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SUMMER 2018 PHILOSOPHY COURSES

Registration begins April 2nd

PHL 100
Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Samuel Cocks
SS I  - ONLINE

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.

Satisfies General Education 07 Requirement: Humanistic Studies

 FALL 2018 PHILOSOPHY COURSES

Registration begins April 9th

PHL 100
Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Sheryl Tuttle Ross
TuTh 12:40 PM - 2:05 PM

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.

Satisfies General Education 07 Requirement: Humanistic Studies

 

PHL 100
Introduction to Philosophy
Instructor: Samuel Cocks
MoWeFr 9:55 AM - 10:50 AM

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.

Satisfies General Education 07 Requirement: Humanistic Studies

 

PHL 101
Introduction to Logic
Instructor: Mary Krizan
MoWe 3:55 PM – 5:20 PM

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.

Satisfies General Education 02 Requirement: Mathematical/Logical Systems/Modern Languages

 

PHL 101
Introduction to Logic
Instructor: Eric Kraemer
TuTh 2:15 PM – 3:40 PM

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.

Satisfies General Education 02 Requirement: Mathematical/Logical Systems/Modern Languages

 

PHL 120
Introduction to Ethics and Society:
The Person and the Community
Instructor: Eric Kraemer
TuTh 9:25 AM – 10:50 AM

Introduces the major perspectives on ethics and its relationship to individuals and social responsibility. Specific contemporary moral and social problems are introduced, such as abortion, famine, war, and individual rights versus the collective rights of society.

 

PHL 205
History of Ancient Philosophy
Instructor: Mary Krizan
MoWe 2:15 PM – 3:40 PM

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

 

PHL 310
Metaphysics
Instructor: Mary Krizan
Mo 5:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Metaphysics is the science of what it is to "be" something. Topics include: (1) how metaphysics differs from natural science, (2) in what sense is anything general, universal, particular, continuing, an event, a process, a substance, a relation, abstract, subjective, or objective, (3) in what ways possible worlds can differ from this one, (4) what kind of thing could have body and a mind, (5) what the difference between a thing and its parts in an arrangement is, (6) what is required for two seemingly different things to turn out to be the same thing, (7) how space and time differ from each other and other things, and (8) what natural laws and numbers are.

 

PHL 333
Philosophy of Mind
Instructor: Eric Kraemer
TuTh 11:00 AM – 12:25 PM

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. 

 

PHL 337
Social and Political Philosophy
Instructor: Sheryl Tuttle Ross
TuTh 2:15 PM – 3:40 PM

An examination of differing philosophical views about humanity and human nature with respect to our social and political life. Topics may include the question of political legitimacy, the function of the state, the possible rights and obligations of citizen’s vis-a-vis the state, general concepts of justice, rights, liberty, equality, and community (as well as possible specific conceptions of these terms), and how social goods should be distributed. The application of these topics to contemporary social and political debates.

 

PHL 355
Philosophy and Film
Instructor: Sheryl Tuttle Ross
We 5:30 PM – 8:15 PM

An investigation into the philosophy of film and the philosophy within film. Topics may include personal identity, knowledge, technology, ideology, morality, emotions, and truth.

 

PHL 425
Wilderness Philosophy
Instructor: Samuel Cocks
TuTh 9:25 AM – 10:50 AM

The intention of this course is to investigate the many different ways in which wilderness is defined and understood within environmental philosophy. The approach will be broad and will cover a variety of themes. Our desire is both to clarify the positive characteristics of the wilderness idea while also recognizing its significant flaws and hazards. The moral implications of the wilderness concept will be given special attention. A variety of different philosophical perspectives will be utilized.