PHILOSOPHY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PHILSPHY 241     INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY   GH         3 u
An introduction to philosophical thought. Representative philosophers and representative issues, such as the nature of ethical reasoning, rival theories of knowledge, and the individual's relation to society, are considered. The emphasis is on argument and analysis, and on issues which are relevant to philosophical problems.

 PHILSPHY 245     CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES   GH         3 u
An analysis and critical examination of contemporary moral issues related to business, science, and social policy as developed by current participants in the debate and moral philosophers of various periods and philosophical perspectives.

PHILSPHY 247     BIOETHICS    GH         3 u
This course provides an introduction to the basic science underlying current research in biology, as well as critical study of ethical, legal and social issues raised by technological applications of biological research in such fields as medicine, genetic counseling, law, and family planning.
Prereq: GENED 150

PHILSPHY 248      ENVIRONMENTAL  ETHICS     GH 3 u
A critical examination of ethical issues and problems arising from human interaction with non-human animals and the natural environment. Topics, such as the moral status of non-human animals, the moral bases of an environmental ethics, biodiversity, and sustainable development, will be considered by examining the writing of philosophers representing various perspectives.

 PHILSPHY 251     LOGIC    GH         3 u
By examining basic concepts, methods, and techniques for evaluating argumentation, this course aims at developing students' abilities to recognize, criticize, and construct arguments. The relationship between language and good reasoning will also be considered.

 PHILSPHY 261     INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS    GH         3 u
A study of the main Western theories of moral value and obligation. These theories will be analyzed in terms of their adequacy for solving moral problems and their ability to articulate the morally good life. Consideration will also be given to challenges to normative ethics.

 PHILSPHY 271     INTRODUCTION TO AESTHETICS    GH         3 u
An analysis and discussion of problems as to the nature of art, artistic truth or insight, aesthetic appreciation, evaluation of works of art, creativity, and the role of the artist in society.
Prereq: GENED 110 or consent of the instructor.

 PHILSPHY 281     SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY    GH         3 u
A discussion of ideas which are basic to thinking about society, its purposes, and its structure. Such ideas as justice, equality, rights, obligations and freedom are examined.
Prereq: GENED 130 or consent of the instructor.

 PHILSPHY 291     PHILOSOPHY OF THE NATURAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES       GH         3 u
A critical examination of the methods, presuppositions, and concepts of the natural and social sciences. This course examines key concepts in the sciences such as time, space, explanation, verification, model construction, etc.
Prereq: GENED 150 or consent of instructor.

 PHILSPHY 341     CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY    GH         3 u
An introduction to the major figures in Greek philosophy, including representative pre-Socratic philosophers, Plato, and Aristotle, focusing on Classical sources of philosophy of science, ethics, political philosophy, and theory of knowledge.
Prereq: GENED 150 or sophomore level.

 PHILSPHY 342     MODERN PHILOSOPHY    GH         3 u
This course concentrates on the main movements in philosophy from Descartes through Kant. Principal works and selections from the major philosophers will be read.
Prereq: GENED 150 or sophomore level.

 PHILSPHY 343     AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY    GH         3 u
This course examines the main currents of American philosophy through a study of the writings of America's major philosophers, e.g., Dewey, Peirce, James, Santayana, Mead, Whitehead, and more contemporary writers.
Prereq: GENED 120 or consent of the instructor.

 PHILSPHY 345     CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY    GH         3 u
A critical examination of major Western philosophers and philosophical schools of thought of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Prereq: GENED 150 or sophomore level.

PHILSPHY 365     PHILOSOPHICAL AND RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES ON DEATH AND DYING    GH        3 u
A critical examination of philosophical and religious materials dealing with death and dying. Issues such as the nature of death, the fear of death, the possibility of an afterlife, the concept of immortality, ethical and legal problems raised in the dying process, the ethics of hospice care, and the morality of euthanasia will be considered.
Prereq: Sophomore standing.

 PHILSPHY 390/590     FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY         3 u
An introduction to feminist philosophy including its relation to other philosophical traditions, its historical development, and its relevance to concerns in areas such as ethics, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion.
Prereq: Soph level or consent of instructor.

PHILSPHY 490/690     WORKSHOP     Repeatable         1-3 u

PHILSPHY 494/694     SEMINAR     Repeatable         1-3 u

PHILSPHY 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES     Repeatable         1-3 u

PHILSPHY 498     INDEPENDENT STUDY     Repeatable         1-3 u

INTRAUNV 246     BUSINESS ETHICS    GI         3 u
(See INTRAUNIVERSITY Studies)
 
 
 
 

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