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PHILOSOPHY (PHIL)
College of Liberal Arts
Philosophy
 
PHIL 1001 - Introduction to Philosophy (HUMANITIES, LE CAT7)
(3.0 cr; =[PHIL 1101]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Introduction to philosophical heritage through examination of several classic philosophical problems such as the existence of God, nature of knowledge, free will versus determinism, and the relation of mind to body.



PHIL 1003 - Ethics and Society (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY, LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-credit will not be granted if already received for CLA 1101; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Classic theories addressing questions of whether morality is subjective or objective, cultural relativism versus universal rules, how right and wrong should be determined. Moral issues such as euthanasia, the environment, population and birth control, nuclear deterrence, alternative life styles, and capital punishment in their international dimension.



PHIL 1005 - Philosophy through Dialogue and Debate (COMM & LAN)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Oral communication has always been an essential part of Philosophy, both in the development of philosophical positions and in their rigorous evaluation and revision. This course will prepare students to communicate effectively in the oral communication methods most frequently used in Philosophy: dialogue, debate, presentation with question-and-answer, panel forum and open discussion. We will engage with foundational issues in the philosophical tradition, including: the nature and ethical aspects of communication and persuasion, questions of personal identity, arguments for and against the existence of God, among others.



PHIL 1007 - Philosophy and World Religions (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER, LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Comparative philosophical examination of teachings and practices of several major world religions selected from ancient polytheism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and various Native American and African religions.



PHIL 1008 - Critical Thinking (LOGIC & QR, LE CAT2)
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Patterns of reasoning encountered in everyday life, including advertising, editorials, and politics. Use of language in formulating arguments; differences between deductive and inductive arguments; how to detect and avoid mistakes in reasoning.



PHIL 1018 - Logic (LOGIC & QR, LE CAT2)
(4.0 cr; =[PHIL 1118]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to symbolic logic. Nature of language, species of arguments, informal versus formal arguments, techniques of translation, methods of sentential logic, and methods of predicate logic.



PHIL 1021 - Classical Mythology (HUMANITIES, LE CAT9)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Readings in Greek and Roman myths, especially in those that have influenced Western culture.



PHIL 1025 - Introduction to Cognitive Science
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
The Cognitive Sciences investigate the mind from an interdisciplinary perspective using resources from such diverse disciplines as psychology, philosophy, computer science, and neuroscience. This class provides a general introduction to prominent theories/themes from Cognitive Sciences as well as a more detailed investigation of various select topics.



PHIL 1101 - Honors: Introduction to Philosophy (HUMANITIES, LE CAT7)
(3.0 cr; =[PHIL 1001]; Prereq-Honors student; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Honors introduction to philosophical heritage through examination of several classic philosophical problems such as the existence of God, nature of knowledge, free will versus determinism, and the relation of mind to body.



PHIL 1118 - Freshman Seminar: Honors: Logic (LE CAT2)
(4.0 cr; =[PHIL 1018]; Prereq-Freshman, fewer than 30 credits, honors student; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Honors introduction to symbolic logic. Formal systems, deductive validity, proofs and translation in sentence and predicate logics. Introduction to met-theory and extensions of logic.



PHIL 2001 - Existential Literature (HUMANITIES)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-WRIT 1120, 30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
Themes of love, death, boredom, and alienation through plays and novels of such 19th- and 20th-century authors as Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Barth, Sartre, Camus, Murdoch, and Fowles.



PHIL 2011 - Philosophy of Language (SOC SCI, LE CAT3)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Course in logic or literary analysis or human communication or CS or math or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Introduction to theories of meaning and truth and the structure of language. Relation of language to thought and the world; semantics and syntax; speech acts and performative utterances; descriptions and reference; and structuralism and the possibility of objective knowledge.



PHIL 2021 - Science and Pseudo-Science: Thinking about Weird Things (HUMANITIES, LE CAT8)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
A critical introduction to the nature of knowledge and belief by focusing on contemporary issues, such as UFOs, ESP, mysticism, creationism and evolution, and near-death experiences, which explains the differences between rational beliefs and articles of faith and between science and pseudo-science.



PHIL 3025 - Philosophy of Race and Racism
(4.0 cr; Prereq-minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
This course will examine the origins, current causes, and consequences of racism but only after addressing these more fundamental questions: Is race a biological phenomenon? What is it if it is not biological? Is race nothing at all? Given the real facts about race, how should we approach questions about racism? It will examine various metaphysical positions that have been offered to explain race - realist, constructivist, relativist, and nihilist - and the moral/political ramifications of each of these types of theories.



PHIL 3195 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(3.0 - 9.0 cr [max 9.0 cr]; Prereq-1001 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
In-depth examination of a particular philosopher or problem in philosophy. Specific course announced in [Class Schedule].



PHIL 3222 - Medical Ethics
(4.0 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
Values underlying the health care professions and ethical dilemmas in medical contexts. Patients' rights and autonomy, medical paternalism, confidentiality, truth-telling, euthanasia.



PHIL 3231 - Law and Punishment
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1001 or SOC 1301 or CRIM 1301; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Nature of law, natural law theory, and legal positivism and their relationship to traditional and contemporary theories of punishment; deterrence, reform, retribution, rehabilitation, social defense, restitution.



PHIL 3242 - Values and Technology (HUMANITIES, LE CAT8)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-60 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Problems related to science and technology. Application of moral theory to issues raised by technology, such as distribution of power, effects on environment, labor and social life, privacy, intellectual property rights, product liability, and professional codes of ethics.



PHIL 3245 - Aesthetics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Min 45 cr or instructor consent, credit will not be granted if already received for 5245; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Possibility of definition of art or of the aesthetic experience examined through survey of classic aestheticians; philosophy of art criticism.



PHIL 3252 - Philosophy of Science
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1001 or 45 cr; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Introduction to the central issues in philosophy of science, such as the nature of scientific explanation, laws of nature, induction, prediction, evidence, confirmation, intertheoretic reduction, empiricism, and scientific realism.



PHIL 3281 - Ethical Theory
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1001 or 1003 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for CLA 1101; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Characteristics and criteria of value statements; justification of moral standards; some 20th-century ethical theories.



PHIL 3291 - Current Social Political Philosophy
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1001 or 1003 or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Detailed philosophical analysis of recent writings about social and political concepts such as freedom, democracy, socialism, communism, fascism, and anarchy.



PHIL 3301 - Greek Philosophy
(4.0 cr; Prereq-30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Greek philosophy from the pre-Socratic era through Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to Neoplatonism and the rediscovery of Aristotle. Philosophy of nature, theories of persons, possibility of human knowledge, happiness, and the good life.



PHIL 3303 - The Birth of Modern Philosophy
(4.0 cr; Prereq-30 cr, course in phil, hist, pol sci or lit or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Impact of science and secularity on the rationalism of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz and the empiricism of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume.



PHIL 3319 - 19th Century Philosophy
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Min 30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Survey of the main issues and philosophers of the 19th century.



PHIL 3320 - 20th Century Philosophy
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Min 30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Survey of the main issues and philosophers of the 20th centruy.



PHIL 3325 - Environmental Ethics (HUMANITIES, SUSTAIN)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-30 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Moral dimension of relationship between humans and earth's natural environment. Pollution, energy policy, economics, law, and environment; endangered species; rights of nonhumans; preservation and conservation; obligations toward future generations; ethical theory and environment.



PHIL 3570 - Philosophy of Psychology
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1001 or Psy 1003, 60 cr or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Current philosophical issues surrounding psychology: behaviorism, dualism, mind/brain identity theories, computer models of cognition, and functionalism.



PHIL 3655 - Theory of Knowledge
(4.0 cr; Prereq-(Min 45 cr or instructor consent), 1001, 1003, 1007, 1008, 1018, (1101 or 1118), credit will not be granted if already received for PHIL 4655; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Introduction to theory of knowledge interpreted broadly to encompass perceptual, deductive, inductive, and other modes of knowledge. Beginning with standard conception of knowledge as warranted true belief, explores strengths and weaknesses of alternative accounts.



PHIL 3900 - Colloquium for Majors
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Phil major/minor, department consent ; attendance at 12 dept-approved lectures/discussions over 4-yr period; regis only during semester of 10th lect; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Lectures and discussion groups on variety of philosophical topics; required reading; places and topics to be announced.



PHIL 4900 - Seminar in Philosophy
(4.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-12 cr Phil or instructor consent; no grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Detailed examination of major topics or philosophical works. See department for details.



PHIL 5991 - Independent Study
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent, cannot be used to satisfy requirements for phil major or minor; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Work in problems of special interest to student arranged with instructor before registration. Written work required. May be taken in conjunction with another philosophy course.



PHIL 5997 - Intern Teaching Assistantship
(2.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Practical experience in assisting teaching of philosophy. Application deadline one week before beginning of registration for the following semester.



 
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