Philosophy (PHIL)


1000

PHIL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
Major works on such themes as appearance and reality, human nature, nature of knowledge, relation of mind and body, right and good, existence of God, and freedom and determinism.
PHIL 1001 HONORS: Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
Prereq.: ENGL 1002 or equivalent. Same as PHIL 1000, with a special honors emphasis for qualified students. Credit will not be given for both this course and PHIL 1000.
PHIL 1021 Introduction Logic (3 credits)
No special background presupposed. Formal and informal reasoning; introduction to propositional logic; formal and informal fallacies; scientific reasoning.

2000

PHIL 2000 [Not Offered] Contemporary Moral Problems (3 credits)
Philosophical study of contemporary moral problems such as capital punishment, preferential treatment, sexual equality, sexual liberation, terrorism, war and nuclear arms, animal rights, world hunger, environmental ethics, and the morality of suicide.
PHIL 2010 Symbolic Logic I (3 credits)
Classical propositional and first-order predicate logic; syntax and semantics of formal languages; translation between formal languages and English; formal methods of proof.
PHIL 2018 [Not Offered] Professional Ethics (3 credits)
Special problems of obligation and valuation related to law, medicine, politics, and education, as well as business, engineering, and architecture; altruism, trust, vocation, codes of honor, professional privilege, and responsibilities for others arising from differential abilities.
PHIL 2020 Ethics (3 credits)
Classical and recent theories of obligation and value, including works of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hume, and Nietzsche; topics including freedom, rights, justification of moral judgments.
PHIL 2021 [Not Offered] ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (3.0 credits)
PHIL 2022 [Not Offered] PHIL & POP CULTURE (3.0 credits)
PHIL 2023 [Not Offered] Philosophy of Art (3 credits)
Philosophical theories of beauty, art, and art criticism.
PHIL 2024 [Not Offered] Philosophy in Literature (3 credits)
Philosophical themes in world literature: fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiography.
PHIL 2025 [Not Offered] Bioethics (3 credits)
Defining health and disease; deciding on rights, duties, and obligations in the patient-physician relationship; abortion and the concept of a person; defining and determining death; euthanasia and the dignity of death; allocation of medical resources, both large-scale and small-scale; experimentation with fetuses, children, prisoners, and animals; genetic testing, screening, and interference.
PHIL 2028 Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)
Same as REL 2028. Essence and meaning of religion as a pervasive phenomenon in human societies; faith and reason, nature of divinity, arguments for and against God's existence, religious knowledge and experience, morality and cult, the problem of evil.
PHIL 2033 [Not Offered] History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)
An honors course, PHIL 2034, is also available . Introduction to philosophy through a study of some of the main writings of classical and medieval philosophy.
PHIL 2034 [Not Offered] HONORS: Tutorial in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (1 credits)
To be taken concurrently with PHIL 2033. 1 hr. of tutorial instruction per week for honors students.
PHIL 2035 [Not Offered] History of Modern Philosophy (3 credits)
An honors course, PHIL 2036, is also available. Introduction to philosophy through a study of some of the main writings of modern philosophy.
PHIL 2036 [Not Offered] HONORS: Tutorial in Modern Philosophy (1 credits)
To be taken concurrently with PHIL 2035. 1 hr. of tutorial instruction per week for honors students.
PHIL 2053 HONORS: History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)
Prereq.: one course in philosophy, HNRS 1001/1003 or 2002/2004, or permission of instructor. Same as PHIL 2033 with a special honors emphasis for qualified students. Supervised reading, discussion, research, and writing.
PHIL 2745 Knowledge and Reality (3 credits)
Introduction to central epistemological and metaphysical questions: mind and matter; causation and free will; space and time; meaning and truth; the nature of knowledge and justified belief; perception, memory, reasoning, and testimony as sources of knowledge and justified belief.
PHIL 2786 [Not Offered] Logic, Science, and Society (3 credits)
Prereq.: completed analytical reasoning area of general education or consent of instructor. Logic, evidence, probability, and induction; objectivity and relativism; technology and utopia.
PHIL 2953 [Not Offered] HONORS: Philosophical Colloquium (3 credits)
Prereq.: a grade of �B� or higher in at least one other philosophy course; or consent of instructor. Subject drawn from prominent philosophical works.
PHIL 2963 [Not Offered] HONORS: Independent Work for Honors Students (1 credits)
Prereq.: sophomore standing, completion of at least 3 hrs. of philosophy with a grade of �B� or higher, and a gpa of at least 3.00 in all work taken. Readings, conferences, and reports under faculty direction.
PHIL 2964 [Not Offered] HONORS: Independent Work for Honors Students (1 credits)
Prereq.: sophomore standing, completion of at least 3 hrs. of philosophy with a grade of �B� or higher, and a gpa of at least 3.00 in all work taken. Readings, conferences, and reports under faculty direction.
PHIL 2965 [Not Offered] HONORS: Independent Work for Honors Students (1 credits)
Prereq.: sophomore standing, completion of at least 3 hrs. of philosophy with a grade of �B� or higher, and a gpa of at least 3.00 in all work taken. Readings, conferences, and reports under faculty direction.

3000

PHIL 3001 Existentialism (3 credits)
Basic themes of existentialist philosophy; the works of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Heidegger, Camus, Marcel, and Sartre.
PHIL 3002 [Not Offered] Philosophy and Film (3 credits)
Films as philosophical texts.
PHIL 3003 [Not Offered] French Existentialism (3 credits)
Major themes, issues, and theories of the French existentialist; existence, essence, and the question of Being; death, nothingness, and anxiety; freedom, responsibility, and values; the ethical and the other; authors include Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone De Beauvoir, Maurice Merleau-Ponty; Albert Camus, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean Beaufret, Gabriel Marcel, Emmanuel Mounier.
PHIL 3015 [Not Offered] Christian Philosophy (3 credits)
Prereq.: one course in either philosophy or religious studies or equivalent. Also offered as REL 3015. Applications of philosophy to such themes in Christianity as knowing God, the nature, and structure of faith, revelation, incarnation, faith and science, Christianity and other faiths.
PHIL 3020 Special Topics in Philosophy (1-3 credits)
May be taken twice for credit when topics vary.
PHIL 3052 [Not Offered] Moral Philosophy (3 credits)
May be taken twice when topics vary. Topics in ethics and meta-ethics: egoism, consequentialism, deontology, moral relativism, virtue ethics, values, ethics and religion; naturalistic fallacy, truth and justification, realism and objectivity, motivation and practical reasoning, autonomy, and game theory.
PHIL 3062 [Not Offered] INTR POLITICAL PHIL (3.0 credits)
PHIL 3090 [Not Offered] Friedrich Nietzsche (3 credits)
See GERM 3090.
PHIL 3110 [Not Offered] The Philosophy of Socrates (3 credits)
Early dialogues of Plato; Socrates on pleasure, friendship, virtue, justice, courage, temperance, wisdom, and happiness; on knowing the better and following the worse; on reason and inspiration; Socratic irony.
PHIL 3950 [Not Offered] Introduction to Epistemology (3 credits)
Survey of central issues in the theory of knowledge; knowledge as justified true belief; the Gettier problem; induction as a source of justification; a priori knowledge; fallibilist vs. infallibilist and internalist vs externalist conceptions of justification; structure of justification.

4000

PHIL 4002 [Not Offered] Philosophy of Film (3 credits)
Theories of film.
PHIL 4003 Contemporary French Philosophy (3 credits)
Major contemporary French philosophers, including Bergson, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, De Beauvoir, Levinas, Derrida, Foucault, Nancy Ricoeur, Marion, Janicaud; themes such as the rethinking of ethics, the question of humanism, and political thought; intellectual movements such as structuralism and post-structuralism, phenomenology, hermeutics and deconstruction, feminism and psychoanalysis.
PHIL 4010 [Not Offered] Symbolic Logic II (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 2010 or consent of instructor. Syntax and basic model theory of classical first order logic; soundness and completeness.
PHIL 4011 [Not Offered] Topics in Advanced Logic (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 4010 or consent of instructor. Also offered as LING 4011. Topics may include advanced metatheory of symbolic languages, intentional logics, and Montague grammar.
PHIL 4015 [Not Offered] Philosophy of Male and Female (3 credits)
Philosophical examination of the concepts of human nature that underlie a variety of theories about women and femininity.
PHIL 4098 [Not Offered] Politics and Ethics (3 credits)
See POLI 4098.
PHIL 4786 [Not Offered] Selected Topics (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. when topics vary.
PHIL 4914 Philosophy of Language (3 credits)
Prereq.: one logic course or consent of instructor. Also offered as LING 4914. Various theories of meaning, their implications and presuppositions, and their relevance to issues in such areas as theory of perception, theory of truth, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of mind and action.
PHIL 4920 [Not Offered] Presocratic Philosophy (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 2033 or equivalent. Study of the major Presocratic Philosophers from Thales up to and including the Sophists.
PHIL 4922 Plato (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 2033 or equivalent.
PHIL 4924 [Not Offered] Aristotle (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 2033 or equivalent. Topics from Aristotle's Metaphysics, Physics, De Anima, and the logical treatises.
PHIL 4926 [Not Offered] Hellenistic Philosophy (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 2033 or equivalent. Study of the major Hellenistic Philosophical Schools: the Epicureans, the Stoics, and the Sceptics.
PHIL 4928 [Not Offered] Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)
Also offered as REL 4928. Analysis of key themes, traditions, and figures in medieval philosophy.
PHIL 4931 [Not Offered] Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz (3 credits)
Prereq.: 6 hrs. of philosophy or consent of instructor. 17th century rationalism, with emphasis on epistemology and metaphysics.
PHIL 4933 [Not Offered] Locke, Berkeley, Hume (3 credits)
Language, epistemology, ontology, self, God, causation, realism, and idealism in the writings of these British empiricists.
PHIL 4935 [Not Offered] Kant (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 2035 or equivalent. Basic topics and arguments of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.
PHIL 4936 [Not Offered] 19th Century Philosophy (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 2033 and 2035; or equivalent. 19th century philosophy, with emphasis on German thought; readings in Fichte, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Bergson, and others.
PHIL 4938 [Not Offered] Philosophical Thought in America (3 credits)
Late 19th and early 20th centuries; topics from such philosophers as Peirce, James, Royce, Dewey, Santayana, Ward, and Mead.
PHIL 4939 [Not Offered] Kierkegaard (3 credits)
Also offered as REL 4939. Study of his works, such as, Either/Or, The Sickness Unto Death, Fear and Trembling, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Stages on Life�s Way, and The Present Age.
PHIL 4940 [Not Offered] Aesthetics (3 credits)
Meaning and truth in the arts; artistic intention; critical canons.
PHIL 4941 [Not Offered] Philosophy of Mind (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 2033 and 2035; or equivalent. Recent philosophical treatments of human nature; the mind-body problem, identity of the person in time, the person as rational and volitional, and relation of the person to the world.
PHIL 4942 [Not Offered] Topics in Meta-Ethics (3 credits)
Prereq.: two courses in philosophy or consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Naturalistic fallacy, truth and meaning, realism an objectivity, motivation and practical reasoning, autonomy, and justification of ethical theory.
PHIL 4943 [Not Offered] Ethics (3 credits)
Prereq.: two courses in philosophy or consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Egoism, utilitarianism, deontological systems, intuitionism, moral particularism, virtue ethics, relativism, weakness of will, and value theory.
PHIL 4944 [Not Offered] Philosophical Theology (3 credits)
Prereq.: two courses in philosophy and/or religious studies. Also offered as REL 4944. Major themes and works in philosophical theology.
PHIL 4945 [Not Offered] Political Philosophy (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 1000 or 2020 or equivalent. Freedom, obligation, authority, justice, law, the state, and revolution.
PHIL 4946 [Not Offered] Philosophy of Law (3 credits)
Moral issues in foundations of law and legal authority; nature of law; civil disobedience; principles of punishment; legal liability; morals legislation; Good Samaritan laws; moral basis of contract law.
PHIL 4947 [Not Offered] TOPICS PHIL OF LAW (3.0 credits)
PHIL 4948 [Not Offered] Phenomenology (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 2035 or 4936 or equivalent. Contemporary phenomenology; readings in Husserl.
PHIL 4950 [Not Offered] Advanced Epistemology (3 credits)
Prereq.: PHIL 3950 or consent of instructor. Topics may include naturalized epistemology, internalism vs. externalism about justification; a priori knowledge; justification and truth; skepticism, Bayesian approaches to justification, contextualist theories of knowledge, and the possibility of noninferential justification.
PHIL 4951 [Not Offered] Philosophy of Science (3 credits)
Prereq.: consent of instructor. Philosophical issues related to concept formation and theory construction in the natural, behavioral, and social sciences.
PHIL 4952 [Not Offered] Topics in Metaphysics (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Topics include ontology, modalities, universals, truth, causation, reductionism, identity (physical and personal), realism, and the meaning of life.
PHIL 4953 [Not Offered] Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (3 credits)
Prereq.: one logic course and either PHIL 2035 or 4933. Topics from leading philosophers in such contemporary movements as logical empiricism, formalism, and ordinary language analysis, including readings from Moore, Russell, Wittgenstein, Carnap, Goodman, Ryle, Strawson, and Quine.
PHIL 4954 [Not Offered] Recent Speculative Philosophy (3 credits)
Prereq.: two other philosophy courses or consent of instructor. Theories of being and knowing in recent absolute idealism, process philosophy, and phenomenological existentialism.
PHIL 4972 Kant�s Moral Philosophy (3 credits)
Study of selected Kant�s works in moral philosophy such as, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, Metaphysics of Morals, Critique of Practical Reason, and Anthropology From A Pragmatic Point of View.
PHIL 4991 Independent Reading and Research (1-3 credits)
Prereq.: written consent of instructor and department. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Total credit earned as a graduate student in PHIL 4991 and PHIL 7991 combined may not exceed 9 hrs.

7000

PHIL 7901 Seminar in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (3 credits)
Philosophy of language, metaphysics, realism, anti-realism, and philosophy of logic and mathematics.
PHIL 7903 [Not Offered] Seminar in Continental Philosophy (3 credits)
Major figures and/or movements in continental philosophy.
PHIL 7905 [Not Offered] Seminar in History of Philosophy (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Study of a major philosopher or school of philosophy.
PHIL 7910 [Not Offered] Seminar (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary. May be offered as LING 7910 when topic is appropriate.
PHIL 7991 Independent Reading and Research (1-6 credits)
Prereq.: written consent of instructor and departmental director of graduate studies. Total credit earned as a graduate student in PHIL 4991 and PHIL 7991 combined may not exceed 9 sem. hrs.

8000

PHIL 8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem. credits)
�S�/�U� grading.