Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 150 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHILOSOPHY (4 credits)

Philosophic ideas and problems at the root of human culture. Major Western views of self, conduct, and meaning.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 160 PHILOSOPHY EAST & WEST (ALSO LISTED AS RELS 160) (4 credits)

Comparative introductory study of major philosophical traditions of east and west: ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion.

(GLOBAL PLURALISM, ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 170 CRITICAL REASONING (4 credits)

Introduction to logical and inductive reasoning emphasizing arguments in everyday contexts. Common informal fallacies and their relation to debates about current events and prominent philosophical arguments. Topics including emotive and ambiguous language, causation, common statistical mistakes, and how to read polls.

PHIL 180 MORAL PROBLEMS (4 credits)

General introduction to Western ethical philosophy with a focus on the application of ethical theory to contemporary moral issues. Examination of classic and contemporary readings to gain working familiarity with central theories, issues, and moral dilemmas in ethics. Some comparative work in Non-western and/or divergent U.S. ethical traditions. Examination of issues in both normative and metaethics, including: the problems of relativism and skepticism; the nature and limits of moral obligations to others; religion and ethics; and ethical analysis applied to social and political issues relevant to the 21st century in U.S. life.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS, U.S. PLURALISM)

PHIL 185 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (4 credits)

Introduction to philosophy of science, including such topics as verification and falsification of theories, laws in nature, objectivity, impartiality, theory versus description, and value commitments of scientists outside the framework of scientific explanation.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 190 LOGIC (4 credits)

Introduction to categorical logic, truth-functional logic, quantificational logic, induction, and the classification of logical fallacies. Includes translation of arguments in ordinary language into their logical equivalents as well as some study of the properties of logical systems.

(QUANTITATIVE REASONING)

PHIL 198 SPECIAL TOPICS: JAN TERM TRAVEL (4 credits)

Topics vary according to faculty availability and interest. Recent courses include Environmental Ethics in the Galapagos and Comparative Philosophy: Asian Thought in China. Offered only as student interest and university resources permit. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Prerequisites: IDST 098 previous fall and at least one philosophy course or consent of instructor.

PHIL 210 SPORT, PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIETY (ALSO LISTED AS SOAN 210) (4 credits)

Examination of sport from philosophical and sociological perspectives. Topics may include metaphysics of sports and games, sports and technology, human embodiment and sports, issues of race, gender, and politics, unique ethical problems of sports (e.g. doping), sport and society, the connections between art, aesthetics, and sport, or the relation between sport, culture, and life. Readings from classical and contemporary sources.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 215 BIOETHICS (4 credits)

Case studies and primary source readings highlighting central theories, issues, and problems in bioethics, generally, and biomedical ethics, specifically. Bioethical concerns including the right to live and die, paternalism versus autonomy and the patient's bill of rights, biomedical experimentation and research, reproductive technologies, social and institutional justice, and healthcare duties, responsibilities, and relationships. Both normative ethics and metaethics considered.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 220 DINOSAUR PHILOSOPHY (4 credits)

Introduction to contemporary philosophical themes through the study of dinosaurs. Questions addressed will include: What is a dinosaur? What did dinosaurs look like? How did the major dinosaur groups go extinct? Can dinosaurs be resurrected?

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 230 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY (4 credits)

Historical survey of ancient Western philosophy from Presocratics to the Neoplatonism of Plotinus (6th Century BCE to 6th Century CE). Study of selected primary source readings to examine foundational Western questions and conceptions about the nature of being, the nature and limits of knowledge, and the nature and origin of politics and morality.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 245 AESTHETICS (4 credits)

Survey of aesthetic theories that engages issues such as definition of art, relationship between art and truth, role of expression, nature of aesthetic experience, artistic creation, relevance of beauty, autonomy of art, women and art, and non-Western conceptions of art. Selections from classical and contemporary aestheticians may include figures such as Plato, Kant, Hume, Nietzsche, Danto, Dewey, Margolis, Weitz, besides others.

(CREATIVE STUDIES, ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 270 PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION (4 credits)

Examination of educational philosophies operative in and/or relevant to the U.S. educational tradition. Designed to bring into focus the often unexamined ways in which educational goals, policies, procedures, methods, etc. are founded upon particular conceptions of the nature, purpose, and interrelations of human beings. Primary source readings are utilized to critically interrogate selected educational theories, practices, and outcomes through an examination of the philosophical and cultural assumptions and practices of their respective theorists and practitioners.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS, U.S. PLURALISM)

PHIL 280 PHILOSOPHY & LITERATURE (4 credits)

Examination of imaginative literature as a vehicle for philosophy, examining those philosophical problems best suited to literary expression. Variable content where philosophical and critical pieces work in conjunction with works ranging from novels and short stories to plays or poems. Considers such issues as truth and literature, interpretation, authorship, ontology of fictional characters, and the definition of literature.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 298 SPECIAL TOPICS: JAN TERM TRAVEL (4 credits)

Topics vary according to faculty availability and interest. Recent courses include Environmental Ethics in the Galapagos and Comparative Philosophy: Asian Thought in China. Offered only as student interest and university resources permit. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Prerequisites: IDST 098 previous fall and at least one philosophy course or consent of instructor.

PHIL 306 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (4 credits)

Moral and aesthetic readings applied to questions of value about land, air, water, and non-human species. Particular attention to issues surrounding human disruption of ecosystems.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 320 ETHICAL THEORY (4 credits)

Study of systematic approaches to moral philosophy from virtue ethics to deontology to utilitarianism to human rights theory. Considers both the normative conclusions of ethical theory and the metaphysical basis for those conclusions.

Prerequisites: One previous philosphy course or instructor consent.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 340 PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY (4 credits)

Study of historical and theoretical trends in philosophy of biology. Discussion emphasizes contemporary work, but includes historical context provided by important figures such as Aristotle, Linnaeus, Darwin. Topics include natural selection and intelligent design, extinction and evolutionary transitions, species realism and taxonomy, "selfish gene" theory, and the naturalization of ethics.

Prerequisites: One previous philosophy or biology course, or consent of instructor.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 350 MODERN PHILOSOPHY (4 credits)

Historical survey of modern philosophy, emphasizing but not limited to rationalism and empiricism. Primary readings including key representatives such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, and/or others.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 360 PHILOSOPHY OF LAW (4 credits)

Examination of moral dimension of legal reasoning (jurisprudence), with consideration of such topics as natural law, legal positivism, jurisprudence and the U.S. Constitution, international law, and moral justification of punishment. Offered at department's discretion.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 365 SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (4 credits)

Examination of major topics in social/moral and political philosophy, such as: freedom and liberty, order and revolution, peace and justice, rights and representation, power and authority, individual and community. Concepts and issues will be studied via an examination of selected primary source texts, both classical and contemporary.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 370 20TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY (4 credits)

Historical survey of twentieth-century philosophy, including pragmatism, positivism, ordinary language philosophy, process philosophy, and post-modern philosophy.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 375 COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY: ASIAN THOUGHT (4 credits)

Study of philosophical and cultural traditions of some area(s) of Asia, as compared with those traditions in the West, especially the U.S. Readings consist of primary and secondary sources in literature of East-West comparative philosophy, including texts of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and/or Hinduism.

(GLOBAL PLURALISM, ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 380 EXISTENTIALISM (4 credits)

Examination of interrelated movements of Existentialism and Phenomenology, beginning with Dostoyevsky or Nietzsche as introduction to existentialist themes. Primary source readings include texts from selection of movements' most influential thinkers: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, Sartre, DeBeauvoir, and/or Merleau-Ponty. Some analysis and/or reading of contemporary issues or texts.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 398 SPECIAL TOPICS: JAN TERM TRAVEL (4 credits)

Topics vary according to faculty availability and interest. Recent courses include Environmental Ethics in the Galapagos and Comparative Philosophy: Asian Thought in China. Offered only as student interest and university resources permit. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Prerequisites: IDST 098 previous fall and at least one philosophy course or consent of instructor.

PHIL 430 TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY (4 credits)

Senior-level seminar focusing on key issue(s), current topic(s), and/or exploring some school(s) of thought from the last forty years of philosophical scholarship. Topical content variable, according to discretion and expertise of instructor. May be repeated for credit with different content.

Prerequisites: At least one lower-level philosophy class or consent of instructor.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 439 PEER INSTRUCTION (1-4 credits)

Advanced study opportunity for outstanding students to assist faculty members in the class- room. Focus on course content and pedagogy.

Prerequisites: Application and consent of instructor.

(EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING)

PHIL 452 PROBLEMS IN HEALTH CARE ETHICS SEMINAR (1 credit)

Case study on-line discussion of major health care ethical issues. Discussions facilitated by experts with clinical ethics consultation experience. Interaction with students taking PHIL 451 (Problems in Health Care Ethics).

PHIL 460 AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY (4 credits)

Examination of the historical emergence and nature of classical U.S. American Philosophies, including Puritanism, Transcendentalism, and Pragmatism, with concentration on American Pragmatism. Primary source readings include contemporary American perspectives, including one or more of the following: Neo-Pragmatist, Native American, African American, and/or Latin American perspectives.

Prerequisites: At least one lower-level philosophy course or consent of instructor.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS, U.S. PLURALISM)

PHIL 470 PHILOSOPHY OF MIND (4 credits)

Examination of issues arising when we think philosophically about the mind, with consideration of advances in neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. Questions include: what is mind?, what counts as a thinking being?, what is consciousness?, could a robot or computer ever be considered a person? Topics include dualism, materialism, the nature of consciousness, the nature of thought, and others.

Prerequisites: At least one lower-level philosophy course or consent of instructor.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

PHIL 480 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-5 credits)

Program of directed tutorial reading on some topic or problem of special interest to the student.

PHIL 487 INTERNSHIP (3-4 credits)

Individualized learning in applied philosophy through work in an approved business, government agency, or community organization.

Prerequisites: Junior standing or higher, and consent of instructor.

(EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING)

PHIL 490 RESEARCH/THESIS (4 credits)

Intensive research on a topic of special interest to the student, culminating in a senior thesis on an advanced topic in philosophy. Seminar includes course readings, discussions, and presentations, along with research guidance and collaborative writing support. Required of majors in their senior year. Minors may enroll with instructor consent.

(MAJOR WRITING INTENSIVE)

PHIL 498 SPECIAL TOPICS: JAN TERM TRAVEL (4 credits)

Topics vary according to faculty availability and interest. Recent courses include Environmental Ethics in the Galapagos and Comparative Philosophy: Asian Thought in China. Offered only as student interest and university resources permit. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Prerequisites: IDST 098 previous fall and at least one philosophy course or consent of instructor.