Philosophy
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
PHIL&101
5 Credits
55 hours of lecture
Some of the great themes and major figures of Western philosophy. [HA, SE]
TRADITIONAL LOGIC
PHIL&117
5 Credits
55 hours of lecture
Focus on sentence logic with proofs and Aristotelian logic with Venn Diagrams. Includes formulation of propositions, logical inference, syllogisms (categorical, hypothetical, etc.), and fallacies.
SYMBOLIC LOGIC
PHIL&120
5 Credits
55 hours of lecture
Rigorous examination of logical theory emphasizing modern symbolic or formal logic, including truth-functional logic, propositional logic with proofs, predicate logic with quantifiers and proofs. Applications include computer science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. Successful completion of MATH 093, or 095, or eligibility for college level math, or equivalent placement demonstrated is required. Cannot receive credit for both PHIL& 106 and 120. [HA, SE]
INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
PHIL 215
5 Credits
55 hours of lecture
Introduction to ancient Western philosophy from its Greek roots, through its development in Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and to its adaptions into Christian thought, with special emphasis of Augustine and Aquinas. [HA, SE]
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY
PHIL 216
5 Credits
55 hours of lecture
Introduction to selected great thinkers and ideas of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including the collapse of the medieval synthesis leading to the rise of the modern scientific mentality, followed by an examination of the philosophical struggle between the rationalism and the empiricism. [HA, SE]
INTRODUCTION TO LATE MODERN PHILOSOPHY
PHIL 217
5 Credits
55 hours of lecture
Selected major thinkers and ideas of the nineteenth and twentieth century, including Kant and Hegel. Focus on various philosophical movements related to Kant and Hegel: existentialism, process philosophy, Marx, Schopenhauer, positivism, and the pragmatism. [HA, SE]
ETHICS
PHIL 240
5 Credits
55 hours of lecture
Theories of morality from ancient times to the present, with attention to both practical and theoretical issues. The relationship between ethics and other areas of philosophy. [HA, SE]
PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
PHIL 251
5 Credits
55 hours of lecture
Exploration of the nature of the religious experience, the difficulties inherent in the use of religious language, the classical proofs for the existence of God, the relationship between faith and reason, and the problem of evil. [HA, SE]
SELECTED TOPICS
PHIL 280
1 - 3 Credits
33 hours of lecture
Varying topics in philosophy, as listed in the quarterly class schedule. May be repeated for credit. [HA, SE]
SPECIAL PROJECTS
PHIL 290
1 - 5 Credits
Opportunity to plan, organize and complete special projects approved by the department. Prerequisite: Completion of two philosophy courses and consent of Instructional Unit. [HA, GE]