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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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: 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
Prerequisites: None

3
PHI 210

Freedom, Death, and Meaning

Description: "This course explores themes and issues in existentialist philosophy and literature through a reading of primary source texts. Special emphasis is placed on the ideas of freedom, death, and meaning. The course addresses such issues as the nature and meaning of freedom, the role of mortality in human life, and the possibility of meaningfulness and individuality in the modern world."

Prerequisites: PHI-201

3
PHI 211

Technology and Society

This course is a philosophical exploration of the nature of technology and the political and social effects of technological change. The course addresses issues relating to the nature of technology and the ethical challenges it poses. Special emphasis is placed on the role and effects of information technologies and computers in modern society.

Prerequisites: PHI-201

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.

Prerequisites: None

3
PHI 280

Western Ancient Philosophy

This course explores the birth of Western philosophy in Ancient Greece and Rome through a reading of primary source texts. The course addresses such issues as the reliability of sensory experience, the nature of happiness, and the meaning of justice. Special emphasis is placed on the conceptions of character and virtue in the works of Plato and Aristotle.

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

3
PHI 303

Medieval Phil.



Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: Phi-101

3
PHI 308

Eastern Philosophy

This course explores themes and issues in Eastern philosophy and religion through a reading of primary source texts in Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. The course addresses such issues as the nature of the self, the path to enlightenment, and the proper means of moral education. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of compassion and selfless action in the Eastern philosophical and religious traditions.

Prerequisites: None

3
PHI 310

History of Modern Philosophy II

This course explores important themes and issues in philosophy in the 19th Century through a reading of primary source texts. The course addresses such issues as the basic structure of consciousness, the limits of human knowledge, and the possibility of historical progress. Special emphasis is placed on the conception of rational freedom in German Idealism.

Prerequisites: Phi-201 or at least sophomore status.

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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: (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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: None

3
PHI 390

Topics in Phil

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

Prerequisites: None

3
PHI 401

Philosophy of Person

This course explores themes and issues relating to human nature and personhood through a reading of historical and contemporary primary source texts. The course addresses issues relating to the fundamental features of human biology and psychology. Special emphasis is placed on the moral status of the human person and the experience of exploitation and alienation in the contemporary world. Prerequisite:
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: PHI-101 or junior/senior status.

3
PHI 402

Amer Philosophy

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

Prerequisites: PHI-101 or junior or senior status

3
PHI 403

Philosophy of Nature

This course explores historical and contemporary conceptions of nature through a reading of primary source texts. The course addresses issues relating to ancient and modern cosmologies and conceptions of nature and the emerging field of environmental ethics. Special emphasis is placed on ethical issues relating to the exploitation and despoliation of nature and the centrality of humans in the universe.

Prerequisites: PHI-201 and any 300-level philosophy course

3
PHI 404

Contemporary Thought

This course traces important trends and movements in contemporary philosophy through a reading of primary source texts. The course addresses issues such as the role of philosophy in relation to modern empirical science, the relationships between experience, thought, and language, and the development of capitalism and mass society in the 20th Century. Special emphasis is placed on the postmodern condition and its effects on our political and ethical self-conceptions.

Prerequisites: PHI-101 or junior/senior status

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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Prerequisites: None

3
PHI 600

Philosophical Methods

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

Prerequisites: 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
Prerequisites: None

3