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Available Philosophy Courses

Available Philosophy Courses

Available Philosophy Courses
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A number of courses are currently available, and more are being developed.  Some courses are only available in select semesters - check the online course catalog for availability.


Course Level: 100 | 200 | 300 | 400 | 500

100 Level Courses


102. Critical Thinking
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Gen. Ed. 3, 4
Argument and reasoning using simple formal logical systems, inductive logic, informal logic, and other patterns of critical thinking.

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200 Level Courses


201. Introduction to Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Gen. Ed. 1, 3, 4; WE
Philosophical problems including such topics as the existence of God, the nature of the human mind, free will and determinism, and the foundations of knowledge and ethics.

251. Biomedical Ethics and Decision-Making
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Gen. Ed. 4
Basic principles of critical thinking and contemporary ethical theories forming the foundations for ethical decision making.

252. Ethics in the Sciences
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
& Introduction to the major schools of thought in moral thinking: Virtue Ethics, Consequentialist Moral Theories, Deontological Moral Theories, and Ethical Intuitionism. Special attention is paid to case studies of ethical problems that arise in the sciences and engineering.

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300 Level Courses

311. History of Ancient and Medieval Thought
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Gen. Ed. 1, 3, 4; WE
Western philosophy from ancient Greece to the Renaissance. No duplicate credit for PHIL 311 and PHIL 301.

312. History of Modern Thought
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Gen. Ed. 1, 3, 4; WE
Western philosophy in the 17th through 19th centuries, with particular focus on the Rationalist/Empiricist debate. No duplicate credit for PHIL 312 and PHIL 202 or PHIL 303.

313. Contemporary Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Western philosophy from approximately 1850 forward, with particular focus on pragmatism, the analytic movement, and phenomenology. No duplicate credit for PHIL 313 and PHIL 203 or PHIL 303.

314. Existentialism
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Existential thought through the 19th and 20th centuries.

315. Political Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Gen. Ed. 1, 3, 4; WE
Great political philosophers from the ancient through the modern period. General issues such as law, justice, and rights will be discussed in relation to the development and maintenance of societies. No duplicate credit for PHIL 315 and GOVT 303, GOVT 315, GOVT 330, GOVT 331, or PHIL 321.

331. Ethics
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Gen. Ed. 1, 3, 4; WE
Major concepts of morality and assessment. Issues include skepticism, relativism, naturalism, and religious ethics.

332. Epistemology: Study of the Nature of Knowledge
Lec. 3 Cr. 3 Problems in epistemology, including the nature of human knowledge, the relation between knowledge and true belief, the Rationalism/Empiricism debate, and the nature of rationality and justification.

333. Metaphysics: Study of What is Real
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Problems in metaphysics, including the mind/body problem, free will and determinism, universals and particulars, and the nature of persons.

334. Formal Logic
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Syntax and semantics of modern first order formal logic with emphasis on the construction of formal proofs and identification and translation of ordinary language arguments into the language of formal logic.

341. Philosophy of Religion
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Gen. Ed. 1, 3, 4, 9, 10; WE
Traditional and contemporary issues in religion, including the nature and existence of God, the nature of religious knowledge and belief, miracles, immorality, and the relationship between science and religion.

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400 Level Courses


411. Philosophy of Science
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Issues in modern science, including the nature of scientific explanation and confirmation, the growth of scientific knowledge, and the realism/anti-realism debate. No duplicate credit for PHIL 411 and PHIL 511. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of department head.

412. Philosophy of Mind
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Issues pertinent to mental activity including dualism, materialism, intentionality, action theory, and artificial intelligence. No duplicate credit for PHIL 412 and PHIL 512.

481. Special Topics in Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Selected topic in historical or contemporary philosophy. May be repeated as topics vary to accrue a total of 9 hours. No duplicate credit for PHIL 481 and PHIL 581 for the same topic. Prerequisites: 6 hours of philosophy or permission of department head.

482. Figures in Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Work of a specific philosopher. May be repeated to accrue a total of 6 hours provided different philosophers are covered. No duplicate credit for PHIL 482 and PHIL 582 for the same topic.

483. Great Books in Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
A given book or collection of books significant in the history of philosophy. This course may be repeated to accrue a total of 6 hours provided different books are covered. No duplicate credit for PHIL 483 an PHIL 583 for the same topic.

491. Independent Study in Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Research in approved philosophical area during the student's junior or senior year. May be repeated to accrue a total of 6 hours. No duplicate credit for PHIL 491 and PHIL 591.

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500 Level Courses

511. Philosophy of Science
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Issues in modern science, including the nature of scientific explanation and confirmation, the growth of scientific knowledge, and the realism/anti-realism debate. Students required to do extensive reading and reporting. No duplicate credit for PHIL 511 and PHIL 411.

512. Philosophy of Mind
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Issues pertinent to mental activity, including dualism, materialism, intentionality, action theory and artificial intelligence. Students required to do extensive reading and reporting. No duplicate credit for PHIL 512 and PHIL 412.

581. Special Topics in Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Selected topics in historical or contemporary philosophy. May be repeated as topics vary to accrue a total of 9 hours credit. Students required to do extensive reading and reporting. No duplicate credit for PHIL 581 and PHIL 481 for the same topic.
Prerequisites:6 hours of philosophy or permission of instructor.

582. Great Figures in Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Work of a specific philosopher. May be repeated to accrue a total of 6 hours credit provided different philosophers are covered. Students will be required to do extensive reading and reporting. No duplicate credit for PHIL 582 and PHIL 482 for the same topic.
Prerequisites: 6 hours of philosophy or permission of instructor.

583. Great Books in Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
A given book or collection of books significant in the history of philosophy. This course may be repeated to accrue a total of 6 hours credit provided different books are covered. Students required to do extensive reading and reporting. No duplicate credit for PHIL 583 and PHIL 483 for the same topic.
Prerequisites: 6 hours of philosophy or permission of instructor.

591. Independent Study in Philosophy
Lec. 3 Cr. 3
Research in approved philosophical area of the student's interest. Students required to do extensive reading and reporting. May be repeated to accrue a total of 6 hours as topics vary. No duplicate credit for PHIL 591 and PHIL 491.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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