PHIL 401 - General Introduction to Philosophy
Depending upon the instructor, the emphasis will be on basic philosophic problems, recurrent types of philosophies, or selected readings from the history of philosophy. 401W is writing intensive.
Previously offered: Spring 2012, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2015
Principles of reasoning and development of symbolic techniques for evaluating deductive and inductive arguments.
Currently offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2016
Previously offered: Spring 2012, Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, January 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015
Contemporary philosophic concerns and perspectives as reflected in one or more of the arts (literature, theatre, film, music, plastic art). Writing intensive.
Currently offered: Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016
Previously offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015
Consideration of the scientific endeavor and its social import from a philosophical perspective. Group 8.
Currently offered: Spring 2016
Previously offered: Spring 2014
PHIL 430 - Society and Morals
Critical study of principles and arguments advanced in discussion of current moral and social issues. Possible topics: violence, rules of warfare, sexual morality, human rights, punishment, abortion.
Previously offered: Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, January 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015
Examines social and political thought that may include texts from ancient through contemporary times, addressing topics such as natural rights, revolution, law, freedom, justice, power. Questions may include: What is a community, and how are individuals related to communities? Can any particular form of government be morally justified, and if so, what kind of government? Can anarchism work? Is there something wrong with a society in which there is private ownership of property? What is oppressive? What is freedom, and are we free? What roles should different forms of power play in a society? Could and should there be a genderless society? Is ethnic diversity valuable?
Currently offered: Fall 2016
Previously offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015
PHIL 447 - Computer Power and Human Reason
The historical origins of the science of computation. The implications of the nature of information-processing for understanding the mind-body relation. Examination of the possible social, economic, and educational consequences of the computer revolution.
Previously offered: Fall 2011
Focus on historical and contemporary philosophies of nature and their effects on human interaction with the environment. Issues include obligations to future generations and to animals, plants, and ecosystems; moral limits on consumption and reproduction; and the existence of objects of intrinsic value. Specific topics may include species loss and biological diversity, population growth, changes in the atmosphere, energy use, and sustainable development.
Currently offered: Fall 2016
Previously offered: Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2014
PHIL 525 - Existentialism
What does it mean to be a human being? Existentialism, broadly speaking, is an attempt to rearticulate that question. As a philosophical perspective, existentialism embarks on this inquiry not from the traditional definitions of humanity (e.g. "man" as the rational animal, the thinking thing, or an ensouled creature), but rather it begins with our lived experience. Through philosophical works, literature, and film, we will follow this inquiry into human experience, and begin to think through the nature of our individual freedom, our relation to history, to others, and to the Absolute.