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Spring 2019 Courses


PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy - Is there free will? How can I tell right from wrong? What is the relationship of my mind to my body? What are the ideas of the great philosophers of the past? These are just a few of the questions addressed in Introduction to Philosophy.

PHIL 2020 Logic and Critical Thinking - How can I construct good arguments and evaluate the arguments of others? What are the principles of thinking and communicating clearly? This course addresses these questions and develops critical and analytical skills that improve test performance & lead to success in any field.

PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics - How can I know what the right thing to do is? Where do my ethical beliefs come from?  What ethical theories do professionals use to make difficult decisions? This course provides necessary answers and background for more advanced ethics courses.

PHIL 3220 Introduction to Biomedical Ethics - Doctors and research scientists are often asked to make life and death decisions or decisions that could affect the future of humanity. Learn about some of the dilemmas they face and the ethical theories that guide their actions.

PHIL 2550 Symbolic Logic - What are the methods and principles used to distinguish correct from incorrect deductive arguments? This course is guaranteed to sharpen your critical and analytical skills!

PHIL 3000 Classics of Ancient Western Philosophy - Ancient philosophy is the foundation of our way of thinking. Learn about the teachings of ancient philosophers and how they relate to our world today.

PHIL 3010 Classics of Modern Western Philosophy - In most disciplines, modern means a few decades old. In philosophy, modernity begins in the 17th century. Learn about modern ideas and their ancestry.

PHIL 3030 Existentialism - What is the meaning of my existence? In this course, you will learn about how philosophers including Sartre and Jaspers and authors such as Camus and Dostoevsky address this question.

PHIL 3040 Introduction to Asian Philosophy - What do the early Hindu scriptures tell us about the nature of the Self? How does the Buddha respond with his doctrines of ‘emptiness’ and the ‘middle way’? What is the philosophy of Zen? What is Dao 道? What are the disagreements between the Confucians and the Daoists? This course examines the rich philosophical heritage of south and east Asia.

PHIL 3210 Feminist Philosophy - Achieving gender equality is one of the fundamental challenges of our society. This course examines and evaluates liberal feminism, socialist feminism, ecofeminism, and other feminist approaches to philosophical thinking.

PHIL 3550 Cognitive Science - How does the mind work? What do we mean by ‘intelligence’? This course explains how these and related problems are addressed in philosophy, psychology, linguistics, biology, anthropology, comparative science, and education. A truly interdisciplinary course!

PHIL 4300 Philosophy of Language - What is language and how exactly does it allow us to communicate? Learn about formal and ordinary language as well as the role of meaning, truth, metaphor, symbolism, and other elements of communication.

PHIL 4000 Plato - Plato is the author who gave philosophy its name and defined it in a way that has changed very little in twenty-five centuries. Learn about his masterpiece, the Republic, and the rest of his work.

PHIL 4210 Social and Political Philosophy - Learn about the crucial social and political issues of our time and the major theories that inform our possible response to them.

PHIL 4250 Philosophy of Technology - Technology makes our lives easier, but that is hardly the only way that it affects us. How does it shape our beliefs and attitudes? What is the mutual influence of technological means and ends? This course includes alternative assessments of technology and examines vital issues of today.

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