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2011-12 Online Catalogue

Courses in Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 010 - Introduction to Philosophy
Courses introducing philosophical argument and analysis in a variety of ways. Content, readings and assignments vary by section. Not repeatable for credit. Credit not awarded for more than one Philosophy course numbered below 100, except that credit will be given for PHIL 013 in addition to one other course numbered below 100.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 013 - Introduction to Logic
Study of the basic principles of deductive inference.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 095 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PHIL 096 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PHIL 101 - History of Ancient Philosophy
Study of the works of the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, and their successors. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 102 - History of Modern Philosophy
Study of works of the major philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, and others. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 105 - History of Medieval Philosophy
Study of works of such major philosophical figures as Augustine, Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. Prerequisite: PHIL 101 is recommended.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 108 - Plato
A survey of Plato's works, including the "early," "middle," and parts of the "late" dialogues. Emphasis will be laid on reading the dialogues themselves. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or in Classics (Greek culture or Greek). Cross-listed with: CLAS 161.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 111 - Philosophy of Mind
Inquiry into such topics as consciousness, the relation between the mental (beliefs, sensations, etc.) and the physical (chemicals, neurons, etc.) and how minds represent things. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 112 - Philosophy of Science
Introduction to major philosophical problems raised by science. Typical topics: the nature of scientific inference, the structure of theories, causation, explanation, and scientific change. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or two courses in any natural science.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 118 - Metaphysics
A study of such topics as vagueness, the nature of time, persistence of objects and people through change and whether numbers or properties exist. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 120 - Phil of Cognitive Science
An examination of philosophical issues concerning the nature of the human mind raised by the cognitive sciences (psychology, computer science, linguistics, and neuroscience). Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or Instructor permission (students with relevant background are encouraged to seek permission).
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 121 - D2: Chinese Philosophy I
Study of the Classical Schools of Chinese thought, including Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, and Legalism. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy, Religion, or Asian Studies.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 135 - Philosophy of Religion
Typical topics: the nature of religion, the concept of God, the grounds for belief in God, mortality, truth, and revelation. Historical and contemporary sources. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 140 - Social & Political Philosophy
Examination of some major figures in the history of social and political philosophy, focusing on issues such as political obligation, rights, property, and justice. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 142 - Philosophy of Law I
Analysis of the nature of law, the relation between law and morality, legal obligation, and the judicial decision. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course or POLS 041. Cross-listed with: POLS 143.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 143 - Philosophy of Law II
Problems of liberty, e.g. freedom of expression, privacy, paternalism; scope and limits of the criminal law; philosophy of punishment; selected problems in criminal justice, e.g. plea bargaining; preventive detention. Prerequisites: One Philosophy course or POLS 041. Cross-listed with: POLS 144.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 144 - Phil Problems in Medicine
Such issues as the physician-patient relationship, allocation of organs for transplantation, reproductive assistance technology and genetic engineering, the justice of the health-care delivery system. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 145 - Killing Things
It is sometimes morally permissible to kill things: you can kill a mosquito biting you, for example. What else is permissible to kill? When? Prerequisite: One Philosophy course or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 152 - Philosophy of Art
A consideration of some leading theories of art, and their application to problems of art as they appear in music, literature, painting, and in the general criticism of the arts. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 160 - Continental Philosophy
An explanation of such movements in Continental philosophy as phenomenology, existentialism, and structuralism and such figures as Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, and Foucault. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 170 - Feminism:Theories and Issues
Theories of libertarianism, liberalism, and egalitarianism; application to the analysis and evaluation of social issues of contemporary interest, such as abortion and affirmative action. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy. Cross-listed with: WGST 151.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PHIL 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PHIL 197 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PHIL 198 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PHIL 205 - Seminar:Maj Phil Author/School
Study of major philosophical texts by a single author or school of thought. May be repeated for credit when different authors are studied. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course at 100-level.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 211 - Phil of Mind:Advanced Topics
In-depth study of topics like consciousness, the relation between the mental (belief, sensations, etc.) and the physical (chemicals, neurons, etc.) and how minds represent things. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 217 - Philosophy of Language
Philosophical study of the nature of language. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course at 100-level. Recommended: PHIL 013.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 218 - Metaphysics:Advanced Topics
In-depth study of such topics as vagueness, the nature of time, persistence of objects and people through change, and whether numbers or properties exist. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 219 - Epistemology:Advanced Topics
In-depth study of select topics concerning theories of knowledge and related concepts such as belief, truth, rationality, evidence, perception, and memory. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 221 - D2: Topics in Chinese Phil
Detailed examination of a classical Chinese philosophical text or school. Prerequisite: 121 or 122.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 235 - Topics in Phil of Religion
Advanced study of such issues as the metaphysics of religion, the epistemology of religious belief, philosophy and faith, religion and science, and religion and ethics. (May be repeated for credit when topic is significantly different and with departmental approval.) Prerequisite: PHIL 101, PHIL 102 or PHIL 135.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 240 - Contemporary Ethical Theory
In-depth study of metaethics, emphasizing recent work. Topics include moral objectivity, moral language, moral epistemology, and the relationship between morality and reasons. Pre/co-requisites: One Philosophy course at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 241 - Contemp Social&Political Phil
The ideas of leading contemporary philosophers concerning freedom, tolerance, economic justice, international relations, and the relationship between the individual, the community and the state. Prerequisite: PHIL 140, PHIL 142, PHIL 143, or PHIL 144.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 242 - Justice & Equality
An examination of contemporary normative theories of distributive justice and equality. Prerequisites: POLS 041 and either a 100-level POLS course, or PHIL 140, PHIL 142, PHIL 143, or PHIL 144. Cross-listed with: POLS 241.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 244 - Phil of Medicine:Adv Topics
In-depth study of issues in contemporary medical ethics such as genetic engineering, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, abortion and physician-assisted suicide. Prerequisite: One Philosophy course at 100-level.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 265 - American Philosophy
The thought of such leading American philosophers as Peirce, James, Royce, Santayana, Dewey, and Whitehead. Prerequisites: PHIL 101, PHIL 102.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 295 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PHIL 296 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PHIL 297 - Adv Readings & Research
Independent study with an instructor on a specific philosopher or philosophical problem. Prerequisite: An appropriate 200-level course in philosophy.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PHIL 298 - Adv Readings & Research
Independent study with an instructor on a specific philosopher or philosophical problem. Prerequisite: An appropriate 200-level course in philosophy.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
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