Philosophy

PHI 100 Problems of Philosophy 3 SH
A study of philosophical problems and theories as they are defined and expressed in the writings of the great philosophers and in the representative schools. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 101 Introduction to Ethical Theory 3 SH
A study of prominent ethical theories as they are defined and expressed in the writings of the great philosophers and in the representative schools. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 102 Introduction to Logic 3 SH
An introduction to the principles and techniques of deductive and inductive logic; the student will learn how to construct, analyze and criticize arguments. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 103 Introduction to Critical Reasoning 3 SH
This course involves the beginning student with the recognition, analysis and evaluation of arguments, encouraging him/her to acquire the techniques of critical reasoning useful in everyday life. Topics include analysis of arguments in English, informal fallacies of reasoning and common deductive and inductive argument forms. Because the emphasis is on the acquisition of skills rather than on the mastery of theory, lecture and discussion is heavily supplemented by classroom exercises and (as time permits) oral debate. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 110 Ethical Issues in Business 3 SH
Explores current ethical issues and value conflicts from the standpoint of the organization, the employee, the marketplace and public policy. Case studies of actual situations will be analyzed. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 111 Ethical Issues in Health Care 3 SH
Explores current ethical issues and value conflicts in health care from the standpoint of the health care professional, the patient and public policy. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 112 Ethics and the Nonhuman 3 SH
The course involves the application of ethical thinking to issues raised by the animal rights and environmental movements. Topics include: an historical overview of our conception of the nonhuman and our attitudes towards it, especially those found in the Judeo-Christian religious traditions; the significance of new data from molecular biology and communication studies with primates and other animals; the use of nonhuman animals in bio-medical research, product testing and dissection; the use of nonhuman animals in agrobusiness; the moral basis of vegetarianism; issues concerning the environment and land use (hunting, trapping, endangered species and zoos). General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 202 Philosophy of Religion 3 SH
An examination, from various philosophical points of view, of some of the main topics in the philosophy of religion. These topics include: the concept of God, grounds for belief in God, faith and reason, the problem of evil, religion and morality, religious experience and religious language. Prerequisite: 100-level philosophy course. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 212 History of Modern Philosophy 3 SH
A study of the major trends in philosophy from the humanism and new science of the Renaissance through Kant. The course includes continental rationalists, the British empiricists and Kant’s attempt to synthesize them. Prerequisite: 100-level philosophy course. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 216 American Philosophy 3 SH
An examination of the chief contributions in American philosophic thought as reflected in the works of authors such as Emerson, Royce, Pierce, James, Dewey and Santayana. Major focus is on developments in pragmatism. Prerequisite: 100-level philosophy course. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 218 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 3 SH
A study of the development of ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics and metaphysics in Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Persian writings. Prerequisite: 100-level philosophy course. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 220 Philosophies of Love 3 SH
A critical study of philosophical theories of the nature of love, with readings from classical to contemporary authors representing a variety of philosophical schools and points of view. Prerequisite: 100-level philosophy course or HUM 117. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 226 Environmental Philosophy 3 SH
An introduction to the philosophical issues surrounding and underlying the contemporary environmental crises. These include such matters as the value inherent in the nonhuman world and the ultimate nature of our relationship to that world. Prerequisite: A 100-level philosophy course. General Education: Humanities/Philosophy.

PHI 299 Student Developed Study 1-6 SH

The following courses also have been approved and are offered periodically:
PHI 200 Political Philosophy
PHI/ART 206 Philosophy of Art
PHI 210 Ancient Philosophy
PHI 214 Existentialism
PHI 222 Philosophy of Science
PHI 224 Special Topics


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