that their critics raised about each of them. Comparisons and contrasts between Western and Eastern approaches to ethical decision making and the inculcation of moral virtue, and with feminist approaches to ethical theorizing, will also be drawn.

Prerequisite: ( PHIL102 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL315 Philosophy of Law

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

The exploration of such broad questions as What is law?, How are law and morality related?, and How should we best conceptualize legal reasoning? Specific topics might include, among others, legal theories, equality, rights and freedoms (speech, religion, etc), civil disobedience and violence, and gender and race in the American legal and social context.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 ) OR ( PHIL*** )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL328 Humanities Seminar
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
This seminar is intended to familiarize students with the questions that philosophers and individuals have always asked and to help them realize that, although the answers change, the questions remain the same. Different aspects and questions may be dealt with in several philosophy seminars.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL400 Ethics and the Environment
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Explores philosophical questions related to the human relationship with, and use of, the environment. Topics may include preservation vs. conversation, holistic ethics, anthropocentrism, wilderness, feminist approaches to environmental ethics, Deep Ecology, radical environmental activism, and environmental justice. Emphasis is given to Western ethical traditions, though other perspectives may be included.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

PHIL415 Ethical Issues in the Health Care Professions

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A skills and knowledge-based introduction to ethical theories and principles, including diverse cultural and multicultural theories, as they emerge in the principles and practice of health care for health care professionals and patients/clients; an inquiry into the ethical issues that emerge in the various health care professions in a global world and in multicultural societies.  Topics include: philosophical ethics; the moral dimension of being a professional; cross-cultural conceptions of self and aging; cross-cultural conceptions of health and illness; cross-cultural conceptions of death and dying; diverse perspectives on autonomy, truth telling and confidentiality; diverse perspectives on death and dying; the allocation of medical resources; reproductive technologies; gender, age, race, ethnicity and social class; moral decision making.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL425 Ethics in Business & Industry

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An in-depth survey of the relevance of ethical theory to the making of professional decisions in business and industry. An extensive introduction to ethical theory and logic is followed by a discussion of difficult ethical dilemmas that professionals must confront every day. Emphasis is placed on hiring and firing practices, advertising and marketing, environmental issues, and the impact of industry on society at large. Fulfills General Education Requirements.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL615 Ethical Issues in the Health Care Professions

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An examination of some of the major ethical issues in the various health care professions. Particular analysis will include, but not be limited to the following: the allocation of medical resources; consent and truth telling in medicine; genetic engineering; reproductive technologies; and advanced directives. Professionals from various health care fields will be invited to speak on selected topics.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL620 Bio-Medical Ethics: An Overview

[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of some of the major ethical issues in medicine and possible approaches to resolving ethical dilemmas in that context. Particular attention will be given to the following topics: the allocation of medical resources, consent and truth telling in medicine, confidentiality, and advanced directives.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL625 Ethics in Business & Industry

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An in-depth survey of the relevance of ethical theory to the making of professional decisions in business and industry. An extensive introduction to ethical theory and logic is followed by a discussion of difficult ethical dilemmas that professionals must confront every day. Emphasis is placed on hiring and firing practices, advertising and marketing, environmental issues, and the impact of industry on society at large.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL628 Humanities Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Graduate philosophy seminar.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

PHIL690 Current Philosophies of Education
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
A study of the philosophies of education that have had an impact on education today. The works of educational philosophies and critiques of their positions will be read and discussed. The implications for today’s educational experiences will be discussed.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None

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