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Courses - Fall 2018
PHIL
Philosophy Department Site
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.
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.
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.
PHIL209A
Philosophical Issues; Bioethics: Regulating Right and Wrong
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
PHIL209E
Philosophical Issues; Happiness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
This course examines the nature of happiness and its role in the good human life through the lens of both philosophy and psychology.
PHIL209I
Philosophical Issues: Spooky Action at a Distance: Where Physics meets Metaphysics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Einstein believed physics should represent a "reality in space and time,free from spooky action at a distance" and worried that quantum theory failed that test. This course will investigate whether Einstein was right.
PHIL209N
Know Thyself: Wisdom Through Cognitive Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, SCIS
How do we improve our decision-making and overcome our weaknesses and biases? Theory and data from cognitive science regarding these shortcomings will be reviewed, and strategies for addressing them proposed. Students will consider how the findings impact various facets of human life.
PHIL236
Philosophy of Religion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: RELS236.
Credit only granted for: PHIL236 or RELS236.
A philosophical study of some of the main problems of religious thought the nature of religious experience, the justification of religious belief, the conflicting claims of religion and science, and the relation between religion and morality.
PHIL245
Political and Social Philosophy I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
A critical examination of such classical political theories as those of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, and such contemporary theories as those of Hayek, Rawls, and recent Marxist thinkers.
PHIL308T
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; A Philosopher's Toolkit
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of how formal logic captures (and sometimes defies) logical intuitions, and how it supplies useful tools for clarifying a range of different philosophical problems, from issues of meaning, to issues of ontology and scientific reduction. NOTE: this course presupposes that you have already had some exposure to formal logic.
PHIL308X
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; Philosophy and Time Travel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines the philosophical issues surrounding the paradoxes of time travel. Several solutions are considered, ranging from classical consistency conditions to multiverse theories. Materials include works of philosophy and physics, and time travel narratives from science fiction short stories and movies.
PHIL308Y
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; Philosophy of Race
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course explores philosophical questions related to race and ethnicity, with particular emphasis on race and ethnicity in the United States. Topics include race concepts, 'scientific racism', and ethical issues related to racial injustice.
PHIL310
Ancient Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in philosophy or classics.
A study of the origins and development of philosophy and science in ancient Greece, focusing on the pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
PHIL332
Philosophy of Beauty
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 3 courses in PHIL; or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Philosophical theories, historical and contemporary, of beauty, sublimity, and other aesthetic qualities, of aesthetic experience, and of aesthetic judgment.
PHIL338D
Studies in Value Theory; The Ethics of Sex
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for PHIL338D or (PHIL309S in Summer 2016). Questions of sexual morality often deal with emotionally-fraught decisions and real-world problems. This course will appeal to ethical theory to help us think carefully about the issues. We will also use films to provide a common ground for discussions. Topics include monogamy, cheating, open relationships, consent, sex & love, BDSM, pornography, prostitution, bestiality, and pedophilia.
PHIL341
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A critical examination of classical and contemporary systems of ethics, such as those of Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and Rawls.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in philosophy.
PHIL362
Theory of Knowledge
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses; and PHIL170.
Formerly: PHIL462.
Some central topics in the theory of knowledge, such as perception, memory, knowledge, and belief, skepticism, other minds, truth, and the problems of induction.
PHIL370
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHIL170 or CMSC250; or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Credit only granted for: PHIL271, PHIL370, or PHIL371.
A review of propositional and predicate logic and related topics and an introduction to the semantics and metatheory of first-order logic.
PHIL386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Philosophy department; and junior standing or higher.
Consult Director of Undergraduate Studies: C. Manekin. Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of philosophy and 3.0 GPA. Carries no credit toward philosophy major.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL412
The Philosophy of Plato
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A critical study of selected dialogues.
PHIL418D
Topics in Epistemology/Metaphysics; The Nature of Fiction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An investigation into the nature of fiction. Topics include: What is fiction? Are there such things as fictional entities? What would such entities be, if there were any? How do fictions make us care about things we dont even believe in? How are fictional truths possible?
PHIL438D
Topics in Value Theory; Values: Comparison, Conflict and Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores how moral and other values can be compared, especially when the comparisons are problematic. Readings will include recent work by Ruth Chang and L.A. Paul as well as classic essays on moral conflict and change by Bernard Williams and Friedrich Nietzsche.
PHIL453
Philosophy of Science II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Students must have completed a minium of two philosophy courses.
A comprehensive survey of developments in the main problems of the philosophy of science from logical positivism to the present. The nature of theories, models, laws, and counterfactuals, testing, inductive logic, and confirmation theory, experimental methodology, measurement, explanation, concept formation, growth of scientific knowledge, and scientific realism.
PHIL454
Philosophy of Space and Time
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A non-technical investigation of philosophical issues in the foundation of physics. Topics may include traditional philosophical problems of space and time, metaphysical issues about the nature of particles and fields, and philosophical problems associated with the introduction of probability into physics, such as the problem of irreversibility in thermodynamics and the problem of objectivity in quantum theory.
PHIL498F
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Topical Investigation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite:Two courses in philosophy or permission of the department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL498G
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Topical Investigation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite:Two courses in philosophy or permission of the department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL660
Metaphysics, Mind, and Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
A basic course on selected issues in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language for beginning graduate students, covering a number of topics in depth, to provide a springboard for further study and research in the area.
PHIL688T
Selected Problems in Philosophy; Introduction to Semantics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as LING660. Credit granted for LING660 or PHIL688T.
PHIL788G
(Perm Req)
Research in Philosophy; Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHIL788I
(Perm Req)
Research in Philosophy; Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHIL799
Master's Thesis Research; Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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PHIL848F
Seminar in Ethics; Pain and Suffering
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL848L
Seminar in Ethics; Normative Powers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL858F
Seminar in Logic and Philosophy of Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL888
Professional Mentoring for Doctoral Students
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
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PHIL889
(Perm Req)
Pedagogical Mentoring for Doctoral Students
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
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PHIL898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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PHIL899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research; Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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