110 - Critical
This computer-assisted, self-mastery course teaches you how to employ
good reasoning skills and how to avoid being fooled by bad reasoning and
rhetorical tricks. Competencies acquired in the course include the following:
Identifying, evaluating, and constructing arguments; identifying informal
fallacies; and testing syllogisms and propositional arguments for validity
and overall cogency. Practice exercises and exams are done on computer.
Offered each year.
120 - Introductory
An introduction to major areas in philosophy, considering some fundamental
problems and concepts. Typical issues include some of the following: the
existence of God, what we can know, what reality is, how mind and body
are related, whether we have free will. Traditional and intellectually
chic theories on these or other topics are critically reviewed. Offered
130 - Moral
A practical course in ethics, involving concrete issues and their impact
on the individual, society, and social policy. Topics may include: Abortion,
euthanasia, sexuality and sexual morality, feminism, welfare, capital
punishment, pornography and censorship, animal rights, world hunger, war
and terrorism. Offered each year.
201 - Classical
A study of the philosophical ideas, values, and world views of ancient
Greece, especially its views on the nature of the universe, humanity,
knowledge, religion, ethics, and politics. Theories from the Presocratics,
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle will be critically examined and contrasted
with contemporary beliefs and values. Offered each year.
210 - Inductive
Introduction to inductive reasoning and how to avoid being tricked by
faulty or pseudo scientific claims and arguments, and how to critically
assess public policy in light of good scientific reasoning. Students study
how to use experimentation and the scientific method to test theoretical,
statistical, and causal hypotheses. Famous discoveries in the history
of science are used as illustrations. Other topics include fundamental
concepts of probability, sampling, causation and correlation. Offered
220 - Philosophy
of Democracy-3 S.H.
An introductory course in political philosophy, investigating the nature
and implications of liberal democracy. Topics may include: Social-contract
theory, notions of natural rights, the moral virtues of democracy, voting
paradoxes, limitations of and various critiques of democracy. Offered
230 - Moral
A study of major ethical theories, concepts, and issues; for instance,
Kantianism, utilitarianism, ethical relativism, concepts of justice, human
rights, moral responsibility and free will. Offered each year.
240 - Philosophy
of Science-3 S.H.
Examines basic issues in the philosophy and foundations of science, such
as the testing of hypotheses, the construction and confirmation of theories,
the nature of scientific explanation and the concept of laws of nature.
The course also investigates the distinction between science and pseudoscience,
and studies to what extent each has influenced recent public policy, social
debates, and school curricula. Offered each year.
250 - Symbolic
An examination of methods for putting ordinary deductive reasoning into
symbols in order to test its validity. Topics include ways to translate
English into symbols, uses of truth tables, rules for deduction in propositional
and predicate logic, models for showing invalidity, and strategies for
constructing proofs. Offered as appropriate.
260 - Problems
in Philosophy-3 S.H.
A variable-content course considering salient problems in philosophy.
May be repeated as University Studies credit as issues change. Offered
270 - Philosophy
of Religion-3 S.H.
Topics will include: Arguments for and against the existence of God; the
nature of religious belief, miracles, religious language, faith, and reason;
as well as Freudian, Existentialist, and Postmodern approaches to religion.
This course also briefly reviews the historical and theological background
of the main Western religions. Offered as appropriate.
280 - Philosophy
of Art-3 S.H.
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and issues in the philosophy
of art. Topics include: The definition of art, arts role and function,
taste and judgment, interpretation and intention, representation and expression.
The course covers a wide range of views and spans the length of Western
philosophy, within the larger realm of social, political, moral, gender,
and scientific issues. Offered as appropriate.
301 - Early
Modern Philosophy-3 S.H.
This course examines the main themes of early modern philosophy by investigating
the views of some of the principal European philosophers of the 17th and
18th centuries: The rationalism of such philosophers as Descartes, Spinoza
and Leibniz; the empiricism of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume; and the constructivism
of Kant. Offered each year.
302 - Contemporary
A study of major figures and issues from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Philosophers may include Mill, Marx, and Wittgenstein. Issues may include
the nature of knowledge, the nature of mind, and the nature of the state.
Offered each year.
330 - Biomedical
Ethical issues in health care; for example, abortion, termination of treatment,
euthanasia, truth-telling and confidentiality, medical experimentation
and informed consent, transplant surgery, artificial insemination, surrogate
pregnancy, the allocation of medical resources. Offered each year.
332 - Philosophy
of Law-3 S.H.
Consideration of the philosophical foundations of law. Topics may include
the nature of law, concepts of responsibility and liability, theories
of punishment, causation in the law, discrimination and equality, the
relation of law and morality, the obligation to obey the law, civil disobedience,
liberty and privacy, theories in private law (tort, contract, property).
Offered each year.
335 - Constitutional
At the crossroads of political philosophy and philosophy of law, this
course investigates the philosophical foundations of the American constitution
and contemporary philosophical issues arising from its enforcement in
a liberal democracy. Topics may include: Natural law theory, the separations
of powers, theories of constitutional interpretation, theories of free
speech, privacy doctrine, equal protection, affirmative action, criminal
due process, and the Constitutions relation to American society.
Offered as appropriate.
401 - Independent
Readings in Philosophy-1-3 S.H.
An individually planned program of readings. May be repeated to a maximum
of 9 semester hours. Prerequisites: one philosophy course and instructors
permission. Offered by arrangement.
430 - Topics
in Social and Political Philosophy-1-3 S.H.
A variable-content course considering issues in social and political philosophy.
May be repeated as topics change. Offered as appropriate.
460 - Great Philosophers-1-3
An intensive study of a single philosopher. May be repeated for different
philosophers. Prerequisites: one philosophy course and instructors
permission. Offered as appropriate.
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