Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 205. Introduction to Philosophy - AH3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 101.

Description: Selected writings by important philosophers (e.g., Plato, Aristotle), illustrating their problems, methods, and conclusions.

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PHIL 206. Intoduction to Philosophy through Literature and Film - AH3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Study of central philosophical problems using literary and cinematic works, as well as traditional philosophical texts.

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PHIL 207. Introduction to Philosophy through Cultural Diversity - AH, D23 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Survey of historical canonical contributions to western philosophy juxtaposed with minority voices to understand how social, economic, and cultural situatedness affect bodies of knowledge.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 207 and PAS 207.

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PHIL 211. Critical Thinking - AH3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Introduction to and practice in methods of critical thinking, including argument identification, construction and revision; assessment of evidence; and critique of reasoning.

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PHIL 219. Sex and Values - AH, D13 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Critical studies of the treatment of sex in various moral philosophies, including a survey of classical viewpoints, but emphasizing contemporary writings.

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PHIL 222. Contemporary Ethical Problems - AH3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Ethical aspects of current medical, legal, political, environmental and social problems and of the presuppositions contained in their various solutions.

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PHIL 225. Business Ethics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Analysis of moral problems that arise in contemporary business practice and of the different ethical frameworks proposed to resolve them.

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PHIL 301. Ancient Philosophy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: Greek and Roman philosophy from the pre-Socratics through the neo-Platonists.

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PHIL 302. Medieval Philosophy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: European philosophy from Augustine to the Renaissance.

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PHIL 303. Modern Philosophy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: European philosophy from the Renaissance through Kant.

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PHIL 304. Recent Philosophy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Developments in philosophy from Kant to the present.

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PHIL 305. Selected Topics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or faculty consent; other prerequisites determined by the instructor, depending on topic.

Description: Examination of a selected topic in Philosophy.

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PHIL 306. Nineteenth-Century Philosophy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: Major developments in European philosophy in the nineteenth century.

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PHIL 307. Twentieth-Century Philosophy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Only

Description: Major developments in European philosophy in the twentieth century.

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PHIL 308. Social and Political Philosophy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring Odd Years

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or faculty consent.

Description: Classical and contemporary philosophies of society and the state, individual in society, and social change. Philosophical analysis of such concepts as justice, revolution, freedom, and duty.

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PHIL 311. Introduction to Logic3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Introduction to formal and informal techniques of argument analysis, with emphasis on applications to ordinary language.

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PHIL 315. Asian Philosophy - AH, D23 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: This course explores a variety of philosophical questions as discussed in work by Indian, Chinese, and Japanese philosophers (as well as their commentators), including: What is real, what is the nature of things, what is the self? How do we know what we know? What is right, and what is wrong? What is human nature like, and how fixed is it? How should we live, especially in light of human morality?

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PHIL 317. The Nature of Violence3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Analysis of concepts of violence and examination of causes, effects, and solutions to interpersonal and global forms of violence.

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PHIL 318. Philosophy and Feminism - AH, D13 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: An examination of philosophical issues involved in feminism, including classical, but emphasizing contemporary discussions.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 360.

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PHIL 319. Philosophy of Race and Racism - AH, D13 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring, Summer

Description: A critical examination of philosophical issues involved in interdisciplinary inquires into race and racism.

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PHIL 320. Death3 Units

Description: Critical studies of the treatment of death in major philosophies, including a survey of classical viewpoints, but emphasizing contemporary writings.

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PHIL 321. Ethics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Main theoretical frameworks for systematically addressing questions about moral obligation and the good life. Additional topics may include responsibility, virtue, justice, law and morality, relativism, evil, and reasons to be moral.

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PHIL 323. Medical Ethics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: Analysis of codes of ethics and concepts of ethical practice in the profession of medicine; historical developments, contemporary problems, and case studies.

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PHIL 328. Environmental Ethics3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Odd Years

Description: Examination of the moral status of the natural environment and ethical problems of human/environment interaction.

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PHIL 330. Introduction to Applied Philosophy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.

Description: Introduction to philosophical research and reasoning about individual or collective behavior in institutions, communities, or professions. Special attention to the application of normative concepts.

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PHIL 331. Philosophy of the Arts3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: The nature of art, appreciation, and criticism, with emphasis on contemporary discussions.

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PHIL 341. Philosophy of Language 3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Description: Philosophical problems concerning language, such as meaning, use, reference, private language, and their interrelation.

Note: Cross-listed with LING 341.
Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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PHIL 345. Philosophy of Religion3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Description: Problems concerning religious knowledge, the existence and nature of God, and human destiny.

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PHIL 350. Philosophy of Law3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Theory of law and philosophical problems arising from the existence and practice of law as developed in the major philosophical traditions in the West.

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PHIL 356. Metaphysics 3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Two courses in philosophy or faculty consent.

Description: Study of such fundamental concepts as being, essence, existence, substance, process, change, space, time, eternity, matter, mind, self, value, and cause.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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PHIL 357. Personal Identity and the Self3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Philosophical analysis of metaphysical, existential, social and postmodern concepts of personal identity, drawing from classical and contemporary sources.

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PHIL 385. Introduction to Existentialism3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: A broad survey of existential thought as expressed in philosophical and literary sources.

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PHIL 398. Senior Honors Seminar3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing; admission to department Honors Program.

Description: Seminar devoted to the intensive investigation of a major substantive or theoretical area within the field of philosophy.

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PHIL 399. Senior Honors Seminar 3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing; admission to department Honors Program.

Description: Seminar devoted to the intensive investigation of a major substantive or theoretical area within the field of philosophy.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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PHIL 412. Symbolic Logic3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: Semantic and syntactic methods for first-order propositional and predicate logic.

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PHIL 499. Senior Honors Thesis 3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing; admission to department Honors Program.

Description: An intensive examination of a topical area in philosophy undertaken with a designated faculty director.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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PHIL 501. Independent Study1-3 Units

Description: Opportunity for the student, under the supervision of a sponsoring faculty member, to pursue individualized study related to research or practice that is not included in regular courses in the curriculum.

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PHIL 502. Philosophy Capstone Seminar 3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): 24 hours of PHIL courses; major in Philosophy.

Description: Seminar with variable content consisting in sustained and rigorous primary philosophical study and reflection; required of all philosophy majors as close to graduation as feasible.

Course Attribute(s): CUE - This course fulfills the Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) requirement for certain degree programs. CUE courses are advanced-level courses intended for majors with at least 90 earned credits/senior-level status.

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PHIL 505. Selected Topics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): To be determined by instructor, in the light of the topic chosen for that semester.

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PHIL 512. Advanced Symbolic Logic3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PHIL 412 or consent of instructor.

Description: Topics in the theory and application of modern logic.

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PHIL 516. African-American Philosophy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): PHIL 205 or PHIL 303 or PHIL 304.

Description: Analysis of works and theories of major recent and contemporary African-American philosophers within the themes of Pan-African debates.

Note: Cross-listed with PAS 516.

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PHIL 518. Feminist Philosophical Literature3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

Description: Examination of central works by feminist philosophers in such subdisciplines as ethics, political philosophy, and epistemology.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 560.

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PHIL 519. Topics in Philosophy of Race and Racism3 Units

Description: Focused examination of philosophical issues involved in interdisciplinary inquires into the nature and functioning of race and racism.

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PHIL 521. Ethical Theory 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One course in ethics or consent of instructor.

Description: Recent developments in ethical theory, such as examinations of the status of moral facts; moral realism; impartiality and personal attachments; or moral agency.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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PHIL 522. Virtue Ethics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Two courses in Philosophy or consent of instructor.

Description: Historical and contemporary approaches to ethics that emphasize virtue and character.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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PHIL 523. Selected Topics in Applied Philosophy3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.

Description: Intensive study of one or more philosophical problems of individual or collective behavior in institutions, professions, or community affairs.

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PHIL 524. Philosophies of Peace3 Units

Description: History of peace movements; analysis of concepts of nonviolence, pacifism, positive and negative peace; approaches to conflict resolution and negotiation for global and local conflicts. Multi-disciplinary.

Note: Credit may not be earned for both PHIL 524 and PHIL 624.

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PHIL 528. Philosophy of Mind3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Two semesters of philosophy or consent of instructor.

Description: Philosophical analysis of contemporary theories about the mind.

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PHIL 529. Philosophy of Emotions3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One course in philosophy or consent of instructor.

Description: Philosophical studies in the nature, interrelations, and moral and aesthetic value of specific emotions, such as pride, shame, guilt, regret; jealousy, envy, resentment, anger, hate, contempt, love, joy, happiness, contentment.

Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 629.

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PHIL 531. Aesthetics3 Units

Description: An examination of philosophical theories of art, works of art, creative activity, and aesthetic experience, from Plato to the present.

Note: Credit may not be earned for both PHIL 531 and PHIL 631.

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PHIL 535. Political Philosophy3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Two courses in philosophy and/or political science.

Description: The main concepts of contemporary political thought: rights, law, power, ideology, legitimacy, democracy, tyranny, the state, and justice, with the focus on the topic of political action in both its individual and collective forms.

Note: Credit may not be earned for both PHIL 535 and PHIL 635.

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PHIL 536. Philosophy of Science3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Two courses in philosophy and two courses in biology, chemistry, physics, or geology or consent of instructor.

Description: Philosophical problems connected with scientific explanation, laws, theories, concepts, goals and methods.

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PHIL 537. Philosophy of the Social Sciences3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One philosophy course and one upper-level course in political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, or geography; or consent of instructor.

Description: Critical analysis of methodological, valuational, and metaphysical problems in the social sciences.

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PHIL 538. Critical Social Theory3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: A critical examination of interdisciplinary theories that seek to understand and explain social formations while at the same time uncovering ways that such formations can be unjust and irrational.

Note: Cross-listed with SCHG 538.

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PHIL 540. Epistemology 3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or consent of instructor.

Description: Conceptual and historical background to analysis of knowledge claims; intensive study of theoretical approaches to knowledge, such as naturalized epistemology; socialized epistemology, feminist epistemology, postmodern critiques of normative conceptions of knowledge.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Note: Credit may not be earned for both PHIL 540 and PHIL 640.

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PHIL 553. Plato and Platonism3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PHIL 301 or consent of instructor.

Description: Plato's dialogues, and the course of Platonist thought through Plotinus and the Christian philosophers, to modern times.

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PHIL 554. Aristotle and Aristotelianism3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PHIL 301 or consent of instructor.

Description: Aristotle's basic works and their influence on St. Thomas Aquinas and others in the Middle Ages.

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PHIL 557. African Philosophy3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): PHIL 304, or PHIL 302, or PHIL 303, or PHIL 301.

Description: Descriptive and analytical introduction to the ideas and themes in African philosophy through careful readings of texts which address a cluster of topics.

Note: Cross-listed with PAS 557.

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PHIL 572. Phenomenology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PHIL 303 or consent of instructor.

Description: The development of the phenomenological method and its use from Husserl to the present.

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PHIL 573. Existentialism3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Two semesters of philosophy or consent of instructor.

Description: The thought of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Jaspers, Sartre, Marcel, and others, and its significance.

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PHIL 575. Postmodernism3 Units

Description: Multidisciplinary examination of challenges to ideals, norms, and beliefs of modernity, and identifying characteristics of postmodern thought, as they appear in various disciplines and in cultures.

Note: Credit may not be earned for both PHIL 575 and PHIL 675.

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PHIL 580. Foundations of Bioethics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One Philosophy course at 300-level or above, or consent of instructor.

Description: Grounding in the major theories and methods of bioethical decision-making, including contemporary controversies about the role of theory, principles, cases, narrative, and virtues.

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PHIL 581. Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One Philosophy course at 300-level or above, or consent of instructor.

Description: Topics in health care ethics currently attracting the most attention in both professional and public discussions. A variety of viewpoints on these topics will be considered.

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PHIL 582. Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One Philosophy course at 300-level or above, or consent of instructor.

Description: Examines ways social groupings and systems affect the kind of health care needed and the kind people receive. Addresses both biases and stereotypes, and empirical claims about biologically-based differences.

Note: Cross-listed with WGST 582.

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PHIL 583. Health Care, Justice & Community3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One Philosophy course at 300-level or above, or consent of instructor.

Description: Examines theories of justice and equality as they apply to issues in health care delivery, considers explanations for why disparities exist, and the practical ways that communities have addressed inequalities.

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PHIL 590. Fundamentals of Diversity3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: This course will provide an overview of the theory and practice of diversity. Diversity is understood as the many sociocultural differences between individuals and the differences that those differences make for those individuals. In this course, we will explore the historical context of oppression, the oppression framework for understanding diversity, privilege, social identity, the role of the body in diversity, stereotypes, and the personal experiences of both those who are oppressed and those who are privileged. Students will also have a substantial opportunity to examine how these general themes impact their particular area of study, work, or interest.

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