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Courses - Summer 2019
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PHIL100
Introduction to Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
An introduction to the literature, problems, and methods of philosophy either through a study of some of the main figures in philosophic thought or through an examination of some of the central and recurring problems of philosophy.
An introduction to philosophy that focuses on three central themes in Western philosophy: the nature of death and the possibility of an afterlife (e.g. would immortality in paradise be desirable?), the nature of minds and artificial intelligence (e.g. is the rise of artificial intelligence an existential threat to humankind?), and finally, the ethics of life and death (e.g. is it wrong to have children?)
PHIL140
Contemporary Moral Issues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
The uses of philosophical analysis in thinking clearly about such widely debated moral issues as abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, reverse discrimination, the death penalty, business ethics, sexual equality, and economic justice.
An introduction to the tools and concepts of ethics (and ethical argumentation) through a survey of three topics of current relevance: (i) our relation to the environment; (ii) communities and migration; (iii) technology and privacy.
PHIL170
Introduction to Logic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: MS
GenEd: FSAR
Development of analytical reasoning skills through study of formal logics, reasoning systems, and fallacious inference patterns.
PHIL204
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Credit only granted for: PHIL209E or PHIL204.
Formerly: PHIL209E.
What does the discipline of philosophy teach us about happiness? This course explores how philosophers have addressed questions about the nature of happiness and its role in the good human life. Questions to be addressed include: what is it to be happy? What social, economic, and political institutions foster and support human happiness? Can an immoral person be happy? And is a happy life the same as a meaningful life?
PHIL220
Bioethics: Regulating Right and Wrong
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Credit only granted for: PHIL209A or PHIL220.
Formerly: PHIL209A.
Bioethicists formulate ethical guidelines. They answer questions such as: When life-saving health resources are scarce, who should get them? Should we increase supply of one such resource, kidneys, by buying them from living "donors"? If drug trials in developing countries benefit patients who consent to participate, are the trials ethical, even if the same research would be forbidden in the US? If a sick person aims to hasten her death, how, if at all, might her doctor permissibly help her? In this course, students construct and defend ethical rules in four domains: research ethics, allocation of scarce resources, markets in organs, and physician-assisted dying.
PHIL309L
Philosophical Problems; Philosophy of Love and Sex
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will explore the nature of love and sex. We will survey the philosophical literature for accounts of both, while answering questions related to personal identity (do we change or stop being ourselves when in love?), to autonomy (am I good lover if I sabotage my lover's plans for their own good?), and to justification (is love responsive to reasons? Are some reasons better than others?). Some moral issues raised by these questions will be considered as we proceed.
PHIL318E
Studies in Epistemology/Metaphysics; Philosophy Through Popular Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
In this course we will explore philosophy through popular film. We will watch thought-provoking movies as a springboard to explore big philosophical questions about, for instance, what we can know, the nature of consciousness and AI, whether we have free will, what makes a person who they are over time, and what ethical responsibilities we have towards others.
PHIL498
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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PHIL688
(Perm Req)
Selected Problems in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHIL788
(Perm Req)
Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHIL799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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PHIL898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
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PHIL899
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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