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Philosophy

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHI 101

Philosophy & the Human Condition

This course explores divisions of philosophy and the perspectives of major philosophers and movements. Emphasis is placed upon central philosophical problems such as the relationship between mind and body, the possibility of human freedom, the existence of God, and the scope and limits of human understanding.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 201

Ethics in Theory & Action

This course is an examination of human conduct and responsibility and the relationships between individuals and society.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 204

Logic & Practical Reasoning

This course is a study of formal reasoning methods through informal fallacies, class logic and introduction to propositional logic.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
PHI 214

Challenges of Death

This course examines the ways that death challenges human meaning and action. Topics include the meaning of suffering and death, challenges of death to morality, psychological spiritual processes of dying and bereavement are considered.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 280

Western Ancient Philosophy

This course takes a thematic approach covering the central philosophical ideas of the classical period from pre-Socratics to Plotinus. Emphasis is placed on the contributions of Plato and Aristotle to the development of Western philosophy and culture.

Prequisites: PHI-101 or PHI-201 or Permission of Instructor

3
PHI 303

Medieval Phil.



Prequisites: None

3
PHI 305

History of Modern Philosophy I

This course explores the metaphysical and epistemological theories in their relation to a study of the main philosophical controversies in the 16th and 17th centuries. Students read works from Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley and Hume, and are given a background on Kant.

Prequisites: Phi-201 or at Least Sophomore Status

3
PHI 306

Social & Political Philosophy

This course is a study of social and political theories in their relation to philosophical problems;the nature of the social and political institutions and obligations, the basis of knowledge of social and political obligations,the grounds for sound social and political decisions.

Prequisites: PHI-201 or RS-201

3
PHI 307

Metaphysics

This course deals with traditional and contemporary theories of reality and change, being, transcendentals and causality.

Prequisites: Phi-101

3
PHI 308

Eastern Philosophy

This course surveys Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Zen and compares Eastern and Western traditions.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 310

History of Modern Philosophy II

This course is a study of the philosophical influence of Kant and Hegel's epistemological and metaphysical development throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Selected works of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, J.S. Milland, and C.S. Pierce are considered.

Prequisites: Phi-201

3
PHI 312

Bioethics Seminar

This course analyzes ethical dilemmas and problems posed by developments in the biosciences. Problems discussed include choices for life or death, allocation of resources, human experimentation, reproductive technologies and professional-client relationships.

Prequisites: PHI-201 or PHI/RS-214

3
PHI 316

Intermediate Logic

The course deals with the syntax of propositional calculus and first order quantification theory.

Prequisites: (PHI-204 or MAT-101) (MAT-117 or MAT-123)

3
PHI 325

Ethical Decision Making in Business

This is an applied ethics course that examines policy decisions made in business and their ethical implications in society. Emphasis is placed on the theories of ethics and economic justice in relation to decisions made in business.

Prequisites: PHI-201 or RS-201

3
PHI 336

Problems in Professional Ethics

This is an interdisciplinary course that examines how sociopolitical conditions have contributed to the self image and value crisis in the health professions. A variety of problem-solving techniques are studied in order to offer alterative social policies that would reconstruct the identify of the professions.

Prequisites: Phi-201 or RS-201

3
PHI 389

Special Topics

This course examines the human person and personality in its philosophical context as well as the individual and society, alienation and self affirmation.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 390

Topics in Phil

This course deals with the development of American philosophical thought from the 17th century to the present.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 401

Philosophy of Person

This course examines the human person and personality in its philosophical context as well as the individual and society, alienation and self affirmation.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: any philosophy course or be in the Liberal Studiesfor Education program.

3
PHI 402

Amer Philosophy

This course deals with the development of American philosophical thought from the 17th century to the present.

Prequisites: PHI-101 or junior or senior status

3
PHI 404

Contemporary Thought

This course focuses on major contemporary currents as well as dialectical materialism, phenomenology,existentialism, analytic philosophy and representative readings.

Prequisites: PHI-101

3
PHI 409

Philosophy of Education

This course is a study of the underlying philosophical assumptions that govern educational theories. Among the theories evaluated are perennialism, essentialism,experimentalism and reconstructionism.

Prequisites: PHI-101

3
PHI 411

Mysticism

This course defines mysticism,the history, theory,phenomena and practices of selected mystical schools and the positive and negative aspects of the mystical experience.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 423

Philosophy of Art

This course investigates and assesses the value dimensions of fine art endeavors. These endeavors include but are not limited to theater arts, drawing, painting,photography, architecture,dance and music. It explores the fundamental question of "What is Art?" and analyzes a range of aesthetic works for their instrumental or intrinsic worth.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 444

Internship

The philosophy internship is a variable credit (3-12 hours), required course that encourages juniors/seniors to investigate a career through a placement in a professional setting or in development of future projects (graduate study). This allows students to work under the guidance of an immediate supervisor and/ or a college faculty sponsor.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 450

Senior Research

This course consists of individualized or small seminar research and reading projects under the instructor's supervision. Students have the option to apply for admission to PHI 600, Philosophical Theories, as a substitute for this requirement.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 489

Special Topics in Philosophy

This course is presented in a seminar format. Philosophical problems or a major figure in philosophy are studied and are determined by student and faculty interest.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 600

Philosophical Methods

This course examines the historical development of metaphysical and epistemological methods: existentialism, phenomenology, and analytic philosophy.

Prequisites: None

3
PHI 609

Ethics in Health Care

This course addresses ethical issues frequently encountered by health care managers. Topics considered include bioethical theory, policy formation and decision making in the professional setting. Specific problems discussed include such issues as the right to health care, allocation of scarce resources, human experimentation and choices regarding death.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3