Philosophy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Philosophy Spring 2018

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 003 — Justin D Evans — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 126
  • Section 001 — Erikk M Geannikis — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Lecture Hall 3
  • Section 002 — Rose M Cherubin — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Lecture Hall 2

PHIL 112: Ethics and the Cybersociety (1 credit. 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. May not be repeated for credit.
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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002: What is Art? — Kurt Brandhorst — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 224

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. May not be repeated for credit.
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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Andrew Light — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall) D003

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Literature
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHIL or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Thomas Wilk — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Robinson A250

PHIL 333: American Philosophy: Pragmatism (3 Credits)

Examines the philosophical movement of American Pragmatism, with emphasis on its origin in the late nineteenth century. Figures covered include Peirce, James, Dewey, and Mead. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of philosophy, or permission of the instructor.
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PHIL 336: Twentieth-Century Continental Thought: Existentialism (3 Credits)

Examination of existential philosophy from its 19th-century origins to its 20th-century expressions. Philosophers studied include Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, De Beauvoir, and Buber. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHIL or permission of instructor.
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PHIL 358: Ethics and Economics (3 Credits)

Examines issues at the intersection of ethics and economics. Looks at the different ways in which ethics and economics impact each other. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits in philosophy or permission of the instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Derek William Boyd — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Robinson A101

PHIL 374: Philosophy of Mind (3 Credits)

Investigation of such theories as dualism, behaviorism, and materialism as they pertain to some of the central philosophical questions about mind. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of philosophy, or permission of instructor.
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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Andrew H Peterson — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Robinson A105

PHIL 393: Humanities College to Career (1 credit. 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. Equivalent to ENGH 303, FRLN 309, HIST 385.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Lisa Koch — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM W — Robinson B111

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Two previous courses in either Philosophy, Psychology, or Economics.
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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Thomas Wilk — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Robinson A105

PHIL 421: Seminar (3 Credits)

Explores topics in current philosophical research in a seminar format. Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 18 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: Nine credits in philosophy.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

PHIL 422: Honors Seminar (3 Credits)

Seminar for students enrolled in the honors program in philosophy. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: 9 credits in philosophy and acceptance to the honors program in philosophy.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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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). Notes: Serves as the capstone course for the PPE program. Equivalent to ECON 460, GOVT 469.
Recommended Prerequisite: PHIL 358 and ECON 412 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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Topics in PHIL

PHIL 422: Honors Seminar (3 Credits)

Seminar for students enrolled in the honors program in philosophy. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: 9 credits in philosophy and acceptance to the honors program in philosophy.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

600-Level Courses in PHIL

PHIL 683: Contemporary Philosophical Figures (3 Credits)

Examines major recent philosophical authors, texts, and topics, and their influence on philosophical thought. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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PHIL 694: Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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700-Level Courses in PHIL

PHIL 721: Advanced Seminar in Philosophy (3 Credits)

Close study of selected topics in current philosophical discourse. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in PHIL

PHIL 422: Honors Seminar (3 Credits)

Seminar for students enrolled in the honors program in philosophy. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 18 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: 9 credits in philosophy and acceptance to the honors program in philosophy.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled