Courses

PHI 2013 (PHIL1103).
Introduction to Philosophy. 
The study of fundamental philosophical issues, such as the character of reality, the limits of human knowledge, and requirements for a good life. The focus will be on understanding and critically evaluating traditional and contemporary philosophical positions through study of the works of major philosophers, using philosophical methods of argument. Prerequisite: ENG 1473 or ENG 1803 with a C or better.

PHI 2083.
Introduction to Philosophy-Honors.
An exploration of some fundamental problems of human life and its meaning.  Critical thinking about the nature of human knowledge and belief, the character of ultimate reality, and the status of values and the shape of moral life will be stressed.  Enrollment limited to honors students. Prerequisite: ENG 1803 with a C or better and Honors standing.

PHI 2133. 
Logic I. 
An introduction to symbolic logic. Along with discussion of propositional logic, natural deduction, truth tables and truth-trees, topics discussed may include one or more of the following: predicate logic, modal logic, non-classical logic, and / or meta-theory. Issues in the philosophy of logic will be discussed throughout.

PHI 3023. 
Religions of the World. 
This course is a hybrid.  On the one hand, it is designed to familiarize students with the wide variety of religious traditions that populate the world.  Some of the material will be very familiar to some and completely foreign to others; some will likely be completely new.  On the other hand, it is a philosophy course.  The central topics in the philosophy of religion concern the nature of the divine, the nature of humanity, the Problem of Evil, cosmogony and cosmology, fundamentalism, tolerance, and ethics.  In an increasingly globally integrated world, the questions raised by comparative religion and the coexistence of religions making rival claims have become inescapable.   We will treat both the variety of religions and their rather diverse responses to these and other philosophical questions.  This course satisfies the Non-Western general education requirement.

PHI 3063.
Independent Study.

PHI 3113.
Ethics. 
An introduction to the development of Western philosophical ethical thought. This course will critically evaluate major ethical views. Topics may include the relationship between individual responsibility and social responsibility, the good life, or issues in applied ethics. Prerequisite: ENG 1473 or ENG 1803 with a C or better.

PHI 4003, 5003. (WI)
Special Topics. 
This course focuses on various topics of philosophical importance. Examples of such topics include Philosophy of Science and Asian Philosophy as well as courses on Metaphysics and Epistemology more generally. Course content varies, so students may take this course twice for a total of six hours of credit, but only when the topics are different. Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

PHI 4013, 5013.
Philosophy of Mind. 
Critical study of the mind, both historical and contemporary. Topics discussed include consciousness, perception, the self, and the relationship between mind and body.  Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

PHI 4043, 5043. (WI)
Ancient Philosophy. 
Critical study of the early Western philosophers, primarily from the pre-Socratics through Plato and Aristotle. May include brief introduction to major Hellenistic philosophies such as Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Skepticism. Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

PHI 4053, 5053. (WI)
Modern Philosophy. 
Critical study of representative work from major philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries, most notably Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

PHI 4073, 5073. (WI)
20th Century Philosophy.
Critical study of the major developments in analytic philosophy through the 20th century (e.g., work by philosophers such as Russell, Kripke, and Quine). Prerequisites: Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

PHI 4203, 5203.
Asian Philosophy. 
Critical examination of the philosophical motivations and justifications for various philosophical positions that developed in Ancient China and Ancient India, including Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism.  Prerequisites:  Junior standing or consent of the instructor. This course satisfies the Non-Western general education requirement.

PHI 4253, 5253.
Existentialism. 
Critical examination of the philosophical movement now known as Existentialism, which developed in the 19thand 20th centuries, including work by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre, as well as literary works from authors such as Dostoyevsky and Kafka.  Prerequisites:  Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

PHI 4233, 5233.
Philosophy of Science. 
Critical evaluation of fundamental scientific concepts and methods.  Topics include:  science and pseudo-science, observation, confirmation, scientific laws, theories, and explanations, and the role of value in scientific inquiry.  Prerequisites:  Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

PHI 4143, 5143.
Logic II. 
An advanced course in symbolic logic.  This course is a close study of modal logic and non-classical logic.  Issues in the philosophy of logic will be discussed throughout.  Prerequisites:  Junior standing or consent of the instructor.