Philosophy

PHI 1001: Power of Logic (5)

Offerings

An introductory course in logic that covers the following topics: the basic concepts of logic (such as validity and soundness), argument forms, identifying arguments, logic and language, categorical syllogisms and Venn diagrams, informal fallacies, truth tables and natural deduction (for propositional logic).

Attributes: Arts and Humanities B, WK Humanities

PHI 1002: History of Ethics (5)

Offerings

This course will introduce students to the methods and practices of moral philosophy as we engage the perennial question of how should we live a good life. Students will engage with philosophers from a variety of cultural and philosophical perspectives and approaches. The aims of the course include: developing tools for productive cross-cultural moral discourse, learning how to analyze philosophical arguments, and learning how to articulate one's own moral views.

Attributes: Arts and Humanities B, WK Humanities

PHI 1004: Survey of Western Philosophy (5)

Offerings

Ever since Socrates declared that “the unexamined life is not worth living,” philosophers and other thinkers have debated what it means to live a well-examined life. This course discusses what it means to think critically and what it is to be human and pursue the good life. In addition, ethical questions pertaining to justice, holiness, social contract, and the nature of virtue will be explored. In considering these and other questions, the course brings those from Greek and other Western traditions into conversation with Islamic, feminist and African American intellectuals who have challenged the prevailing definitions of humanness, justice, and the good life.

Attributes: Arts and Humanities B, WK Humanities

PHI 2001: Advanced Logic (5)

Offerings

Prerequisite: PHI 1001. Covers these topics: predicate logic with identity and modal logic.

Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better

PHI 2222: Social Ethics (5)

Offerings

In this course we critically examine contemporary controversial moral issues. Questions that may be addressed include: Is abortion morally permissible? Under what conditions, if any, can war or terrorism be justified? Do animals have rights? Does the environment? Do we have a moral obligation to help people in other countries? May the state permissibly prohibit the use of drugs? Should homosexual couples be allowed to marry?

Attributes: Ways of Engaging

PHI 2500: Philosophy of Science (3)

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The course will examine philosophical issues raised by modern physics, biology, and psychology (among other sciences). It will address questions such as the following. What distinguishes science from pseudo-science? Does science differ from philosophy and theology? Can scientific hypotheses be conclusively established through observation and experiment? What makes for a good scientific explanation? Does science converge on the truth about nature or provide merely useful predictive tools? What are the consequences of historical change in science for the rationality of science? Offered alternate years.

PHI 2999: Aesthetics (3)

Offerings

This course familiarizes students with many of the themes and topics of contemporary moral philosophy through an exploration of the arts, including film, television, and literature. It also addresses topics in the ethics of art, such as whether there are moral limits to artistic expression, and whether the moral qualities of an artwork or artist should figure into the aesthetic appraisal of works of art. The aims of this course include: identifying ethical issues in works of art and through works of art, learning how to analyze philosophical arguments, and learning how to articulate one’s own arguments.

Attributes: Arts and Humanities B, Ways of Engaging

PHI 3601: Ancient Philosophy (5)

Offerings

Surveys the work of principally Greek philosophers emphasizing Plato and Aristotle. Some consideration may be given to pre-Socratics and post-Aristotelian developments, such as stoicism and Neoplatonism.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course

PHI 3602: Medieval Philosopy (3)

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PHI 3602: Medieval Philosopy (3)

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PHI 3602: Medieval Philosopy (3)

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Prerequisite: PHI 1001 or PHI 1002 or PHI 1004 or UCOR 3000 or instructor's permission. Surveys the thought of some main medieval philosophers such as Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Aquinas, Duns Scotus and William of Ockham. Attention will be mainly given to their metaphysical, epistemological and ethical theories.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 3606: Continental Philosophy (5)

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Prerequisite: PHI 1001 or 1002 or 1004, or UCOR 3000, or instructor permision. Surveys major philosophical figures in the continental tradition such as Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, Derrida and Rorty. Offered alternate years.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 3633: Early Modern Philosophy (5)

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Prerequisite: PHI 1001 or PHI 1002 or PHI 1004 or UCOR 3000. Surveys the thought of main figures in the early modern period such as Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Hume and Kant.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 3651: Contemporary Ethical Theory (5)

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Prerequisite: PHI 1001 or 1002 or 1004, or UCOR 3000, or instructor permission. An in-depth examination of the main philosophical theories of ethics such as consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Contemporary versions of these theories will be emphasized. Selected topics in metaethics will also be included, such as morality and self-interest, and morality and rationality.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 3770: Political Philosophy (3)

Offerings

An in-depth examination of the main philosophical theories of the nature of justice and the just society such as liberalixm, libertarianism, communism, and communitarianism. Contemporary and historical theories will be covered. Offered alternate years.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course

PHI 3999: Mind and Immortality (3)

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Prerequisite: PHI 1001 or PHI 1002 or PHI 1004, or UCOR 3000 or instructor's permission. An in-depth examination of the naturalistic program in understanding the human mind. Topics covered include dualism versus physicalism, behaviorism, mind-brain identity theory, functionalism, mental causation, consciousness, reductive and nonreductive physicalism, and the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of the body.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 4652: Contemporary Metaphysics (5)

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Prerequisite: PHI 1001. An in-depth examination of classic metaphysical issues focusing on more recent contributions to the debates. Topics include free will, ontology, realism and essentialism.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better

PHI 4653: Contemporary Epistemology (3)

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Prerequisite: PHI 1001 or PHI 1002 or PHI 1004, or UCOR 3000 or instructor's permission. An in-depth examination of classic epistemological issues focusing on more recent contributions to the debates. Topics include the analysis of knowledge, the Gettier problem, the structure and sources of justification, skepticism, a priori knowledge, and naturalized and feminist epistemology.

Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 4897: Philosophy of Religion (5)

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Prerequisite: PHI 1001 or PHI 1002 or PHI 1004 or UCOR 3000 or Instructor’s permission. Explores advanced issues in philosophy of religion / philosophical theology. Topics may include: religious epistemology, theistic arguments, religious diversity and pluralism, the problem of evil, divine providence and free will, the divine attributes, divine revelation, the Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Atonement. Fulfills the senior capstone requirement in philosophy.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman students are excluded. Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 4900: Independent Study (1-5)

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Student works independently with a faculty member on a mutually agreed upon topic. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division

PHI 4920: Directed Readings (1-9)

Offerings

Directed Readings May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Junior, Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

PHI 4930: Philosophy Practicum (1-5)

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For advanced students who wish to assist as discussion leaders and readers in lower-division philosophy classes. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Philosophy Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.

PHI 4940: Philosophy Internship (1-5)

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Prerequisite: 30 credits of philosopy. Practical application of philosophical skills. (See philosophy Web-site for illustrative possibilities.) May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Philosophy Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.

PHI 4950: Special Topics in Philosophy (1-5)

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An in-depth exploration of a specific philosophical topic chosen by the instructor. Recent topics include the problem of evil, the doctrines of the trinity and incarnation, political philosophy and C.S. Lewis on the quest for the permanent things. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Junior, Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

PHI 4970: Independent Research (1-9)

Offerings

Independent Research

Attributes: Upper-Division