Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 102  Philosophical Literature  3(3-0)  

Philosophical literature that focuses on such questions as what is the nature of reality, how do we know what we know, and for what kind of life should we strive. (F, S) (Gen Ed: H, GT-AH3)

PHIL 120  Islam and Non-Western Religions  3(3-0)  

A study of major world religions including Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, Shinto, Taoism, Zoroastrianism. (*) (Gen Ed: H, GT-AH3) (CC)

PHIL 201  Classics in Ethics  3(3-0)  

The logic of objective norms and standards of 'good' vs. 'bad', 'right' vs. 'wrong' from major philosophers and classics of literature. Application to contemporary issues. (F, S) (Gen Ed: H, GT-AH3)

PHIL 204  Critical Reasoning  3(3-0)  

Survey of the general principles of correct reasoning with emphasis on the role of language in the reasoning process. Major concern with induction and fallacy detection. (F, S) (Gen Ed: H, GT-AH3)

PHIL 205  Deductive Logic  3(3-0)  

Study of the principles and methods used to distinguish valid from invalid patterns of deductive reasoning. Especially useful for students in computer- or mathematics related fields. (*) (Gen Ed: H, GT-AH3)

PHIL 280  The Ancients: Person, Polis, Cosmos  3(3-0)  

Exploration of the ancient origins of Western philosophy with an emphasis on the Presocratics, theSophists, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. (*)

PHIL 291  Special Topics  (1-3 V)  

Students who have an area of special interest are encouraged to contact the department. Special topics and authors of philosophical interest. (*) Repeatable (12).

PHIL 295  Independent Study  (1-3 V)  

Specialized study of select persons, ideas, schools, historical trends or problems in philosophy. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (9).

PHIL 380  The Moderns: Science, Self, State  3(3-0)  

Exploration of intellectual revolutions in 16th - early 19th century Europe as represented in thinkers such as Hobbes, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, and Kant. (*)

PHIL 480  Continental Thought  3(3-0)  

European thought of the 19th and 20th centuries including existentialism, critical theory, and postmodernism; discussion of thinkers such as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Adorno, and Foucault. (*)

PHIL 485  American Pragmatism and its Legacy  3(3-0)  

An examination of pragmatism from its roots in transcendentalism and evolutionary thought to its zenith in Peirce, James, and Dewey, and its contemporary legacy. (*)

PHIL 491  Special Topics  (1-3 V)  

Special topics and authors of philosophical interest. May be repeated for 12 credits maximum. More advanced than PHIL 291. Students who have an area of special interest are encouraged to contact the department. (*) Repeatable (12).

PHIL 495  Independent Study  (1-3 V)  

Specialized study of select persons, ideas, schools, historical trends or problems in philosophy. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (9).