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PHILOSOPHY (PHL)

 
Any course whose title contains the word "introduction" may be taken as a first course. The department recommends that students take no more than two such introductory courses. Often after a single such course, students should proceed to follow their interests with 200- and 300-level courses.
 
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr
An introduction to philosophical analysis and criticism through a survey of the major branches of philosophy. Topics may include, but are not limited to: the mind/body problem, theory of knowledge, skepticism, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion. Fulfils the General Education Requirement.
 
PHL 120 Critical Thinking 3 cr
This course will examine complex types of reasoning, including statistical judgment, decision making, and causal and analogical thinking. emphasis will be placed on the analysis of concrete examples of reasoning in various fields, including science, religion and theology, politics, law, as well as alternative medicine and other non-traditional disciplies. Students will be encouraged to improve their own judgment and decision making by learning how to evaluate arguments and by learning about fallacies, common errors, and biases in reasoning and decision making. There will also be extensive discussion on the relation between how people do reason and how they ought to reason. Fulfills the General Education Requirement.
     
PHL 121 Introduction to Logic 3 cr
Studies arguments: what they are, how to identify them, and how to judge their quality; and examines inductive and deductive arguments in both their informal and formal aspects. Fulfils the General Education Requirement. MA 110 or equivalent is recommended.
 

PHL 131

Introduction to Ethics 3 cr
Examines ideas about good and bad, right and wrong, and moral obligation through a survey of major ethical systems in western philosophy. The course includes consideration of how these ideas apply to moral problems and issues. Fulfils the General Education Requirement.
 

PHL 231

Social Ethics 3 cr
Readings and analyses of ethical issues in society. Topics may include euthanasia, sexual equality, sexual morality, censorship, world hunger, animal rights, the environment, and capital punishment. Fulfils the General Education Requirement.
 

PHL 233

Philosophy of Love and Friendship (W) 3 cr
Love and friendship are investigated by a philosophical analysis of concepts embraced by the terms. Examples of the concepts are drawn from common life, religion, history, and literature.
 

PHL 240

Western Philosophy: Classical 3 cr
Survey of classical Greek philosophy. The philosophers surveyed may include Presocratic philosophers, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic philosophers. Fulfills the General Education Requirement. Identical with CLA 240. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 240 and CLA 240.

 

   
Survey of Greek, Roman, and Medieval philosophy with emphasis on classical Greek philosophy. Core Course. Identical with CLA 240. Credit cannot be received for both CLA 240 and PHL 240.
 
PHL 242 Western Philosophy: Medieval 3 cr
A survey of Medieval Western Latin, Jewish and Islamic philosophers. Identical with REL 242. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 242 and REL 242.
     

PHL 245

Western Philosophy: 3 cr

 

Renaissance/Enlightenment (C)(W)  
Survey of Western philosophy from F. Bacon to Kant with emphasis on the empiricists, rationalists, and Kant.
 

PHL 251

Philosophy and Cognitive Science 3 cr
A survey of central concepts and issues in cognitive science, including an informal introduction to automata theory, intelligent systems architecture, and the philosophical issues arising out of computational models of language and cognition.
 

PHL 290

Special Topics 1-3 cr
Different themes and issues of philosophical significance will be studied as announced. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours.
     
PHL 310 Classical Mythology 3 cr
Through the disciplines of English and Philosophy, this course will provide an introduction to myths and to the literature that recounts the myths, legends, and folktales of ancient Greece and Rome. Not only will this course offer a survey of Greek and Roman myth, but also it will look at how different writers treat the material and why their treatments vary. Pre-requisites: EH 101 and EH 102. Identical with CLA 310, EH 310 and REL 310. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 310 and either EH 310 or REL 310 or CLA 310.
 

PHL 311

Political Philosophy I: 3 cr

 

Classical and Medieval  
An examination of the central themes of classical Western political philosophy through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. Pre-requisites: PSC 130, or Equivalent, or Permission of Instructor. Identical with CLA 311 and PSC 311. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 311 and either PSC 311 or CLA 311.
 

PHL 312

Political Philosophy II 3 cr

 

Renaissance and Enlightenment  
An examination of the central themes of classical Western political philosophy through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. Pre-requisites: PSC 130, or Equivalent, or Permission of Instructor. Cross-listed as PSC 312. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 312 and PSC 312.
 

PHL 313

Political Philosophy III 19th Century (W) 3 cr
An examination of the central themes of classical Western political philosophy through the reading and discussing of the primary works of such thinkers as Hegel, Mill, Marx and Nietzsche. Pre-requisites: PSC 130, or Equivalent, or Permission of Instructor. Cross-listed as PSC 313. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 313 and PSC 313.
 

PHL 321

Symbolic Logic 3 cr
A study of sentential and predicate logics and related topics.
 

PHL 327

Philosophy of Science 3 cr

 

   
Studies such topics as method and explanation in the sciences; the demarcation between science and the pseudoscience; realist and anti-realist views about scientific theories; the logic scientific change; confirmation; reduction; laws of nature; underdetermination; and society, science, and values.
 

PHL 331

Alienation 3 cr
Alienation, a fundamental element in human existence, is analyzed in the philosophy of Marx, Hegel, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche and Sartre, and then used to interpret characters and situations in selected novels and films.
 

PHL 333

Biomedical Ethics (W) 3 cr
Ethical analyses of problems and issues in the biomedical and health-related fields. Topics may include genetic research and technology, abortion, health care, experimentation, and death and dying.
 

PHL 334

Man and Technology 3 cr
Examines the most common impacts that technology is envisioned to have on both the spirit of the human person and the environment in which that person lives. Both the technologist and antitechnologist arguments will be explored.
 

PHL 336

Legal Theory 3 cr
Explores theoretical issues and problems in the area of law, including theories about the nature of law, legal validity, the relations between morality and law, and our obligation to obey the law. Specific problems, such as legal moralism, are also examined. Cross-listed as CJ 336. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 336 and CJ 336.
 

PHL 337

Liability and Punishment 3 cr
Explores theoretical issues and problems in the areas of law (especially criminal law) concerning liability and punishment. Topics to be examined include diminished capacity, theories of punishment, and capital punishment. Cross-listed as CJ 337. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 337 and CJ 337.
 

PHL 339

Philosophy of Culture 3 cr
Acquaints students with Cassirer's philosophy of culture, with emphasis on the unity of human experience as ramified into myth, language, religion, art, history, science, and politicosocial life.
 

PHL 345

Anglo-American Philosophy Since Kant 3 cr
An examination of selected themes and issues in Anglo-American philosophy since 1800. Topics may include pragmatism, ideal language philosophy, and ordinary language philosophy.
 

PHL 348

19th Century Continental Philosophy 3 cr
  and Literary Theory  
An examination of selected themes and issues in 19th Century Continental Philosophy and Literary Theory. Topics may include Idealism, Romanticism, Existentialism, Marxism, and Freudianism. Identical with EH 348 and LG 348. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 348 and either EH 348 or LG 348. (For LG credit, students will be required to do some coursework in their language of concentration.)
 

PHL 349

20th Century Continental Philosophy 3 cr
  and Literary Theory  
An examination of selected themes and issues in 20th Century Continental Philosophy and Literary Theory. Topics may include Phenomenology, Existentialism, Hermeneutics, Structuralism, and Post-Structuralism. Identical with EH 349 and LG 349. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 349 and either EH 349 or LG 349. (For LG credit, students will be required to do some coursework in their language of concentration.)
 

PHL 351

Philosophy of Religion (W) 3 cr
Investigates the nature of religion, including religious experience, religious language, arguments for the existence of God, and the problem of evil. Identical with REL 351. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 351 and REL 351.
 

PHL 352

World Religions 3 cr
Major Eastern and Western religions emphasizing their historical development, their theological structure, and their philosophical implications. Identical with REL 352. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 352 and REL 352.
 

PHL 354

Philosophies of India 3 cr
Introduces the major religions and philosophies of India by way of the classical Realist/Anti-Realist debate in India. Study of the major religious doctrines of theistic and non-dualist Vedanta, Buddhism, and Jainism, and their philosophical articulation in the Nyaya, Advaita Vedanta, Madhyamaka, and other schools. Identical with REL 354. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 354 and REL 354.
 

PHL 355

Chinese Philosophy 3 cr
Introduces the major classical religious and philosophical systems of China by way of an examination of early Confucianism, Mohism, Yangism, Legalism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the role of these schools in the development of Chinese religion, morality, and political organization. Identical with REL 355. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 355 and REL 355.
 

PHL 361

Philosophy of Mind 3 cr
A study of the concept of consciousness and related concepts (e.g., mind, self, thinking) as applied to man, other animals, non-terrestrials, and machines.
 

PHL 370

Philosophy of Art 3 cr
Acquaints students with main issues in aesthetics, both ancient and modern. Includes such issues as the nature and function of art, the creative process, the work of art, and the criteria of aesthetic judgment and appreciation. Identical with ARH 370. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 370 and ARH 370.
 

PHL 390

Special Topics 1-3 cr
Different figures or topics of philosophical significance will be studied as announced. May be repeated, when content varies, for a total of six hours. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours.
 
NOTE: The Department requires at least one lower-level philosophy course or junior standing as a Pre-requisite for 400-level courses.

PHL 421*

Literary Criticism to 1900 (W) 3 cr
Classical, Neoclassical, Romantic, and Victorian literary theory. Pre-requisites: EH 101 and 102. Identical with EH 421. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 421 and EH 421.

PHL 422*

Literary Criticism Since 1900 (W) 3 cr
Modern and contemporary literary theory. Pre-requisites: EH 101 and 102. Identical with EH 422. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 422 and EH 422.
 

PHL 431

Advanced Ethical Theory 3 cr
Problems in traditional and recent value theory and ethics.

PHL 441

Theory of Knowledge 3 cr
Examines knowledge, its scope and limits. Topics may include the conditions, criteria, and grounds for knowledge, and theories of truth and meaning.
 

PHL 461

Metaphysics 3 cr
Studies philosophical theories about the nature of reality, including such topics as what is real, change, the nature of things, universals, and such views as monism, materialism, realism, and idealism. Pre-requisites: PHL 240, PHL 245, PHL 321.
 
PHL 467 Mathematical Logic 3 cr
An introduction to formal first-order logic, first-order metatheory, and its extensions. Topics include axiom systems and their models, completeness, compactness, and recursive sets and functions. Identical with MA 467. Credit cannot be received for both PHL 467 and MA 467. Pre-requisites: PHL 321 or any 300-level or higher MA course.
 
PHL 490 Special Topics 1-3 cr
An investigation of issues and concepts in philosophy for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. May be repeated, when content varies, for a total of six hours. Pre-requisites: Junior, senior or graduate standing.
 

PHL 492

Seminar 1-3 cr
An investigation of issues and concepts in philosophy for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. May be repeated, when content varies, for a total of six hours. Pre-requisites: Junior, senior or graduate standing.
 

PHL 494

Directed Studies 1-3 cr
Directed research in philosophy under the guidance of a member of the department. Credit according to the magnitude of the individual project. May be repeated, if content varies, for a total of six hours. Pre-requisites: Junior or senior standing and approval of directing professor and department chair. Pre-requisites: Junior, senior or graduate standing.
 

PHL 499

Honors Thesis 3 cr
Extended research paper prepared under direction of thesis advisor plus two-person committee selected by advisor in consultation with student. Pre-requisites: The student must have developed a proposal for the thesis in consultation with the advisor, and received permission for the work from the committee. In addition, the student must be a senior major or minor, have completed the logic and history of philosophy requirements, have at least two courses at the 300-level or higher, and have at least a 3.3 GPA in Philosophy. Credit for this course is only given as an addition to the hours required for the major.
 

PHL 590

Special Topics 1-3 cr
Study of individuals or topics of philosophical significance. May be repeated for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 6 hours. Enrollment is limited to students in disciplines other than philosophy.
 
 

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