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  • U = for undergraduate credit only
  • UG = for undergraduate or graduate credit
  • G = for graduate credit
  • R after the credit indicates the course may be repeated for credit to the maximum indicated after the R.

Philosophy (PHL)

U 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr. (R-12) Offered yearly. An introduction to philosophy through examination of the thought of selected great philosophers or of traditional positions on classical philosophical problems.

U 102 Topical Introduction to Philosophy 3-4 cr. (R-9) Offered yearly. An introduction to philosophy through examination of selected themes. Themes will vary; existentialism, technology and the good life, philosophy of religion, philosophy of film, and science and society are examples.

U 110E Introduction to Ethics 3 cr. Offered every term. An examination of the Western vision of morality through the careful study of selected writings from Aristotle, Kant and Mill. Additional works in ethics may supplement primary readings.

U 112E Introduction to Ethics and the Environment 3 cr. Offered intermittently.  An introductory-level ethics course with a special interest in the natural environment.  The course will (a) introduce students to the three classical traditions in ethics - virtue, Kantianism, and utilitarianism, (b) ground these theories in questions about the moral status of non-humans and our moral duties to non-humans, (c) include an applied section of the course that will cover animal welfare, biotechnology, and other current topics.

U 114E Introduction to Political Ethics 3 cr. Offered yearly. An examination of the issues of political ethics through the careful study of selected writings from the three great Western political traditions: classical natural law theory, modern individualism, and contemporary distributive justice.

U 151H Philosophical Perspectives on Women in the Western Hemisphere 3 cr. Offered spring. Same as LS 119H and WGS 119H. Introduction to the discipline and scope of Western philosophy focusing on women as the subject rather than men. A chronological study following the ideological development in the West of social attitudes and scientific theses.

U 191 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

U 198 Internship 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr. Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. Prior approval must be obtained from the faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office. A maximum of 6 credits of Internship (198, 298, 398, 498) may count toward graduation.

U 220E Business and Ethics 3 cr. Offered intermittently. An analysis of ethical conflicts that may arise in business.

U 233 Introduction to Logic: Deduction 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Understanding general principles of reasoning and the habits of clear and correct thinking. Emphasis on the analysis of the logical structure of claims in natural language and the skills of elementary deductive inference.

U 235 Introduction to Logic: Induction 3 cr. Offered yearly. Prereq., PHL 233 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. A study of the formal principles of reasoning from evidence.

U 237 Philosophical Reasoning 3 cr. Offered autumn. Prereq., philosophy major or minor, or consent of instr. Focus on basic skills essential to success in philosophy; careful reading, critical analysis, and well-structured writing. Emphasis on repeated practice in recognizing, reading, analyzing, and writing philosophical arguments. Intended primarily for philosophy majors and minors.

U 241H History and Philosophy of Science 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Same as HSTR 242H. The epistemological and metaphysical developments of natural philosophy or science. The origins of science in ancient Greece, and its subsequent developments during the scientific revolution. Developments in biology, especially Darwinism and genetics, and developments in physics.

U 261Y History of Ancient Philosophy 3 cr. Offered autumn. Introduction to the central works of Plato and Aristotle, with an overview of Presocratic and Hellenistic philosophy.

U 262Y History of Modern Philosophy 3 cr. Offered spring. A survey of the history of philosophy from Descartes to Kant, which includes other continental rationalists and the British Empiricists.

U 291 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

U 292 Independent Study 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently.

U 298 Internship Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office.  Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. A maximum of 6 credits of Internship (198, 298, 398, 498) may count toward graduation.

U 311E Moral Philosophy 3 cr. Offered spring. Prereq., PHL 237. Development of the fundamental principles grounding moral reasoning in the Western tradition. A more thorough treatment of the material offered in PHL 110E.  Intended for philosophy majors or prepared students who are interested in a rigorous introduction to the foundations of ethics.

U 324 Morality and the Law 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., lower-division course in Group VIII (E) or consent of instr. Analysis of moral reasoning in Anglo-American law, emphasizing certain ethical and legal concepts and the role of the Supreme Court.

U 327 Aesthetics and the Arts 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., upper-division standing. This course examines the nature of aesthetic experience, the standards of art criticism, and the kinds of knowledge communicated by art. Readings from philosophers, artists, and art critics.

U 363 Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Same as MCLG 362 and LS 362. Examination of the thought of the philosophers of Greece and Rome as expressed in original works read in English translation. Ancient philosophy studied within its historical, linguistic and cultural setting.

U 390 Research Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.

U 391 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses or one-time offerings of current topics.

U 392 Independent Study Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.

U 394 Seminar Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.

U 398 Internship 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office. Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. A maximum of 6 credits of Internship (198, 298, 398, 498) may count toward graduation.

UG 405 20th Century Analytic Philosophy 3 cr. (R-9)  Offered intermittently.  Prereq., upper division standing and PHL 233, or consent of instr.  Intensive study of the work of one or more philosophers (Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, etc.) or historical introduction to the major issues and figures of 20th century philosophy in the analytic tradition (with readings from Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Quine and others).

UG 406 Contemporary Issues in Analytic Philosophy 3 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., upper-division standing and PHL 233, or consent of instr.  Examination of contemporary issues in analytic philosophy focusing on one or more of the following topics:  philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind.

UG 412 Ethics and Public Affairs 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., lower-division course in Group VIII (E) or consent of instr. Examination of morally relevant issues in government, journalism, education and other social institutions. Issues considered may include deception, confidentiality, conflict of interest, privacy, paternalism responsibilities in conflict with other institutions, responsibilities across national boundaries, and just war theory among others.

UG 421E Ethical Issues in Medicine 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., upper-division standing, or consent of instr. An examination of ethical problems raised by the practice of medicine and by recent developments in medically-related biological sciences.

UG 422 Environmental Philosophy 3 cr. Offered every other year. Prereq., PHL 110E, PHL 112E or PHL 210E. Same as EVST 427. Critical exploration of selected philosophical and literary texts pertinent to the ethics of human relationships with the natural environment.

UG 423 Feminist Ethics 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., lower-division course in Group VIII (E) or consent of instr.; PHL 110E strongly recommended. Same as WGS 429. Study of what distinguishes feminist from traditional approaches to ethics.  May also examine the relevant areas of philosophy, including epistemology, political theory, philosophy of science and environment.

UG 427 Topics in Philosophy of Art 3-4 cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., upper-division standing. Examination of philosophical problems related to the particular arts and discussion of the nature of the arts. Topics considered may include music, visual arts, literature, and film.

UG 429 Philosophy in Literature 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., upper-division standing or consent of instr. Philosophical thought in selected works of literature.

UG 445 Central Issues in Philosophy of Science 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., upper-division standing. A consideration of philosophical issues relating to the nature of modern physical science: method, explanation, theory, progress, space/time, causality, relation of science to philosophy.

UG 450 Contemporary Moral and Political Theory 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., upper-division standing and PHL 110E or PHL 114E, or consent of instr. Recent theories in ethics and their implications; recent work in political theory, emphasizing contemporary liberalism and its critics.

UG 455 Philosophy of Society and Culture 3 cr. Offered intermittently. Prereq., upper-division standing. A philosophical examination of cultural forces shaping modern society, forces such as science, technology, or domesticity.

UG 462 Early Modern Philosophy 3 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., PHL 262Y or consent of instr. Intensive study of the work of one or more philosophers from the early modern period (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume).

UG 464 Kant 3 cr. Offered spring even numbered years. Prereq., PHL 262Y or PHL 462, or consent of instr. Reading and interpretation of selected works.

UG 465 Plato 3 cr. Offered every other spring. Prereq., PHL 261Y. Reading and interpretation of selected works.

UG 466 Aristotle 3 cr. Offered every other spring. Prereq., PHL 261Y. Reading and interpretation of selected works.

UG 467 19th Century Continental Philosophy 3 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., PHL 262Y or consent of instr. Intensive study of the work of one or more 19th century continental philosophers (Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, etc.).

UG 468 20th Century Continental Philosophy 3 cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., upper-division standing. Intensive study of the work of one or more 20th century continental philosophers (Heidegger, Husserl, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Ricoeur, Derrida, etc.) or several texts representing a major movement in 20th century continental thought (Phenomenology, Existentialism, Hermeneutics, Post-structuralism, etc.).

UG 470 Topics in Philosophy of Religion 3 cr. Offered intermittently. An examination of one or more of the classic problems of Western philosophy of religion, such as the traditional arguments for and against the existence of God, the relationship of faith and reason, the status of religious experience, the problem of evil, and the problem of reconciling divine omniscience with human freedom.

U 490 Research Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.

UG 491 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

U 492 Independent Study Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.

UG 494 Seminar Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.

U 498 Internship 1-6 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office. Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus. A maximum of 6 credits of Internship (198, 298, 398, 498) may count toward graduation.

U 499 Senior Seminar 3 cr. (R-9) Offered spring. Prereq., senior standing. Research in problems in philosophy.

G 501 Topics in Epistemology, Philosophy of Technology and Philosophy of Science 3 cr. (R-6) Offered every year.

G 502 Topics in Value Theory 3 cr. (R-6) Offered every year.

G 503 Topics in the History of Philosophy 3 cr. (R-6) Offered every year.

G 504 Topics in Environmental Philosophy 3 cr. (R-9) Offered every year. Same as EVST 504. Critical study/discussion of current (as well as benchmark) texts and issues in environmental ethics, environmental politics, and the philosophy of ecology. Interdisciplinary; open to concerned students from all disciplines.

G 505 Topics in Contemporary Philosophy 3 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently.

G 510 Philosophy Forum Colloquium 1 cr. (R-3) Offered every semester. Prereq., graduate standing. Discussion and further exploration of issues presented at the weekly Philosophy Forum.

G 521 Theory and Skills for Teaching Ethics 3 cr. Offered every summer. Exploration and critical reflection of concepts and significant issues in the teaching of practical ethics in classroom and corporate settings.

G 581 Thesis Proposal Preparation Variable cr. (R-2) Offered every semester.

G 583 Professional Paper Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently.

G 590 Research Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Directed individual research and study appropriate to the background and objectives of the student.

G 591 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

G 592 Independent Study Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.

G 594 Seminar Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently.

G 598 Internship 1-12 cr. (R-12) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office. Extended classroom experience which provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus.

G 599 Thesis Variable cr. (R-9) Offered every semester. Prereq., approval of a thesis proposal by the student's thesis committee.


 

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