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.
There is a vast array of media outlets, political talking heads, and mass-marketed paraphernalia that claim to know what you should know, how you should feel about it, and what the best things are for you. We live thoroughly media-ted. This course critiques our current media culture on the veracity/rationality of their epistemic claims.
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.
This course offers a critical examination and discussion of ethical issues and problems which arise within all areas of business. Topics include but are not limited to: workers' rights, harassment and discrimination in the workplace, whistleblowing, and consumer ethics.
This course introduces key ethical approaches such as Kantian ethics, utilitarianism, and feminist ethics and addresses their application to issues in health care. Ethical issues to be addressed may include: end of life decisions, family planning, genetic technology, access to health care, and the role of health care professionals.
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.
In this course, students will develop skill in recognizing, constructing, and evaluating arguments, both deductive and inductive. Methods include identifying formal and informal fallacies, techniques for determining the validity of deductive arguments, and symbolizing English arguments.
The first half of this course studies major ethical theories, offering students some frameworks for moral reasoning. The second half of the course applies those theories to a variety of current moral issues of immediate relevance to the students' lives.
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.
A discussion of ideas that are basic to thinking about society, its purposes, and its structure. Such ideas as justice, equality, rights, obligations and freedom are examined.
This course examines key philosophical positions and figures regarding knowledge (epistemology) and reality (metaphysics). We will ask questions such as: What do we know? How do we know? What is reality? Why is there a world? What is space? What is time? and What is social ontology?
Science is an important human enterprise. This course is designed to provide a more philosophical understanding of science so that one can critically assess claims people make about evidence, confirmation, theory, model, simulation, causation, etc. It presupposes no previous knowledge of philosophy or any particular science, only a serious curiosity about them.
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.
This course concentrates on the main movements in philosophy from Descartes through Kant. Principal works from the major philosophers will be read.
This course concentrates on the main movements in 19th century philosophy. Selections from principal works of major philosophers of the period, such as Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marx, Husserl, Peirce, and James, will be critically examined.
This course concentrates on the main movements in 20th century philosophy. Selections from principal works of major philosophers of the period, such as Ayer, Wittgenstein, Quine, Carnap, Heidegger, Sartre, Irigary, Lyotard, and Derrida will be critically examined.
This course explores conceptual issues including: how mental activities correlate with brain activities, how the mind relates to action, how the mind's attention can be gripped by the physical world, and how research in A.I. informs our understanding of the nature of the mind.
This course covers a range of moral issues surrounding sex and sexuality through the lens of contemporary analytic philosophy. Topics include but are not limited to: gender identity, gender equality, discrimination, sexual exploitation, consent, prostitution, and pornography. PHILSPHY 261: Introduction to Ethics is recommended but not required.
The course uses central ethical theories to investigate gaming. We will focus on questions such as "What is a game?" "What is cheating?" "How is my identity and agency within a game related to my identity and agency outside of a gaming environment?" "What distinguishes esports from non-esports?" "How can we ethically treat professionals in the gaming industry?
Humans begin to recognize persisting objects at 18 - 24 months old but don¿t develop a substantial conception of self until 3 - 4 years old, and that conception then evolves throughout the rest of our lives. Drawing insights from multiple disciplines-- philosophy, psychology, literature, Zen, etc.-- this course provides students with tools to conceptualize who they are in the midst of their desires, emotions, reasoning, social interactions, and work. Students will also confront the question of whether, and to what extent, it is meaningful to conceive of their life as a narrative.
Existentialism is the philosophy of the individual - existing, concrete individual, As a reaction against totalitizing systems that leave individuals as small cogs in the wheel of history. Existentialists tackle questions about what it means to be an individual and the struggle of living in freedom - and so shall we.
This course examines the philosophical assumptions underlying concepts of gender and race. Topics include: historical and contemporary arguments about race and gender as biological categories; the relationship between the use of these categories and the persistence of sexism and racism; and race and gender in theories of subjectivity.
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.
Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable
Study and work with a government unit or in some area of public affairs under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Students will have the opportunity to combine academic learning with practical experience in government and politics. Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits in major/degree.
Variable topics.Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Repeatable
Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable