PHI Courses

PHI102 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr.)

Nature and problems of philosophy, logic and language. Problems of knowledge. Metaphysics or speculative philosophy. Problems of value. (Spring, Summer, Fall). Liberal arts.

PHI104 - Moral Problems (3 cr.)

Introduction to moral problems in contemporary society. Examines applied ethical issues that arise in the context of current events, literature or film. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts.

PHI112 - Introduction to Logic (3 cr.)

Systematic development of logical reasoning, critical thinking, and other widely applicable analytic skills. Involves practice in analyzing reasoning patterns. Promotes increased logical coherence in thinking and writing. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts.

PHI125 - Science and the Supernatural (3 cr.)

A course devoted to the philosophical issue of distinguishing science from pseudoscience. Popular beliefs in astrology, scientific creationism, parapsychology and other purportedly supernatural phenomena will be methodologically and historically examined and contrasted with scientific explanations. (Fall/Spring).Liberal arts.

PHI199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

PHI210 - History of Western Philosophy to 1500 (3 cr.)

History of Western Philosophy from the pre-Socrates to Nicholas of Cusa. Pre-Socratics, Aristotle, Stoics, Epicureans, Plotinus, St. Thomas, Scotus, Ockham. Relation of medieval sciences to philosophy. Relevance of late medieval period. (Fall). Liberal arts.

PHI211 - History of Western Philosophy from the 1500s (3 cr.)

Impact of the scientific revolution and reformation of philosophy, discussion on the works of Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Hume, Kant, Mill, Hegel and Marx. (Spring). Liberal arts.

PHI213 - Symbolic Logic (3 cr.)

Introduction to the language, methods, and content of deductive logic. Topics include truth-tables, syllogisms, syntax and semantics of sentential logic and predicate logic systems, and proofs of validity in sentential logic and predicate logic. (Fall). Liberal arts.

PHI230 - Social and Political Philosophy (3 cr.)

Analysis and evaluation of central ideas in social and political philosophy, such as the individual's relation to the state, the foundation of human rights, social responsibilities, and the scope of legitimate freedom. (Fall). Liberal arts.

PHI240 - Asian Philosophy (3 cr.)

Survey of Middle- and Far-East philosophies and their views and systems with special emphasis on Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic Philosophies. (Fall). Liberal arts.

PHI270 - Philosophy of Mind, Brain and Consciousness (3 cr.)

Survey of major historical and contemporary philosophical positions about the nature of mind. Topics include the mind-body problem, the problem of consciousness, the problem of other minds, identity theories of mind, materialism, functionalism, artificial intelligence, and cognitive ethology. Material drawn from the neural and cognitive sciences as well as philosophy. (Spring). Liberal arts.

PHI299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

PHI302 - Contemporary European Philosophy (3 cr.)

Critical survey of movements and figures in European philosophy since 1900, and their influence on philosophy outside of Europe. Movements to be studied include: phenomenology, hermeneutics, critical theory, poststructuralism, and postmodernism. (Once Every Two Years) (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite (recommended): three PHI credits or sophomore standing.

PHI303 - Chinese Philosophy (Spring) (3 cr.)

Critical survey of the major philosophical schools of China's classical period, including Confucianism, Daoism, Mohism, and Legalism. May also include later developments such as Neo-Confucianism and/or Chinese Buddhism as well as issues of contemporary relevance such as Confucian critiques of human rights. (every three years). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: 3 credits in philosophy, or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI311 - Existentialism (3 cr.)

Origins and principles of existential thought. Analysis of concepts, such as alienation, inauthenticity, absurdity, dread. Representative readings in Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Marcel. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: 3 PHI credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI312 - Ethical Theory (3 cr.)

Study of major Western figures, such as Aristotle, Kant, and Mill, and their theoretical approaches to ethics. Topics may include moral psychology, free will and moral responsibility, professional duties and obligations. (Fall - Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: three philosophy credits or sophomore standing recommended.

PHI313 - Metaphysics (3 cr.)

Study of being, reality, substance, relation. The ways in which philosophers organize and systematize knowledge of reality. Inquiry into relation of systems to reality. The development of metaphysics. Critique. Metaphysics and religion and science. (Fall or Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: 3 philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI314 - Aesthetics (3 cr.)

Philosophical approaches to art and beauty. Problems concerning interpretation and evaluation of works of art; aesthetic attitudes and experiences; imagination and representation; and, definitions of art. (Fall - Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: 3 philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI316 - American Philosophy (3 cr.)

A critical survey of movements and figures in American philosophy from the Colonial Period to the present. Emphasis on transcendentalism, pragmatism and neo-pragmatism. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: three philosophy credits, sophomore standing or POI.

PHI317 - Contemporary Philosophy (3 cr.)

Survey of criticism of representative 20th century schools of philosophy: Catholic humanism, American realism, pragmatism, phenomenology, logical positivism, dialectical materialism, existentialism, language analysis and naturalism. (Fall or Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: 3 philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI319 - Medical Ethics (3 cr.)

Philosophical presuppositions, principles and their application in such problems as abortion, suicide, euthanasia, and the rights of the dying patient and allocation of scarce medical resources. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: 3 philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI320 - Philosophy of Religion (3 cr.)

Philosophical thinking about religion. Concepts and propositions of theology. Reasoning of theologians and philosophers. Religious experience and the activity of worship. Oriental as compared to Western religion. Religion and science. (Fall ). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: 3 philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI324 - Theory of Knowledge (3 cr.)

Basic concepts concerning human knowledge, truth, perception, memory, certainty, meaning and verification. (Fall or Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: 3 philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI325 - Philosophy of Science (3 cr.)

Analysis of such key scientific concepts as explanation, prediction, law and theory, theoretical constructs, space and time, operationalism, validation of theories. Liberal arts. Prerequisite: 3 philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI328 - Nietzsche (3 cr.)

Comprehensive examination of the work of Nietzsche, including his concepts of self-overcoming, the eternal recurrence, the overman, Nietzsche's attack on Christianity and his place and influence upon such contemporary movements as existentialism and positivism. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: 3 philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI329 - Philosophy of Religion, Process Philosophy and Science (3 cr.)

Relation of process philosophy to religion and the data of science. Philosophic and scientific methodology, objectivity, God: changing or unchanging?, becoming and perfection, evil, omnipotence, time. These topics will be considered in regard to the challenge of process philosophy and science to the traditional philosophy of religion. The positions of Charles Hartshorne, Thomas Kuhn and Teilhard de Chardin will be considered. (Fall or Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: 3 philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI347 - Phenomenology (3 cr.)

Phenomenological method; the phenomenological movement in European and American philosophy. Doctrines of Husserl and such later practitioners as Heidegger, Sartre, Ingarden, Merleau-Ponty, Minkowsky, Nabert. Contributions of phenomenology to psychiatry, arts, science and literature. (Fall). Liberal arts.

PHI350 - Environmental Ethics (3 cr.)

Exploration and evaluation of the relations between humans and their natural environment. To what extent and in what circumstances are we morally responsible for the natural environment? To whom or what are we responsible? How are these responsibilities justified? Topics may include animal rights, feminist and non-Western perspectives, science and values, wilderness preservation. When appropriate, issues of local concern will be emphasized. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: three philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI352 - Philosophy of Literature (3 cr.)

Philosophical problems in the theory, structure and criticism of literature. Special topics: metaphor, meaning and verbal presence; context and implication; truth and poetry. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: three philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI360 - Topics in Philosophy (3 cr.)

Specialized study of a particular topic in philosophy. Topics will vary with instructor and semester but may include: The Emotions, Ethics and Animals, Nature, Culture and the Hunt. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: three philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI361 - Nature, Culture, and the Hunt (3 cr.)

Examination of ethical and conceptual issues related to hunting. Topics include: animal welfare critiques, hunting codes and their ethical significance, conservationism and hunting, hunting and the local food movement, hunter behavior, sport, commercial, and subsistence hunting, game animals. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ENG101, and PHI102 or PHI104 or three credits of PHI, or POI.

PHI362 - Ethics and Animals (3 cr.)

Survey and analysis of ethical issues about animals. Topics may include: animal rights, hunting, vegetarianism, animal reason and emotion, and political activism on behalf of animals. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ENG101, and PHI102 or PHI104 or three credits in PHI, or POI.

PHI363 - Moral Responsibility (3 cr.)

Philosophical analysis of the conditions for ascribing moral responsibility. Topics may include: free will and moral responsibility, moral praise and blame applied to children, animals, the mentally ill, or to collective organizations such as corporations. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ENG101, and PHI102 or PHI104 or three credits in PHI, or POI.

PHI364 - Outdoor Ethics (3 cr.)

Exploration of the ways in which outdoor recreational activities lead to the development of environmental ethics. Topics may include: the concept of leisure activities, the commercialization of outdoor recreation, and the effects of competition on the ethical status of outdoor practices. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: ENG101 and PHI102 or PHI104 or three credits in PHI or POI.

PHI365 - Food Justice (3 cr.)

Study of the ethical issues that emerge from how food is grown, produced, transported, and distributed. Topics may include farmworker rights, food insecurity, food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, and activism on behalf of food justice. Liberal arts. (Spring). Prerequisites: three philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.

PHI395 - Ethics in Action Practicum (1 to 3 cr.)

Internship or Practicum. Examination of the ethical dimensions of community service or professional activities through practice, reflection, discussion, and writing. Students must fulfill at least 45 hours of community service or practicum activity in the same semester in which they are enrolled in PHI395. Liberal arts. (Spring). Prerequisites: sophomore standing or POI.

PHI399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring).

PHI411 - Philosophy of the Middle Ages (3 cr.)

Medieval and scholastic thought against Platonic and Aristotelian background. Plotinus, St. Augustine, St. Anselm, St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas, Grosseteste, Scotus, Ockham. Significance of Alexander Hales and Peter Lombard, Nicholas of Autrecourt, Nicholas of Cusa. (Fall or Spring). Liberal arts.

PHI417 - Semantics (3 cr.)

Philosophical problems that arise in any discussion of the relation between words and things. Problems of prediction of non-existents and restrictions on the substitutivity principle. Readings from Frege, Russell and Quine. (Fall or Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: six philosophy credits or POI.

PHI419 - Topics in Philosophical Ethics (3 cr.)

Examines issues in the recent literature of philosophical ethics. Topics vary but may include some of the following: metaethics, moral epistemology, friendship and moral theory, feminist ethics, biology and ethics, moral responsibility. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: PHI230 or PHI312 or POI.

PHI444 - Philosophy and Culture (3 cr.)

Study of selected movements in contemporary Western philosophy, such as hermeneutics, poststructuralism, postmodernism, critical theory, and pragmatism, as analyses and critiques of culture. Emphasis on concepts of race, gender, sexuality, and class as they intersect with questions of identity, cultural practices and productions. (Spring). Approved AWR. Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101, six philosophy credits or POI.

PHI490 - Advanced Writing in Philosophy (4 cr.)

Special topics on major figures, problems, or movements. Provides extensive writing practice in various modes of written expression, such as expository essays, position papers, discussion papers, critical essays, or reading journals. Students must complete a major project emphasizing the critical processes of writing, including drafting, editing, and revising. Open only to junior and senior philosophy majors. Approved AWR. (Fall - Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: ENG101, junior or senior philosophy major.

PHI496 - Instructional Practicum (1 to 3 cr.)

Students will assist in the instruction of a course under the supervision of a faculty member. A signed contract specifying activities will be filed in the department. May be repeated once for up to six credits. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts credit. Prerequisites: by invitation only, GPA 3.0.

PHI499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring, Fall).

PHI580 - Advanced Topics in Philosophy (Upon Demand) (3 cr.)

Advanced study of special topics on major figures, problems or movements in philosophy. May be repeated for credit with a different topic. Students cannot receive credit for the same topic at the undergraduate and graduate level. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: POI.

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Alphabetical Listing of Curriculum Descriptions by Course Subject

A

  • Africana Studies = AAS
  • Accounting = ACC
  • Anthropology = ANT
  • Arabic = ARA
  • Art = ART
  • Asian Studies = ASI
  • Astronomy = AST

B

  • Biology = BIO
  • Business = BUS

C

  • Canadian Studies = CAS
  • Communications Disorders & Sciences = CDS
  • Consumer Economics Management = CEM
  • Chemistry = CHE
  • Counseling = CLG
  • Career Life Planning = CLP
  • Communication Studies = CMM
  • Computer Science = CSC
  • Criminal Justice = CRI

E

  • Economics = ECO
  • Education = EDU
  • Education - Administration = EDA
  • Education - Mathematics = EDM
  • Education - Reading = EDR
  • Education - Special = EDS
  • English = ENG
  • Environmental Science = ENV
  • English as a Second Language = ESL
  • Expeditionary Studies = EXP

F

  • Finance = FIN
  • Foreign Languages & Literature = FLL
  • French = FRE
  • Freshman Seminar = FRS
  • Freshman Experience = FRX

G

  • Geography = GEG
  • Gender & Women's Studies = GWS
  • Geology = GEL
  • German = GER

H

  • Health Education = HED
  • History = HIS
  • Honors = HON
  • Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management = HRT
  • Human Development and Family Relations = HDF

I

  • Interdisciplinary Studies = INT
  • Italian = ITA

J

  • Journalism = JOU

L

  • Latin American Studies = LAS
  • Latin = LAT
  • Leadership = MLS
  • Library Skills = LIB
  • Language & Linguistics = LIN

M

  • Mathematics = MAT
  • Meteorology = MET
  • Military Studies = MTS
  • Management & International Business = MGM
  • Marketing & Entrepreneurship = MKE
  • Minority Studies = MNS
  • Music = MUS

N

  • Nursing = NUR
  • Nutrition = FNI

P

  • Physical Education = PED
  • Philosophy = PHI
  • Physics = PHY
  • Portuguese = POR
  • Political Science = PSC
  • Psychology = PSY

R

  • Reading = RDG
  • Recreation = REC
  • Russian = RUS

S

  • Science & Society = SCI
  • Sociology = SOC
  • Spanish = SPA
  • Social Work = SWK

T

  • Theatre = THE
  • Tutor Training = TTR