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Philosophy

Course Offerings � Spring 2008

Phil 1000-01

Introduction to Philosophy - C1, CH

Colter

TR
9:35-10:50

What is the nature and value of philosophy? Is the whole world a dream? What is the relation of my mind to my body?Does God exist?What is the meaning of life?Is morality relative?In this course we'll examine these questions, and you'll learn the basics of critically evaluating answers to them. The readings will be a mixture of classic and contemporary authors weighted towards the classics (Socrates, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume.).

 

Phil 1000-02

Introduction to Philosophy C1, CH

Griesmaier

MW
11:00-11:50

 

With a discussion session on Fridays

See description above. Section 2 will hold discussion sections as follows:

Discussion Sections held on Fridays:
section 10 � 11:00-11:50
section 11 � 12:00-12:50
section 12 � 10:00-10:50

Phil 1000-03

Introduction to Philosophy - C1, CH

Sherline

MWF
10:00-10:50

 

See description above.

Phil 2300-01

Ethics in Practice: Life, Death, Liberty & Justice � CH

Sherline

MWF
12:00-12:50

This course is an introduction to the major hot button issues of social philosophy: abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, sex and marriage, drug control, terrorism, gun control, and social justice. No prerequisites.

Phil 2330-01

Environmental Ethics � CH

Goodin

MWF
11:00-11:50

This course serves both as an introduction to ethical theory with practical application to environmental problems and as an introduction to the issues that arise from the study of environmental philosophy itself.

Phil 3350-01

History of Moral Philosophy

Sherline

TR
1:20-2:35

What is happiness?  What is virtue?  Why be moral?  How should morality and science be reconciled?  What is duty, and what are my duties?  We�ll study historical works by the most influential ethical theorists from the beginnings of Western philosophical thought through the 19th century: Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche.

Phil 3420-01

Symbolic Logic

Colter

MWF
10:00-10:50

Studies both propositional and quantificational logic, concentrating on methods of proof. Takes up such topics as identity, singular terms, intuitive set theory, and translating English sentences into symbolic notation.

Phil 3440-01

Philosophy of Mind

Moffett

TR
11:00-12:15

What is the relationship between our minds and our bodies? What is consciousness? What accounts for the minds capacity to be about objects external to it? Is the theory of mind simply part of an outdated, unscientific folk theory which should be discarded in favor of neuroscience? These are some of the more pressing questions which we will address in this course.��

Phil 3500-01

History of Science

Griesmaier

TR
9:35-10:50

Historical and philosophical survey of the development of science from the ancient Greeks to the twentieth century.

Phil 4340-01

Issues of Environmental Ethics

Lockwood

R
2:40-5:10

Ecofeminist philosophy is a rich source of insight for environmental ethics.By viewing moral problems through the perspective of the less empowered (women, the poor, non-human species, and ecological wholes) new approaches to framing and addressing ethical challenges emerge.We will critically and rigorously examine the philosophical strengths and weaknesses of ecofeminism in order to hone this valuable tool in constructing a viable environmental ethic for today�s world.

Phil 3420-01

Symbolic Logic

Colter

MWF
10:00-10:50

Studies both propositional and quantificational logic, concentrating on methods of proof. Takes up such topics as identity, singular terms, intuitive set theory, and translating English sentences into symbolic notation.

Phil 4420-01

Advanced Logic

Griesmaier

TR
2:45-4:00

Studies advanced topics in mathematical logic. Takes up such topics as: uninterpreted calculi and the distinctive contributions of syntax and semantics: metatheory, including completeness and consistency proofs: modal logic and semantics; logic as a philosophical tool.

Phil 4560-01

Metaphysics (Topic: Conceptual Analysis)

Moffett

W
2:40-5:10

On one prominent conception, philosophy is primarily concerned with conceptual analysis. Unfortunately, it is far from clear what exactly conceptual analysis is, or even how it is possible. In this course, we will consider various theories of philosophical analysis; in effect, looking fora conceptual analysis of the concept of conceptual analysis!

Phil 5100-01

Figures: Modern & 19th Century

Goodin

M
2:40-5:10

This course will be an in-depth advanced level course examining Hume�s metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics.

 

 

Major and Minor information can be found on the Philosophy web site at: http://uwyo.edu/philosophy

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