Philosophy (PHIL)

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 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 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 - WR3 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 Ethics - WR3 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 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 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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PHIL 601. Independent Study1-3 Units

Description: Directed study and research.

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PHIL 602. Independent Study1-3 Units

Description: Directed study and research.

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PHIL 603. Philosophical Writing and Research3 Units

Description: Development of analytical abilities in philosophical reading and writing; argument analysis and construction in various modes and styles.

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PHIL 605. Special Topics3 Units

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

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PHIL 608. Aquinas3 Units

Description: The works of Thomas Aquinas studied from historical and systematic viewpoints.

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PHIL 610. Descartes3 Units

Description: The works of Rene Descartes, studied from historical and systematic viewpoints.

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PHIL 616. African-American Philosophy3 Units

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 616.

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PHIL 619. Topics in Philosophy of Race and Racism3 Units

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

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PHIL 620. Kant3 Units

Description: The works of Immanuel Kant, studied from historical and systematic viewpoints.

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PHIL 621. Ethical Theory3 Units

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

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

Note: Cross-listed with BETH 621.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PHIL 623. 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 624. 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 PHIL 524 and PHIL 624.

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PHIL 625. Hegel3 Units

Description: The works of Hegel, studied from historical and systematic viewpoints.

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PHIL 629. 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 529.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PHIL 631. 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.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PHIL 635. Political Philosophy3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Two courses in philosophy and 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 cannot be earned for both PHIL 535 and PHIL 635.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PHIL 637. Philosophy of the Social Sciences3 Units

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

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PHIL 638. Critical Social Theory3 Units

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.

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PHIL 640. Epistemology3 Units

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: Credit may not be earned for both PHIL 540 and PHIL 640.

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PHIL 641. Recent Philosophy of Language3 Units

Description: Intensive study of current theory and research in the philosophy of language.

Note: Cross-listed with LING 641.

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PHIL 657. African Philosophy3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

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 657.

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PHIL 660. Wittgenstein3 Units

Description: The works of Wittgenstein, studied from historical and systematic viewpoints.

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PHIL 671. Heidegger3 Units

Description: The works of Martin Heidegger, studied from historical and systematic viewpoints.

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PHIL 675. Postmodernism3 Units

Description: A multi-disciplinary examination of challenges to ideals, norms, and beliefs of modernity, and identifying characteristics of postmodern thought, as they appear in various disciplines and in culture.

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

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PHIL 680. Foundations of Bioethics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to graduate students.

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.

Note: Cross-listed with BETH 680 and PHIL 580.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PHIL 681. Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to graduate students.

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.

Note: Cross-listed with BETH 681, PHIL 581.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PHIL 682. Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to graduate students.

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

Note: Cross-listed with BETH 682/PHIL 582/WGST 682/WGST 582.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PHIL 683. Health Care, Justice, and Community3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to graduate students.

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

Note: Cross-listed with BETH 683 and PHIL 583.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PHIL 684. Clinical Ethics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Bioethics MA program or consent of instructor.

Description: Application of ethical principles, virtues, and cases in the context of clinical care, with a practical approach toward ethics consultation and conflict resolution.

Note: Cross-listed with BETH 684.

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PHIL 685. Integrative Bioethics: Self and Other in Theory and Practice3 Units

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Bioethics MA program or consent of instructor.

Description: Capstone seminar for Bioethics MA program in form of collaborative seminar. Students produce culminating project, whose development and final formal presentation they share with others in seminar format.

Note: Cross-listed with BETH 685.

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PHIL 690. Fundamentals of Diversity3 Units

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 those general themes impact their particular area of study, work, or interest.

For class offerings for a specific term, refer to the Schedule of Classes

PHIL 691. Capstone in Diversity Literacy3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Diversity Literacy program or consent of instructor; PHIL 690.

Description: Students will build upon their prior coursework to conceive and develop a culminating project that advances diversity in each student's chosen field.

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PHIL 695. Thesis Guidance3 Units

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PHIL 696. Thesis Guidance3 Units

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