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Philosophy

Philosophy Course Descriptions

PHIL 2010 - Introduction to World Philosophy (3-0-3) An introduction to philosophy through the study of representative texts of major philosophers from Plato to the present, from East and West. Topics addressed include personal identity, the nature of knowledge, the existence of God, happiness, the nature of the external world, the relation of language to the world, meaning, and truth. Critical thinking and communication skills are emphasized. [Note: Learning Support students who are required to take ENGL 0099 and/or READ 0099 must exit the requirement(s) before they can enroll in this course.] Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1101(C) required; ENGL 1102 recommended.

PHIL 2030 - Ethics in Historical and Contemporary Perspective (3-0-3) A course which will examine the central questions of moral philosophy through the reading and discussion of representative texts of major philosophers. It will also examine the application of moral reasoning to contemporary ethical issues and problems in fields such as communications, medicine, business, and the environment. Topics addressed include the meaning of “good” and “bad,” right conduct, happiness and well-being, moral character, and justice. Critical thinking and communication skills are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C).

PHIL 2040 - Introduction to Aesthetics (3-0-3) An introduction to the philosophical questions "What do you mean?" and "How do you know?" in the realm of aesthetics, most particularly in the arts. Through readings and discussions of representative philosophical texts and with close attention to aesthetic objects themselves, questions such as the following will be examined: What is artistic expression? What do works of art mean? Is there a general definition of art? What makes a work of art good? Critical thinking and communication skills are emphasized. [Note: Learning Support students who are required to take ENGL 0099 and/or READ 0099 must exit the requirement(s) before they can enroll in this course.] 

PHIL 3200 - Ancient Philosophy (3-0-3) The course studies philosophical literature of the eighth century B.C.E. throughout the third century C.E., including Pre-Socratic thought, Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Skepticism, with special emphasis on Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Completion of CRIT 1101 and Area C recommended. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C). [Offered once per year in the Fall Semester]

PHIL 3400 - Medieval Philosophy (3-0-3) The course studies philosophical literature of the third through fourteenth centuries B.C.E., including Porphyry, Boethius, Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury, Peter Abelard, Thomas Aquinas, Henry of Ghent, John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, and John Buridan. Completion of CRIT 1101 and Area C recommended. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C). [Offered once per year in the Spring Semester]

PHIL 3600 - Modern Philosophy (3-0-3) The course studies philosophical literature of the 16th throughout the 18th centuries, through careful examination of, and critical engagement with, such figures as Hobbes, Descartes, Pascal, Locke, Leibniz, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume and Kant. Recommend completion of Area C and CRIT 1101. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C). [This course is only offered every other year, during the Spring semester of even numbered years]

PHIL 3800 - Contemporary Philosophy (3-0-3) An examination of works of major thinkers of the 20th century. Philosophers to be studied include Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone De Beauvoir, from Germany and France, and C.S. Peirce and John Dewey, from the U.S. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C). [Offered once per year in the Spring Semester]

PHIL 4200 - Philosophy of Religion (3-0-3) This course studies world literature on the philosophy of religion. Topics include proofs of God's existence, science and religion, the problem of evil, reason and religion experience, religious pluralism, free will, and life after death. Completion of CRIT 1101 and Area C recommended. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C).

PHIL 4400 - Philosophy of Culture (3-0-3) A topical or thematic approach to the study of the networks of relationship between philosophical ideas and the social structures in which those ideas arise and are interpreted, considering both historical and contemporary perspectives. Critical thinking and communication skills are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C). 

PHIL 4600 - Logic and Philosophy (3-0-3) The course studies propositional and predicate logic against a backdrop of literature on the philosophy of logic. Recommend completion of Area C. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and CRIT 1101.

PHIL 4900 - Directed Study in Philosophy (3-0-3) The student, with the advice and permission of the directing professor, selects the topic and submits a prospectus for department approval before the semester in which the course is to be taken. Prerequisite(s): Departmental Approval.

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