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Philosophy 1110 Introduction to Philosophy: Origins View Details
Examination of the history of philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to the Modern era of philosophy. Philosophers discussed may include Thales, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 1111 Introduction to Philosophy: Modern Developments View Details
Examination of the history of philosophy, from Descartes to twentieth century thinkers. Philosophers discussed may include Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Russell, Marcuse, and Baudrillard.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 1117 Introduction to Thinking View Details
The practical aspects of reasoning and logical self-defense against fallacy and flim-flammery. Topics covered include the elements of deductive and inductive reasoning, how to assess claims of proof and evidence, the scientific method and how junk science might be distinguished from the real thing, the statistical and psychological pitfalls that lead reason astray, knowledge by authority and how to distinguish the real experts from the pretenders.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 1118 Philosophy of the Occult and Paranormal View Details
A systematic investigation of Astrology, Witchcraft, Clairvoyance, Extrasensory Perception, Psychokinesis, Out-of-body Experience and other paranormal phenomena which seem to defy scientific explanation. Students are expected to learn how to assess evidence critically while keeping an open mind.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 1119 Philosophy Through Popular Culture View Details
An introduction to the perennial questions of philosophy through an examination of popular culture, including graphic novels, literature, and film.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 1571 Contemporary Moral Issues View Details
Clarification of moral issues such as war, capital punishment, suicide, euthanasia, abortion and poverty. Evaluation of arguments on both sides of the issues. Moral theories and their relation to moral decisions.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 1573 Philosophy and the Human Condition View Details
A critical examination of the human condition and the accompanying ideal of human flourishing, as espoused by various philosophers throughout the ages from various cultures. The views of thinkers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius, Confucius, Buddha, Sartre, Camus, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Bentham are examined.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2012 Methods View Details
The explication and application of methods distinctive of the discipline of philosophy. These may include: conceptual analysis, dialectic, argument analysis and reconstruction, phenomenological reduction, thought experiments, intuition pumps, logical constructions, and abduction.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2013 Environmental Philosophy View Details
A critical examination of major philosophical approaches to the environment with emphasis on Western and multicultural ethical theories, but with some attention to their practical applications to environmental issues such as pollution, global warming, resource depletion and endangered species along with political and economic considerations.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Environmental Studies 2013
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2217 Existentialism and Phenomenology View Details
Existentialism and the phenomenological movement: the foundations of existentialism in the writings of Nietzsche and/or Kirkegaard, Husserl and the phenomenological method, the existentialist writings of Heidegger and Sartre.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Philosophy 2311 Ancient Greek Philosophy View Details
Philosophical enquiry into the foundations of Western thought and culture. Brief historical treatment of the Presocratics and later Hellenistic thinkers to provide the cultural context for discussion of selected texts of Plato and Aristotle.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Classics 2311
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2411 Logic View Details
An introduction to formal logic from the categorical logic of Aristotle to the first order predicate calculus with emphasis on the problems in translating natural language expressions into symbolic form.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2413 A Defense against the Dark Arts View Details
A study of reasoning and argument in real-life contexts such as editorials, magazine articles, political speeches, and videos. The purpose of the course is to foster the ability to think critically, detect flaws in fallacious arguments, and defend against the dark arts of sophistry and rhetoric employed by politicians, corporations, and fake news sites in an attempt to manipulate individuals and the public.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2511 Biomedical Ethics View Details
Moral issues that arise in the biomedical field, such as euthanasia, informed consent, paternalism, confidentiality, and just distribution of medical resources. Codes of ethics, moral principles, and their relation to moral theories and to specific moral principles.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Gerontology 2511
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2513 Business Ethics View Details
Ethical problems in business: business and social justice, property rights, wages and profits, the individual in the corporation and the corporation as moral agent. Emphasis is on responsibilities of those in business to shareholders, employers, employees, customers and the environment.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2517 Social and Political Philosophy View Details
A critical enquiry into the basic concepts and principles in classic and contemporary social and political philosophy. Topics include the nature and justification of political obligation, freedom and authority, and the theory of the social contract. Selected writings by such political thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Marx, Rawls and Nozick are examined.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2611 Art and Philosophy View Details
Examines art in the age of mechanical and digital reproduction, including the impact of pop art on the meaning of art, philosophy, and the philosophy of art.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2614 Early Modern Philosophy View Details
A survey of philosophy in the early modern period up to the Scottish Enlightment. Figures studied may include Galileo, Bacon, Mersenne, Gassendi, Boyle, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Malebranche, Arnauld, Newton, Locke, Leibniz, Bayle, and Berkeley. Emphasis is on the contributions of these figures to that decisive break with the past which characterizes this time period.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): One half-course in Philosophy
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previous credit in Philosophy 2319 may not take Philosophy 2614 for credit.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2715 Special Topics View Details
A reading and research course for philosophy majors. The specific areas of research to be chosen by the students in consultation with the instructor(s).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2811 Asian Philosophy View Details
An introduction to the philosophies and religions of India, China and Japan. Selected readings from the major texts of Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism including Zen. Philosophical examination of religious concepts and their contribution to Eastern thought and culture.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 2913 Philosophy and Science Fiction View Details
The nature of reality, the limits of knowledge, society, personal identity, the good life, and the problem of evil are some of the philosophical topics examined in relation to cinema, short stories, and novels.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3175 Epistemology View Details
The major issues in the theory of knowledge: notions of truth and falsity, probability, plausibility, possibility, scepticism, relativism, pragmatism and the sociology of knowledge.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): One FCE in Philosophy
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3218 Contemporary European Thought View Details
A survey of key thinkers in European thought from Nietzsche, Benjamin and Kojeve to Lacan, Foucault and Derrida. Topics under consideration may include historicism, emancipation, nihilism, and the philosophy of representation.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3312 Philosophy of Law View Details
The fundamentals of law and legal systems: the relation of law to morality and justice, the nature of law, kinds of law and the justifications for different systems of law, the function of law within the nation-state and internationally. Emphasis is on legal theory with some case studies in law.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3319 Philosophy of Love View Details
A survey of theories of love, sex and friendship drawing from both historical and contemporary sources in Western philosophy and literature. Included is a review of classic works on the subject from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Shakespeare and Rousseau as well as a selection of modern views from such writers as Kierkegaard, Flaubert, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Allan Bloom, Michel Foucault and others.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3330 Film and Contemporary Philosophy View Details
An introduction to 20th century European philosophy through a critical examination of subjectivity and contemporary culture as reflected in film.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-1; or 3-1
Notes: Additional course lab is required.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3418 Social and Political Philosophy II View Details
Explores contemporary social and political issues that could include globalization, late capitalism, government surveillance programs, and the use of drones in warfare.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3419 Philosophy and Gender View Details
Examines philosophers and their conceptions of gender, stressing the role such views play within their own philosophy, and the impact these views have had on thought generally. Thinkers from Lao Tzu and Plato to Young, Noddings and Okin.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3514 Cyberethics View Details
An analysis of current and emerging ethical issues in the computer and internet technology industries. Topics include, but are not limited to: anonymity, privacy, hacking, intellectual property rights and social media.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3517 Social Justice View Details
An examination of differing conceptions and standards of justice and their application to the relationship between individuals (including race, gender, abilities, age, and sexual orientation), socio-economic classes, cultures, nations, and generations.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3615 Late Modern Philosophy View Details
An examination of 19th century philosophical developments as proceeding from and in opposition to Kant. Movements and figures studied include German idealism (Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Schopenhauer), neo-Kanitanism (Feuerbach), early positivism (Comte), Marxism, early pragmatism (Pierce), Utilitarianism (Bentham, Mill), early existentialism (Kierkegaard, Nietzsche), and Transcendentalism (Emerson, Thoreau).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

One half-course in Philosophy.

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have previous credit in Philosophy 2615 may not take Philosophy 3615 for credit.
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3705 Special Topic View Details
A reading and research course for philosophy majors. The specific areas of research to be chosen by the students in consultation with the instructor(s).
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3711 Philosophy of Mind View Details
The principal theories in modern philosophy concerning the nature of the mind, such as dualism, materialism, behaviorism, psycho-analysis, artificial intelligence.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): At least one FCE in Philosophy
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Philosophy 3712 Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Theory View Details
An examination of the intersection between philosophy and psychoanalytic theory, especially Freudianism. Philosophers discussed may include Plato, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, Marcuse, Deleuze, and Derrida. Psychoanalysts discussed may include Freud, Klein, and Lacan.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): One FCE in Philosophy
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3715 Special Topic View Details
A reading and research course for philosophy majors. The specific areas of research to be chosen by the students in consultation with the instructor(s).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 3813 Philosophy of Religion View Details
Philosophical examination of issues such as the definition of religion and religious cults, the existence of God, the problems of sin and evil, personal immortality, religious experience, and mysticism, religious language and the problem of religious pluralism.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 4715 Special Topic View Details
A reading and research course for philosophy majors. The specific areas of research to be chosen by the students in consultation with the instructor(s).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type A: Humanities

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Philosophy 4811 Senior Seminar View Details
Topics in the history of philosophy decided annually, based on faculty and student interests. For details, consult the Chair.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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