Courses

Below are philosophy courses for the Spring 2021 semester.

PHIL 101: Logic
Joel Martinez
TTH 9:55-11:25

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

Prerequisites: None. 

PHIL 103: Ethics
Colin Patrick

MWF 10:25-11:25

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

Prerequisites: None. 

PHIL 201: Philosophy of Religion
J.M. Fritzman
MWF 9:10-10:10

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.

PHIL 215: Philosophy and the Environment
Jay Odenbaugh
TTH 9:55-11:25

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 217: Topics: Data, Privacy & Ethics (Topics in Philosophy)
Joel Martinez

MWF 10:25-11:25

Introduces students to philosophy through a specific theme or topic. Students investigate how philosophy is represented and enacted in a specific area as well as by participating in its enactment. Possible topics include philosophy and existentialism, philosophy and Latin America, philosophy and literature, philosophy and race, gender, class.

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 217: Topics: Marxism (Topics in Philosophy)
Colin Patrick
MWF 1:00-2:00

Introduces students to philosophy through a specific theme or topic. Students investigate how philosophy is represented and enacted in a specific area as well as by participating in its enactment. Possible topics include philosophy and existentialism, philosophy and Latin America, philosophy and literature, philosophy and race, gender, class.

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 217: Topics: Phenomenology/Existentialism (Topics in Philosophy)
Phillip Barron
MWF 3:30-5:00

Introduces students to philosophy through a specific theme or topic. Students investigate how philosophy is represented and enacted in a specific area as well as by participating in its enactment. Possible topics include philosophy and existentialism, philosophy and Latin America, philosophy and literature, philosophy and race, gender, class.

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 301: Ancient Western Philosophy
Joel Martinez

TTH 11:45-1:15

Personal identity, time, free will, composition, persistence, universals, particulars, possibility, necessity, realism, antirealism.

Prerequisites: Any 100- or 200-level philosophy course.

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

PHIL 307: Recent Continental Philosophy
J.M. Fritzman
MWF 11:40-12:40

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

Prerequisites: Any 100- or 200-level philosophy course.

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

PHIL 453: Phil Study: Climate Change (Philosophical Studies: Advanced Themes in Philosophy)
Jay Odenbaugh
TTH 2:15-3:45

Advanced study of topics covered in 300-level themes in philosophy courses, in areas other than value theory. May be repeated with change of topic.

Prerequisites: PHIL 101. PHIL 250. One 300-level philosophy course.

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.