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PHIL-150  Fundamentals of Philosophy

Philosophic ideas and problems at the root ofıhuman culture. Major Western views of self,ıconduct, and meaning.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-160  Philosophy East & West (also -listed As RELS 160)

Comparative introductory study of majorıphilosophical traditions of east and west: ethics,ımetaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion.ı4 credits (UQ or GP)

PHIL-170  Critical Thinking

Introduction to logical and inductive reasoningıemphasizing arguments in everyday contexts. Commonıinformal fallacies and their relation to debatesıabout current events and prominent philosophicalıarguments. Topics including emotive and ambiguousılanguage, causation, common statistical mistakes,ıand how to read polls.ıOffered spring of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits

PHIL-180  Moral Problems

General introduction to Western ethical philosophyıwith a focus on the application of ethical theoryıto contemporary moral issues. Through anıexamination of classic and contemporary readingsıstudents will gain a working familiarity withıcentral theories, issues, and moral dilemmas inıethics. Some comparative work in Non-westernıand/or divergent U.S. ethical traditions. Issuesıin both normative and metaethics will be examined,ıincluding: the problems of relativism andıskepticism; the nature and limits of moralıobligations to others; religion and ethics; andıethical analysis applied to social and politicalıissues relevant to the 21st century in U.S. life.ı4 credits (UQ or US)

PHIL-190  Logic

Introduction to categorical logic,ıtruth-functional logic, quantificational logic,ıinduction, and the classification of logicalıfallacies. Includes translation of arguments inıordinary language into their logical equivalentsıas well as some study of the properties of logicalısystems.ıOffered spring of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (QR)

PHIL-210  Sport, Philosophy and Society (also Listed As SOAN 210)

Examination of sport from philosophical andısociological perspectives. Topics may includeımetaphysics of sports and games, sports andıtechnology, human embodiment and sports, issues ofırace, gender, and politics, unique ethicalıproblems of sports (e.g. doping), sport andısociety, the connections between art, aesthetics,ıand sport, or the relation between sport, culture,ıand life. Readings from classical and contemporaryısources.ıOffered fall of even-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-215  Bioethics

Case studies and primary source readingsıhighlighting central theories, issues, andıproblems in bioethics, generally, and biomedicalıethics, specifically. Bioethical concernsıincluding the right to live and die, paternalismıversus autonomy and the patient's bill of rights,ıbiomedical experimentation and research,ıreproductive technologies, social andıinstitutional justice, and healthcare duties,ıresponsibilities, and relationships. Bothınormative ethics and metaethics considered.ıOffered spring of even-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-230  Ancient Philosophy

Historical survey of ancient Western philosophyıfrom Presocratics to the Neoplatonism of Plotinusı(6th Century BCE to 6th Century CE). Study ofıselected primary source readings to examineıfoundational Western questions and conceptionsıabout the nature of being, the nature and limitsıof knowledge, and the nature and origin ofıpolitics and morality.ıOffered fall of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-245  Aesthetics

Survey of aesthetic theories that engages issuesısuch as definition of art, relationship betweenıart and truth, role of expression, nature ofıaesthetic experience, artistic creation, relevanceıof beauty, autonomy of art, women and art, andınon-Western conceptions of art. Selections fromıclassical and contemporary aestheticians mayıinclude figures such as Plato, Kant, Hume,ıNietzsche, Danto, Dewey Margolis, Weitz, besidesıothers.ıOffered fall of even-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ or CS)

PHIL-270  Philosophy of Education

Examination of educational philosophies operativeıin and/or relevant to the U.S. educationalıtradition. Designed to bring into focus the oftenıunexamined ways in which educational goals,ıpolicies, procedures, methods, etc. are foundedıupon particular conceptions of the nature,ıpurpose, and interrelations of human beings.ıPrimary source readings are utilized to criticallyıinterrogate selected educational theories,ıpractices, and outcomes through an examination ofıthe philosophical and cultural assumptions andıpractices of their respective theorists andıpractitioners.ıOffered spring semester of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ or US)

PHIL-280  Philosophy & Literature

Examination of imaginative literature as a vehicleıfor philosophy, examining those philosophicalıproblems best suited to literary expression.ıVariable content where philosophical and criticalıpieces work in conjunction with works ranging fromınovels and short stories to plays or poems.ıConsiders such issues as truth and literature,ıinterpretation, authorship, ontology of fictionalıcharacters, and the definition of literature.ıOffered spring of even-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-285  Philosophy of Science

Introduction to philosophy of science, includingısuch topics as verification and falsification ofıtheories, laws in nature, objectivity,ıimpartiality, theory versus description, and valueıcommitments of scientists outside the framework ofıscientific explanation.ıOffered fall of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-306  Environmental Ethics

Moral and aesthetic readings applied to questionsıof value about land, air, water, and non-humanıspecies. Particular attention to issuesısurrounding human disruption of ecosystems.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-320  Ethical Theory

Study of systematic approaches to moral philosophyıfrom virtue ethics to deontology to utilitarianismıto human rights theory. Considers both theınormative conclusions of ethical theory and theımetaphysical basis for those conclusions.ıPrerequisite: one previous philosophy course orıconsent of instructor.ıOffered fall of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-350  Modern Philosophy

Historical survey of modern philosophy,ıemphasizing but not limited to rationalism andıempiricism. Primary readings including keyırepresentatives such as Descartes, Spinoza,ıLeibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, and/orıothers.ıOffered spring of even-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-360  Philosophy of Law

Examination of moral dimension of legal reasoningı(jurisprudence), with consideration of such topicsıas natural law, legal positivism, jurisprudenceıand the U.S. Constitution, international law, andımoral justification of punishment.ıOffered fall of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-365  Social & Political Philosophy

Examination of major topics in social/moral andıpolitical philosophy, such as: freedom andıliberty, order and revolution, peace and justice,ırights and representation, power and authority,ıindividual and community. Concepts and issues willıbe studied via an examination of selected primaryısource texts, both classical and contemporary.ıOffered fall of even-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-370  20th Century Philosophy

Historical survey of twentieth-century philosophy,ıincluding pragmatism, positivism, ordinaryılanguage philosophy, process philosophy, andıpost-modern philosophy.ıOffered fall of even-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-375  Comparative Philosphy: Asian Thought

Study of philosophical and cultural traditions ofısome area(s) of Asia, as compared with thoseıtraditions in the West, especially the U.S.ıReadings consist of primary and secondary sourcesıin literature of East-West comparative philosophy,ıincluding texts of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism,ıand/or Hinduism.ıOffered Jan Term or spring of even-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ or GP)

PHIL-380  Existentialism

Examination of interrelated movements ofıExistentialism and Phenomenology, beginning withıDostoyevsky or Nietzsche as introduction toıexistentialist themes. Primary source readingsıinclude texts from selection of movements' mostıinfluential thinkers: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche,ıHusserl, Heidegger, Arendt, Sartre, DeBeauvoir,ıand/or Merleau-Ponty. Some analysis and/or readingıof contemporary issues or texts.ıOffered fall of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)ıı

PHIL-430  Contemporary Topics In Philosophy

Senior-level seminar focusing on key issue(s),ıcurrent topic(s), and/or exploring some school(s)ıof thought from the last forty years ofıphilosophical scholarship. Topical contentıvariable, according to discretion and expertise ofıinstructor. May be repeated for credit withıdifferent content.ıPrerequisite: at least one lower level philosophyıclass or consent of instructor.ıOffered spring of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-439  Peer Instruction

Advanced study opportunity for outstandingıstudents to assist faculty members in the class-ıroom. Focus on course content and pedagogy.ıPrerequisites: Application and consent ofıinstructor.ı1-4 credits (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)

PHIL-460  American Philosphy

Examination of the historical emergence and natureıof classical U.S. American Philosophies, includingıPuritanism, Transcendentalism, and Pragmatism,ıwith concentration on American Pragmatism. Primaryısource readings include contemporary Americanıperspectives, including one or more of theıfollowing: Neo-Pragmatist, Native American,ıAfrican American, and/or Latin Americanıperspectives.ıPrerequisite: at least one lower level philosophyıcourse or consent of instructor.ıOffered spring of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ or US)

PHIL-470  Philosophy of Mind

Examination of issues arising when we thinkıphilosophically about the mind, with considerationıof advances in neurosciene, cognitive science, andıartificial intelligence. Questions include: whatıis (the concept of a mind)?, what counts as aıthinking being?, what is consciousness?, could aırobot or computer ever be considered a person?ıTopics include dualism, materialism, the nature ofıconsciousness, the nature of thought, and others.ıPrerequisite: One previous course in philosophy orıconsent of instructor.ıOffered fall of odd-numbered years.ı4 credits (UQ)

PHIL-480  Independent Study

Program of directed tutorial reading on some topicıor problem of special interest to the student.ı1-5 credits

PHIL-487  Internship

Individualized learning in applied philosophyıthrough work in an approved business, governmentıagency, or community organization.ıPrerequisite: junior standing or higer, andıconsent of instructor.ı3-4 credits (EL)

PHIL-490  Senior Research/thesis

Intensive research on a topic of special interestıto the student, culminating in a senior thesis onıan advanced topic in philosophy. Seminar includesıcourse readings, discussions, and presentations,ıalong with research guidance and collaborativeıwriting support. Required of majors in theirısenior year. Minors may enroll with instructor'sıconsent.ıOffered every fall.ı4 credits (MWI)

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