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Fall 2019 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.
General Studies: Arts and Humanities

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.
General Studies: Arts and Humanities, Oral Communication

PHI 2000 - Multicultural Identities in America (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): None

Description: This course examines various aspects of multicultural identities in the United States. Students utilize a variety of philosophical concepts and theories, which contribute to their understanding of multicultural identities. Students learn important philosophical and cultural contributions from these identities, which have helped enrich American life. The course covers two or more of the following groups: African Americans, Asian Americans, Latin Americans, or Native Americans. The course may include specific topics concerning gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability within these groups. 

General Studies: Multicultural

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.
General Studies: Arts and Humanities

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 3150 - Social & Political Philosophy (3 credits)
Description: Political and social philosophy is the study of people in societies with particular attention to the abstract claims they have on each other in the form of rights, duties, and privileges, and their demand for justice, equality, and freedom. This study may be concerned either with the conceptual structure of political discourse and with the kinds of arguments used to propose, defend, or criticize political institutions and policies.

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 338C - VT: Meaning of Life and Death (3 credits)
Description: This course is a philosophical inquiry into the meaning of human existence, mortality, and death. Among the issues and questions, we will explore are: What does it mean for something to be alive? What does it mean for a human to exist? What is death? What relevance, if any, does morality-the fact that we must all die-have on our understanding or conduct of life? Does the value of life depend on an afterlife? These philosophical considerations will be looked at in the light of modern science, in particular, Darwinism, molecular biology, and attempts to create artificial life and/or intelligence. Readings will be from Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Kant, Schopenhauer, Darwin, Sartre, Nagel. 

PHI 3400 -Philosophy of Science (3 credits)
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 381V - Early Modern Feminism (3 credits)
Description: This course will focus on European feminist (or perhaps proto-feminist) thinkers from the “Early Modern Period,” but will include texts from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Some of the themes and questions are: What is feminism? What was the role of women in Europe during this time period and how did that role change over time? What connections are there between the feminism of the period and the Enlightenment? What connections are there between the feminism of the period and Revolutionary Politics? Can women reason? Can women be virtuous? How should women be educated? What did the men living during period think of all of this?

PHI 381W - Spinoza and Maimonides  (3 credits)
Description: Among the great Jewish philosophers, Spinoza is considered to be the rebel against theological orthodoxy while Maimonides is considered to be the champion of theological orthodoxy. This course will place their work in historical and political context in order to examine the validity of these interpretations

PHI 405D - Myths of Innocence: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives  (3 credits)
Description: The course will examine themes of innocence, guilt, and evil within a variety of philosophical and religious traditions. There will be an emphasis on making inter-traditional comparisons.

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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