Fall 2020

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 

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  MoWe 3:55 - 5:20 

Mary Krizan  TuTh 12:40-2:05

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.

Mary Krizan  TuTh 2:15-3:40

PHL 300: Politics and Epistemology of Big Data

“Big Data” and machine learning algorithms have begun to transform our society. In this course we use philosophical methods to explore the epistemic and political implications of this new technology: How does this technology affect our social discourse and behavior? How does an A.I curated media affect our democracy? What does the predictive power of algorithms say about human freedom and our understanding of our selves? No background in computer science or programming is required for this course.

Daniel Schneider  MoWeFr 11:00-11:55 AM

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  W 5:30-8:15 PM

PHL 349: Asian Philosophy

Introduction to the main questions found in the Asian philosophical traditions. We will read Indian, Chinese, and Japanese philosophers, with a special emphasis on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. Questions will be centered in ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Conceptual connections will be made with Western philosophical traditions.

Sam Cocks TuTh 11:00-12:25 

PHL 420: On Humor and Happiness

What is happiness? Is it something that we should devote our lives pursuing? What is the relationship between happiness and other sorts of experiences we value? Can happiness ever be wrong or mistaken? What makes something funny or amusing? What is the relationship between humor and happiness? Is comedy just tragedy plus time? Is it okay to laugh at morally reprehensible jokes? This class will address those questions and include study of the philosophy of emotions, in particular the emotion of happiness and the experience of laughter as it relates to the various theories of comedy and humor. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or three credits in philosophy.

Sheryl Tuttle-Ross  Tu 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM

PHL 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.

Daniel Schneider MoWeFr 9:55-10:50