200

Introduction to Philosophy: Ancient Period
3 hrs. I, II, S.
The origins of philosophical activity among the Greeks by means of a selective sounding of several major thinkers.

200H

Introduction to Philosophy: Ancient Period
3 hrs. Honors
A detailed consideration of selected texts from Ancient philosophy, such as the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, the Epicureans, the Academic Skeptics, and the neo-Platonists.

201

Introduction to Philosophy: Modern Period
3 hrs. I, II, S.
Questions and answers concerning the nature of existence and human values and how we come to know them.

250

Studies in Humanities
3 hrs. I, II.
An interdisciplinary course to introduce students to the elements of a humanistic education. (Same as Classics 250 and Religious Studies 250; PR or CR: English 101.)

280-283

Special Topics
1-4 hrs.
Group or individual study of areas demanding further study of a more specialized depth.

301

Plato’s Republic
3 hrs.
A deconstruction of the major time-worn prejudices and presuppositions of Platonism by way of a radical reading of Plato’s great dialogue the Republic.

302

Applied Ethics
3 hrs.
The application of basic ethical theories to contemporary moral issues drawn from such fields as medicine, business and the environment.

303

Ethics
3 hrs.
A critical study of diverse moral norms, ideals and systems in theory and practice.

304

Logic and Interpretation
3 hrs. I, II.
Theory and practice of valid principles of thinking, including developing the skills of justifying diverse types of belief and evaluating reasons for conflicting standpoints (for example, racial, gender, and ethnic differences).

306

Philosophy of Art
3 hrs.
Examination of the qualities involved in the appreciation of beauty which serve as standards of taste.

315

American Philosophy
3 hrs.
Great American thinkers, including thinkers such as Emerson (transcendentalism), Peirce, James, Dewey, and Rorty (pragmatism), Royce (idealism), Quine (analytic philosophy), and de Man (post-structuralism).

320

Comparative Philosophy
3 hrs.

The relations of the world’s philosophies to the basic cultural and religious traditions of the world and to the development of the world community.

 

321

Current Philosophical Trends

3 hrs.
Selected reading in contemporary thought embracing such movements as realism, Marxism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, postmodernism.

330

Philosophy of Sex
3 hrs.
Introduction to some of the basic authors, texts, and themes in this branch of philosophy beginning with Plato’s Symposium.

340

Philosophy of Sexual Orientation and Gender
3 hrs.
An introduction to the philosophy of sexual orientation and its relation to gender, with a special focus on issues of knowledge and politics.

353

Philosophy of Science
3 hrs.
Reflections on crucial concepts of modern science relevant to philosophical issues in interpreting human beings and the universe; special attention given to epistemological and other problems of mathematics and physical and social sciences.

363

Philosophy of Feminism
3 hrs.
An introduction to contemporary feminist theory including discussion of current gender-related issues.

390-394

Humanities Junior Seminar
3 hrs.
A structured interdisciplinary study offered by the departments of Classics, Philosophy and Religious Studies in the foundations of Western thought: its myth, literature, religion, philosophy, art. (Same as Classics 390-394 and Religious Studies 390-394.)

400

Ancient Philosophy
3 hrs.
Advanced study of major philosophers drawn from the ancient Greek and Roman period. (PR: PHL 200.)

401

Modern Philosophy
3 hrs.
Advanced study of major movements in philosophy from the 17th century on, movements such as rationalism, empiricism, idealism, and existentialism. (PR: PHL 201, or any 300 level PHL course.)

420

Metaphysics
3 hrs.
Advanced study of the most basic nature of reality. (PR: 3 hrs. of philosophy.)

421

Philosophy of Knowledge
3 hrs.
Advanced study of the nature and possibility of knowledge. (PR: 3 hrs. of philosophy.)

451

Philosophy of History and Culture
3 hrs.
Ancient and modern theories of the meaning and consequence of history and culture. (PR: 3 hrs. of philosophy.)

455

Philosophy of Religion
3 hrs.
Theories of the nature and functions of religion, including the meaning of religious language and the problems of belief. (PR: Six hours between philosophy and religious studies.)

460

Philosophy of Politics and Power
3 hrs.
Advanced study of the significance or the place in human reality of political organization, negotiation, strategy, and power (PR: 3 hrs. of philosophy.)

465

Existential Philosophy
3 hrs.
A study of existential philosophers from Kierkegaard to Heidegger, Sartre and beyond.

470

Philosophy of Logic
3 hrs.
Advanced study of the nature of logic: whether logic is possible at all, how far it applies, and whether and how there can be conflicting logics. (PR: 3 hrs. of philosophy.)

480-483

Special Topics
1-4 hrs.
Shared study and research on a special topic as announced. (PR: Permission of department chairperson.)

485-488

Independent Study
1-4 hrs.

490-494

Humanities Senior Seminar
3 hrs.
Designed for majors as the culminating interdisciplinary study in the Humanities program. Capstone experience. (Same as Classics 490-494 and Religious Studies 490-494.)

495H-496H

Readings for Honors in Philosophy
4 hrs.
Open only to philosophy majors of outstanding ability. See Honors Courses.

498

Directed Readings in Philosophy
3 hrs.
(Fall or Spring)
Advanced research adaptable to the needs of the individual student. (PR: Permission of department chairperson.)