PHL 100 – Introduction to Philosophy

Are you looking for answers to life's important questions? This course offers the student an introduction to the major views on important philosophic topics such as reality, personal identity, freedom, knowledge, morality, religion, and social justice.

Sheryl Tuttle Ross         TuTh  2:15 – 3:40

Staff                               MWF 11:00 - 11:55


PHL 101 – Introduction to Logic

An introduction to logic, the science of valid reasoning. This course introduces the student to both formal and informal methods of reasoning and evaluating arguments.

Daniel Schneider           TuTh 9:25 – 10:50

Staff                               MW 3:55 – 5:20


PHL 201 – Ethical Theory and Practice

An exploration of philosophical ethics, with attention paid to the philosophical methods of analysis and argumentation used to drive and evaluate moral theories and judgments. Topics may include the nature of moral truth (e.g., absolute truth, relativism, pluralism), prominent moral theories (e.g., virtue ethics, deontology, utilitarianism), important figures from the history of philosophy (e.g., Aristotle, Kant, J.S. Mill), an examination into the nature of virtues and values, principles of right action, and character. Students can expect to engage in a mandatory service-learning project applying what they have learned in the classroom.

Staff         Internet


PHL 205 - History of Ancient Philosophy

Introduction to principle questions of philosophy and history of their analysis from the pre-Socratic period to the Renaissance.

Daniel Schneider     TuTh  3:55-5:20


PHL 300 - Self, World, Freedom (Topics in Philosophy)

In this course we will read seminal 19th and 20th Century French and German philosophers.  Thinkers include Hegel, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and De Beauvoir.  The course mostly represents German Idealism, Phenomenology, and Existentialism.  The following questions will guide our inquiry:  What is a person or self? What is the self's relationship to both the natural and human cultural world?  How does this relationship influence our understanding of human freedom?   In answering these questions, we will pursue a variety of metaphysical, epistemological and ethical themes.

Sam Cocks                    TuTh 11:00 – 12:25


PHL/PSY 301 - Theory of Knowledge

An intensive examination of three major questions: (1) What are the principal grounds of knowledge? (2) How certain can we be of what we think we know? (3) Are there limits beyond which we cannot hope to extend knowledge? Strong emphasis is placed on the problems of perception, learning, and knowledge representation. Prerequisite: PHL 100 or PHL 101 or PHL 120 or PHL 200 or PSY 100. (Cross-listed with PHL/PSY; may only earn credit in one department.)

Daniel Schneider           TuTh 12:40 – 2:05


ERS/PHL 321 - American Indian Thought

Reflection on the Native American ways of thinking as manifest in the literature of various select tribes, on the essential characteristics of thinking commonly shared by Native Americans, and on the fundamental difference between the Native American ways of thinking and those of the dominant (white) culture. The "primal world" of Native American thought will be studied as an alternative to the western way of thinking. Prerequisite: ERS 100. (Cross-listed with ERS/PHL 321; may only earn credit in one department.)

Taylor Johnson               TuTh 3:55 – 5:20


PHL 330 - Philosophy of Food

This course explores the aesthetic, ethical and existential features of the dining experience. Beginning with the pleasure features of food it moves to discussion on the relation of the disgusting and delicious, of the role of taste and food taboo, the proper relation of food and beauty, the question of whether food can constitute art, the relation of food and the sexual, and the role of the aesthetic in unpacking ethical evaluation of food choices. Phenomenological accounts are provided of the experiences of eating disorders and models of thinness and obesity. Next it looks at the metaphysics and epistemology of establishing criteria for nutritional value, the ideology of nutritionism, analysis of functional foods, the defenses/critiques of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and so-called Frankenfoods. Further it investigates ethical discourse on eating behavior, ethical arguments for vegetarianism, veganism, carnism and omnivorism, and gendered accounts of proper eating behavior. Lastly, philosophical arguments about appropriate ethical responses to world hunger are evaluated as well as development of arguments about the proper role of being a world food citizen.

Sheryl Tuttle Ross  Internet 


PHL 332 – Philosophy of the Arts

An examination of production, appreciation, and criticism of art. Topics may include the nature of art, the nature of beauty, the function(s) of art (if any), the moral status of works of art, aesthetic evaluation, the antimony of taste, the paradoxes of fiction, tragedy, and horror, and public financing of art. Theories may include the imitation/representation theory, expressionism, formalism, aesthetic experience theory, and institutional theory.

Sheryl Tuttle Ross         Wed. 5:30 – 8:15


PHL/PSY 333 - Philosophy of Mind

A study of the nature of the mind from both philosophical and psychological perspectives. The course will focus on important attempts to solve the mind-body problem, how mind and body are related and also will address the related problems of consciousness, intentionality, free will and personal identity. Prerequisite: PHL 100 or PHL 101 or PHL 200 or PSY 100. (Cross-listed with PHL/PSY; may only earn credit in one department.)

Sam Cocks                   TuTh 9:25 – 10:50