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Courses - Spring 2018
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
Bioethicists help to formulate ethical guidelines for medical professionals and the public. This course involves students in the project of constructing and defending ethical rules regarding four domains in medicine: research ethics, allocation of scarce resources, reporting of incidental findings to research subjects, and euthanasia.
PHIL209J
Philosophical Issues: The Rights and Wrongs of Killing People
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
PHIL209N
Know Thyself: Wisdom Through Cognitive Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, SCIS
How do we improve our decision making? Reflection on the practical implications of some recent findings in cognitive science.
PHIL218A
Issues in in Epistemology/Metaphysics; Reasoning for Humans: Clear Thinking in an Uncertain World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSAR
What makes some transitions of thought rational or reasonable and others irrational or erratic? This course will use methods from logic and probability to analyze experiments about how humans reason and philosophical questions about the nature of reasoning, with special emphasis on different philosophical aspects of the problem of induction and on the relation between probability, deductive logic and inductive logic.
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.
PHIL261
Philosophy of the Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: IE
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: HONR218F or PHIL261.
Formerly: HONR218F.
An evaluation of different kinds of arguments for the claim that the natural environment should be preserved. Perspectives cut across the disciplines of philosophy (environmental ethics and philosophies of nature); economics (cost-benefit analysis); and biology (evolution, ecology, environmental studies).
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.
PHIL308C
Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; Africana Thought in Americas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AMST498D. Credit only granted for PHIL308C or AMST498D.
PHIL309P
Philosophical Problems; Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 hours of philosophy The course will introduce rational choice theory, social choice theory, and game theory, and discuss how these mathematical theories are used in the social sciences (especially in economics and political science).
PHIL318B
Studies in Epistemology/Metaphysics; The Wisdom of Crowds
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL318X
Studies in Epistemology/Metaphysics; Critical Thinking And Diversity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A critical examination of the claim that there are fundamental differences between "eastern" (Asian) and "western" approaches to logic and critical thinking, metaphysics, and virtue and justice. Readings will be drawn from philosophy and from recent psychological investigations of this question.
PHIL320
Modern Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A study of major philosophical issues of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries through an examination of such philosophers as Descartes, Newton, Hume, and Kant.
PHIL338B
Studies in Value Theory; PHILOSOPHY OF FILM
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL364
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
Formerly: PHIL464.
The study of some central metaphysical concepts and issues including th nature and validity of metaphysical thinking, universals, identity, substance, time, God, and reality.
PHIL366
Philosophy of Mind
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
An introduction to core issues in the philosophy of mind, focusing especially on the basic metaphysical question of dualism versus physicalism.
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.
PHIL408B
Topics in Contemporary Philosophy; Bayesian Epistemology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 hours of PHIL course work.
PHIL408P
Topics in Contemporary Philosophy; Moral Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Six credit hours of philosophy courses, or permission of instructor. This course explores the cognitive underpinnings of morality. Topics include egoism and altruism, empathy, moral character, reason and intuition, the evolution of morality, moral development, and implicit bias.
PHIL408Q
Topics in Contemporary Philosophy; Virtue
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: 2 courses in PHIL What sort of person should I be? What sort of life should I live? How should I treat others? This course will address these questions by engaging with the work of virtue ethicistsfrom ancient Greece to the current day, focusing particularly on what contemporary virtue ethics has to say about personal character and its relation to human flourishing.
PHIL408V
Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PHIL414
The Philosophy of Aristotle
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in PHIL courses.
A critical study of selected portions of Aristotle's writings.
PHIL418A
Topics in Epistemology/Metaphysics; Time and Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A survey of some major themes and thinkers in the philosophy of time. Topics might include: the existential conception of time; the phenomenology of time; the A-Theory and the B-Theory; endurantism and perdurantism; the passage of time; time travel.
PHIL428A
Topics in the History of Philosophy; Postcolonialism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ANTH469L, AMST489F, ENGL479O, LASC448K, and HIST419L. Credit only granted for HIST419L, ANTH469L, AMST489F, ENGL479O, LASC448K, or PHIL428A.
PHIL438A
Topics in Value Theory; Philosophy in the Age of Revolutions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An examination of philosophical writings that emerge from, and were often interventions in, the political and social transformations that began in the 17th and 18th centuries. Topics include domination, freedom, feminist thought, civil disobedience, and political violence.
PHIL478C
Topics in Philosophical Logic
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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.
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PHIL640
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
A basic course in value theory for beginning graduate students, coverin a number of topics in depth, to provide a springboard for further study and research in the area.
PHIL788
Research in Philosophy
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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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PHIL808E
Seminar in the Problems of Philosophy; Contractarianism: Old and New
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL808F
Seminar in the Problems of Philosophy; Varieties of Explanation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHIL858I
Seminar in Logic and Philosophy of Sciences; Quantum Correlation and Causation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
An investigation of questions about causation and explanation through the lens of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen argument and its consequences. No physics background nor advanced math required, but comfort with abstract, moderately mathematical presentations is presupposed.
PHIL879A
Seminar in Philosophy and Cognitive Studies; Representation in Cognitive Science
Credits: 3
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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