Philosophy courses

PHI200BR - Ethics
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) An investigation of some of the main philosophical questions about ethics, such as the following: Does morality depend on religion? Is morality relative to culture? Why should I be moral? How do we go about answering moral questions? Is there a "theory" of morality? If so, what does that theory look like?
PHI202 - Logic
PHI202QR - Logic
(IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) An introduction to formal logic. The aim is to enable the student to becomeskilled in the examination of everyday language for validity, soundness, andcogency, to acquire a basic knowledge of classical sentential logic, and tomaster proof techniques in propositional logic and the first-order predicatecalculus. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT480 or above), or a passing score on the MAT090 placement exam. (4 credits,alternate years, consult department)
PHI204BR - Mind, Knowledge and Reality
(4 credits)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) An introduction to the mainmetaphysical and epistemological theories ofphilosophy. Issues addressed include the existence of God, the problem ofevil, the mind-body problem, knowledge and skepticism, and personalidentity and resurrection.
PHI208BR - Reason and Christian Faith
(4 credits; alternate year, consult department)(IGE option under Belief andReason) An introduction to some of the main philosophical problems faced byChristians. Possible topics include apologetics, arguments for and againstthe existence of God, the attributes of God, the problem of evil, and therelationship between faith and reason.
PHI210BR - Introduction to Political Philosophy
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Beliefand Reason) This course introduces the student to philosophy by means of anexamination of the main questions of social and political theory. Itexamines such matters as the justification and purpose of government,anarchism, justice, equality, and human rights.Cross-referenced in political science.
PHI214BR - Contemporary Moral Issues
(4 credits)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) A philosophical exploration of several contemporary moral issues. Possible topics include abortion, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, cloning and stem-cell research, war and terrorism, capital punishment, global poverty, factory farming and experimenting on animals, homosexuality and same-sex marriage, etc.
PHI216BR - Philosophy Through Film and Fiction
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Belief andReason) An introduction to some of the main problems of philosophy by astudy of selected works of literature and film. Topics explored includeappearance and reality, knowledge and skepticism, the mind-body problem, andwhat sort of life is worth living.
PHI219BR - Philosophy and Science Fiction
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Beliefand Reason) An introduction to some central philosophical problemsthrough the medium of science fiction.
PHI225BR - Ancient Greek Philosophy
(4 credits; non-yearly, consult department)(IGE option under Belief andReason) An introduction to the ancient Greek philosophical tradition,ranging from the Presocratics to the Hellenists but focusing on Plato andAristotle.
PHI226BR - Medieval Philosophy
(4 credits, non-yearly, consult department)(IGE option under Belief andReason) An introduction to medieval philosophy, focusing on major figuressuch as Augustine, Boethius, Anselm and Aquinas.
PHI227BR - Modern Philosophy
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) An introduction to the central figures in the philosophical milieu of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, focusing on thinkers such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Mill, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.
PHI229 - Twentieth-Century Philosophy
An introduction to some of the dominant philosophers and philosophical movements of the 20th century. (4 credits; non-yearly, consult department)
PHI238BR - Philosophy of the Arts
(4 credits)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) A study of major theoriesof the analysis and evaluation of art.
PHI244BR - C.S. Lewis
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) An exploration of the philosophical themes found in the writings of C.S. Lewis, with some consideration of his place in the writing group known as the Inklings.
PHI250 - Special Topics
A study of special topics in philosophy which are not adequately covered in other courses as a response to student or faculty needs or interests.(2 or 4 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
PHI310WI - History of Political Thought
(4 credits)(Writing intensive) A survey of the history of Western political thought, through study of selected major thinkers in the tradition. Emphasis will be placed both on each thinker's political theory and how it fits in with the broader history of Western political thought.
PHI319BR - Philosophy and Science Fiction
(4 credits)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) An exploration of somecentral philosophical problems through the medium of science fiction.
PHI333 - Philosophy and Christianity
An exploration of some set of topics that lie at the intersection of philosophy and the Christian faith.Prerequisite: at least one philosophy course.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI341 - Philosophy of Social Science
An in-depth study of the philosophical foundations of the social and cognitive sciences. Issues discussed include, e.g., a) laws and explanations in social science, b) objectivity and values in the social sciences, c) rationality, d) relations between different social sciences and the physical sciences, e) philosophy of mind.Prerequisites: at least one philosophy course. PHI202 or 342 may prove helpful, but not required.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI342 - Philosophy of Natural Science
This course will help one understand the natural sciences by examining a number of issues as they arise in the history of science. Issues discussed include: e.g., a) what distinguishes science from non-science? b) how are scientific theories justified? c) what is the role of values in scientific inquiry? d) what is required in ascientific explanation? e) do science and religion conflict? f) what is involved in a comprehensive scientific worldview? Representative thinkers include, e.g., Isaac Newton, Pierre Duhem, Ernst Mach, Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn.Prerequisite: at least one philosophy course. PHI202 is helpful, but not required.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI350 - Special Topics
A study of special topics in philosophy which are not adequately covered in other courses.Prerequisites: two philosophy courses.(2 or 4 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
PHI355 - Topics in Ethics
An advanced study of some topic(s) in ethics.Prerequisite: PHI110 or 114.(4 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
PHI398 - Directed Study
PHI417 - Internship
(2 credits may apply toward the major)
PHI450WI - Senior Thesis
(Writing intensive) Students will write a senior thesis in philosophy under the direction of oneof the philosophy faculty. Prerequisites: philosophy major or minor, senior class standing. (2 credits;non-yearly, consult department)
PHI499 - Honors Research
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