Skip to main content Skip to main content

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

PHI 1010 - Introduction to Philosophy

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on the reading and writing preassessment placement tests

Description: This is a first philosophy course designed to introduce students to basic philosophical issues, primarily in the areas of metaphysics (what there is) and epistemology (how we know).  This course covers fundamental questions such as, for example:  “Do humans possess free will of is everything a matter of causal necessity?” or “Is there a God or an afterlife?” Important cultural achievements, in the form of original and complete works, will be emphasized. 

General Studies: Arts and Humanities Guaranteed Transfer: GT-AH3

Note: Credit will be granted for only one prefix: PHI or HON.

PHI 1030 - Introduction to Ethics 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on the reading and writing preassessment placement tests

Description: This is a first philosophy course designed to introduce students to basic philosophical issues, primarily in the areas of moral and social philosophy. This course covers fundamental questions such as, for example:  “What is the relation, if any, between morality and religion?” or “How should society be best organized?” Important cultural achievements, in the form of original and complete works, will be emphasized.

General Studies: Arts and Humanities Guaranteed Transfer: GT-AH3

PHI 1040 - Introduction to Eastern Religions 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on the reading and writing preassessment placement tests

Description: An introductory survey of the major religious communities of the East, with primary emphasis on the historical evolution and living traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

General Studies: Arts and Humanities, Global Diversity

PHI 1040 - Introduction to Western Religions 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on the reading and writing preassessment placement tests

Description: An introductory survey of the major religious communities of the West, with primary emphasis on the historical evolution and living traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

General Studies: Arts and Humanities

 

PHI 1110 – Language, Logic & Persuasion 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on the reading and writing preassessment placement tests

Description: This course is an introduction to critical analysis, thinking and expression, covering three main areas: (1) language: the significance of words, and their arrangements, in psychological appeals to the senses and the emotions; (2) logic: the structures of formal reasoning in arguments and in appeals to reason; and (3) persuasion: the rhetorical aspects of discourse and presentation, especially in appeals to ideals or character. Practical skills and applications will be emphasized.

General Studies: Level I Communications, Oral Communication

PHI 2040 – Philosophy of Religion 

Prerequisite(s): PHI 1010 or PHI 1030 or PHI 1040 or PHI 1050 recommended.

Description: This is a course on the philosophical dimensions of religious faith, belief, and/or practice; the nature and scope of religious experiences; and/or the existence and/or source of divinity.

General Studies: Arts and Humanities

PHI 2440 – Symbolic Logic 

Description: This course is a general introduction to formal or symbolic logic. Topics covered include all aspects of sentential or propositional logic, beginning with the rules for determining the validity of deductive arguments and continuing through to the symbolization and syntax of the first-order predicate calculus.

General Studies: Arts and Humanities

PHI 3000 - History of Ancient Philosophy 

Description: This course is a survey of the history of ancient philosophy, focusing on the Greeks. The life and work of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle receive special attention.

General Studies: Arts and Humanities

PHI 3020 - History of Modern Philosophy 

Description: This course is a survey of the history of modern philosophy, from the Renaissance to Romanticism. The work of Descartes, Hume, and Kant receive special attention.

PHI 3120 – Philosophy of Language 

Description: The philosophy of language can plausibly claim to be the most fundamental area of philosophy on the ground that the subject matter of philosophy is thought itself, and this can be studied only through language, its public vehicle. This course surveys major theories in this area.

PHI 3330 – Epistemology

Description: The study of knowledge, concerned with what in general can be known, and how specific forms of knowledge can be obtained, including ordinary knowledge of people and things, and knowledge in such special fields as science, logic, metaphysics, religion, ethics, and aesthetics. 

PHI 3350 – Ethical Theories

Description: A comprehensive review of the central problems of normative ethics in Western philosophy and the major ethical theories of that tradition stretching from Plato in Ancient Greece to John Dewey and john Rawls in the twentieth century.

PHI 3360 - Business Ethics 

Prerequisite(s): At least junior standing

Description: This course investigates the value conflicts that may arise from current circumstances in the modern business world. Designed to assist students in becoming effective business professionals, it examines four main areas of current practice in some detail: the responsibility of business in society, corporate governance, ethical decision-making, and ethical leadership.  Interpretive, critical and analytical skills will be emphasized and cultivated.

General Studies: Arts and Humanities

PHI 3370 - Computers, Ethics, and Society 

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: Any PHI course or any CSI course or equivalent

Description: This course contains two main components: first, the ethical frameworks, relating to the nature of the person, in which three main concepts may emerge and be critically discussed: professionalism, privacy, and property; and second, the wider social, legal and political implications of computers, in particular for the nature of work, risk and legal liability, and the social context of computing (and other digital technologies).

General Studies: Arts and Humanities 

PHI 3400 – Philosophy of Science

Description: An advanced, critical examination of the concepts and problems involved in contemporary science. The nature of scientific method, explanation, and law is covered. Physical, biological, and psychosocial sciences are investigated.  

PHI 341H – Eastern Philosophy: Hinduism

Description: This course serves as a comprehensive historical introduction to Hindu philosophies and religious traditions. We begin by studying the origins of Hinduism and the emergence of philosophical and religious concepts exemplified in the Rig Veda and the Upanishads. We will then examine the ethical teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, and selected Puranas. We will investigate the systemization and elaboration of themes in these texts by philosophers of the six orthodox Hindu schools, emphasizing the Vedanta school. We examine the flourishing of the bhakti movement, including the worship of the Goddess, and the Hindu reform movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will conclude by reading a masterpiece in Indian literature which highlights religious and philosophical tensions in Hinduism. 

PHI 370F – The Films of David Lynch

Description: This course has two chief intellectual ambitions: (1) to explore the relationship between philosophy and film and (2) to examine the way in which a specific filmmaker (David Lynch) explores topics central to the Western philosophical tradition. The issues at stake include the nature of human agency and the role played by reason and reflection in practical life; the relationship between imagination and action; and the extent to which human lives are subject to forces, institutions, norms, and the like that fall outside the bounds of rational and/or willful control. 

PHI 381U – Hume

Prerequisite(s): PHI 3000 or 3020 recommended

Description: This course will explore in detail the epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion of David Hume. We will consider Hume’s skepticism and naturalism, and the relationship between his epistemology (as laid out in the Treatise) and his philosophy of religion. 

 

 


Edit this page