Introductory Courses 

1033 Primary Concerns of Philosophy

 

A historical and theoretical introduction to major issues in Western philosophy. Questions to be explored include, but are not limited to, “what is being?”, “does God exist?”, “what is truth?”, “are we free?” and “how ought we to live?”.

 

1533 Logic

 

A conceptual and problem-based introduction to the science of reasoning and critical thinking. Students will learn to recognize, analyze, evaluate, and compose arguments, which are primary objects of study for both the logician and, more generally, the critical thinker.

 

2033 Ethics

 

A historical and theoretical introduction to the study of moral philosophy or ethics. Questions to be explored include, but are not limited to, “what are good and evil?”, “how ought one to live?”, and “how ought one to act?”.

 

2133 Political Philosophy

 

A historical and theoretical introduction to political philosophy through an examination and critical analysis of key thinkers and theories in the tradition. Questions to be explored include, but are not limited to, “what is justice and what are just institutions?”, “why, how, and to what extent are governments morally justified?”, and “what is the most moral economic system?”

 

2213 Eastern Philosophy and Religion

 

A historical and theoretical introduction to Eastern philosophy and religion. Topics to be discussed will include, but are not limited to, historical origins and development; conceptions of divinity and the sacred; metaphysics, cosmology, and epistemology; sacred texts and religious rituals; theories of human nature and the self; and ethical principles

 

2223 Feminist Philosophy

 

A historical and theoretical introduction to feminist philosophy. The course addresses a wide range of philosophical topics from a feminist perspective, including, but not limited to, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics.

 

2333 Philosophy of Religion

 

A historical and theoretical introduction to the philosophical study of religion. Questions to be explored include, but are not limited to, “what is the relationship between faith and reason?”, “who or what is god and does such a being exist?”, “how can evil exist in a divinely-created world?”, and “what is the nature and justification of religious experience?”.

 

Advanced Courses 

Prerequisites: 3 hours of prior PHIL coursework or permission of coordinator

 

3033 Classical Philosophy

 

 A historical and theoretical survey of the key thinkers and philosophical theories of ancient Greece. Figures to be covered include the Presocratics, Plato, and Aristotle.

 

3133 Continental Philosophy

 

A historical and theoretical survey of European philosophy from 1900 to the present. Movements to be covered include phenomenology, existentialism, Marxism, poststructuralism, and feminism.

 

3233 Early Modern Philosophy

 

A historical and theoretical survey of the key thinkers and philosophical theories of the seventeen and eighteenth centuries. Figures to be covered include Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Hume, and Kant.

 

3333 Nineteenth Century Philosophy

 

A historical and theoretical survey of the key thinkers and philosophical theories of the nineteenth century. Figures to be covered include Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche.

 

3433 Existentialism

 

A historical and theoretical survey of the key thinkers and ideas in existential philosophy from the nineteenth century to present. Figures to be covered include Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, and de Beauvoir.

 

3533 Special Topics in Philosophy

 

Specialized studies in philosophy. May be repeated when topics vary.

 

4933 Independent Study

 

Individual directed readings, with approval of philosophy advisor or consent of chair.

May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.