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Philosophy

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
PHILOS-101

Introduction to Philosophy

Basic ideas and problems of philosophy: various disciplines and schools of philosophy; important philosophical issues and their relevance to the present.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Humanities
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
PHILOS-102

Contemporary Ethical Issues

Ethical problems which are significant to an individual in the contemporary world, including traditional issues and current issues in such areas as law, medicine, public policy, business and education.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Humanities
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
PHILOS-103

Logic and Reasoning

This course introduces the students to the basic concepts and skills of logical reasoning which is central to critical thinking. With the objective of constructing good arguments for successful persuasion and defending ourselves against the illogical and fallacious appeals that bombard us daily, this course examines formal and informal fallacies, rules of syllogisms, and propositional logic and applies these logical tools to samples of real-life situations.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Humanities,Quantitative Literacy
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
PHILOS-105

Justice and Citizenship in the Modern World

This course is a critical examination of some of the most fundamental issues facing citizens in the modern world. Topics covered may include the nature of justice, the distribution of wealth and power, the legitimacy of state authority, the nature of extent of political liberty, the obligations of the citizen to the state, and the proper balance of private rights and public goods in the community.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
PHILOS-198

First Year Seminar

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
  • Gen Ed: First Year Seminar
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
PHILOS-208

Biomedical Ethics

Implication of the social and natural science for human values; study of the history of the distinction between fact and value in segments of human life such as politics, law and medical technology.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
PHILOS-211

Philosophy of Art

The nature and meaning of the various fine arts such as painting, literature, music and film, and their significance for human existence; the nature of the work of art and the creative activity of the artist.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
PHILOS-212

Philosophy, Religion, and Science

This course considers the relationship between science and religious beliefs, explores the value of knowledge, and asks if science needs a moral vision. After considering these theoretical questions, it then examines issues like religion and evolution, religion and natural laws, the mind-body relationship, genetic engineering, cloning, and euthanasia.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Humanities
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
PHILOS-213

Ancient Philosophy

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

The origins and early development of Western philosophy in the context of Classical Greek culture. Introduction to the thought of Plato, Aristotle, and selected pre-modern thinkers; clarification of enduring issues in the Western philosophical tradition.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: Philos 101 or 102.
  • Gen Ed: Humanities
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
PHILOS-214

Early Modern Philosophy

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

Major thinkers and movements representative of philosophical thought from the 17th century to the present.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: Philos 213.
  • Gen Ed: Humanities
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
PHILOS-216

Introduction to Asian Philosophy

Introduction to representative thinkers and major issues of Asian philosophy, including Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture,Humanities
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
PHILOS-217

Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Introduction to representative thinkers and major issues of the philosophy of religion.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Humanities
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Odd Only
PHILOS-220

Environmental Ethics

The goal of this course is to acquaint ourselves with some of the major issues in environmental ethics. Specifically we'll be looking in to the health of our environment the value of individuals, animal consumption and testing, wilderness preservation, food issues, global population and geo-engineered solutions. The course will be inter-disciplinary.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Humanities,Sustainability Perspective
Credits 1-4
Field Exp
PHILOS-299

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
PHILOS-301

Ethical Theory

  • Pre-Requisites

A variety of important ethical theories are studied comparatively, and critically evaluated in application to a contemporary moral concern.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: jr st and one philos cse.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
PHILOS-308

Philosophy and the Sciences

An in-depth introduction to the intersection between the practice of sicence and the practice of philosophy. We will pursue topics that underlie the content, practice and implications of sciences such as Physics, Chemistry, or Biology.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: Philos 213 and 214.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Odd Only
PHILOS-309

Religion and Medieval Philosophy

An examination of philosophical questions and issues central to religion, coupled with a study of the approaches and answers developed in Medieval Philosophy.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: Philos 213 and 214.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
PHILOS-323

Modern Philosophy

Course topics vary. In one iteration, this course will work its way through seminal thinkers in nineteenth century philosophy including (though not limited to) Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche. Our aim will be to both connect these thinkers to earlier ideas and trends in Philosophy and to see how they extend such ideas in radically different ways. In another iteration, this course will delve into a somewhat later historical movement in Philosophy - the existentialists. We will begin with the early influence of Russian authors before moving through later thinkers such as Heidegger, Camus and Sartre. The course will include literary and philosophical readings.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: Philos 213 and 214.
  • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Odd Only
PHILOS-324

Contemporary Philosophy

Current philosophical movements in Europe and America, such as phenomenology, existentialism, analytic philosophy, intuitionism, pragmatism and Marxism.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
PHILOS-326

Philosophy, Politics and Law

The nature of politics and law and their interrelations; general legal theory, legal rights, judicial reasoning; the problems of justice, property and morality law.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: philos cse.
  • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
Credits 3
Lecture
PHILOS-351

Happiness and the Good Life

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

This course examines the concept of a happy life through a study of the Asian philosophies of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism. We will be reading primary texts and secondary philosophical texts, and we will watch and examine influential movies and videos on the topic.

Prerequisites
P: None REC: Philos 102
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture,Humanities
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
PHILOS-401

Plato and Aristotle

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Repeatable

This course is critical investigation of the first two comprehensive, philosophical systems of Western civilization. Plato and Aristotle each proposed and argued for a full metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of art. In this course students will be engaged in an in-depth study of their major works.

Prerequisites
REC: Philos 213
  • Gen Ed: Humanities
  • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
PHILOS-403

Topics in Philosophy

Course topics vary. This will be an in-depth study of a current topic or a figure in philosophy and/or an area of research for one of our faculty members. The aim will be to include students in live and contemporary philosophical literature and debates.

Prerequisites
P: upper level cse in Philos.
  • Course is repeatable to 15 credits.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
PHILOS-420

Metaphysics

Metaphysics is the study of Being. It comprises some of the oldest and most difficult philosophical questions. In this class we'll investigate some of its major historica and contemporary themes. Topics might include universals, particulars, casuality, personal identity, free will, modality, Gd's existence, space & time, truth, and the challenge of anti-realism.

Prerequisites
REC: Philos 101, 213, or 214
Credits 3
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
PHILOS-478

Honors in the Major

  • Pre-Requisites

Prerequisites
P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
Credits 1-12
Field Exp
Spring
Fall
PHILOS-497

Internship

Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

Prerequisites
P: jr st.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-4
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
PHILOS-498

Independent Study

Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

Prerequisites
P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-6
Field Exp
PHILOS-499

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.