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Fall 2018 Courses

PHIL 101: Logic
Joel Martinez TTh 9:40-11:10, Colin Patrick MWF 9:10-10:10

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 MWF 10:20-11:20

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 1:50-3:20

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

Prerequisites: None. 

PHIL 201: Philosophy of Religion
John M. Fritzman 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, and the problem of evil.

Prerequisites: None. Sophomore standing required. 

PHIL 203: Philosophy of Art and Beauty
Jay Odenbaugh MWF 10:20-11:20

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

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 207: Indian Philosophy
John M. Fritzman MWF 9:10-10:10

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 217: Topics: Law & Social Justice (Topics in Philosophy)
Jeffrey D. Jones TTh 9:40-11:10

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, and class.

Prerequisites: None.

PHIL 250: Philosophical Methods
Rebecca Copenhaver MWF 9:10-10:10

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 301: Ancient Western Philosophy
Joel Martinez TTh 11:30-1:00

The birth of philosophy against the background of mythic thought; its development from Socrates to the mature systems of Plato and Aristotle; their continuation and transformation in examples of Hellenistic thought.

Prerequisites: Any 100 or 200 level philosophy course.

PHIL 452: Philosophical Studies: Moral Psychology
Jay Odenbaugh MWF 1:50-2:50

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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