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Philosophy

Spring 2017 Courses

PHIL 101: Logic 
Joel Martinez TTH 9:40am - 11:10am
Colin Patrick MWF 1:50pm - 2:50pm

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
John Fritzman MWF 9:10am - 10:10am

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 203: Philosophy of Art and Beauty
Jay Odenbaugh TTH 1:50pm - 3:20pm

Theorizing about art. Puzzles in art that suggest the need to theorize; traditional discussions of art in Plato and Aristotle and critiques of them
(Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Collingwood); critical perspectives on these discussions (Danto). Specific discussions of individual arts: literature, drama, film, music, dance, the plastic arts

Prerequisites: None 

PHIL 207: Indian Philosophy
J.M. Fritzman MWF 12:40pm - 1:40pm 

Survey of India’s classical philosophies as well as introductions to the Vedas, the Upanishads, Carvaka, Jainism, Buddhism, and recent Indian
philosophers.

 Prerequisites: None. 

PHIL 215: Philosophy and the Environment 
Jay Odenbaugh MWF 9:40am - 11:10am

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

Prerequisites: None

PHIL 307: Recent Continental Philosophy
J.M. Fritzman MWF 1:50pm - 2:50pm

Key movements such as psychoanalysis, phenomenology, hermeneutics and existentialism, structuralism, Marxism, poststructuralism and
deconstruction, critical theory.

Prerequisites: 

Any 100- or 200-level philosophy course. Sophomore standing required.

PHIL 312: Philosophy of Language
Dr. Rebecca Copenhaver TTh 9:40am - 11:10am

Philosophical issues concerning truth, meaning, and language in the writings of 20th century thinkers such as Frege, Russell, Grice, Putnam,
Quine, Searle, Kripke.

Prerequisites: PHIL 101. PHIL 250. PHIL 102 or one course in the history of
philosophy sequence (PHIL 301 through PHIL 307) recommended.

PHIL 314: Ethical Theory 
Joel Martinez MWF 11:30am - 12:30pm

The main systematic approaches to issues in moral philosophy. Meta-ethics: meaning of moral terms, relativism, subjectivism, ethics and science,
social contract theory. Normative ethics: deontological duties, utilitarianism, virtue and character, egoism, rights, natural law, justice, blameworthiness, excuses.

Prerequisites: PHIL 102 or PHIL 103. PHIL 250. Sophomore standing required

PHIL 451: Socrates 
Dr. Nicholas D. Smith M 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Advanced study of movements and philosophers discussed in 300-level history of philosophy courses. May be repeated with change of topic.Prerequisites: PHIL 102 or PHIL 103. PHIL 250. Sophomore standing required

Prerequisites: PHIL 101. PHIL 250. One 300-level philosophy course or
consent of instructor. Sophomore standing required

PHIL 452: Ethics Science/Happiness 
Joel Martinez TTH 11:30am - 1:00pm

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. May be repeated with change of topic.

Prerequisites:  PHIL 101. PHIL 250. One 300-level philosophy course or
consent of instructor. Sophomore standing required.

 

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