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Courses - Fall 2017
PHIL
Philosophy Department Site
PHIL100
Introduction to Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
An introduction to the literature, problems, and methods of philosophy either through a study of some of the main figures in philosophic thought or through an examination of some of the central and recurring problems of philosophy.
PHIL140
Contemporary Moral Issues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
The uses of philosophical analysis in thinking clearly about such widely debated moral issues as abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, reverse discrimination, the death penalty, business ethics, sexual equality, and economic justice.
PHIL170
Introduction to Logic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: MS
GenEd: FSAR
Development of analytical reasoning skills through study of formal logics, reasoning systems, and fallacious inference patterns.
PHIL209A
Philosophical Issues; Bioethics: Regulating Right and Wrong
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
PHIL209E
Philosophical Issues; Happiness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL209I
Philosophical Issues: Spooky Action at a Distance: Where Physics meets Metaphysics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Einstein believed physics should represent a "reality in space and time,free from spooky action at a distance" and worried that quantum theory failed that test. This course will investigate whether Einstein was right.
PHIL209N
Know Thyself: Wisdom Through Cognitive Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, SCIS
PHIL230
Philosophy of the Arts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU
A survey of theoretical perspectives on the arts from Plato to the present, along with critical examination of specific works of art. Analysis of concepts central to thought about art, such as beauty, form, content, expression, representation, interpretation, creation, style, medium, realism, aesthetic experience, and aesthetic value.
PHIL282
Free Will & Determinism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
A study of the main positions and arguments in the free will debate in contemporary analytic philosophy.
PHIL308T
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; A Philosopher's Toolkit
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of how formal logic captures (and sometimes defies) logical intuitions, and how it supplies useful tools for clarifying a range of different philosophical problems, from issues of meaning, to issues of ontology and scientific reduction. NOTE: this course presupposes that you have already had some exposure to formal logic.
PHIL308W
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; World Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as RELS319W. Credit granted for PHIL308W or RELS319W.

This course examines five philosophical traditions: Platonism, Islam, Mexica (Aztec), Yoruba, and Confucianism.
PHIL308X
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; Philosophy and Time Travel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines the philosophical issues surrounding the paradoxes of time travel. Several solutions are considered, ranging from classical consistency conditions to multiverse theories. Materials include works of philosophy and physics, and time travel narratives from science fiction short stories and movies.
PHIL310
Ancient Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed 6 credits in philosophy or classics.
A study of the origins and development of philosophy and science in ancient Greece, focusing on the pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
PHIL328A
Studies in the History of Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL332
Philosophy of Beauty
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 3 courses in PHIL; or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Philosophical theories, historical and contemporary, of beauty, sublimity, and other aesthetic qualities, of aesthetic experience, and of aesthetic judgment.
PHIL338A
Studies in Value Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL341
Ethical Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A critical examination of classical and contemporary systems of ethics, such as those of Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and Rawls.
Prerequisite: 6 credit hours in philosophy.
PHIL360
Philosophy of Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 2 courses in PHIL; and (PHIL170 or PHIL370). Or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Also offered as: LING350.
Credit only granted for: LING350 or PHIL360.
An inquiry into the nature and function of language and other forms of symbolism.
PHIL362
Theory of Knowledge
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses; and PHIL170.
Formerly: PHIL462.
Some central topics in the theory of knowledge, such as perception, memory, knowledge, and belief, skepticism, other minds, truth, and the problems of induction.
PHIL370
Symbolic Logic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHIL170 or CMSC250; or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Credit only granted for: PHIL271, PHIL370, or PHIL371.
A review of propositional and predicate logic and related topics and an introduction to the semantics and metatheory of first-order logic.
PHIL386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-Philosophy department; and junior standing or higher.
Consult Director of Undergraduate Studies: C. Manekin. Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of philosophy and 3.0 GPA. Carries no credit toward philosophy major.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL418A
Topics in Epistemology/Metaphysics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL428B
Topics in the History of Philosophy; Classical Arabic Philosophy by Muslims and Jews
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as JWST429B. Credit granted for PHIL428B or JWST429B.
PHIL428K
Topics in the History of Philosophy; Kantian Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL428N
Topics in the History of Philosophy; The Aztecs: Human Sacrifice and Conquest
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as PHIL428N. Credit granted for HIST429N or PHIL428N.

We examine the philosophical worldview and daily life of the Aztecs as as well as arguments concerning the legitimacy of the Conquest.
PHIL438A
Topics in Value Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL454
Philosophy of Space and Time
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A non-technical investigation of philosophical issues in the foundation of physics. Topics may include traditional philosophical problems of space and time, metaphysical issues about the nature of particles and fields, and philosophical problems associated with the introduction of probability into physics, such as the problem of irreversibility in thermodynamics and the problem of objectivity in quantum theory.
PHIL498F
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Topical Investigation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite:Two courses in philosophy or permission of the department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL498G
(Perm Req)
Topical Investigations; Topical Investigation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite:Two courses in philosophy or permission of the department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHIL660
Metaphysics, Mind, and Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
A basic course on selected issues in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language for beginning graduate students, covering a number of topics in depth, to provide a springboard for further study and research in the area.
PHIL688T
Selected Problems in Philosophy; Introduction to Semantics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as LING660. Credit granted for LING660 or PHIL688T.
PHIL788G
(Perm Req)
Research in Philosophy; Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHIL788I
(Perm Req)
Research in Philosophy; Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PHIL799
Master's Thesis Research; Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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PHIL848A
Seminar in Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL858D
Seminar in Logic and Philosophy of Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL878D
Seminar in Cognitive Studies
Credits: 3 - 9
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL888
Professional Mentoring for Doctoral Students
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
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PHIL889
(Perm Req)
Pedagogical Mentoring for Doctoral Students
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: S-F
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PHIL898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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PHIL899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research; Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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