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FIRST SESSION, 2017

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Main Problems (3). An introduction to philosophy focusing on a few central problems, for example: free will, the basis of morality, the nature and limits of knowledge, and the existence of God.

PHIL 105 Critical Thinking (3). A course on how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people and how to construct arguments. Topics include argument reconstruction, informal logic, fallacies, introductory formal logic, probabilistic reasoning.

PHIL 112 Making Sense of Ourselves (3). An examination of some of the most influential attempts to understand human beings, their lives, and their moral and political values. Authors include Plato, Aristotle, St. Matthew, Nietzsche, and Rand.

PHIL 155 Introduction to Mathematical Logic (3). MAYMESTER. Introduces the theory of deductive reasoning, using a symbolic language to represent and evaluate patterns of reasoning.  Covers sentential logic and first-order predicate logic.

PHIL 160 Introduction to Ethics (3). Exploration of different philosophical perspectives about right and wrong, personal character, justice, moral reasoning, and moral conflicts. Readings drawn from classic or contemporary sources. Critical discussion emphasized.  Two and a half hours, three days per week.

PHIL 163 Practical Ethics (3). Topics may include war, medical ethics, media ethics, sexual ethics, business ethics, racism, sexism, capital punishment, and the environment. ***Cancelled***

PHIL 165 Bioethics (3). MAYMESTER. An examination of ethical issues in the life sciences and technologies, medicine, public health and/or human interaction with nonhuman animals or the living environment.

PHIL 170 Social Ethics and Political Thought (3). An examination of major issues in political philosophy, e.g., liberty, individual rights, social responsibility, legal authority, civil authority, civil disobedience. Readings include classical and contemporary writings. ****Cancelled****

PHIL 185 Introduction to Aesthetics (3). MAYMESTER. The nature of art and artworks and their aesthetic appraisal.

PHIL 230 Experience and Reality (3). Topics in metaphysics, such as, Is your mind different from your brain? Is time travel possible? What are cause and effect? What makes you today and yesterday the same person?

PHIL 272 The Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense (POLI 272, PWAD 272) (3). An analysis of ethical issues that arise in peace, war, and defense, e.g., the legitimacy of states, just war theory, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction.

PHIL 273 Philosophical Perspectives on Justice (3). This course will focus on justice and the common good, applying theoretical justifications to contemporary social and economic issues. Readings will include classical and contemporary literature on the nature of justice and rights. ***Canceled*** 

PHIL 280 Morality and Law (3). Explores issues in legal philosophy such as, What is law? Does it serve justice or undermine it? Can punishment be justified? When is a person responsible?

SECOND SESSION, 2017

PHIL 105 Critical Thinking (3). A course on how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people and how to construct arguments. Topics include argument reconstruction, informal logic, fallacies, introductory formal logic, probabilistic reasoning

PHIL 110 Introduction to Philosophy: Great Works (3). An introduction to philosophy focusing on several great books from the history of Western philosophy. See course description at the department’s Web site for which books will be covered each semester. ***Cancelled***

PHIL 134 Philosophy of Western Religion (RELI 126) (3). A philosophical inquiry into the problems of religious experience and belief, as expressed in philosophic, religious, and literary documents from traditional and contemporary sources. ***Cancelled***

PHIL 145 Language and Communication (LING 145) (3). An examination of the differences between natural human languages and other communication systems. Includes a philosophical inquiry into how languages relate to the world and the mind.

PHIL 150 Philosophy of Science (3). What is distinctive about the kind of knowledge called “science”? What is scientific explanation? How are scientific theories related to empirical evidence? ***Cancelled***

PHIL 160 Introduction to Ethics (3). Exploration of different philosophical perspectives about right and wrong, personal character, justice, moral reasoning, and moral conflicts. Readings drawn from classic or contemporary sources. Critical discussion emphasized.

PHIL 165 Bioethics (3). An examination of ethical issues in the life sciences and technologies, medicine, public health and/or human interaction with nonhuman animals or the living environment.

PHIL 210 Ancient Greek Philosophy (3). The emergence of philosophy in Greece during the sixth century BCE and its development during the classical period. The major figures studied are the Pre-Socratic philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

PHIL 220 Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Hume (3). The writings of Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Leibniz, and Hume on such questions as, Can we know that the things we see and touch are real and not a dream? ***Cancelled***

PHIL 272 The Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense (POLI 272, PWAD 272) (3). An analysis of ethical issues that arise in peace, war, and defense, e.g., the legitimacy of states, just war theory, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction.

PHIL 274 African American Political Philosophy (3). Race, identity, discrimination, multiculturalism, affirmative action, and slave reparations in the writings of Walker, Delany, Douglass, Cooper, DuBois, King, and Malcolm X.

PHIL 275 Moral and Philosophical Issues of Gender in Society (WMST 275) (3). A survey of feminist perspectives on topics such as the meaning of oppression, sexism and racism, sex roles and stereotypes, ideals of female beauty, women in the workplace, pornography, rape.

PHIL 381 Philosophy and Film (3). Prerequisite, one previous PHIL course. An examination of how philosophical issues are explored in the medium of film. Two and a half hours, three days per week.