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Philosophy

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First Session, 2022

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy Central Problems, Great Minds, Big Ideas (3)

MAYMESTER. 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 How to Reason and Argue: An Introduction to 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 134 Reason, Faith, and God: 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.

PHIL 155 Truth and Proof: Introduction to Mathematical Logic (3)

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. Honors version available

PHIL 160 Virtue, Value, and Happiness: An Introduction to Moral Theory (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 185 Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art (3) ****Canceled****

The nature of art and artworks and their aesthetic appraisal.

PHIL 220 17th and 18th Century Western Philosophy (3)

A study of some major philosophical works from this period, including works by authors such as Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Leibniz, Hume, and/or Kant.

PHIL 224 Existential Philosophy and the Meaning(lessness) of Life (3)

A survey of European philosophers in the phenomenological and existentialist traditions. Philosophers studied may include Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus.

PHIL 230 Mind, Matter, and Metaphysics: the Philosophy of Experience and Reality (3)

Topics in metaphysics and/or epistemology, such as: Is your mind different from your brain? Is it possible for us to know anything about the external world? Do we have free will? What distinguishes reasonable from unreasonable belief?

PHIL 272 The Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense (POLI 272) (PWAD 272) (3)

ONLINE. 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 276 Ideology, Capitalism, and Critique (3)

This course studies how (oftentimes implicit) ideological commitments shape our culture and our social reality. We will explore the Marxist tradition and the Frankfurt School Critical Theory, as well as contemporary applications and critiques of ideology in thinkers such as Jaeggi, Fraser, Shelby, and Haslanger.

PHIL 280 Morality, Law, and Justice: Issues in Legal Philosophy (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, 2022

PHIL 105 How to Reason and Argue: An Introduction to 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 Philosophical Texts that Changed the World: An Introduction to Philosophy through Great Works (3) ****Canceled****

An introduction to philosophy focusing on several great books from the history of Western philosophy. See course description at the department’s website for which books will be covered each semester.

PHIL 140 Knowledge and Society (3)

An examination of questions about knowledge, evidence, and rational belief as they arise in areas of social life such as democratic politics, the law, science, religion, and education.

PHIL 145 Language, Communication, and Human and Animal Minds (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 160 Virtue, Value, and Happiness: An Introduction to Moral Theory (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 Wonder, Myth, and Reason: Introduction to Ancient Greek Science and Philosophy (3) ****Canceled****

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 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 Race, Racism, and Social Justice: 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 (WGST 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.