Philosophy (PHIL)

Classes

PHIL 100 : Introduction to Philosophy

In this course, students will be introduced to the nature of philosophical inquiry by considering some of the most fundamental questions that can be asked about the nature of reality, human beings and our knowledge of both: Does god exist? Do human beings have free will? What's the essence of personal identity? What does it mean to have knowledge? Can we know anything at all? Do human beings have an obligation to act morally?

What makes a particular action moral or immoral? Is it morally permissible for a woman to have an abortion? Do the citizens of wealthier nations have a moral obligation to help end extreme poverty and world hunger?

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Diversification: Humanities — DH

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

PHIL 101 : Morals and Society

In this course, students will be introduced to the nature of philosophical inquiry by considering some of the most fundamental and controversial questions in moral philosophy: Do human beings have an obligation to act morally? Where do our moral principles come from? Are there objective moral truths? What makes a particular action moral or immoral? Is it morally permissible for a woman to have an abortion? When, if ever,

is the government justified in moral censorship? What sort of sexual behavior is morally permissible? Do the citizens of wealthier nations have a moral obligation to help end extreme poverty and world hunger?

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Diversification: Humanities — DH

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

PHIL 102 : Introduction to Philosophy: Asian Traditions

This course will explore issues and problems using a comparative philosophy methodology and Asian perspectives, including Indian, Chinese, and Japanese traditions.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Prerequisites

Qualified for ENG 100.

Designations

Diversification: Humanities — DH

Semester Offered

Spring

PHIL 103 : Environmental Ethics

This course offers a critical examination of the history of multi-cultural philosophical and ethical systems and their implications for interactions with, and relationships between, humans and non-humans. The critical examination will take place in the context of contemporary environmental/ ecological issues.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Prerequisites

Qualified for ENG 100.

Designations

Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives — FGB (1500 to modern times)

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

PHIL 111 : Introduction to Inductive Logic

Introduction to inductive reasoning focuses on the role of probability. It aims to help you understand and use probabilities, statistics, and risk evaluations, and more generally to safely draw inferences when your evidence leaves you unsure as to what is true. In today’s society we are surrounded by the media’s use of probabilities and statistics, and most academic disciplines use them to analyze and present data. This course aims to help students better understand this data, which in turn helps us to make better decisions.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Foundations (Quantitative Reasoning) — FQ

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

PHIL 120 : Science, Technology, and Values

This course addresses the relationship between science, technology, and human values with a focus on contemporary problems posed by developments in modern science. This course will include discussion on modern results and historical development of astronomy, evolution, and atomic theory as well as understanding the impact of cognitive and other values on world views.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives — FGB (1500 to modern times)

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

PHIL 204 : Film and Philosophy

In this course, students will watch a selection of movies and analyze them in light of the various philosophical ideas that they explore. Primary attention will be devoted to identifying, considering and evaluating these philosophical ideas, the ways they are artistically presented in film and their connections to both traditional philosophical problems and each student's personal world and life view. One overriding theme of the course will be a focus on the philosophy of human nature and the so-called "fragile human condition."

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Diversification: Humanities — DH

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

PHIL 211 : Ancient Greek Philosophy

This course explores a range of important ideas, arguments and theories advanced by such ancient Greek philosophers as the Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Hellenistic Stoics, Epicureans and Skeptics. Using these thinkers, we will explore such timeless issues as what is the nature of reality and knowledge and what does it mean to be human, including what does it mean to be virtuous and good and what does it mean to love.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Diversification: Humanities — DH

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

PHIL 213 : Modern Philosophy

In this course, students will be introduced to a range of important ideas, arguments and theories advanced by such "modern" (17th-18th century) philosophers as Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, etc. Primary attention will be devoted to the so-called "rationalist" and "empiricist" traditions and the way these modern philosophical traditions considered fundamental questions about the nature of reality, human beings and our knowledge of both. Immanuel Kant's important critique of these traditions and the way his ideas influenced the development of subsequent philosophy will also be considered.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Diversification: Humanities — DH

Semester Offered

Fall, Spring

PHIL 225 : Philosophy of Activism

This course aims to improve understanding among students regarding basic rights and duties of citizens and the government including how to effect change. This will be addressed through the lens of philosophy. Students will engage in a philosophical analysis of law,

rights, duties, citizenship, government, obligation, and social change.

credits

3

Class Hours

3 lecture

Designations

Diversification: Humanities — DH

Semester Offered

Spring