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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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

PHI 201 : Ethics in Theory & Action

This course is an examination of human conduct and responsibility and the relationships between individuals and society.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

PHI 204 : Logic & Practical Reasoning

This course is a study of formal reasoning methods through informal fallacies, class logic and introduction to propositional logic.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

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."
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PHI-201

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PHI-201

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PHI-101 or PHI-201 or Permission of Instructor

PHI 303 : Medieval Phil.


3 Credits
Prerequisites None

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Phi-201 or at Least Sophomore Status

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PHI-201 or RS-201

PHI 307 : Metaphysics

This course deals with traditional and contemporary theories of reality and change, being, transcendentals and causality.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Phi-101

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Phi-201 or at least sophomore status.

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PHI-201 or PHI/RS-214

PHI 316 : Intermediate Logic

The course deals with the syntax of propositional calculus and first order quantification theory.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: (PHI-204 or MAT-101) (MAT-117 or MAT-123)

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PHI-201 or RS-201

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: Phi-201 or RS-201

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

PHI 390 : Topics in Phil

This course deals with the development of American philosophical thought from the 17th century to the present.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

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:
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PHI-101 or junior/senior status.

PHI 402 : Amer Philosophy

This course deals with the development of American philosophical thought from the 17th century to the present.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PHI-101 or junior or senior status

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PHI-201 and any 300-level philosophy course

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites: PHI-101 or junior/senior status

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

PHI 600 : Philosophical Methods

This course examines the historical development of metaphysical and epistemological methods: existentialism, phenomenology, and analytic philosophy.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None

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.
3 Credits
Prerequisites None