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Philosophy

Fall 2017 Courses

PHIL 101: Logic
Joel Martinez TTh 9:40-11:10

Analyses of arguments with an emphasis on formal analysis. Propositional and predicate calculus, deductive techniques, and translation into symbolic notation.

Prerequisites: None. 

PHIL 102: Introduction to Philosophy
Colin Patrick TTh 9:40-11:10

Introduction to problems and fields of philosophy through the study of major philosophers’ works and other philosophical texts. Specific content varies with instructor.

Prerequisites: None. 

PHIL 103: Ethics
Joel Martinez TTh 9:40-11:10

Fundamental issues in moral philosophy and their application to contemporary life.

Prerequisites: None. 

PHIL 201: Philosophy of Religion
Colin Patrick MWF 1:50-2:50

Issues in classical and contemporary philosophical examinations of religion such as arguments for the
existence of God, religious experience, religious faith, the problem of evil.

Prerequisites: None. Sophomore standing required. 

PHIL 215: Philosophy and the Environment
Jay Odenbaugh MWF 1:50-2:50

Investigation of philosophical questions about our relationship to the environment. Topics include the value of individual organism, species, ecosystems; the concepts of wildness and wilderness; aesthetics of natural environments; and the relationship between ecological science and environmental policy. 

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 250: Philosophical Methods
Rebecca Copenhaver MWF 11:30-12:30

Some of the main methods, concepts, distinctions, and areas of systematic philosophical inquiry. Including basic tools for argument, such as validity, soundness, probability and thought experiments, basic tools for assessment, such as the rule of excluded middle, category mistakes and conceivability, and basic tools for conceptual distinctions, such as a priori versus a posteriori and analytic versus synthetic. Includes methods, such as the history of philosophy, naturalized philosophy, conceptual analysis, and phenomenology, as well as areas of systemic philosophical approach, such as empiricism, rationalism, naturalism, realism, idealism, internalism, externalism, and nominalism.

Prerequisites: PHIL 101.

PHIL 302: Early Modern Philosophy
Rebecca Copenhaver MWF 9:10-10:10

Development of modern ideas in the historical context of 17th- and 18th-century Europe: reason, mind, perception, nature, the individual, scientific knowledge. Reading, discussing, and writing about the works of Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Reid, Kant.

Prerequisites: Any 100 or 200 level philosophy course.

PHIL 451: Philosophy Study: History of Philosophy: American Pragmatism 
Jay Odenbaugh MWF 10:20-11:20

Advanced study of movements and philosophers discussed in 300-level history of philosophy courses. May be repeated with change of topic.

Prerequisites: PHIL 101, PHIL 250, one 300-level philosophy course.

PHIL 452: Philosophical Studies: Topics in Value Theory: The Politics of Happiness
Joel Martinez TTh 11:30-1:00

Advanced study of classical and current philosophical issues and problems in value theory, including the philosophy of art and beauty, ethics and morality, philosophy of religion, social and political thought, and the philosophy of law. Maybe repeated with change of topic. 

Prerequisites: PHIL 101, PHIL 250, one 300 level philosophy course.

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