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PHIL 1204
Knowledge and Reality

Examines the questions: What is the nature of reality? How do I know what is real and what is misleading appearance, error, or illusion? What is knowledge? How do I find out who I am and how I relate to the world around me?

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 1304
Morality and Justice

A critical survey of theories concerning human nature, the meaningful life, and the moral evaluation of actions, persons, and institutions. Theories applied to such issues as abortion, justice, and moral problems faced by professionals. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 1504
Language and Logic

Basic concepts in logic and critical thinking: argument, validity, deduction and induction, logical form, formal and informal fallacies. Introduction to the logic of truth functions and of categorical statements. Critical analysis of arguments in ordinary language.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 2115, 2116
Ancient Through Medieval Philosophy

Western philosophical thought through the medieval period. 2115: ancient philosophy, including Presocratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. 2116: main trends in Post-Aristotelian Greek and Roman philosophy and medieval philosophy, including Augustine, Aquinas, and Ockham.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 2125, 2126
History of Modern Philosophy

Western philosophical thought from Descartes through Kant. 2125: 17th Century Philosophy, including Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, and Locke. 2126: 18th century philosophy, including Berkeley, Hume and Kant, with special attention to significant predecessors.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 2304
Global Ethics

Ethical issues in international context. Application of the principles of moral theory to such issues as the obligations of richer nations toward poorer ones, cultural and other forms of relativism, emigration and immigration, nationalism, war, deterrence, intervention, environmental degradation, preservation of natural diversity, and responsibilities toward future generations. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 2605, 2606
Reason and Revolution in Science

Study of philosophical approaches to understanding and justifying modes of human reasoning both in science and everyday life. 2605: nature of theory confirmation and falsification; 2606: justifying changing paradigms of human inquiry.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 2894
Introduction to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Integrated study of philosophy, politics, and economics. Trains students to make decisions that are not only economically sound, but also socially, ethically, and politically informed. Topics include: models of human nature, rational choice theory, social cooperation, distributive justice, markets, and democracy. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 2964
Field Study

Pass/Fail only. Variable credit course.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 2974
Independent Study

Variable credit course.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 2974
Independent Study

Variable credit course.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
PHIL 2984
Special Study

Variable credit course.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 3015, 3016
Political Theory

Analysis of the fundamental ideas in the history of political theory. 3015: The thought and ethical implications of philosophers from the ancient Greeks to early modern times. Analysis of writings from Plato through medieval theorists to those of the Seventeenth Century. 3016: The thought and ethical implications of philosophers from the late Seventeenth Century to the present. Analysis of key concepts in the thought of theorists from the early modern period until the present. Pre: PSCI 2014.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 3024
Philosophical Movements

This course focuses on the assumptions and methods of one or more contemporary or historically important movements in philosophy such as Existentialism, Feminism, Local Positivism, Phenomenology, Pragmatism, or Naturalism. Pre-requisite: 3 Philosophy credits required. May be repeated twice for credit under different topics, up to 9 hours total. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 3314
Ethical Theory

Careful examination of some important historical and/or contemporary ethical theories. Includes coverage of such topics as the assessment of character and action, the foundations of ethical theories, their justification, their relationship to scientific theories, and their objective or subjective status. 3 Philosophy credits required. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 3324
Biomedical Ethics

Philosophical analysis of ethical issues in medicine and biotechnology, such as problems arising in connection with the relations between physicians and patients, the challenges of cultural diversity, practices surrounding human and animal research, decisions about end of life care, embryonic stem cell research, genetic engineering, biotechnological human enhancement, and social justice in relation to health-care policy.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 3414
Aesthetics

Studies the basic concepts used in the analysis and evaluation of art works; considers problems of art criticism as treated within major types of aesthetic theory.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 3454
Philosophy of Religion

A consideration of religious belief and its justification with attention to such philosophical issues as the nature and existence of God, the problem of evil, and the notion of faith. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 3505, 3506
Modern Logic and its Development

Logic and logical theory and the history of its development. 3505: Validity of arguments. Syllogistic logic from Aristotle to modern times. Deductive methods in truth functional and quantificational logic through the theory of identity. Translation from English into symbolic form. 3506: Metalogic and the history and philosophy of modern logical theory. Decidability and undecidability, completeness and incompleteness of formal systems. Developments from Cantor to Goedel. Must have 3505 to take 3506. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4015, 4016
Special Topics in Philosophy

Critical examination of special issues of current philosophical interest. 3 Philosophy credits required.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4204
Philosophy of Mind

Current issues in the philosophy of mind such as relation of mind and body, status of the mental, knowledge of one's own and other minds, personal identity, consciousness, mentality of animals and machines, topics in the philosophy of psychology. 3 Philosophy credits required.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4214
Metaphysics

Examination of some of the central problems of metaphysics. Topics may include: existence, necessary truth, the problem of universals, causation, the identity of the self through time, free will. Attention will be given both to the historical development of these problems and to contemporary philosophical responses to them. 3 Philosophy credits required. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4224
Epistemology

Theory of knowledge. Is all knowledge based on experience? Does knowledge have a foundation? Can knowledge of the present and the nearby give us reasons for beliefs about the future, the past, or about events far away? 3 Philosophy credits required.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4304
Political Philosophy

Study of fundamental topics in political philosophy, such as distributive justice, equality, individual rights, constitutional government, and the justification of political authority. 3 Philosophy credits required    

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4324/MGT 4324
Business and Professional Ethics

An inquiry into the fundamental norms of conduct in business and other professions and their justification in relation to the most important ethical theories. Special attention will be given to moral problems such as the ethics of hiring and firing, bribery, and professional responsibility to society. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4334
Jurisprudence

An examination of the nature of law and legal systems with attention to traditional theories of law and to such topics as judicial decision and discretion, law and morality, and the justification of legal coercion. 3 Philosophy credits required. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4514
Special Topics in Logic

Topics that build upon a knowledge of classical deductive logic: extensions of classical logic, alternatives to classical logic, philosophy of logic, and philosophy of language. Topics to be announced each semester course is offered. Pre: 3505. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4604
Philosophy of Biology

This course is designed primarily for students of biology or philosophy students with a strong interest in biology. Topics vary from year to year, but include the changing character of biology as a science, the special character of biological explanations and methods, and the place and value of reduction (e.g., of Mendelian to molecular genetics) in biology. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4614
Philosophy of Science

An examination of the structure and methodology of science as well as key concepts such as explanation, confirmation, realism, and instrumentalism. One year of science and 3 philosophy credits required.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4884/PSCI 4884/ECON 4884
Advanced Topics in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Advanced topics at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics. Core methods and concepts: utility theory, game theory, social choice theory, public choice theory, markets, justice, and democracy. Senior research project. Advanced discourse. Pre: 2894 or PSCI 2894 or ECON 2894. Senior standing. 

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4964
Field Study

Pass/Fail only. Variable credit course.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4974
Independent Study

Variable credit course.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4974
Independent Study

Variable credit course

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available
PHIL 4984
Special Study

Variable credit course.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4994
Undergraduate Research

Variable credit course.

  • 3 Credit Hours
PHIL 4994
Undergraduate Research

Variable credit course.

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Honors Option Available