Courses in Philosophy

PHL 110. The Examined Life. Examination of major philosophical issues and the ways major philosophers have dealt with them.   Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 6 (Religion and Philosophy). 3 credits.

PHL 140. Encountering World Philosophies. A study of diverse perspectives on the basic questions of philosophical inquiry: What is the nature of reality? What is the nature of the self? What is the nature of knowledge? By what standards do we evaluate truth claims? This course examines these questions from perspectives outside the classical philosophical approach rooted in the Mediterranean.  Fulfills general education requirement: Intercultural Diversity. 3 credits.

PHL 210. Ethics. An inquiry into the central problems of values applied to human conduct, with an examination of the responses of major ethical theories to those problems.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 6 (Religion and Philosophy). 3 credits.

PHL 222. American Philosophy. A survey of philosophical thought in the United States from colonial period to present, with emphasis on the work of Peirce, James, and Dewey.  Fulfills general education requirement: Liberal Studies Area 6 (Religion and Philosophy). 3 credits.

PHL 229. Culture and Conflict in Modern America. An examination of the social, political, economic and cultural upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s in the historical context.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. American Social Diversity. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with AMS 229]

PHL 230. Philosophy of Religion. A study of the issues raised for philosophy by contemporary religious thought. The course examines such topics as faith and reason; faith and culture; and interpretations of revelation, symbolism and religious language.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 6 (Religion and Philosophy). 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with REL 230]

PHL 270. Seminar in the History of Philosophy. An examination of major periods in the history of philosophy, this requirement for the major will introduce students to both the figures and the methodology of each time period. The specific focus of the course will vary from semester to semester, rotating through the various historical periods. Seminars will include: Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, the Enlightenment, 19th Century, 20th Century.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes.Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: One prior course in philosophy. 3 credits.

PHL 280. Logic. Logic is the study of valid arguments, arguments whose conclusions follow from their premises. The course teaches the translation of arguments into symbolic logic so that their structure and validity become apparent. It also teaches how to construct proofs of valid arguments and refutations of invalid ones.  3 credits.

PHL 301. Key Authors. Intensive studies of individual great philosophers or principal schools. Potential authors include Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, etc.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes.Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission. 3 credits.

PHL 311. Key Issues. An intensive study of individual issues within the discipline of philosophy. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Potential issues include: Nothing, Women in Philosophy, God, Post-modern Philosophy and Theology, Existentialism, etc.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes.Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: One prior course in Philosophy. 3 credits.

PHL 345. The Philosophical Foundations of Politics. Students in this course study the development of Western political thought from Classical Greece to modern times, examining the conceptual evolution of citizenship, civic obligation, and the nature of justice and exploring the connection between moral and positive law in the western tradition.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with POL 345]

PHL 349. Genocide Ethics. This course will examine the psychological, cultural, and political roots of, and responses to, violence and genocide with special attention paid to the cases of the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian genocide. Course material will draw on history, philosophy, literature, and film  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Disciplinary Perspectives. 3 credits.

PHL 417. Seminar in Law. This capstone seminar examines the historical and philosophical development of constitutional law in the United States; the seminar emphasizes the dynamic relationship between the law and moral and political philosophy.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing. PSC/PHL 345, DSP 352, DSP 356 or BUS 450. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with LAW 499]

PHL 499. Senior Seminar. This is an advanced seminar course for senior philosophy majors. Students will complete a major paper, integrating their research, writing, and analytical skills.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with REL 499]