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Philosophy Courses

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PHIL-150  Fundamentals of Philosophy
Philosophic ideas and problems at the root of human culture. Major Western views of self, conduct, and meaning. Offered every year. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-160  Philosophy East & West (also Listed As RELS 160)
Comparative introductory study of major philosophical traditions of east and west: ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion. 4 credits. Offered every year. (UQ or GP)

PHIL-170  Critical Thinking
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. 4 credits.

PHIL-180  Moral Problems
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. 4 credits. (UQ or US)

PHIL-190  Logic
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. Offered spring of odd-numbered years. 4 credits. (QR)

PHIL-210  Sport, Philosophy and Society (also Listed As SOAN 210)
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. Offered fall of even-numbered years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-215  Bioethics
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. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-220  Dinosaur Philosophy
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 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-230  Ancient Philosophy
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. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-245  Aesthetics
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. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ or CS)

PHIL-270  Philosophy of Education
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. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ or US)

PHIL-280  Philosophy & Literature
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. Offered in alternative years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-285  Philosophy of Science
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. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-306  Environmental Ethics
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. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-320  Ethical Theory
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. Prerequisite: one previous philosophy course or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-340  Natural History
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. Prerequisite: One previous philosophy or biology course, or consent of instructor. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-350  Modern Philosophy
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. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-360  Philosophy of Law
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. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-365  Social & Political Philosophy
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. Offered fall in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-370  20th Century Philosophy
Historical survey of twentieth-century philosophy, including pragmatism, positivism, ordinary language philosophy, process philosophy, and post-modern philosophy. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-375  Comparative Philosophy: Asian Thought
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. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)

PHIL-380  Existentialism
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. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-430  Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
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. Prerequisite: at least one lower level philosophy class or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-439  Peer Instruction
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. 1-4 credits. (S/U) (EL)

PHIL-460  American Philosophy
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. Prerequisite: at least one lower-level philosophy course or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ or US)

PHIL-470  Philosophy of Mind
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. Prerequisite: at least one lower-level philosophy class or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years. 4 credits. (UQ)

PHIL-480  Independent Study
Program of directed tutorial reading on some topic or problem of special interest to the student. 1-5 credits.

PHIL-487  Internship
Individualized learning in applied philosophy through work in an approved business, government agency, or community organization. Prerequisite: junior standing or higher, and consent of instructor. 3-4 credits. (EL)

PHIL-490  Research/Thesis
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. Offered every fall. 4 credits. (MWI)

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