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Philosophy

 

Course Offerings - Fall 2008

Phil 1000-01

Introduction to Philosophy - C1, CH

Griesmaier

MW
10:00-10:50

 

With a discussion session on Fridays

(Sections 20-23)

This course is designed to introduce you to philosophy by focusing on three major areas of philosophical research: epistemology, or the theory of knowledge,metaphysics, or the theory of the ultimate nature of reality, the philosophy of mind, and ethics, the investigation of the moral permissibility and/or obligatoriness of (types of) human action.

 

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

Colter

MW
9:00-9:50

 

With a discussion session on Fridays

(Sections 24-27)

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

Discussion Sections held on Fridays:
section 24 � 9:00-9:50
section 25 � 9:00-9:50
section 26 � 10:00-10:50
section 27 � 11:00-11:50

Phil 1200-01

Intellectual Community in Philosophy � I

Staff

MWF
11:00-11:50

Philosophy is the critical study of the world in its most fundamental aspects and of our place therein. In this course we will explore a number of philosophical issues as they relate to everyday life.

Phil 2420-01

Critical Thinking: Paradoxes/Puzzles � C1, CH

Moffett

MWF
1:10-2:00

A paradox is a contradictory, absurd or otherwise unacceptable conclusion derived from apparently true premises by way of a seemingly valid line reasoning. In this course we will explore a number paradoxes with an eye toward coming to a fuller appreciation of exactly what reasoning (critical thinking) is all about.

Phil 3000-01

TP: Ancient Philosophy

Colter

MWF
11:00-11:50

Contact instructor for more information.

 

Phil 3250-01

Global Justice - G

Sherline

TR
11:00-12:15

This course takes a philosophical approach to problems of global justice and injustice.A few topics to be covered will be; skepticism of global justice (political realism, states as sovereignty), substantive issues of justice and injustice, the AIDs pandemic, malaria and other global health issues.

 

Phil 3510-01

Introduction to Epistemology

Moffett

TR

1:20-2:35

Epistemology is the philosophical discipline concerned with the theory of knowledge. While we frequently claim to know many things in ordinary life, it is not entirely clear on reflection what knowledge is or how we come to have (or even if we can have it!). Moreover, even though we clearly desire knowledge, it is not clear why knowledge is more valuable than mere true belief. These are just a few of the topics we will cover in this course.

Phil 4140-01

TP: Scientific Explanation

Griesmaier

T
3:10-5:40

One goal of scientific theorizing is to understand the phenomena we are interested in. Understanding is achieved by explanation. But how does explanation work? We will look at the main models of scientific explanation currently in the offing (the causal, the unificationist, and the pragmatic models), discuss their shortcomings, and work on a new model on the basis of an analysis of explanatory relevance.

 

Phil 5030-01

Aristotle

Colter

W

3:10 � 5:40

Contact instructor for more information.

 

 

 

Phil 5300-01

Topics in Ethics:

Sherline

R
3:10-5:40

We will do a survey of contemporary metaethics.

 

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