Philosophy

PHI 1001: Logic and Critical Thinking (5)

Offerings

An introductory course in logic that covers the following topics: the basic concepts of logic (such as validity and soundness), argument forms, identifying arguments, logic and language, categorical syllogisms and Venn diagrams, informal fallacies, truth tables and natural deduction (for propositional logic).

Attributes: WK Humanities

PHI 1002: Ethics and the Good Life (5)

Offerings

A survey of major philosophical ethicists emphasizing the works of Plato, Aristotle, Kant and Mill.

Attributes: WK Humanities

PHI 1004: The Examined Life (5)

Offerings

This course surveys the main ideas, movements and figures in the history of western philosophy from Socrates to Hume.

Attributes: WK Humanities

PHI 2001: Advanced Logic (5)

Offerings

Covers these topics: predicate logic with identity and modal logic.

Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better

PHI 2222: Social Ethics (5)

Offerings

In this course we critically examine contemporary controversial moral issues. Questions that may be addressed include: Is abortion morally permissible? Under what conditions, if any, can war or terrorism be justified? Do animals have rights? Does the environment? Do we have a moral obligation to help people in other countries? May the state permissibly prohibit the use of drugs? Should homosexual couples be allowed to marry?

Attributes: Ways of Engaging

PHI 2500: Science, Technology and Society (3)

Offerings

How has modern science and technology transformed the human condition and the modes in which humans engage creation/nature? This course examines what makes the sciences distinct as a way of knowing from other means to knowledge. It considers questions at the intersection of science and ethics and will look at the impact of technology on society and the pursuit of the good life. More pointedly, in what ways does modern technology undermine the good life and what challenging ethical questions are raised by the internet, artificial intelligence, and biotechnologies (e.g. genetic engineering or gene therapies/enhancements)? Typically offered: Alternate Years.

PHI 2999: Ethics and the Arts (3)

Offerings

This course is primarily concerned with understanding aesthetic value. Is beauty an objective quality that a thing either has or does not have, or are aesthetic judgments merely expressions of personal taste? What sorts of things should we take into account in evaluating art? What is the proper function of art, and of the art critic? Should the government fund art?

Attributes: Ways of Engaging

PHI 3601: Ancient Philosophy (5)

Offerings

Surveys the work of principally Greek philosophers emphasizing Plato and Aristotle. Some consideration may be given to pre-Socratics and post-Aristotelian developments, such as stoicism and Neoplatonism.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course

PHI 3602: Medieval Philosophy (3)

Offerings

Surveys the thought of some main medieval philosophers such as Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Aquinas, Duns Scotus and William of Ockham. Attention will be mainly given to their metaphysical, epistemological and ethical theories.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 3606: Continental Philosophy (5)

Offerings

Surveys major philosophical figures in the continental tradition such as Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, Derrida and Rorty. Typically offered: Alternate Years.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 3633: Early Modern Philosophy (5)

Offerings

Surveys the thought of main figures in the early modern period such as Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Hume and Kant.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 3651: Contemporary Ethical Theory (5)

Offerings

An in-depth examination of the main philosophical theories of ethics such as consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Contemporary versions of these theories will be emphasized. Selected topics in metaethics will also be included, such as morality and self-interest, and morality and rationality.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 3700: Philosophy of Language (3)

Offerings

We typically communicate by using language, where communicating involves conveying meaning. But what is meaning? And what is a language? Philosophy of language examines these and related issues, such as: in virtue of what do words, or names, refer to objects or to persons? How do we mean more than what we literally say? Related topics include theories of meaning and reference, the distinction between semantics and pragmatics, and the variety of speech acts. May also cover recent work on metaphor and non-literal speech, pejoratives, or the language and power of propagandistic speech.

Equivalents: LIN 3700 Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR LIN 2100: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 3770: Political Philosophy (3)

Offerings

An in-depth examination of the main philosophical theories of the nature of justice and the just society such as liberalixm, libertarianism, communism, and communitarianism. Contemporary and historical theories will be covered. Typically offered: Alternate Years.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course

PHI 3999: Mind and Immortality (3)

Offerings

An in-depth examination of the naturalistic program in understanding the human mind. Topics covered include dualism versus physicalism, behaviorism, mind-brain identity theory, functionalism, mental causation, consciousness, reductive and nonreductive physicalism, and the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of the body.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 4652: Contemporary Metaphysics (5)

Offerings

An in-depth examination of classic metaphysical issues focusing on more recent contributions to the debates. Topics include free will, ontology, realism and essentialism.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better

PHI 4653: Contemporary Epistemology (3)

Offerings

An in-depth examination of classic epistemological issues focusing on more recent contributions to the debates. Topics include the analysis of knowledge, the Gettier problem, the structure and sources of justification, skepticism, a priori knowledge, and naturalized and feminist epistemology.

Attributes: Upper-Division Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 4897: Philosophy of Religion (5)

Offerings

Explores advanced issues in philosophy of religion / philosophical theology. Topics may include: religious epistemology, theistic arguments, religious diversity and pluralism, the problem of evil, divine providence and free will, the divine attributes, divine revelation, the Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Atonement. Fulfills the senior capstone requirement in philosophy.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman students are excluded. Prerequisites: PHI 1001: D or better OR PHI 1002: D or better OR PHI 1004: D or better OR UCOR 3000: D or better

PHI 4900: Independent Study (1-5)

Offerings

Student works independently with a faculty member on a mutually agreed upon topic. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division

PHI 4920: Directed Readings (1-9)

Offerings

Directed Readings May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Junior, Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

PHI 4930: Philosophy Practicum (1-8)

Offerings

For advanced students who wish to assist as discussion leaders and readers in lower-division philosophy classes. May be repeated for credit up to 8 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Philosophy Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.

PHI 4940: Philosophy Internship (1-5)

Offerings

Prerequisite: 30 credits of philosopy. Practical application of philosophical skills. (See philosophy Web-site for illustrative possibilities.) May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Philosophy Majors only. Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.

PHI 4950: Special Topics in Philosophy (1-5)

Offerings

An in-depth exploration of a specific philosophical topic chosen by the instructor. Recent topics include the problem of evil, the doctrines of the trinity and incarnation, political philosophy and C.S. Lewis on the quest for the permanent things. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Junior, Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

PHI 4970: Independent Research (1-9)

Offerings

Independent Research

Attributes: Upper-Division