PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

Development of practical, logical, and problem-solving skills important to all disciplines, with emphasis on the composition of argumentative essays. Definitions, types of meanings, fallacious and deceptive arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning. Introduction to major forms of scientific and logical reasoning used across humanities, sciences and social sciences, including deductive, hypothetico-deductive, and inductive arguments such as statistical, causal, and analogical. This course may be used as one of the courses required in Area B, Institutional Options, and is designed to prepare students for courses in Areas C, D, and E. This course is not an introduction to philosophy. Students interested in an introduction to philosophy should take Philosophy 2010 (Introduction to Philosophy).

PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

We will explore some fascinating questions about human existence and discuss various answers offered by philosophers–questions such as: Does God exist. How should I live my life. What is justice. What is human nature. Do we have free will. What is the meaning of life. Students are not required to take Philosophy 1010 (Critical Thinking) before taking Philosophy 2010.

PHIL 2050 Philosophical Thinking
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Philosophical methods, concepts, skills, and principles. For example: sentential logic, regress and reduction arguments, paradigm-case arguments, types of supervenience, Leibniz’s Law, necessity versus apriority. Applications to important philosophical texts.

PHIL 2500 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to the examination of correct reasoning using symbols to represent statements and relationships between them. This course covers sentential logic and some predicate logic.

PHIL 3000 Introductory Seminar in Philosophy-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHIL 2010 with grade of C or higher
Description

This course offers an in-depth treatment of a philosophical issue (for example, free will, justice, Kantian ethics) in a seminar setting, where students have an opportunity to engage in systematic discussions of primary texts and the philosophical issues they raise. This investigation of a topic from a variety of vantage points allows students to develop an informed position and the argumentative skills necessary to defend it successfully, both orally and in writing. This course is designed to introduce students to the major in philosophy. There is no requirement that one be a philosophy major to take this course. Students considering a philosophy major or minor are encouraged to take this course. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all philosophy majors.

PHIL 3010 Origins of Western Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Development of European philosophy from the early Greeks to the Romans. Typically included are Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

PHIL 3020 Early Modern Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Development of European philosophy from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Typically included are Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.

PHIL 3030 Late Modern Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Development of European and American philosophy from the Enlightenment to the mid-twentieth century. Philosophers and schools may include Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Russell, James, Dewey, Sartre, Whitehead, and Wittgenstein, and idealism, pragmatism, process thought, existentialism, and analytic philosophy.

PHIL 3050 Analytic Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to analytic philosophy through some of the most important works by leading figures, such as Russell, Ayer, Quine, Austin, Ryle, and Putnam.

PHIL 3060 Existentialism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to existentialism through selected literary and philosophical writings of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus, de Beauvoir, Sartre, and others.

PHIL 3230 Philosophy of Religion
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as RELS 3230.) Issues such as the nature of religion, arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, faith and reason, religious experience, immortality, myth and symbol, and alternative religious philosophies.

PHIL 3690 Honors Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor and Honors Program director
Description

Discussion and readings on selected topics.

PHIL 3710 Marriage and Family
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Study of philosophical issues relating to marriage and the family. Topics may include the nature of marriage and marital obligation, marriage and the state, childrenÂ’s rights and parental obligations, the family and the state, and justice in the family.

PHIL 3720 Contemporary Moral Problems
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Selected moral issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, environmentalism, genetic engineering, feminism, animal rights, gay and lesbian rights, and political violence. Brief coverage of ethical theories as they relate to the issues at hand.

PHIL 3730 Business Ethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Moral issues in business, such as social responsibility, employee obligations and rights, ethics and the professions, marketing and advertising practices, and the environment. Issues in both domestic and international areas may be discussed.

PHIL 3855 Topics in Political Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introductory survey of the great writings in political thought. Examines the contributions these works made to Western conceptions such as democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, and liberty, as well as their continuing relevance for understanding contemporary moral and political dilemmas. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 3900 Studies in Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of selected philosopher(s) or topic(s). May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4010 Plato
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level course in philosophy, or consent of instructor
Description

Advanced introduction to the major areas of Plato’s philosophy, which may include the relationship between virtue and knowledge, the theory of recollection, the theory of forms, the nature of sensible objects, and the relationship between the individual and the state. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4020 Aristotle
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Advanced introduction to the major areas of Aristotle’s philosophy, which may include early and later theories of substance, methodology, the study of nature, the soul, and ethics. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4030 Topics in Ancient Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Investigation of a specific theme, philosopher, or text, such as Aristotle’s ethics, the philosophy of Socrates, Plato’s Republic, Stoicism, Hellenistic ethics, or Aristotle’s philosophy of mind. May be repeated if topic varies, but only six credit hours may be applied to the major. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4050 Topics in Modern Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course or consent of instructor
Description

Intensive study of works of modern philosophers such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Malebranche, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Berkeley, Hume, Reid, Kant, and Hegel. The course may be organized around the works of a single philosopher, or it may survey the development of a particular area of modern philosophy (such as moral philosophy, political philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, or aesthetics). May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4055 Hume
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level course in philosophy or consent of instructor
Description

Advanced introduction to the major areas of Hume’s philosophy. Topics may include the relation between his theoretical and moral philosophy, skepticism, causation, necessity, the foundations of human knowledge, self- consciousness, personal identity, reason, will, sentiment, naturalism, and normativity. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4060 Kant
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Advanced introduction to the major areas of Kant’s theoretical and/or practical philosophy. Topics may include: Kant’s conception of the task and method of philosophical inquiry, the relation of metaphysics and epistemology to natural science, skepticism, causality, freedom, the moral law, and the religious, political, and social ramifications of Kant’s moral philosophy. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4070 Marxism
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Origin and development of central themes in the philosophy of Karl Marx, such as alienation, exploitation, and dialectal materialism, with limited reference to contemporary trends in Marxist thought. May be repeated if topic varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4075 Topics in 19th Century Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Investigation of a specific theme, philosopher, or text, such as Hegel, Nietzsche, German Idealism, or the emergence of philosophy in America. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4085 Topics in the History of Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Investigation of a specific theme, philosopher, or text, such as Scepticism in Ancient and Modern Philosophy, Anselm, or the Summa Contra Gentiles. May be repeated if topic varies, but only six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4090 Topics in Continental Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Study of works of such authors as Husserl, Scheler, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Ricoeur. May be repeated if topic varies, but only six credit hours may be applied to the major.

PHIL 4095 Topics in Analytic Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Study of works of such authors as Russell, Moore, Carnap, Putnam, Lewis, Feinberg, Hart, and Rawls. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4100 Epistemology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Problems in the concept of knowledge, such as the definition of propositional knowledge, the problem of induction, the a priori, and theories of truth. May also include theories such as coherentism, reliabilism, and foundationalism.

PHIL 4130 Philosophy of Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

An examination of philosophical problems associated with the nature, scope, and significance of the sciences. Topics may include: scientific versus non-scientific world views; explanation and its limits; confirmation; paradigms, laws, and theories; intertheoretic reduction; realism versus antirealism; science and human values.

PHIL 4150 Topics in Epistemology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Investigation of selected contemporary or classical topics in epistemology. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4300 Metaphysics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Topics may include personal identity and human nature; space, time, matter, and causality; freedom and determinism; teleology; conceptions of divinity; and world views and paradigm shifts.

PHIL 4330 Philosophy of Mind
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

An examination of various theories of the mind-body relationship, such as dualism, identity theory, and functionalism, and of specific issues such as consciousness, mental representation, mental disorders, the emotions, artificial intelligence, personal identity, and free will.

PHIL 4340 Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor (background in the sciences is not required)
Description

An interdisciplinary examination of the problems, theories, and research strategies central to the study of the human mind and of other cognitive systems. Basic readings will come from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology. Topics of investigation may include perception, mental representation, language, modularity, consciousness, emotions, moral psychology, action, mental disorders, folk psychology, and animal minds.

PHIL 4350 Topics in Metaphysics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of the instructor
Description

Study of specific issues in metaphysics, such as free will, causation, time, personal identity, possible worlds, existence of God, realism, etc. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4500 Symbolic Logic
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHIL 2500 with grade of B or better, or consent of instructor
Description

This course will cover the fundamentals of propositional and predicate logic, and selected topics in such areas as the logic of identity and relations, modal logic, or meta-logic. Emphasis placed on construction of proofs in formal systems.

PHIL 4530 Philosophy of Language
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Efforts in twentieth-century philosophy to account for the unique capacities of language to represent the world and to communicate our beliefs about it. Topics may include the nature of language, theories of meaning and reference, semantic paradoxes, private language, speech acts, and non-human language.

PHIL 4700 Ethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Major Western theories, such as relativism, egoism, emotivism, utilitarianism, deontology, naturalism, intuitionism, virtue ethics, existential ethics, and feminist ethics.

PHIL 4740 Biomedical Ethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Major moral problems in science and medicine, including abortion, death and euthanasia, treatment of the mentally ill, experimentation with human subjects, and genetic research. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4750 Topics in Ethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites one 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of the instructor
Description

Study of the works of major authors or views in normative ethics and/or metaethics. The focus will be on contemporary ethics but the course may include some study of historical figures. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4760 Ethics and Contemporary Public Policy – Ethics Bowl
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

Course will explore how ethical theories may illuminate current debates in public policy. Students will also prepare for “ethics bowl” competitions. Course may be repeated, but only twice toward philosophy major. 3 credit hours.

PHIL 4770 Moral Psychology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite one 2000 or 3000-level Philosophy course, or consent of the instructor. Examination of how humans function in moral contexts and how this information may impact debates in ethical theory. Drawing from relevant literature in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and other sciences, topics may include moral judgment and intuitions, moral disagreement, reason and emotion, moral agency and responsibility, character traits and virtues, altruism and egoism, and moral development.

PHIL 4780 Neuroethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Prerequisite one 2000 or 3000-level Philosophy course, or consent of the instructor. Neuroethics considers how ethical theories inform neuroscientific practice and how neuroscientific discoveries inform ethical theorizing. Topics may include ehtical protocols for neuroscience research, ethical and legal implications of neuroscientific research, and implications of neuroscience for debates about moral behavior and judgment.

PHIL 4790 Topics in Neuroethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level Philosophy course, or consent of the instructor
Description

Study of specific issues in neuroethics, such as cognitive enhancement, neuromarketing, neurolaw, neuroscience and free will, etc.

PHIL 4800 Social and Political Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Issues such as the definition and justification of human rights, justice, social welfare, and forms of political participation, and the debate between ideologies. Readings from classical and contemporary sources, for example, Plato, Locke, Mill, Marx, and Rawls.

PHIL 4820 Philosophy of Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Topics such as theories of law, feminist legal theory, the nature of legal reasoning, legal obligation, law and justice, law and morality.

PHIL 4830 Philosophy of Art
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Historical and contemporary accounts of the nature of art, aesthetic experience, creative activity, imagination, expression, interpretation, and aesthetic evaluation.

PHIL 4855 Advanced Topics in Political Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Advanced survey of the great writings in political thought. Examines the contributions these works made to Western conceptions such as democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, and liberty, as well as their continuing relevance for understanding contemporary moral and political dilemmas. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4860 Feminist Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Classical and contemporary issues concerning women, such as discrimination on the basis of gender, class, race, or sexuality, whether gender is natural or constructed, and historical roots of feminist and anti-feminist perspectives.

PHIL 4870 Honors Thesis: Research
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor and Honors Program director
Description

(Formerly PHIL 4770.) Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project.

PHIL 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites PHIL 4870, consent of the instructor and Honors Program driector
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project.

PHIL 4890 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of the instructor
Description

Study of selected issues in social/political philosophy. The focus will be on contemporary ethics but the course may include some study of historical figures. May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4900 Issues in Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites One 2000 or 3000-level philosophy course, or consent of instructor
Description

Examination of selected philosopher(s) or topic(s). May be repeated but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4950 Independent Research
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Designed to provide students with the opportunity to do more advanced work in an area in which they have already had regular course work. Not to be used as a substitute for regular upper-level courses. May be repeated but only if content varies.

PHIL 4960 Internship
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Designed to allow majors and minors the opportunity to apply and develop their philosophical skills outside the classroom and to see the relationship between philosophy and a profession.

PHIL 4990 Senior Seminar in Philosophy-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites senior class standing, major in philosophy, PHIL 2010, PHIL 2050 or PHIL 3000, PHIL 3010, and PHIL 3020 with grades of C or higher
Description

This course offers an in-depth treatment of a specific philosophical issue (for example, the role of paternalism in a liberal society, reliabilist theories of knowledge, the nature of moral emotions) in a seminar setting, where students have an opportunity to engage in systematic discussions of primary texts and the philosophical issues they raise. This investigation of a topic from a variety of vantage points allows students to develop an informed position and the argumentative skills necessary to defend it successfully, both orally and in writing. This course is the capstone to the major in philosophy. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) courses required of all philosophy majors. May be repeated with instructor permission but only if content varies. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied toward the major.

PHIL 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students. This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements.