For a complete list of courses and course descriptions, see the University Catalog or search the Schedule of Classes  under Philosophy.  For further questions please contact the department.

Fall 2018 Course Offerings

PHI 100 (0001-LEC), Class #29025, Contemporary Moral Problems, MWF, 10:00-10:50am, Shibles Hall 313, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 38, Instructor: Hao Hong
PHI 100 (0002-LEC), Class #29026, Contemporary Moral Problems, MWF, 9:00-9:50am, Shibles Hall 313, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 38, Instructor: Hao Hong
Course Description: Examines a variety of moral problems causing controversy in contemporary society.  Focuses on evaluating arguments for and against competing solutions to these problems.  Also discusses different philosophical strategies for thinking about moral obligations and relationships.  Topics surveyed may include: abortion, affirmative action, euthanasia, feminism, the environment, capital punishment, welfare and aid to the needy, technology, war and racism, among others.  Gen Ed: Ethics, West Cult Trad, and Social Context & Inst.


PHI 102 (0001-LEC) Class #29027, Introduction to Philosophy, MW, 4:00-5:15pm, Stevens Hall 375, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 40, Instructor: Doug Allen
PHI 102 (0002-LEC) Class #29028, Introduction to Philosophy, TTH, 12:30-1:45pm, Deering Hall 113, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 40, Instructor: Roger King
PHI 102 (0003-LEC) Class #29029, Introduction to Philosophy, MWF, 11:00-11:50am, Rogers Hall 206, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 40, Instructor: Alejandro Strong
Course Description: An introduction to philosophical thought and critical thinking from Ancient Greece to the present. Readings include works from Plato, Aristotle, the Buddha, Augustine, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Mill, Kant, Marx, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. Topics include theories of knowledge, whether we can prove the existence of God, the nature of the self, free will and determinism, ethics, and political philosophy. Gen Ed: Ethics, West Cult Trad.


PHI 103 (0001-LEC) Class #27185, Methods of Reasoning, W, 2:00-4:50pm, Little Hall 211, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 40, Instructor: Derek Michaud
Course Description: A study of principles used to distinguish correct from incorrect reasoning including the nature of thought, uses of language, recognition of arguments, informal fallacies, purposes and types of definition, deduction and induction.  Emphasis on understanding and mastering through practice some fundamental techniques for testing the soundness of many different kinds of reasoning.  Gen Ed: West Cult Trad.


PHI 104 (0002-LEC) Class #28508, Existentialism and Literature, MWF, 1:00-1:50pm, Nutting Hall 102, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 40, Instructor: Derek Michaud
PHI 104 (0500-LEC) Class #28509, Existentialism and Literature, MWF, 11:00-11:50am, Lengyel Gym 127, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 40, Instructor: Derek Michaud
Course Description: Existentialism is a revolutionary movement in 20th century philosophy that studies the ways in which it is up to us to make our lives and our world meaningful. The texts we’ll read in this course will offer insightful and perspective-shifting studies of human nature in addition to challenging us to reflect personally on the values by which we live and, indeed, to ask ourselves whether we are honest with respect to how we live our lives. We will also consider works of contemporary literature that help to bring out these existentialist themes in particularly vivid and intimate ways through their content as well as their form of expression.  Gen Ed: Ethics, West Cult Trad, Art and Creative Expression.


PHI 105 (0500-LEC) Class #27186, Introduction to Religious Studies, MWF 12:00-12:50pm, Lengyel Gym 127, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 40, Instructor: Derek Michaud
Course Description: An analysis of religion as an expression of human culture past and present.Considers institutional and non-institutional manifestations of religion as conveyed through myth and symbol, religious experience, struggle for societal change, mysticism, and quests for the articulation of human values.  Inquiry by various disciplines will be considered, e.g., anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, and theology.  Gen Ed: West Cult Trad, and Social Context & Inst.


PHI 210 (0001-LEC) Class #27675, History of Ancient Philosophy, MWF, 2:00-2:50pm, Stevens Hall 155, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 30, Instructor: Michael Howard
Course Description: An analysis of Hellenic philosophy with emphasis on Plato and Aristotle, including Presocratic philosophy, Platonism, Aristotelianism, Stoicism and Epicureanism.  Gen Ed: Ethics, West Cult Trad.


PHI 232 (0001-LEC), Class #28085, Environmental Ethics, TTH, 9:30-10:45am, Bryand Global Sciences Center 100, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 30, Instructor: Roger King
Course Description: A critical survey of major contemporary discussions of human relationships to nature and the causes of the environmental crisis.  Topics will include animal rights, biocentrism, deep ecology, ecofeminism, bio-regionalism, social ecology and sustainability.  Special attention will be given to building an ethical vocabulary for interpreting the place of humans in relation to the non-human.  Gen Ed: Ethics, Population & The Environment, and Social Context & Inst.


PHI 235 (0001-LEC), Class #27676, Biomedical Ethics, MWF, 10:00-10:50am, Hitchner Hall 203, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 40, Instructor: Don Beith
PHI 235 (0002-LEC), Class #27677, Biomedical Ethics, MWF, 9:00-9:50am, Hitchner Hall 203, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 40, Instructor: Don Beith
Course Description: This course is an introduction to ethical issues in health care, aimed not just at students of the health professions, but at anyone who is curious about how biomedical advances call into question our ideas of health, right and wrong, autonomy and dependence, embodiment, intersubjectivity, what it means to care for each other, and living a good life. Our study will focus on medical humanities and the dimensions of embodied health, caring, and aging.  Along the way, we will consider questions and case studies in clinical ethics, medical justice, our contemporary ideas of mental health, and ecological orientations to healthcare. Gen Ed: Ethics, West Cult Trad, and Social Context & Inst.


PHI 240 (0001-LEC), Class #28226, Social & Political Philosophy, TTH, 2:00-3:15pm, Stevens Hall 370, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 30, Instructor: Michael Howard
Course Description: A critical study of major social and political philosophers from Plato to the present in light of their ethical and metaphysical systems.  Topics include the problem of justice, the nature of the state and its relationship to other social institutions, and the individual.  The primary focus will be on normative rather than descriptive theory.  Gen Ed: Ethics, West Cult Trad.


PHI 244 (0001-LEC), Class #28397, Philosophy of Law, MWF, 11:00-11:50am, Hitchner Hall 203, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 30, Instructor: Don Beith
Course Description This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of jurisprudence. We begin by reflecting upon what law is and how it functions through a study of natural law theory, legal positivism, as well as normative and interpretive theories of law. Our next task will be to compare and contrast various constitutional systems, with a focus on the merits and limits of judicial review. In conclusion, we will address themes from critical legal studies, including theories of punishment and issues with the penal system, evidence of race and gender based discrimination in courtroom procedures and testimony, reflections upon restorative justice in colonial legal systems and indigenous treaty rights. as well as issues in international law such as intellectual property and environmental treaties.  Gen Ed: Ethics, West Cult Trad, and Social Context & Inst.


PHI 250 (0001-LEC), Class #27699, Formal Logic, MWF, 10:00-10:50am, Nutting Hall 100, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 30, Instructor: Michael Howard
Course Description: An introductory course in modern symbolic logic.  Techniques of deductive inference, including decision procedures and axiomatization, are studied in developing the propositional and predicative logics.  Some attention is given to metalogic and the philosophy of logic.  Gen Ed: Quantitative Literacy, West Cult Trad.


PHI 287 (0860-LEC), Class #27678 Religions & Philosophies of the East:Buddhism,T,5:00-7:50pm,North Stevens Hall 121, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 30, Instructor: Edward (Ned) Beach
Course Description: The religious and philosophical foundations of Buddhism including the basic teachings of the Buddha (Four Noble Truths, Noble Eightfold Path, Dependent Origination, etc.), Buddhist ethics, Buddhist meditation, and some later religious and philosophical developments.  Gen Ed: Ethics, Cult Dirversity and Int’l Perspectives


PHI 342 (0001-LEC), Class #27679, Marxist Philosophy I:The Philosophy of Karl Marx,TTH,2:00-3:15pm, The Maples 17, 3 cr.
Max Enrollment: 20, Instructor: Doug Allen
Course Description: Special attention is given to the Marxist theory of knowledge, ethics, political and social philosophy as formulated by Karl Marx in his theory of knowledge, ethics, economics and political philosophy.  Additional readings from Friedrich Engels and Mao Zedong.  Gen Ed: Ethics, West Cult Trad.


*LAS 104 (0001-SEM), Class #30240, Career, Character, Happiness, W, 3:00-3:50pm, Stevens Hall 365, 1 cr.
Max Enrollment: 20, Instructor: Jessica Miller
Course Description: This course is designed to give you the tools to make informed decisions about your educational and career goals.  In part one, philosophical and psychological perspectives on happiness are explored.  In part two, using tools designed for self-assessment, reflective writing, and discussion, students will identify their strengths, values, interests, and skills.  In part three, students will make informed decisions about their educational and career goals.

*This 1 credit course is not currently accepted for credit towards the Philosophy majors or minors.