Philosophy - PHIL

PHIL F102 Introduction to Philosophy (h)

3 Credits


Survey of philosophers and problems in the Western tradition beginning with the ancient Greeks (Plato, Aristotle) and continuing with medieval (Anselm, Augustine, Aquinas) and modern European thinkers (Descartes, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche). Themes and topics may vary. (3+0)

PHIL F104 Logic and Reasoning (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Principles of deductive and inductive logic and application of the principles to critical thinking in logic and its application. (3+0)

PHIL F108 Critical Thinking (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Examines the difference between science and pseudoscience, making use of the tools of critical thinking to understand what counts as knowledge. Examples are drawn from evolutionary theory, creationism, astronomy, astrology, history, race theory and Holocaust revisionism. Prerequisites: PHIL F102 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PHIL F202 Introduction to Eastern Philosophy (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Basic assumptions, problems and systems of the major philosophical traditions of the Far East. Prerequisites: PHIL F102 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PHIL F322X Ethics (h)

3 Credits


"Ethic,"--from the Greek "ethos" meaning character, custom, usage--is the study of value distinctions. Examination of the nature of value judgments--their historical origins and philosophical assumptions--and exploration of the application of value distinctions to contemporary social, religious and scientific/technical Prerequisites: Placement in ENGL F111X or higher; junior standing; or permission of instructor. Recommended but not required: Two courses in the Perspectives on the Human Condition baccalaureate core. (3+0)

PHIL F341 O Theories of Knowledge (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

The nature of knowledge, truth and certainty. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; PHIL F102. (3+0)

PHIL F342 Theories of Reality (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Theories of reality and their relationship to science, philosophy and religion. Prerequisites: PHIL F102. (3+0)

PHIL F351 History of Ancient Greek Philosophy (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Review of the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle; minor attention to Presocratics. Prerequisites: PHIL F102 or its equivalent. (3+0)

PHIL F352 History of Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Review of continental rationalist and British empiricist thought, 17th-19th centuries. Prerequisites: PHIL F102 or its equivalent. Recommended: PHIL F351 strongly recommended. (3+0)

PHIL F353 Survey of Buddhist Thought (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Survey of the major themes and schools of Buddhist thought. Emphasis on the interactions with surrounding cultures and competing philosophical systems. Includes modern developments in India, China, Japan, Tibet and other parts of Asia. Prerequisites: Upper class standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PHIL F361 Philosophy in Literature (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Examination of philosophical issues in literary works. Topics include the nature of free will, the effects of choice in building a character, the desirable (and undesirable) ways of confronting morality, and the nature of evil. Topics and readings vary. (3+0)

PHIL F363 W Philosophy of Religion (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to topics such as arguments for the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, the relation of faith and reason, religious language and the connection of religion to the meaning of life. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor. Recommended: PHIL F102 and upper-division status. (3+0)

PHIL F381 Topics in Logics (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

An advanced explanation of problems, philosophies and approaches in logics, including classical, symbolic and comparative logics. Prerequisites: PHIL F104 or its equivalent and permission of instructor. (3+0)

PHIL F402 W Biomedical and Research Ethics (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall

Issues in biomedical ethics. Topics will vary but include discussion of moral principles and problems of research ethics and medical ethics, such as: animal and human experimentation; data management; informed consent; therapeutic and non-therapeutic research; physician/patient relationship; autonomy; assisted reproductive technologies; euthanasia; organ transplantation; and allocation of scarce medical resources. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; junior or senior standing; a course in philosophy, science, or nursing; permission of instructor. Recommended: A course in philosophy, science or nursing. Cross-listed with BIOL F402. (3+0)

PHIL F411 W,O Classical Political Theory (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Political ideas from ancient Greece, Rome, and the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Theories of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine and Aquinas. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PHIL F102; PS F101; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PS F411. (3+0)

PHIL F412 W Modern Political Theory (s)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

Political ideas from the Renaissance to the modern world. Theories of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Marx and Lenin. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PHIL F102; PS F101; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PS F412. (3+0)

PHIL F421 Aesthetics (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

The nature of aesthetic experience in poetry, music, painting, sculpture, architecture and other arts; studies in relation to artistic production and the role of art in society. Prerequisites: Junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. Recommended: PHIL F102 or HUM F201X. (3+0)

PHIL F436 Ethical Theory (h)

3 Credits


Major ethical theories. Includes virtue theory, social contract theory, deontology and utilitarianism with major arguments for and against. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PHIL F471 Contemporary Philosophical Problems (h)

3 Credits
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Ideological issues facing the modern world. Prerequisites: PHIL F351; PHIL F352; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

PHIL F472 Ethics in International Affairs (h)

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Examination of questions including: What is in the interest of the nation-state according to the logic of statecraft? How does the national interest relate to broader human interest? How does morality relate to the international legal order? Examination is through theory and case studies. Prerequisites: PHIL F322X or equivalent or PS F321; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PS F472. (3+0)

PHIL F481 Philosophy of Science (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Comparison and discussion of various contemporary methodological positions. Prerequisites: Junior standing. (3+0)

PHIL F487 Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Analysis of some of the main models which explain evolutionary change, followed by consideration of the practical implications these models have on the study of biological phenomena in general. Cross-listed with BIOL F487. (3+0)

PHIL F499 W BA Thesis in Philosophy (h)

3 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Writing the senior thesis in philosophy. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; or permission of instructor. (1+2)

PHIL F687 Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology

3 Credits
Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Analysis of some of the main models which explain evolutionary change, followed by consideration of the practical implications these models have on the study of biological phenomena in general. Cross-listed with BIOL F687. (3+0)