Philosophy

Course Offerings

PHIL 1010 Introduction to Philosophy (3 hr.)

The nature and functions of philosophic inquiry and thinking. The major branches of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics.

PHIL 1020 Introduction to Logic (3 hr.)

Training in deductive reasoning including syllogism, symbolic logic and truth tables. (Enrichment core course)

PHIL 1030 Critical Thinking (3 hr.)

Practical training in the principles of reasoning including the analysis, construction and criticism of arguments and fallacies in natural language. (Enrichment core course)

PHIL 1040 Ethics (3 hr.)

An examination of moral principles applied to contemporary problems. (A writing emphasis and enrichment core course.)

PHIL 1200 Special Topics in Philosophy (3 hr.)

The study of a selected topic in philosophy which may be repeated once under a different topic

PHIL 2000 History of Greek Philosophy (3 hr.)

Development of philosophic thought from about 640 B.C. to 322 B.C., covering the pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

PHIL 2020 History of Modern Philosophy (3 hr.)

Philosophical trends of the 17th and 18th centuries from Bacon to Kant.

PHIL 2040 Contemporary Philosophy (3 hr.)

Twentieth century philosophic thinking; idealism, pragmatism, analytic philosophy, existentialism, and phenomenology.

PHIL 2210 Philosophy of Human Nature (3 hr.)

A study of classical and contemporary views on human nature, including the mind/body problem, personal identity, and human freedom.

PHIL 2220 Utopia (3 hr.)

Analysis of the visionary dreams of leading Utopian thinkers.

PHIL 2229 Symbolic Logic (3 hr.)

Propositional and predicate logic with identity emphasizing formalization in natural language and decision methods for valid arguments.

PHIL 2240 Theory of Knowledge (3 hr.)

Inquiry into the origin, nature, certainty, and limits of human knowledge as examined through the positions of the world's leading thinkers in the field.

PHIL 2250 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy (3 hr.)

Concepts and issues such as individual and collective interests, justice, equality, democracy and freedom.

PHIL 2500 Medical Ethics (3 hr.)

Examination of ethical principles applied to selected moral issues concerning the health care profession.

PHIL 2510 Environmental Ethics (3 hr.)

Ethical issues involved in the environment broadly understood as a social and cultural as well as a physical and biological phenomenon. Topics addressed include environmental justice, the question of sustainability, and the philosophical foundations of the environmental movement.

PHIL 2520 Business Ethics (3 hr.)

A moral audit of business practices by applying relevant ethical principles to case studies. The emphasis throughout is on the discernment and analysis of the moral dimensions and implications of corporate conduct toward the employee, the consumer, and the society.

PHIL 2530 Computer Ethics (3 hr.)

Examination of the ethical issues involved in computerized technologies. Issues such as professional responsibility, privacy, security, hacking, network use, individual use, and other social values are addressed, including the ACM Code of Ethics.

PHIL 2700 The Scientific World Outlook (3 hr.)

An introduction to the philosophy of science and the study of scientific reasoning concentrating on major scientific theories such as the origins of the universe, history of earth and history of life.

PHIL 2710 Philosophical Issues of Race and Society (3 hr.)

Issues in social, political, and moral philosophy occasioned by the rise of racial identities and racial inequality.

PHIL 2720 African American Philosophical Perspective (3 hr.)

An examination of African American philosophical thought. (A writing emphasis course)

PHIL 2730 Comparative Religion (3 hr.)

An examination and comparative exposition of the doctrinal issues affecting the world's major religions with an emphasis on non-Western religions. Non-Western/Third World culture course.

PHIL 2740 Philosophy of Religion (3 hr.)

Analysis of the ecumenical questions of traditional theistic religions: warrant for the belief in God, the problem of evil, the intelligibility of the traditional attributes of God, and the warrant for religious experiences.

PHIL 2750 Philosophy and Women (3 hr.)

Philosophical issues in the history of philosophy as these concern women including questions such as identity, gender and sexual difference from a non-representational framework.

PHIL 2760 Philosophy of Law (3 hr.)

Nature and functions of the common law system and some of its basic concepts, such as legal liability, legal responsibility, legal reasoning, causation, and theories of punishment.

PHIL 2770 Philosophy in Literature (3 hr.)

Examination of novels, plays, poetry, or essays for philosophic content.

PHIL 2790 Existentialism (3 hr.)

Analysis of the existential perspective found in the writings of Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Kafka, Sartre, Camus and others.

PHIL 3500 Research Ethics (3 hr.)

Ethical considerations involving research with human subjects including the issues of privacy and informed consent, standards for ethical research such as the Belmont Report, the function of an IRB, and various federal regulations. This course fulfills NIH certification for human subject research.

PHIL 3900 Independent Study in Philosophy (3 hr.)

Staff-directed study in special topics.