Courses

PHIL 010. Introduction to Philosophy. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 013. QR: Introduction to Logic. 3 Credits.

Study of the basic principles of deductive inference.

PHIL 020. Intro Phil-God, Morality, Mind. 3 Credits.

Explores three major topics in philosophy using the tools of philosophical argument and analysis. Content, readings, and assignments vary by section and instructor.

PHIL 021. Intro PHIL-Ethics. 3 Credits.

Explores central themes in ethics, such as what our most fundamental obligations are, using the tools of philosophical argument and analysis. Content, readings, and assignments vary by section and instructor.

PHIL 022. Intro PHIL-Ethics of Eating. 3 Credits.

Explores topics concerning the ethical dimensions of eating, such as the ethical status of contemporary food-production techniques, using the tools of philosophical argument and analysis. Content, readings, and assignments vary by section and instructor.

PHIL 023. Intro PHIL-Environm. Ethics. 3 Credits.

Explores questions about the moral status of the environment, including our obligations regarding it, using the tools of philosophical argument and analysis. Content, readings, and assignments vary by section and instructor.

PHIL 024. Intro Phil-Medical Ethics. 3 Credits.

Treats pressing ethical questions regarding our medical practices, including those concerning medical treatment at the beginning and end of life, using the tools of philosophical argument and analysis. Content, readings, and assignments vary by section and instructor.

PHIL 025. Intro Phil-Death and Dying. 3 Credits.

Explores explores issues concerning death and dying, such as whether it makes sense to fear death, using the tools of philosophical argument and analysis. Content, readings, and assignments vary by section and instructor.

PHIL 026. D2: Intro PHIL-East and West. 3 Credits.

Explores ways in which Eastern and Western philosophical traditions both differ and overlap. Uses the tools of philosophical argument and analysis. Content, readings, and assignments vary by section and instructor.

PHIL 027. Intro PHIL-Art & Aesthetics. 3 Credits.

Explores issues concerning art, such as the meaning of artworks and their significance, using the tools of philosophical argument and analysis. Content, readings and assignments vary by section and instructor.

PHIL 028. Marginalized Ident & Privilege. 3 Credits.

Teaches students to harness the power of theoretical scholarship on social marginalization, oppression, and privilege in both understanding and challenging the intersecting systems of social hierarchy operative in contemporary American society.

PHIL 090. Internship. 1-3 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

PHIL 095. Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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PHIL 096. Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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PHIL 097. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

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.

PHIL 101. History of Ancient Philosophy. 3 Credits.

Study of the works of the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, and their successors. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy.

PHIL 102. History of Modern Philosophy. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 108. The Divine Plato. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 111. Philosophy of Mind. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 112. Philosophy of Science. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 113. Intermediate Logic. 3 Credits.

Study of philosophically interesting systems of symbolic logic and their applications. Prerequisite: PHIL 013.

PHIL 114. Philosophy of Action. 3 Credits.

Study of the nature of actions and agency. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy.

PHIL 115. Free Will. 3 Credits.

Study of the nature of the will, what it means for the will to be free or unfree, the value of free will, and the relationship between free will and our social practices and institutions. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy.

PHIL 117. Philosophy of Language. 3 Credits.

Study of central problems concerning the nature of language and linguistic representation. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy. PHIL 013 recommended.

PHIL 118. Metaphysics. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 119. Epistemology. 3 Credits.

Study of the nature of knowledge and justification for our beliefs. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy.

PHIL 121. D2: Chinese Philosophy I. 3 Credits.

Study of the Classical Schools of Chinese thought, including Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, and Legalism. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy, Religion, or Asian Studies.

PHIL 142. Philosophy of Law. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 144. Phil Problems in Medicine. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 145. Killing Things. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 170. Feminism:Theories and Issues. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 190. Internship. 1-18 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

PHIL 191. Teaching Assistantship. 1-3 Credits.

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

PHIL 195. Intermediate Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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PHIL 196. Intermediate Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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PHIL 197. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

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.

PHIL 198. Undergraduate Research. 1-18 Credits.

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.

PHIL 205. Seminar:Maj Phil Author/School. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 206. Emotions. 3 Credits.

Study of the nature of emotions and related philosophical issues. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy at the 100-level.

PHIL 212. Philosophy of Science. 3 Credits.

Study in depth of philosophical problems concerning the practices and methods of sciences, the confirmation and interpretation of scientific theories, and the natures of the objects of study of the sciences. May be repeated for credit with different content. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy at the 100-level.

PHIL 218. Metaphysics:Advanced Topics. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 219. Epistemology:Advanced Topics. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 235. Topics in Phil of Religion. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 240. Contemporary Ethical Theory. 3 Credits.

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.

PHIL 290. Internship. 1-18 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

PHIL 291. Teaching Assistantship. 1-3 Credits.

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

PHIL 295. Advanced Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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PHIL 296. Advanced Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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PHIL 297. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

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.

PHIL 298. Undergraduate Research. 1-18 Credits.

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.