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 - QR: Introduction to Logic
Study of the basic principles of deductive inference.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 095 - Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
PHIL 096 - Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
PHIL 101 - History of Ancient Philosophy
Study of the works of the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, and their successors. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy.
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 course in Philosophy.
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.
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 course in Philosophy.
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 course in Philosophy.
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 course in Philosophy.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 142 - Philosophy of Law
Analysis of the nature of law, the relation between law and morality, legal obligation, and the judicial decision. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or POLS 041.
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 course in Philosophy.
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 course in Philosophy.
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: GSWS 120.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
PHIL 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
PHIL 197 - Independent Study
A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 198 - Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.
Credits: 3.00
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 with different content. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy at the 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. May be repeated for credit with different content. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 217 - Philosophy of Language
Philosophical study of the nature of language. May be repeated for credit with different content. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy at the 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. May be repeated for credit with different content. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy 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. May be repeated for credit with different content. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy 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: PHIL 121.
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 with different content. 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. May be repeated for credit with different content. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy 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. May be repeated for credit with different content. Prerequisite: PHIL 140, PHIL 142, or PHIL 144.
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 course in Philosophy at the 100-level.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 295 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 4.00
PHIL 296 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
PHIL 297 - Independent Study
A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: an appropriate 200-level course in Philosophy.
Credits: 3.00
PHIL 298 - Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: an appropriate 200-level course in Philosophy.
Credits: 3.00