Course Offerings - Fall 2006

Phil 1000-01

Introduction to Philosophy - C1, CH




With a discussion session on Fridays

An introduction to critical thinking through a study of elementary logic and scientific method and an introduction to philosophical problems of ethics, religion, epistemology, and metaphysics.

Discussion Sections held on Fridays:
section 20 � 10:00-10:50
section 21 � 10:00-10:50
section 22 � 11:00-11:50
section 23 � 11:00-11:50

Phil 1000-02

Introduction to Philosophy C1, CH



An introduction to critical thinking through a study of elementary logic and scientific method and an introduction to philosophical problems of ethics, religion, epistemology, and metaphysics.

Phil 1200-01

Intellectual Community in Philosophy none, I


1:10 � 2:00

Introduces students to philosophy and critical thinking through a study of philosophical problems of ethics, religion, knowledge and metaphysics. Includes a section on philosophical issues of diversity.

Phil 2300-01

Ethics in Practice: Global Justice � C1, CH



In this introductory survey course we�ll look at a number of urgent moral issues at the global scale, for example:The moral responsibility of the affluent to the extremely poor with regard to basic needs such as health care and food; the application of equality at the global level; what are human rights and what human rights are there; the tension between loyalty to country and the demand of moral impartiality; the challenge of political realism; the moral status of national sovereignty.The course will consider a number of different levels of analysis, including some basics of moral theory (nonconsequentialism, utilitarianism, virtue theory, egoism), basic moral concepts (autonomy, responsibility), basics of normative political theory (Hobbesian, Lockean, Rawlsian), as well as basics of global political theory (realism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism).

Phil 2300-02

Ethics in Practice: Matters of Life and Death - C1, CH


1:20 � 2:35

Is it ever morally acceptable to kill? Do we have a moral obligation to create or preserve life? This class will examine philosophical literature on abortion, death penalty, euthanasia, suicide, animal rights, and poverty. Arguments on both sides of these issues will be presented and evaluated.

Phil 2420-01

Critical Thinking: Paradoxes/Puzzles � C1, CH



11:00 � 11:50

First course in the logic sequence. Shows that argument is a skill of fundamental importance to any field of endeavor. Explains methods used in evaluating an argument. Introduces such topics as: patterns of reasoning; counterexamples; fallacies; inductive and deductive logic.

Phil 3100-01

History of Modern Philosophy � C1



11:00 � 11:50

Part two of the history of philosophy sequence. The second great age of philosophy absorbed the influence of the new science during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. People to be studied include: Descartes, Locke, Spinoza, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume and Kant. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy or consent of instructor.

Phil 3140-01

Philosophy of Science � C1



This course is an upper-level introduction to the major issues in one the central areas of philosophical research, namely, the philosophy of science. It can best be characterized as a systematic reflection on the nature of science in general and of particular scientific theories. As such, it is an attempt to understand the methods and goals of scientific theorizing, to describe the differences between science and other intellectual activities, and to inquire into the relationship between the various scientific disciplines.

Phil 4000-01




Explores the philosophical problems and sociopolitical consequences of absolutism and relativism; the possibility of addressing these difficulties via pluralism is developed, along with issues that this approach raises for the meaning of truth, the role of religion, the practice of politics, and the concept of science.

Phil 4510-01

Theory of Knowledge � W3



3:10 � 5:40


Phil 5300-01

Topics: Ethics/Pract Reason



In this seminar we'll examine historical and contemporary work (with an emphasis on contemporary) on practical reason and its relation to ethics.Some of the questions we'll look at include:Is it irrational to be amoral?Does reason presuppose free will?Can Hume's skepticism about practical reason be answered?What is the relation between practical and theoretical reason?Are categorical reasons possible?

Phil 5440-01

Topics: Philosophy of the Mind



Thought and Rationality


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or by contacting the Philosophy Department at 766-3204, Hoyt Hall, Rm 325