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Philosophy Courses

PHIL 203 Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy: Introductory study of the perennial questions of philosophy and the various
methods by which philosophy has tried to answer them. 3 hrs.

PHIL 204 Introductory Logic
Introduction to Logic: A study of the major forms of reasoning: deductive, inductive, and explanatory - used in everyday life, science, and philosophy. Attention will be given to the use of logical techniques in problem-solving. 3 hrs.

PHIL 240 Philosophy Through Film
Philosophy Through Film: This course focuses on philosophical films and the issues that they raise. Included in the course are topics and films such as The Matrix and the philosophy of mind, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the ethics of memory, Momento and personal identity, and The Thin Red Line and phenomenology. 3 hrs.

PHIL 304 Contemporary Western Philosophy
Contemporary Western Philosophy: An investigation of major European and American philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with the existentialist thought of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. The course will explore reactions to enlightenment thought, with emphasis on analytic philosophy and existentialism. Prerequisite: PHIL 203 or consent of the instructor. 3 hrs.

PHIL 305 Medical Ethics
Medical Ethics: An investigation of the major ethical dilemmas arising with the life sciences. The course
intends to assist students to identify, analyze and decide ethical issues in such a way that they can defend their positions to themselves and to others. Some of the issues to be investigated are abortion, death and dying, patient rights and justice in the allocation of medical resources. 3 hrs.

PHIL 320 Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Religion: An investigation of the major philosophical issues involved in religious thought and experience. Topics may vary, but may include the nature of religiouse experience, the existence of God, faith and reason, the problem of evil, and the nature of religious language. (evening only) 3 hrs.

PHIL 325 Environmental Philosophy
Environmental Philosophy: This course examines key issues in environmental philosophy including the
philosophical nature of the environment, environmental ethics (moral obligations to animals and ecosystems), environmental justice, environmental continental philosophy, and environmental aesthetics. Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to critically think about and articulate positions on these issues. 3 hrs.

PHIL 330 Ancient & Medieval Western Philosop
Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy: A historical and conceptual investigation of the major texts of the Pre- Socratics, Plato, Aristotle and selected medieval thinkers, such as Augustine, and Aquinas. Prerequisite: PHIL 203 or consent of the instructor. 3 hrs.

PHIL 334 Modern Political Thought
Modern Political Thought: This course examines and evaluates the challenge to classical, social, and political philosophy posed by such writers as Hobbes in the Leviathan, Madison in selected Federalist papers, Tocqueville in Democracy in America, Mill in On Liberty, and Weber in selections from several works. We consider the differing views of these authors on how best to construct healthy and successful political societies; the proper relation between politics and religion, and between the individual and the community; the nature of our rights; and the proper extent of human liberty and equality. This class is both a study in intellectual history and a foundational course in political theory. Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. 3 hrs.

PHIL 340 Contemporary Moral Issues
Contemporary Moral Issues: This course examines pressing moral issues from an array of perspectives.
Traditional ethical theory (as presented by Aristotle, Mill, Kant, and Rawls) and religious ethical traditions (such as Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian) are used to analyze contemporary issues such as euthanasia, genomica, poverty, environmental ethics, and war. 3 hrs.

PHIL 346 Chinese Philosophy & Religion
Chinese Philosophy and Religion: This course examines the work of China's most important philosophical and religious thinkers: Confucius, Laozi, Mencius, Zhuangzi, Mozi, and HanFeizi. The course includes a study of Daoist religion and Chinese Buddhism. Students will become familiar with and will learn to critically engage the thought of ancient China. Students may elect this course as RELG 346. Prerequisite: PHIL 203 or RELG 210. 3 hrs.

PHIL 349 Topics in Philosophy
Topics in Philosophy: Concentrated study of a particular person, movement or issue in philosophy. Topics as proposed will be chosen by the department and approved by the educational programs and Curriculum Committee to supplement regular offerings and to cover specialized problems. Course may be repeated for credit with different subtitles. Prerequisite: PHIL 203 or consent of the instructor. Repeatable for a total of 12 Hrs. Repeatable for a total of 12 hrs. 3 hrs.

PHIL 350 Directed Study in Philosophy
Directed Studies: Faculty-supervised study of an approved topic in philosophy through selected readings. To be evaluated through a weekly meeting with the instructor and a comprehensive paper. May be repeated once for credit. Open to majors in the junior or senior year, with permission of the department. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 1-3 hrs.

PHIL 400 Major Thinkers & Issues
Major Thinkers and Issues: An examination of major figures in the field, and their views and impacts on current issues in the field. Topics will vary. May be repeated four times with different topics. Open to junior and senior majors, and others by permission of the instructor and chair. This course fulfills the writing-intensive course requirement. Repeatable for a total of 12 hrs. 3 hrs.

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