PHIL Philosophy

PHIL   2010   Introduction to Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is an introductory course which surveys the ideas of some of the great philosophers of the Western world, focusing on issues about religion, ethics, reality, and ways of knowing.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   2010H, PHIL   2010S.

PHIL   2010H   Introduction to Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is an introductory course which surveys the ideas of some of the great philosophers of the Western world, focusing on issues about religion, ethics, reality, and ways of knowing.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   2010, PHIL   2010S.

PHIL   2010S   Introduction to Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is an introductory course which surveys the ideas of some of the great philosophers of the Western world, focusing on issues about religion, ethics, reality, and ways of knowing.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   2010, PHIL   2010H.

PHIL   2020   Critical Thinking

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an introduction to the concepts and skills necessary for identifying, evaluating, and constructing good arguments. Topics will include strategies that are used to strengthen or weaken an argument, spot fallacious ways of reasoning, and identify hidden assumptions. The course also studies the basic elements of deductive reasoning.

PHIL   2030   Introduction to Ethics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an introduction to the main concepts of philosophical ethics such as virtue, duty, utility, rights, and liberty. The course also introduces philosophers whose ethical theories have been historically the most influential, such as Aristotle, Kant, and Mill.

PHIL   2131   Classical Political Thought

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

PHIL   3030   Selected Topics in Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Selected Topics.

PHIL   3030S   Selected Topics in Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Selected Topics.

PHIL   3131   World Religions

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The teachings concerning people and their relations to God and the world found in the major world religions. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Jainism, and Buddhism are among the religions studied.

Cross Listing(s): RELS   3131.

PHIL   3230   Modern Political Thought

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course in modern political thought is concerned with the differentiation of politics as an activity distinct from, and independent of, religion. Political thinkers in the modern period are distinguished by their turn to scientific and other modern modes of rationality as foundations for the analysis of politics. Central concerns include delineating the rights and powers of the individual and establishing a secular basis for a just society.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3230.

PHIL   3232   Philosophy of Law

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of major topics in the philosophy of law, all of which concern the relationship of law to morality and justice-including the nature of law in general; the importance of the rule of law and of limiting the rule of law; and some theory and practice of criminal law.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3232.

PHIL   3330   Philosophy of Art

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A critical study of philosophical theories about the nature of art drawing from both traditional and contemporary thinkers. Topics include defining and evaluating art, describing the creative process, the significance of art in society, censorship, the connection between art and politics, and the relationship between art and commercialism.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3330H, PHIL   3330S.

PHIL   3330H   Intro to Art & Beauty Honors

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A critical study of the philosophical theories about the nature of art and beauty drawing from both traditional and contemporary thinkers. Topics include defining art and beauty justifying aesthetic judgments, analyzing artistic creation, and determining the value of art.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3330, PHIL   3330S.

PHIL   3330S   Introduction to Art & Beauty

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A critical study of the philosophical theories about the nature of art and beauty drawing from both traditional and contemporary thinkers. Topics include defining art and beauty justifying aesthetic judgments, analyzing artistic creation, and determining the value of art.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3330, PHIL   3330H.

PHIL   3332   Contemporary Moral Problems

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A course in applied ethics which provides a philosophic discussion of the most salient ethical problems of the day. Typically the course will cover such topics as abortion, animal rights, euthanasia, capital punishment, and suicide.

PHIL   3334   Environmental Ethics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the moral relations between human beings and their natural environment. The course examines theories of valuing nature, applies ethical analysis to environmental problems, and explores the underlying causes of environmental degradation.

Prerequisite(s): PHIL 1030 or PHIL   2010.

PHIL   3431   Ancient Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The main ideas of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, the Epicureans, Plotinus, and St. Augustine and a consideration of how those ideas apply to our lives.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3431S.

PHIL   3431S   Ancient Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The main ideas of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, the Epicureans, Plotinus, and St. Augustine and a consideration of how those ideas apply to our lives.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3431.

PHIL   3432   Modern Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The main ideas held by philosophers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, tracing many of the positions that lead us to think as we do today. Thinkers included are Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton.

PHIL   3433   Nineteenth Century European Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of the Continental philosophers of the nineteenth century and their ideas regarding the nature of knowledge, truth, reality, God, religion, society, and humanity. Philosophers studied include Hegel, Marx, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3433S.

PHIL   3433S   Nineteenth Century European Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of the Continental philosophers of the nineteenth century and their ideas regarding the nature of knowledge, truth, reality, God, religion, society, and humanity. Philosophers studied include Hegel, Marx, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3433.

PHIL   3434   Contemporary Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of the main philosophical movements of the twentieth century, primarily in the English-speaking world. The course will stress the importance of language in thinking about some of the traditional problems of philosophy, such as what can be known and what exists. Readings will include selections from Russell, Wittgenstein, Moore, and others.

PHIL   3531   Theory of Knowledge

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the main theories concerning the nature of knowledge and belief. Topics will include problems of scepticism, the reliability of perception and memory, and the sources of justification.

PHIL   3532   Metaphysics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the main theories concerning the nature of reality. Topics will include what things exist, the nature of space, time, matter, self, freedom, infinity, and God.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3532S.

PHIL   3532S   Metaphysics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the main theories concerning the nature of reality. Topics will include what things exist, the nature of space, time, matter, self, freedom, infinity, and God.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3532.

PHIL   3635   Existentialism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the existentialist movement in philosophy from its origins to the present, showing how and why the movement began, what its authors advocate, and how it has been assessed by contemporary critics. Readings will include selections from Kierkegaard, Jaspers, Heidegger, Sartre, and others.

Cross Listing(s): RELS   3635.

PHIL   4130   Feminist Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the main topics in Feminist Philosophy to include the adversary method and the 'maleness' of philosophy; dualities of mind and body, male and female, self and other; women's ways of knowing; caring and maternal thinking; and ecofeminism. Feminist philosophy addresses these ideals and assumptions in the western philosophic traditions that have oppressed women and other subordinate groups.

Cross Listing(s): WGST   4130.

PHIL   4233   Introduction to Formal Logic

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Fundamentals of propositional and predicate logic. Emphasis will be placed on construction of proofs in formal systems.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   4233H.

PHIL   4233H   Introduction to Formal Logic (Honors)

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Fundamentals of propositional and predicate logic. Emphasis will be placed on construction of proofs in formal systems.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   4233.

PHIL   4433   The Irish Philosophical Tradition

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the history of Irish Philosophy, from the Irish Augustine, a seventh-century monk, to contemporary philosophers working in Ireland today. Special emphasis is placed on the Irish contribution to Empiricism in the work of Robert Boyle, William Molyneux, and George Berkeley.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   4433S.

PHIL   4433S   Irish Philosophical Tradition

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the history of Irish Philosophy, from the Irish Augustine, a seventh-century monk, to contemporary philosophers working in Ireland today. Special emphasis is placed on the Irish contribution to Empiricism in the work of Robert Boyle, William Molyneux, and George Berkeley.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   4433.

PHIL   4434   Focus on the Philosopher

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The work of a great philosopher warrants a more detailed study than a survey course can allow. This advanced course is a detailed, semester-long study of the work of an important philosopher. The philosophers covered may vary from semester to semester, and from instructor to instructor.

PHIL   4532   Philosophy of Emotions

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to help students understand the nature of emotions, and to enable students to become better equipped to understand their own emotions. Students will study and critically evaluate the major contemporary theories of emotion as well as historical accounts of emotion.

PHIL   4533   Philosophy of Mind

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the most important questions in the philosophy of mind. The course will ask what minds are, whether statements about minds can be replaced by or reduced to statements about brains, what consciousness is, and whether there can be artificial intelligence.

PHIL   4534   Philosophy in Film

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course investigates philosophical issues that are raised in film, as well as the effectiveness of film as a philosophical medium. Films are analyzed for their philosophical content. This content is then investigated in further detail.

PHIL   4632   Philosophy of Religion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An in-depth examination of religious teachings and basic philosophical problems associated with them. Topics considered will include creation, salvation, life after death, the origin of evil, religious experience, and God.

Cross Listing(s): RELS   4632.

PHIL   5030   Selected Topics in Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Selected Topics in Philosophy.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   5030G, PHIL   5030S.

PHIL   5030S   Selected Topics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Selected Topics in Philosophy.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   5030, PHIL   5030G.