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Fall 2018 Course Offerings

PHI 1010 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits) (HON 1011)
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 (3 credits)
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 (3 credits)
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 1050 - Introduction to Western Religions (3 credits)
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 (originating in the Near East), with primary emphasis on the historical evolution and living traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

PHI 1110 - Language, Logic and Persuasion (3 credits)
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.

PHI 2040 - Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): PHI 1040 or PHI 1050 recommended
Description: This is a course on the philosophical dimensions of religious faith and practice, the nature and scope of religious experience, and the existence and source of divinity.

PHI 2440 - Symbolic Logic (3 credits)
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.

PHI 3000 - History of Ancient Philosophy (3 credits)
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 (3 credits)
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.
General Studies: Arts and Humanities

PHI 3120 - Philosophy of Language (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): PHI 2440 is recommended
Description: This course is a general introduction to central questions and topics in the philosophy of language. Special consideration is given to historical and contemporary issues in the analytic tradition.

PHI 3180 - Feminist Philosophy (3 credits) (WMS 3180)
Prerequisite(s): PHI 1010 or 1030 and junior standing are recommended
Description: This course involves an examination of traditional philosophical topics and questions from the perspective of contemporary feminist theory. Special consideration is given to feminist critiques of logic, rationality and scientific objectivity and to feminist approaches to ethical, social, and political thought.
Note: Credit will be granted for only one prefix: PHI or WMS.

PHI 3320 - Metaphysics (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): PHI 3000 or PHI 3020
Description: This course is a comprehensive survey of traditional or contemporary problems in metaphysics. Topics typically covered include free will, causation, identity, God, and substance.

PHI 3360 - Business Ethics (3 credits)
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 (3 credits)
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 341I - Eastern Philosophy: Buddhism (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): PHI 1040
Description: This course serves as a comprehensive historical introduction to Buddhist philosophies and religious traditions. We begin by studying the origins of Buddhism and the emergence of the early philosophical schools. We then examine the two main Buddhist schools, the Theravada (Conservative School) and the Mahayana (Great Vehicle), including several sub-schools which fall under the Mahayana.
Note: This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.

PHI 3430 - Philosophy of Law (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): One upper-division course in the humanities or social sciences, or one philosophy course; or Permission of instructor
Description: An examination of the origin of the individual and the idea of law in Greek thought and alterations of these notions in modern thought. The notion of interpretation in the law will be examined.

PHI 3810 - Major Philosophers: Plato’s Metaphysics (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): PHI 3000 or PHI 3020
Description: The present course will critically examine Plato's metaphysics and its relation to his epistemology and his ethics through close study of some of Plato's major middle and late dialogues (Cratylus, Parmenides, Theaetetus, Sophist, and selections from Meno, Phaedo, Republic, Symposium and Timaeus). Attention will also be paid to the origins, the evolution and the legacy of Plato's epistemological metaphysics and metaphysical epistemology.
Note: This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.

PHI 4100 - Senior Seminar (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all General Studies requirements and senior standing
Description: This course is a capstone course and is required of all philosophy majors. It is an in-depth consideration of a topic or author (or group of topics or authors) involving synoptic reflection, detailed interpretation and thematic synthesis, with in-class presentations and an emphasis on philosophical writing.
University Requirement(s): Senior Experience


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