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Philosophy

Fall 2020 Courses

PHIL 101: Logic
Colin Patrick
MWF 9:15-10:15

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
Phillip Barron
MW 3:30-5:00

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
Colin Patrick

MWF 11:40-12:40

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

Prerequisites: None. 

PHIL 203: Philosophy of Art and Beauty
Jay Odenbaugh
TTH 2:15-3:45

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
John 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: 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: Law & Social Justice (Topics in Philosophy)
Jeffrey Jones

TTH 2:10-3:40

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 250: Philosophical Methods
Jay Odenbaugh

TTH 9:55-11:25

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 310: Metaphysics
Jay Oedenbaugh

TTH 11:45-1:15

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

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

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

PHIL 451: Phil Study: Modern Indian Phil (Philosophical Studies: History of Philosophy)
John Fritzman
 
MWF 11:40-12:40

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.

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

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