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PHIL 111. Multicultural Philosophy (Diversity)

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Reality, knowledge, and value, from the perspectives of various African, Arabic, European, East Asian, South Asian and/or Native American cultures.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS| GOAL AREA 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES


PHIL 112. Philosophical Explorations

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Basic issues in philosophy: theory of knowledge, human nature, morality, political systems, religious thought, the meaning of life, etc. Individual sections may focus on particular topics.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS


PHIL 194. Critical Reasoning

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Reasoning about human values, human knowledge and our place in the scheme of things. Conceptual analysis, identifying and analyzing arguments, and recognizing fallacious reasoning.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 2: CRITICAL REASONING


PHIL 211. Philosophy and Feminism (Diversity)

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The ways in which philosophical and feminist thinking enhance one another. A variety of perspectives, including race, class, and culture.
Semester Offered: Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS| GOAL AREA 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES


PHIL 212. Moral Problems and Theories

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Ethical theories and their application to moral problems such as abortion, euthanasia and animal rights.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS| GOAL AREA 9: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND ETHICS


PHIL 213. Environmental Ethics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Critically evaluate the ethical dimensions of environmental and natural resource issues. Identify moral values in alternative solutions and encourage reasoned defense of proposed actions.
Semester Offered: Fall
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 9: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND ETHICS| GOAL AREA 10: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES


PHIL 221. Philosophy of Religion

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The existence of God, the problem of evil, the nature and justification of religious beliefs, religious diversity and the role of faith, revelation and science.
Semester Offered: Even Fall| Even Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS


PHIL 222. Existentialism

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre on the human subject. Existential phenomenology, knowledge, truth, freedom, personal relations, authenticity and value.
Semester Offered: Odd Fall| Odd Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS


PHIL 251. History of Western Philosophy I

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. The Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic and Roman philosophers, Augustine and Aquinas.
Semester Offered: Fall
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS


PHIL 252. History of Western Philosophy II

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Western Philosophy from the Renaissance, through Descartes and the Rationalists, Hume and the Empiricists, and Kant.
Semester Offered: Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS


PHIL 301. Ethics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The nature of morality. Theories of right action and the good person. The good life, facts and values, relativism, metaethics and relations between morality, religion and social attitudes.
Prerequisites: PHIL 211 - PHIL 252, select one
Semester Offered: Fall


PHIL 302. Metaphysics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The nature of reality. God, the self, matter, mind, substance, modality, universals, free will, time, change, survival, death, and realism vs. anti-realism.
Prerequisites: PHIL 211 - PHIL 252, select one.
Semester Offered: Spring


PHIL 303. Epistemology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The nature, value, and possibility of knowledge and justified belief. Sense perception, the a priori, scepticism, epistemic virtue, foundationalism, coherentism, internalism, externalism and naturalism.
Prerequisites: PHIL 211 - PHIL 252, select one.
Semester Offered: Fall


PHIL 304. Symbolic Logic

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Basic logical concepts: validity, necessity, possibility and consistency. Natural deduction for sentence and predicate logics. Introduction to modal and many-valued logics.
Prerequisites: One of PHIL 211-252
Semester Offered: Spring


PHIL 321. History of Western Philosophy III

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: German Idealism, Schopenhauer, Marxism, Nietzsche, Post-Humean British Empiricism, British Idealism, Pragmatism, Analytic Philosophy.
Prerequisites: One of PHIL 211-252
Semester Offered: Even Fall


PHIL 322. Social/Political Philosophy

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Issues and theoretical frameworks. May include libertarian, feminist, communitarian and liberal social theories, and the work of Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Marx and Arendt.
Prerequisites: One of PHIL 211-252
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


PHIL 323. Aesthetics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The nature and value of art, beauty, creativity, aesthetic experience and critical judgment.
Prerequisites: One of PHIL 211-252
Semester Offered: DEMAND


PHIL 324. Philosophy of Mind

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The nature of conscious intelligence. The relation between the mind and body, artificial intelligence, knowledge of other minds.
Prerequisites: One of PHIL 211-252
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


PHIL 325. Philosophy of Science

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The nature of science. Carnap, Popper, Kuhn and others on scientific explanation, induction, scientific realism, objectivity and relativism.
Prerequisites: One of PHIL 211-252
Semester Offered: Odd Fall


PHIL 326. Philosophy of Language

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Meaning, reference, translation and indeterminacy, the analytic/synthetic distinction, speech act theory and theories of truth.
Prerequisites: One of PHIL 211-252
Semester Offered: Even Spring


PHIL 411. Topics in Philosophy

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Study of a single philosopher, problem or special topic. May be repeated with different topics. Graduate students will complete additional assignments.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring


PHIL 441. Philosophy After Graduation

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Produce a high quality philosophy paper, investigate graduate programs, prepare to integrate philosophy into one's life after graduation.
Prerequisites: Three courses between PHIL 301-304.
Semester Offered: Fall


PHIL 444. Internship

Credits: 1-16 View Details
Description: Internships are offered at the discretion of departments. Course number and number of credits are determined by the departments. Contact departmental offices for further information. 16 credits maximum in any one program.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer


PHIL 451. Seminar

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Advanced study of a single philosopher, problem or special topic in a seminar setting. May be repeated with different topics. Graduate students will complete additional assignments.
Prerequisites: Two courses between PHIL 301-304
Semester Offered: Spring


PHIL 481. Professional Ethics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The concept of a profession and the relationships that constitute professional activity. Confidentiality, privacy, consent, whistle blowing, professional codes of ethics and social responsibility.
Semester Offered: Even Spring


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