Philosophy Courses

Philosophy (PHIL)
CO = Co-requisite ● POI = Permission of Instructor ● PR = Prerequisite ● RE = Recommended ● XL = Cross-listed

203 Introduction to Ethics (3) A study of what it means to live a good human life, including reflection on questions of good versus evil, right versus wrong, and virtue versus vice. In the course of our study, we will explore ethical questions that confront us as individuals, as members of society at large, and as members of more specific communities. (Spring)

205 Logic (3) A study of how to analyze, evaluate, and present arguments. The class will examine arguments in many fields, including law, science, economics, politics, religion, and philosophy. The class will also pay attention to the most effective ways to present arguments. (Fall)

207 Introduction to Philosophy (3) Philosophy begins with questions. What is good? What is true? What is beautiful? In this historical introduction to Western philosophy, we will explore works by five key thinkers – Plato, Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Kierkegaard – who show us different ways of asking and answering these fundamental questions. Along the way, we will develop skills of careful reading, respectful listening, clear writing, and persuasive speaking. (Fall)

258 Special Topics (1-6) Special topics courses are those that cover subject matter that is not part of the regular curriculum. A special topics course must have the prior approval of the department and the Provost and may be offered twice. Students may enroll in and receive credit for an unlimited number of special topic courses as long as any prerequisites or other requirements are met. See Catalog.

301 Ancient Philosophy (3) A study of the Pre-Socratic Philosophers and the major works of Plato and Aristotle. (Spring, even years)

304 Early Modern Philosophy (3) A survey of European philosophy from Descartes through Kant with special emphasis on epistemology, metaphysics, and questions of religious belief. (Spring, odd years)

314 Professional Ethics (3) A study of the ethical issues related to the practice of various professions, including law, medicine, science, engineering, business, education, and ministry. (Fall, odd years)

315 Medical Ethics (3) An introduction to moral issues in modern health care and to ethical concepts and analytic skills relevant to addressing them. We will focus on classic cases in the development of medical ethics.

316 Business Ethics (3) (XL: BADM 316) A study of ethical issues in business with the aim of strengthening our moral discernment and practical judgment. We will focus on classic and contemporary cases in the ethics of business.

317 Environmental Ethics (3) What matters? Why does it matter? And what should we do about it? This course will survey the challenges that environmental concerns present to traditional ethical theory and practice. In particular, we will explore the relation of human and non-human value as environmental issues (such as global warming and species extinction) intersect with human problems (such as poverty, population growth, and economic development). (Alternate years)

330 Philosophy of Law (3) A survey of philosophical understandings of law, in theory and in practice. Topics of discussion will include the basis of law and legal reasoning, the moral force of law, and theories of rights, responsibilities, and punishment in criminal, civil, constitutional, and international law. (Alternate years)

361 History and Philosophy of Traditional China (3) This course examines the history and philosophy of China from early times through the late-Qing dynasty (1700). Special emphasis will be placed on China’s significant philosophical heritage, including such pivotal philosophers as Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, Chuangzi, Mozi, and Sunzi.

398 Honors Research (3-6)  See Catalog.

442 Directed Study in Philosophy (1-3). (PR: POI and department) Independent reading and/or research in an area of the students special interest. A plan including a statement of the purpose of the study, a bibliography, and the nature of any papers or projects must have prior approval of the instructor and department chairman.

444 Internships (1-6) See Catalog.

446 Readings (1-9) See Catalog.

448 Research (1-9) See Catalog.

450 Seminar (1-9) See Catalog.

452 Special Projects (1-9) See Catalog.

458 Special Topics (1-6) See Catalog.