Department of Philosophy

Undergraduate Program

Courses in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers a variety of courses at all levels. Below is a list of recently offered undergraduate courses. Not all of these courses are offered in any given year, and there may be other courses offered some years.

Official term schedules:

Select here for a draft of the Unofficial Spring 2017 Course listing

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available. For the most up to date information on particular courses, consult the instructor.

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Philosophy Courses

PHL 101 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Methods of philosophical inquiry and a variety of philosophical problems of perception and reality, personal identity, freedom and responsibility, existence of a supreme being, morality, knowledge and skepticism.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 102 ETHICS

Leading theories of right and wrong, good and evil, and related matters such as the functions of ethical language and the reality or unreality of moral knowledge.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 103 CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS

Reasoned analysis of controversies concerning such matters as the death penalty, abortion, individual rights, sexual harassment and discrimination, global justice, terrorism and civil liberties, animal rights and the environment.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 103A CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS

An analysis of contemporary issues, including hunger, world poverty, abortion, sexual morality, animal rights, environmental ethics, and the death penalty. 103A is not a prerequisite for 103B.

Last Offered: Summer 2010

PHL 104 INTRO TO KANT & HEGEL

Introduction to two seminal thinkers in the history of modern philosophy and political theory: the German philosophers, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831). To explore the roots of the two dominant traditions in contemporary philosophy.

Prerequisites: No pre-requisites.
Last Offered: Fall 2013

PHL 105 REASON AND ARGUMENT

Methods of identifying, interpreting, reconstructing, and evaluating reasoning found in speeches, essays, editorials, magazine articles, and scientific reports. Analytical methods mastered in this course do not include those of formal symbolic logic.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 106 RATIONAL DECISIONS

Formal theory of rational decisions and its philosophical foundations: General Introduction to Decision Theory, Decisions under Ignorance, Probability, Utility, Game Theory, and Social Choice Theory. No math beyond high school required.

PHL 107 ETHICS & SCIENCE OF STEM CELLS

An examination of both the science behind stem cell research and the ethical issues raised by it.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

PHL 109 JUSTICE AND EQUALITY

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Last Offered: Fall 2014

PHL 110 INTRODUCTORY LOGIC

Symbolic logic through first-order quantification theory. Skill in deductive inference is strengthened through construction of proofs and other methods of a rigorously defined artificial language.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 111 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

Historical and recent readings are used to analyze issues such as: existence of God, divine attributes, the relation of God to the world, and faith and reason.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 115 PHILOSOPHY IN LITERATURE

Philosophical issues of morality, human action, and happiness, as seen by 18th-century and later writers: Defoe, Voltaire, Lessing, Shelley, Gide, and Camus. Readings are literary, but discussions and methods are analytical-philosophical.

Last Offered: Fall 2011

PHL 116 PHL HIST&PRACT OF NONVOILENC

Origins and history of nonviolence; 20th century manifestations especially in works of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.; its prospects for interpersonal, social, and international affairs. Emphasizes moral assessment of nonviolence and independent thought and research.

Last Offered: Fall 2010

PHL 118 BUSINESS ETHICS

Questions and principles of business ethics: moral responsibilities of corporations, truth in advertising, sales practices, bribery, environmental issues, economic justice, nature of the employment contract, whistle-blowing, affirmative action, sexual harassment, corporate organization.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 141 AESTHETICS

Aristotle, Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Burke, Hume, Kant, and others on: What makes a situation aesthetic? What are aesthetic properties and how do we know some objects have them? What are aesthetic values and how do we justify our value judgments?

Last Offered: Spring 2011

PHL 145Q MINDS & MACHINES

How philosophers think about the mind, in light of research in brain and cognitive science: What is it to have a mind? Does the mind have boundaries? What is consciousness? Could a robot experience the world in the same way we do? Discussion-oriented.

Last Offered: Fall 2012

PHL 152 SCIENCE AND REASON

The nature of science and its relationship to religion: Are there criteria that distinguish science from non-science? Is there such a thing as the scientific method? Has knowledge advanced steadily through the history of science? What role do values play in science? Do science and religion conflict? Is intelligent design science?

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 155 DARWIN & RELIGION

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PHL 171 PHIL FOUNDATION OF FEMINISM

Contemporary feminist theory: the conception of women expressed through our practices, laws, theories and literature; equality and equal rights; sex roles and gender specific language; power relations and self-determination; marriage and maternity.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 201 HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPH

Survey of the origins of Western philosophy, from the Presocratics through Hellenistic philosophy six centuries later. The great philosophers of the Classical period, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, are studied in detail.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 202 HISTORY OF MODERN PHILOSOPHY I

Philosophical responses of the 17th and 18th centuries to the new science and methodology of Galileo and others. Readings from Galileo, Descartes, Leibniz, Newton, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, on methodology, motion, space and time, causality, perception, the mind-body problem.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 214 LOGICAL METHODS

The tools of formal logic and set theory most widely used in contemporary philosophical analysis, such as modal propositional logic and applications: logics of necessity and possibility, tense logic, the logic of counterfactuals, modal predicate logic.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 215 INTERMEDIATE LOGIC

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Last Offered: Spring 2014

PHL 216 MATHEMATICAL LOGIC

Metatheory of first-order logic. Relationships between validity and provability are addressed through proofs of the consistency and completeness of one or more systems.

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Spring 2015

PHL 217 UNCERTAIN INFERENCE

Analysis of inference outside logic and mathematics. Probability theory and nonmonotonic logic are used to address uncertainty arising from uncertain premises and rules of inference that are not truth preserving.

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor; 216 recommended.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 217W UNCERTAIN INFERENCE

Analysis of inference outside logic and mathematics. Probability theory and nonmonotonic logic are used to address uncertainty arising from uncertain premises and rules of inference that are not truth preserving. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor; 216 recommended.

PHL 218 PHILOSOPHY OF MATHEMATICS

Analysis of the nature of mathematical objects and nature and foundations of mathematical knowledge.

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor.

PHL 219 DEVIANT LOGIC

Alternative’ logics: logics in which more than two truth values are possible, logics in which not every statement has a truth value, logics that are designed to accommodate vagueness, logics that allow inconsistencies.

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor.

PHL 219W DEVIANT LOGIC

Alternative’ logics: logics in which more than two truth values are possible, logics in which not every statement has a truth value, logics that are designed to accommodate vagueness, logics that allow inconsistencies. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor.

PHL 220 RECENT ETHICAL THEORY

Twentieth century classics on questions of moral theory: What makes some acts morally right? How could we ever know what has value and what we morally ought to do? Are there any universally applicable ethical norms, or is morality subjective or otherwise relative?

Prerequisites: One previous course in ethics.
Last Offered: Fall 2014

PHL 220W RECENT ETHICAL THEORY

Twentieth century classics on questions of moral theory: What makes some acts morally right? How could we ever know what has value and what we morally ought to do? Are there any universally applicable ethical norms, or is morality subjective or otherwise relative? Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: One previous course in ethics.
Last Offered: Fall 2014

PHL 221 PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Political theory associated with the revolution and US Constitution, considered in historical context: predecessors such as John Locke, Montesquieu, and David Hume; works by Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson; the Federalist Papers and anti-Federalist works.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 221W AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Political theory associated with the revolution and US Constitution, considered in historical context: predecessors such as John Locke, Montesquieu, and David Hume; works by Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson; the Federalist Papers and anti-Federalist works. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 223 SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Nature and justification of government and democracy, conflict and revolution, relations between church and state, moral relations of individuals to government, individual freedom, economic justice. Classic and contemporary readings.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 223W SOCIAL &POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Nature and justification of government and democracy, conflict and revolution, relations between church and state, moral relations of individuals to government, individual freedom, economic justice. Classic and contemporary readings. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 224 HISTORY OF ETHICS

Theories of ethics throughout history: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 224W HISTORY OF ETHICS

Theories of ethics throughout history: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 225 ETHICAL DECISIONS IN MEDICINE

Principled examination of the ethical dimensions of medical decisions: respect for life, quality of life, patient privacy and autonomy, quality of care, conflicts of interest, allocation of health care resources.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 225W ETHICAL DECISNS IN MEDICINE

Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 226 PHILOSOPHY OF LAW

Theories of law and normative and conceptual problems in specific areas of law: transitional justice, jurisdiction, problems of legal interpretation, criminal attempts, the logic of fault, wrongful gain and compensation, moral limitations on freedom of contract, legal aspects of terrorism and torture, etc.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 226W PHILOSOPHY OF LAW

Theories of law and normative and conceptual problems in specific areas of law: transitional justice, jurisdiction, problems of legal interpretation, criminal attempts, the logic of fault, wrongful gain and compensation, moral limitations on freedom of contract, legal aspects of terrorism and torture, etc. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 227 THE MEANING OF LIFE

Difficult questions about meaning in life are of perennial concern to philosophers and many other reflective people. The course looks closely and critically at these questions and traditional and contemporary answers.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 228 PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS

Examines the values of health, social needs, and freedom through a systematic examination of situations in which these conflicts arise. Public health ethics lie at the intersection of medicine, political philosophy, and public policy.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 228W PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS

Examines the values of health, social needs, and freedom through a systematic examination of situations in which these conflicts arise. Public health ethics lie at the intersection of medicine, political philosophy, and public policy. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 229 PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

Theories and controversies about the nature and aims of education; boundaries of educational authority; educational adequacy, equality, and justice; learning, inquiry, knowledge, and critical thinking; the measurement of learning; moral and civic education; patriotism, evolution, and sex in the curriculum.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 229W PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

Theories and controversies about the nature and aims of education; boundaries of educational authority; educational adequacy, equality, and justice; learning, inquiry, knowledge, and critical thinking; the measurement of learning; moral and civic education; patriotism, evolution, and sex in the curriculum. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 230 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Environmental justice and sustainability, both domestic and global, bringing philosophical and systems analysis to bear on environmental degradation, transparency and governance, climate change, the ethics of consumption and development, responsibility to future generations.

Prerequisites: One previous course in Philosophy.
Last Offered: Spring 2015

PHL 230W ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Environmental justice and sustainability, both domestic and global, bringing philosophical and systems analysis to bear on environmental degradation, transparency and governance, climate change, the ethics of consumption and development, responsibility to future generations. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: One previous course in Philosophy.
Last Offered: Spring 2015

PHL 241 AESTHETICS

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Last Offered: Spring 2015

PHL 242 METAPHYSICS

Investigates topics in contemporary metaphysics, including questions about the existence and persistence conditions of abstract and material objects; the nature of space and time; the possibility of time travel; the status of quantum mechanics. No prior courses in science required.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 242W METAPHYSICS

Investigates topics in contemporary metaphysics, including questions about the existence and persistence conditions of abstract and material objects; the nature of space and time; the possibility of time travel; the status of quantum mechanics. No prior courses in science required. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 243 THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

Addresses these and related questions using contemporary philosophical readings: What is knowledge? Do people really know anything? What makes a belief justified or rational?

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 243W THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

Addresses these and related questions using contemporary philosophical readings: What is knowledge? Do people really know anything? What makes a belief justified or rational? Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 244 PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

An introduction to classic and contemporary problems in the philosophy of mind, this course investigates how the mind is related to the physical world. Topics include: What is the mind and how is it related to the brain? How is it possible for mental states to cause physical states, and vise versa? How do mental states get their intentional content? What is consciousness and can it be given a physical explanation? What are the minds of other beings - such as animals and artificially intelligent computers - like, and how could we know?

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 244W PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

An introduction to classic and contemporary problems in the philosophy of mind, this course investigates how the mind is related to the physical world. Topics include: What is the mind and how is it related to the brain? How is it possible for mental states to cause physical states, and vise versa? How do mental states get their intentional content? What is consciousness and can it be given a physical explanation? What are the minds of other beings - such as animals and artificially intelligent computers - like, and how could we know? Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 247 PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE

General nature of language and specific puzzles about language: the nature of truth and meaning, speech acts, reference, propositional attitudes, metaphor, understanding, interpretation, indeterminacy, etc.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy: PHL 110 is recommended.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 247W PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE

General nature of language and specific puzzles about language: the nature of truth and meaning, speech acts, reference, propositional attitudes, metaphor, understanding, interpretation, indeterminacy, etc. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy; PHL 110 is recommended.
Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 249 FORMAL SEMANTICS

An in-depth introduction to the formal analysis of natural language meaning, employing techniques that have been developed in language and formal philosophy over the last century. Issues include intensionality, quantification, tense, presupposition, plurality, the analysis of discourse, and other current issues. Familiarity with syntax, logic, and/or computation are helpful but not necessary.

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Last Offered: Spring 2014

PHL 251 PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY

Primary focus is the nature, scope, and variety of biological explanations. Possible topics: fitness, natural selection and drift; whether there are biological laws; the degree of contingency of evolutionary outcomes; biological function; the scope of adaptationist explanations. No prior philosophy of science or biology is assumed.

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Spring 2014

PHL 251W PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGY

Primary focus is the nature, scope, and variety of biological explanations. Possible topics: fitness, natural selection and drift; whether there are biological laws; the degree of contingency of evolutionary outcomes; biological function; the scope of adaptationist explanations. No prior philosophy of science or biology is assumed. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Spring 2014

PHL 252 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Survey of primarily metaphysical questions about science: Must the entities posited by a scientific theory exist for it to be successful? Do laws of nature govern the world or simply articulate patterns? How are lower and higher level scientific theories related to one another? Is scientific explanation primarily concerned with laws, with causes, or with something else?

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 252W PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Survey of primarily metaphysical questions about science: Must the entities posited by a scientific theory exist for it to be successful? Do laws of nature govern the world or simply articulate patterns? How are lower and higher level scientific theories related to one another? Is scientific explanation primarily concerned with laws, with causes, or with something else? Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 254 PHILOSOPHY OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Topics may include the structure of cognition; theories of mental representation; explanation and reduction in cognitive science; folk psychology and theory of mind; evolutionary psychology. It is recommended that students first take Philosophy of Mind, Minds and Machines, or a class in Brain and Cognitive Science

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Spring 2010

PHL 254W PHILOSOPHY OF COGNITIVE SCI

Topics may include the structure of cognition; theories of mental representation; explanation and reduction in cognitive science; folk psychology and theory of mind; evolutionary psychology. It is recommended that students first take Philosophy of Mind, Minds and Machines, or a class in Brain and Cognitive Science. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: PHL 110 or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Spring 2010

PHL 255 TOPICS IN PHL OF PHYSICS

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

PHL 255W TOPICS IN PHL OF PHYSICS

Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

PHL 256 DARWIN & RELIGION

Equal parts science, history, and philosophy, this course will examine the interaction between science and religion, especially as it pertains to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Through primary and secondary readings, students will investigate: whether the relationship between science and religion has been primarily one of conflict or harmony; how religious context influenced both the formulation and acceptance of Darwin’s theory; whether evolution is incompatible with common religious views; and the ongoing relevance of Darwinism to debates over the relationship between science and religion. These questions will be explored in part through an examination of Darwin’s own evolving scientific, philosophical, and religious views. This course is reading-intensive and discussion-based.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy, religion, or a natural science. Only one (PHL/BIO/REL 256 or BIO 109) can be taken for credit
Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 256W DARWIN & RELIGION

Equal parts science, history, and philosophy, this course will examine the interaction between science and religion, especially as it pertains to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Through primary and secondary readings, students will investigate: whether the relationship between science and religion has been primarily one of conflict or harmony; how religious context influenced both the formulation and acceptance of Darwin’s theory; whether evolution is incompatible with common religious views; and the ongoing relevance of Darwinism to debates over the relationship between science and religion. These questions will be explored in part through an examination of Darwin’s own evolving scientific, philosophical, and religious views. This course is reading-intensive and discussion-based. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy, religion, or a natural science. Only one (PHL/BIO/REL 256 or BIO 109) can be taken for credit
Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 260 TOPICS IN PHILSOPHICAL THEOL

A seminar devoted to a selected topic in philosophy of religion.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 260W TOPICS IN PHILSOPHICAL THEOL

Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 261 KANT

Philosophy of Immanuel Kant: primarily the "Critique of Pure Reason," but also issues of practical and moral philosophy such as volition and free-will.

Prerequisites: PHL 202.
Last Offered: Fall 2014

PHL 262 FRENCH PHILOSOPHY SINCE 1960

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Last Offered: Spring 2014

PHL 263 JEWISH PHILOSOPHY

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

PHL 264 MODERN JEWISH PHILOSOPHY

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Last Offered: Spring 2015

PHL 265 SELECT TOPICS IN ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY

Foundations of Ancient Greek philosophy from Presocratic to Hellenistic periods. Covers ancient Greek ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of mind. Special attention to Plato and Aristotle.

Prerequisites: PHL 201 or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 265W SELECT TOP IN ANCIENT PHILOS

Foundations of Ancient Greek philosophy from Presocratic to Hellenistic periods. Covers ancient Greek ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of mind. Special attention to Plato and Aristotle. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: PHL 201 or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 266 RATIONALISM

Works of Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, concentrating on the metaphysics, epistemology, logic, and philosophy of mind.

Prerequisites: PHL 202.
Last Offered: Fall 2013

PHL 267 BRITISH EMPIRICISM

Works of Francis Bacon, John Locke, and David Hume, examining their views on the nature of induction and empirical knowledge.

Prerequisites: PHL 202.
Last Offered: Spring 2015

PHL 268 AUGUSTINE, ANSELM & AQUINAS

Three formative philosophical treatments of religious belief on such topics as the existence of God, freedom, providence, and evil.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 269 THE ORIGINS OF ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY

Origins and development of the analytic tradition in philosophy in the writings of Frege, Russell, and the early Wittgenstein, especially their views on logic, language, mathematics, the nature of philosophy and role of conceptual analysis in resolving philosophical problems.

PHL 269W ORIGINS OF ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY

Origins and development of the analytic tradition in philosophy in the writings of Frege, Russell, and the early Wittgenstein, especially their views on logic, language, mathematics, the nature of philosophy and role of conceptual analysis in resolving philosophical problems. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

PHL 270 SELECTED TOPICS IN MODRN PHL

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 279 TRINITY,INCARNATION,ATONEMNT

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 285 LEGAL REASONING & ARGUMENT

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 291 SARTRE & HEIDEGGER

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 292 PHILOSOPHY OF ART

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Last Offered: Fall 2015

PHL 300 SEMINAR FOR MAJORS

Capstone seminar for philosophy majors, it serves as the main writing course for the major. Explores a limited number of changing topics in depth. Limited to students with concentrations and minors in philosophy.

Prerequisites: Open to philosophy majors and minors only.
Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 303 PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Political theory associated with the revolution and US Constitution, considered in historical context: predecessors such as John Locke, Montesquieu, and David Hume; works by Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson; the Federalist Papers and anti-Federalist works.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy or permission of instructor.

PHL 306 SEL TOP IN PHILOSPHY OF MIND

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Last Offered: Fall 2010

PHL 308 MORALITY AND WAR

Critical examination of political realism, just-war theory, and the killing of innocents in wartime.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.

PHL 311 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOETHICS

Seminar on a limited number of changing topics in biomedical ethics.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.

PHL 311W SEMINAR IN BIOETHICS

Seminar on a limited number of changing topics in biomedical ethics. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

PHL 312 NEUROETHICS

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 312W NEUROETHICS

Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

PHL 318 TOPICS IN MODERN PHILOSOPHY

This is a seminar for undergraduates focused on the philosophy of one or more major thinker in the modern period. Topics vary with each offering. Interested students are encouraged to contact the instructor for details.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Fall 2012

PHL 320 SELECTED TOPICS IN ETHICS

Seminar on a limited number of changing topics in ethics.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 322 MARXISM AND MORALITY

Marxism is frequently depicted as an amoral doctrine, but this mistakes Marx's specific criticisms of various moralities for a rejection of morality as such. Marx's approach to morality stems from an nderstanding of humans as natural beings that attempt to satisfy their diverse and expanding needs by metabolizing their environment through labor. On this basis, Marx advocated for the "limitless progress" of human beings: the constant expansion of human knowledge and the use of that knowledge to gain rational control over the world's resources, abolishing want, drudgery, and oppression, so that humans may flourish. Far from rendering Marxist theory ¿merely¿ political or economic,this conception of human progress as a moral end, tied to an explanation of how the material basis for this can be brought about through the political action of the working class, makes Marx¿s approach extremely valuable. We will look at Marx¿s writings, as well as those of authors such as Lukács, Trotsky, Dietzgen, and others.

Prerequisites: One previous course in Philosophy.
Last Offered: Spring 2010

PHL 324 ROUSSEAU TO REVOLUTION

Seminar on the works of Rousseau and the crisis of legitimacy in the age of revolution he shaped. Examines works of Rousseau and his contemporaries Voltaire and Denis Diderot, and the philosophical debates about the French Revolution itself, including works by Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and Mary Wollstonecraft

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.

PHL 325 ITALIAN PHILOSOPHY 1922-1945

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Last Offered: Spring 2012

PHL 326 GLOBAL JUSTICE

Theories and issues of global justice, in a seminar format. Topics may include: theories of global distributive justice, development policy, global tax and regulatory schemes, refugees and immigration, human rights, humanitarian intervention.

Prerequisites: One previous course in Philosophy.
Last Offered: Spring 2010

PHL 327 THEORY OF PERCEPTION

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Last Offered: Fall 2014

PHL 330 CASE-BASED ETHICAL R, A&A

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 342 METAPHYSICS

Seminar on limited, changing topics in contemporary analytical metaphysics.

Prerequisites: One previous course in philosophy.
Last Offered: Spring 2012

PHL 343 REASON & RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

Seminar on ways religion and philosophy deal with basic issues of rationality and truth, especially in light of religious diversity. Different religions make claims that appear to conflict. Can these conflicting religious claims all be true? Is it reasonable to think that there is one "true" religion?

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required.

PHL 348 FREE WILL

Seminar examining proposed answers to classical philosophical issues concerning free will: What is free will? Is free will compatible with determinism? Is determinism compatible with moral responsibility? Readings may include both historical and contemporary sources.

Prerequisites: Philosophy minor or major.

PHL 385 LEGAL REASONING & ARGUMENT

This course will teach students about the American trial process - both in theory and in practice. Students will learn the theory behind the adversarial system and the various procedural and evidentiary rules in place to achieve the system's goals. Students will also learn the practical skills and techniques used to conduct a trial, including opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, closing arguments, and objections. Students will be graded on a combination of traditional assignments and quizzes as well as on practical exercises performed individually as well as in teams. The final examination will consist of a mock trial between two or more teams using a fictional fact pattern involving a civil or criminal case.

Last Offered: Fall 2014

PHL 390 SUPERVISED TEACHING

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

The reading of philosophical literature under guidance, for seniors majoring in philosophy.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 391W INDEPENDENT STUDY

The reading of philosophical literature under guidance, for seniors majoring in philosophy. Fulfills upper level writing requirement for the major.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 392 HONORS TUTORIAL

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 393 HONORS THESIS

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 394 INTERNSHIP

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 395 UNDERGRAD RESEARCH

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

PHL 396 INTERNSHIP SEMINAR

Interns work with elementary school children, usually in the fourth and fifth grade, on thinking and writing strategies. Specific projects taken up in classes include organizing debates among students on contemporary issues, writing argumentative essays, and analyzing the persuasive techniques used in advertising. Interns spend several hours per week in their classes and attend biweekly internship meetings. Meetings will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time. Academic credit for the internship is based on a satisfactory report from the supervising teacher, participation in internship meetings, and a final paper which describes and reflects on the intern's classroom activities and examines the connections between those activities and selected readings.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required.
Last Offered: Fall 2016