PHL

Philosophy

  • PHL 2040 Great Books: Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Selected great books in the history of Western philosophy chosen from each of three eras (ancient/medieval, modern, and contemporary) and examined both within their respective historical frameworks and as an exercise in critical thinking. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 2050 Philosophy: The Big Questions

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to philosophy through the exploration and critical examination of some of the following perennial, philosophical questions: Does God exist? Are we free? What is happiness? Why be ethical? What is knowledge? What is the meaning of life? Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 2100 Philosophy of State and Society

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    An examination of the ongoing political debate within our culture, including an examination of the role government should play in a good society. Among the questions to be considered: Should governments exist?

  • PHL 2150 Inductive Logic

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to the techniques of inductive and probabilistic reasoning with emphasis on the problems encountered in attempting to justify those techniques.

  • PHL 2230 Symbolic Logic I

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to the techniques of deductive logic including truth-table analysis, the prepositional calculus, and predicate logic.

  • PHL 3000 Critical Thinking

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to fundamental reasoning skills as understood philosophically and as applied in a variety of areas, including science, religion, politics, and morality.

  • PHL 3010 Ancient Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    History of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Neo-Platonism, with particular emphasis on the philosophical systems of Plato and Aristotle. Topics vary. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3020 Medieval Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to medieval philosophy and some of its most important representative thinkers, including Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3030 Modern Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    History of philosophy from Descartes to Kant. Topics vary. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3050 19th Century Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of 19th century European philosophy.

  • PHL 3060 Analytic Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of the analytic tradition including philosophers such as Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Carnap, Quine, Davidson, Kripke, Putnam, and Nagel. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3090 Existentialism

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to the 20th-century philosophical and literary movement.

  • PHL 3100 American Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    A look at the American Pragmatist Tradition from Peirce, James and Dewey to recent American philosophers such as Quine, Davidson, Rorty and Putnam. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3110 Ethics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Critical examination of major issues and problems of contemporary philosophical ethics. Concepts of good, bad, right, wrong, and justice. Relation between ethics and religion. Objectivity or subjectivity of values.

  • PHL 3120 History of Ethics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of the development of ethical philosophy through a detailed investigation of such figures as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Butler, Hume, Kant, Mill, and Nietzsche. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3130 Metaphysics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines such topics as the problem of universals, free will and determinism, the nature of abstract entities like numbers, the problem of identity and individuation, the nature of time and cause and effect, and the realism and anti-realism debate. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3140 Theories of Knowledge

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examination of the possibility of knowledge, limits, methods and value. Readings vary but may include Plato, Descartes, Hume, Russell, Moore, Gettier, Nozick, Bonjour, Quine, Kripke, Putnam and Williamson. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3150 Philosophy of Language and Logic

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Major issues such as sense and reference, theories of meaning and truth, language games, syntax, language and thought. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3200 Symbolic Logic I

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to the techniques of deductive logic including truth-table analysis, the prepositional calculus, and predicate logic. Students who have taken PHL 2230 cannot take PHL 3200.

  • PHL 3230 Symbolic Logic II

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Standard notations, principles of inference, formal systems, and methods of proof. Focus on first-order predicate logic.

  • PHL 3250 Inductive Logic

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to the techniques of inductive and probabilistic reasoning with emphasis on the problems encountered in attempting to justify those techniques. Students who have taken PHL 2150 cannot take PHL 3250.

  • PHL 3310 Modern Political Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Classic texts and thinkers in political philosophy from the 16th century to the present. Topics include the foundations of society, theories of justice and rights, the concept of property, and the defense and critique of liberalism, democracy, socialism, and libertarianism.

  • PHL 3320 20th Century Political Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Major thinkers in 20th century political philosophy. Topics vary, focusing on one or more themes such as rights, democracy, liberalism, pluralism, secularism, tolerance, torture, terrorism, or totalitarianism.

  • PHL 3410 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    An examination of theories of art and beauty, considering questions such as: is fine art different from craft or entertainment? Are there objective standards of artistic value? Is art's purpose to express emotion, communicate truth, or produce pleasure? Do ethical flaws affect artistic value?

  • PHL 3510 Philosophy and Scientific Revolutions

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines dramatic paradigm shifts in the history of science including Newton, Einstein, Darwin, quantum theory and beyond, including emerging scientific ideas. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3650 Theories of Human Nature

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Theories of human nature.

  • PHL 3670 Philosophy of Mind

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Central issues in the philosophy of mind, including mind and brain, identity theory, nature of consciousness and qualia, intentionality, agency and other topics. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 3780 Bioethics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Major ethical problems arising in medical settings. Issues include the value of human life, abortion, euthanasia, the status of advanced directives, cloning, and genetic enhancement.

  • PHL 3800 Identity, Responsibility, and Death

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of three fundamental beliefs in ethical thinking.

  • PHL 3830 Faith and Reason

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to issues in the philosophy of religion. Topics vary.

  • PHL 3900 Topics in Philosophy of Religion

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Selected topics.

  • PHL 3990 Studies in Selected Subjects

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Problems, approaches, and topics in the field of philosophy. Topics vary.

  • PHL 4010 Major Philosophers

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    In-depth examination of the works of a major philosopher. Topics vary. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 4020 Seminar in Continental Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Focused study of a narrow theme or topic in the continental and European philosophical traditions. Topics vary, but will focus on an issue in phenomenology, hermeneutics, critical theory, psychoanalytic theory, or continental social and political philosophy. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 4110 Ethics Seminar

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Ethical problems, theories, and methods. Topics vary. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 4140 Philosophy of Law

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of the important theories concerning the nature and justification of law, liberty, justice, responsibility, and punishment.

  • PHL 4200 Symbolic Logic II

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Standard notations, principles of inference, formal systems, and methods of proof. Focus on first-order predicate logic. Students who have taken PHL 3230 cannot take PHL 4200.

  • PHL 4420 Literature and Philosophy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of literary texts with strong philosophical themes, such as philosophy and tragedy or philosophy and science fiction. Integrated Writing course.

  • PHL 4710 Philosophy of Physical Science

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Analysis of views concerning scientific explanation, the logic of theory testing, and the ontological status of theoretical entities; philosophical examination of the concepts of space, time, matter, and motion from classical physics to contemporary relativity.

  • PHL 4720 Philosophy of Social Science

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Analysis of views concerning concept and theory formation in the social sciences, problems in objectivity and value, justification of Verstehen, mechanism vs. teleological explanations, and reductionism.

  • PHL 4810 Independent Study

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 4
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Faculty-directed, individualized study on student-selected topics. Limited to majors and advanced students. Permission of department and a minimum 3.0 GPA required.

  • PHL 4970 Senior Project

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Guided research culminating in a major paper on a topic chosen by the student and the instructor. Students develop a comprehensive bibliography, prepare a detailed outline, and write and revise the final project. May be completed for Honors.

  • PHL 5010 Ancient Philosophy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    History of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Neo-Platonism. Topics vary.

  • PHL 5020 Medieval Philosophy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    History of philosophy from Augustine to Ockham. Topics vary.

  • PHL 5030 Modern Philosophy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    History of philosophy from Descartes to Kant. Topics vary.

  • PHL 5050 19th Century Philosophy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of 19th century European philosophy.

  • PHL 5060 Analytic Philosophy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    A survey of the analytic tradition including philosophers such as Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Carnap, Quine, Davidson, Kripke, Putnam, Nagel and others.

  • PHL 5090 Existentialism

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture
    Recitation

    Introduction to 20th century philosophical and literary movement which, rooted in traditional questions of freedom and moral responsibility, breaks dramatically with the past in its emphasis on concrete existence and the passions over abstract rationality, its conception of self as a product of r

  • PHL 5100 American Philosophy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    A look at the American Pragmatist tradition from Peirce, James and Dewey to more recent American philosophers such as Quine, Davidson, Putnam and Rorty.

  • PHL 5110 Ethics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Critical examination of major issues and problems of contemporary philosophical ethics. Concepts of "good," "bad," "right," "wrong," and "justice." Relation between ethics and religion. Objectivity or subjectivity of values.

  • PHL 5120 History of Ethics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of the development of ethical philosophy through a detailed investigation of such figures as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Butler, Hume, Kant, Mill, and Nietzsche.

  • PHL 5130 Metaphysics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    An examination of topics such as: the problem of universals, free will and determinism, the nature of abstract entities like numbers, the problem of identity and individuation, the nature of time and cause and effect and the realism and anti-realism debate.

  • PHL 5140 Theories of Knowledge

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examination of philosophical theories of knowledge from ancient times to the present. Readings vary but may include: Plato, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Russell, Moore, Gettier, Nozick, Bonjour, Quine, Kripke, Putnam and Williamson.

  • PHL 5150 Philosophy of Language and Logic

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    A study of major issues such as sense and reference, theories of meaning and truth, language games, nature of grammar and syntax, language and thought.

  • PHL 5310 Modern Political Philosophy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to classic texts and thinkers in political philosophy from the 16th century to the present. Topics include the foundations of society, theories of justice and rights, the concept of property, and the defense and critique of liberalism, democracy, socialism, and libertarianism.

  • PHL 5320 20th Century Political Philosophy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    A close study of major thinkers in 20th century political philosophy. Topics vary, focusing on one or more themes such as rights, democracy, liberalism, pluralism, secularism, tolerance, torture, terrorism, or totalitarianism.

  • PHL 5410 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    An examination of theories of art and beauty, considering questions such as: is fine art different from craft or entertainment? Are there objective standards of artistic value? Is art's purpose to express emotion, communicate truth, or produce pleasure? Do ethical flaws affect artistic value?

  • PHL 5510 Philosophy and Scientific Revolutions

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    A look at dramatic paradigm shifts in the history of science including Newton, Einstein, Darwin, quantum theory and emerging ideas today.

  • PHL 5650 Theories of Human Nature

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Theories of human nature. Topics vary.

  • PHL 5670 Philosophy of Mind

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Studies central issues in the philosophy of mind including mind and brain, identity theory, nature of consciousness and qualia, intentionality, agency and other special topics.

  • PHL 5780 Bioethics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of major ethical problems arising in medical settings. Issues include the value of human life, abortion, euthanasia, the status of advanced directives, cloning, and genetic enhancement.

  • PHL 5800 Identity, Responsibility, & Death

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of three fundamental beliefs when thinking ethically: that a person exists as one person over time; that we are responsible for at least some of what we do; and that death is bad for the person who dies.

  • PHL 5830 Faith and Reason

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Issues in the philosophy of religion. Topics vary.

  • PHL 5900 Topics in Philosophy of Religion

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examination of selected topics related to the philosophy of religion.

  • PHL 5990 Studies in Selected Subjects

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Problems, approaches, and topics in the field of philosophy.

  • PHL 6010 Major Philosophers

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    In-depth study of the works of a major philosopher. Topics vary.

  • PHL 6020 Seminar in Continental Philosophy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    A focused, in-depth study of a narrow theme or topic in the continental and European philosophical traditions. Topics vary, but will focus on an issue in phenomenology, hermeneutics, critical theory, psychoanalytic theory, or continental social and political philosophy.

  • PHL 6110 Ethics Seminar

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    0
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    An in-depth investigation of ethical problems, theories, and methods. Variable title course.

  • PHL 6140 Philosophy of Law

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of the important theories concerning the nature and justification of law, liberty, justice, responsibility, and punishment.

  • PHL 6240 Literature and Philosophy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    A study of literary texts with strong philosophical themes such as philosophy and tragedy or philosophy of science fiction.

  • PHL 6810 independent Study

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 4
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Faculty-directed, individualized study on student-selected topics. Limited to advanced students. Permission of faculty and a minimum 3.5 GPA required.