Philosophy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Philosophy Spring 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in PHIL

PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credits)

Introduction to the nature of philosophical reasoning and some of the main problems of philosophy. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

PHIL 112: Ethics and the Cybersociety (1 Credits)

Examines ethical issues associated with new developments in information technology, including privacy rights, intellectual property rights, and the effect of information technology on society. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PHIL 156: What Is Art? (3 Credits)

Introduction to philosophical reflection on the arts by looking at the critical issues in the history of aesthetics. Applies considerations to specific works and exploring these works in terms of their historical contexts and influences. Concentrates on one form of art or one period and always emphasizes questions of critical evaluation and art historical analysis. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 173: Logic and Critical Thinking (3 Credits)

Basic concepts and techniques of deduction, emphasizing the modern treatment of such topics as quantification and rules of inference, with study of the classical treatment. Basic principles of induction, informal fallacies, and uses of logic in everyday life. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

200-Level Courses in PHIL

PHIL 243: Global Environmental Ethics (3 Credits)

Examines the global dimensions of environmental problems. Although environmental problems are global in reach, because different societies make different philosophical and ethical assumptions, they are understood in different ways. Examines several environmental problems, including climate change, population growth, and resource depletion, from a variety of scientific, policy, and cross-cultural perspectives. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 253: Philosophy and Literature (3 Credits)

Examines differences and relations between literary and philosophical texts. Examines texts from a given period in the history of literature and philosophy. Topics include the presence of common issues in literary and philosophical writings, the influence of philosophical ideas on the production of literary texts and literary theory, and the development in literary texts of issues that are possible objects of philosophical inquiry. Read More »

7 Sections Currently Scheduled »

300-Level Courses in PHIL

PHIL 303: History of Western Philosophy: Modern (3 Credits)

Figures and problems of modern philosophy. Study of philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, and Hegel. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 309: Bioethics (3 Credits)

Examines some major moral issues involved in practice and research in medicine and health care. Topics to be chosen from medical experimentation, definition of death, physician-assisted dying, genetics and human reproduction, distribution of scarce resources, fertility, and organ transplants. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

PHIL 311: Philosophy of Law (3 Credits)

Investigation of theories of natural law, legal positivism, and legal realism as they pertain to some of the central philosophical questions about law. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Jason Walker — Innovation Hall 215G

PHIL 313: Philosophy of Religion (3 Credits)

Study of classical appeals to philosophy in support of belief in god's existence (Philo, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Descartes); the fideism of Hume and the metaphysical agnosticism of Kant; the concept of religious experience in the philosophies of Hegel, Schleiermacher, and Kierkegaard; and the problem of religious language in contemporary empirical philosophy. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 324: Modern Western Political Theory (3 Credits)

Exploration through lecture and discussion of developments in the Western tradition of political thought from the Renaissance to the middle of the 19th century, focusing on such topics as the rise of individualism in political theory, early developments in social contact theory, theories of radical popular sovereignty, and early criticisms of liberal theory. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 327: Contemporary Western Political Theory (3 Credits)

Exploration through lecture and discussion of recent developments in the Western tradition of political thought from the middle of the 19th century to today. Different sections focus on one or another of the various political theories that have been influential during this period such as liberal, libertarian, conservative, communitarian, Marxist, feminist, and postmodern thought. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 343: Topics in Environmental Philosophy (3 Credits)

An in-depth examination of selected environmental issues from a philosophical perspective. Such issues might include the value of nature, the moral status of animals, duties to protect wilderness areas, economics and environmental protection, environmental justice, and environmental aesthetics. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 377: Darwin: Biology and Beyond (3 Credits)

Introduction to and philosophical examination of the theory of evolution in its historical perspective. Examines Darwin's theory of evolution as a scientific theory, connect it to its context in the history of science, and survey its wider cultural impact. In particular, examine implications of the theory of evolution for religion and morality. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Christopher DiTeresi — Robinson A101

PHIL 391: Special Topics in Philosophy (1-3 Credits)

Examines topics of current interest such as death and dying, rights of children, and philosophical controversies in modern physics. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 393: Humanities College to Career (1 Credits)

Focuses on career choices and effective self-presentation for soon-to-be graduating students with majors in the humanities. Explores how skills typically learned In humanities majors can be leveraged for a successful transition to post-graduation employment. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in PHIL

PHIL 411: Theories of Decision (3 Credits)

Examines from a philosophical perspective descriptive and normative theories of individual decision, with particular focus on the strengths and weaknesses of theories of rational choice, and attempts to incorporate insights from psychology into theories of decision. Explores theoretical developments and a variety of applications. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 421: Seminar (3 Credits)

Explores topics in current philosophical research in a seminar format. Topics vary. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 422: Honors Seminar (3 Credits)

Seminar for students enrolled in the honors program in philosophy. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Rose M Cherubin — Thompson Hall L004

PHIL 460: Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (3 Credits)

Covers issues in the philosophy, economics, and political science of institutions, information, and collective action. Through case studies of existing legal and political institutions, applies the insights to problems in politics, policy making, social-choice theory, and social, moral, and political philosophy. (Specific content varies). Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in PHIL

PHIL 327: Contemporary Western Political Theory (3 Credits)

Exploration through lecture and discussion of recent developments in the Western tradition of political thought from the middle of the 19th century to today. Different sections focus on one or another of the various political theories that have been influential during this period such as liberal, libertarian, conservative, communitarian, Marxist, feminist, and postmodern thought. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 391: Special Topics in Philosophy (1-3 Credits)

Examines topics of current interest such as death and dying, rights of children, and philosophical controversies in modern physics. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 422: Honors Seminar (3 Credits)

Seminar for students enrolled in the honors program in philosophy. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Rose M Cherubin — Thompson Hall L004

Graduate

600-Level Courses in PHIL

PHIL 642: Biomedical Ethics (3 Credits)

Explores the application of ethical theories and principles to issues in contemporary health care. Cases central to the development of the field will be examined. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Andrew H Peterson — West Building 1007

PHIL 681: Ancient Philosophical Figures (3 Credits)

Examines major philosophical authors of crucial philosophical texts and their influence on philosophical thought. Topics may cover Plato, Aristotle, or the pre-Socratic philosophers. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in PHIL

PHIL 721: Advanced Seminar in Philosophy (3 Credits)

Close study of selected topics in current philosophical discourse. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in PHIL

PHIL 603: Aristotle: Selected Works (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Close study of Aristotle's work and its place and future in history of philosophy. Topics vary by semester and include Aristotle's metaphysics, natural sciences, ethics, political thought, logic, epistemology, and psychology.

PHIL 617: Movements and Issues in the History of Political Philosophy (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Explores themes, movements, and periods in the history of political theory.

PHIL 681: Ancient Philosophical Figures (3 Credits)

Examines major philosophical authors of crucial philosophical texts and their influence on philosophical thought. Topics may cover Plato, Aristotle, or the pre-Socratic philosophers. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 682: Early Modern Philosophical Figures (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Examines major philosophical authors of the early modern period and their influence on philosophical thought.

PHIL 683: Contemporary Philosophical Figures (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Examines major recent philosophical authors and their influence on philosophical thought.

PHIL 694: Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Topics vary.

PHIL 721: Advanced Seminar in Philosophy (3 Credits)

Close study of selected topics in current philosophical discourse. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 733: Current Issues in Cognitive Science (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Examines current areas of investigation in cognitive science and philosophy of mind such as nature of consciousness, and representational and connectionist theories of mind.