Philosophy courses

PHI200 - Introduction to Ethics
An investigation of some of the main philosophical questions about ethics, such as the following: Does morality depend on religion? Is morality relative to culture? Why should I be moral? How do we go about answering moral questions? Is there a "theory" of morality? If so, what does that theory look like?(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI200BR - Ethics
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) An investigation of some of the main philosophical questions about ethics, such as the following: Does morality depend on religion? Is morality relative to culture? Why should I be moral? How do we go about answering moral questions? Is there a "theory" of morality? If so, what does that theory look like?
PHI202 - Logic
An introduction to formal logic. The aim is to enable the student to become skilled in the examination of everyday language for validity, soundness, and cogency, to acquire a basic knowledge of classical sentential and categorical logic, and to master proof techniques in propositional logic and the first-order predicate calculus.Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above), or a passing score on the MAT090 placement exam.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI204 - Mind, Knowledge and Reality
An introduction to the main metaphysical and epistemological questions of philosophy. Issues addressed include the existence of God, the problem of evil, the mind-body problem, knowledge and skepticism, and personal identity and resurrection.(4 credits)
PHI204BR - Mind, Knowledge and Reality
(4 credits)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) An introduction to the main metaphysical and epistemological theories of philosophy. Issues addressed include the existence of God, the problem of evil, the mind-body problem, knowledge and skepticism, and personal identity and resurrection.
PHI208 - Reason and Christian Faith
An introduction to some of the main philosophical problems faced by Christians. Possible topics include apologetics, arguments for and against the existence of God, the attributes of God, the problem of evil, and the relationship between faith and reason. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
PHI208BR - Reason and Christian Faith
(4 credits; alternate year, consult department)(IGE option under Belief andReason) An introduction to some of the main philosophical problems faced byChristians. Possible topics include apologetics, arguments for and againstthe existence of God, the attributes of God, the problem of evil, and therelationship between faith and reason.
PHI210 - Introduction to Political Philosophy
This course introduces the student to philosophy by means of an examination of the main questions of normative social and political theory. It examines such matters as the justification and purpose of government, anarchism, justice, equality and human rights.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI214BR - Contemporary Moral Issues
(4 credits)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) A philosophical exploration of several contemporary moral issues. Possible topics include abortion, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, cloning and stem-cell research, war and terrorism, capital punishment, global poverty, factory farming and experimenting on animals, homosexuality and same-sex marriage, etc.
PHI216 - Philosophy Through Film and Fiction
An introduction to some of the main problems of philosophy by a study of selected works of literature and films. Topics explored include appearance and reality, knowledge and skepticism, the mind-body problem, and what sort of life is worth living. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
PHI219 - Philosophy and Science Fiction
An introduction to some central philosophical problems through the medium of science fiction.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI219BR - Philosophy and Science Fiction
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Beliefand Reason) An introduction to some central philosophical problemsthrough the medium of science fiction.
PHI225 - Ancient Greek Philosophy
An introduction to the ancient Greek philosophical tradition, ranging from the Presocratics to the Hellenists but focusing on Plato and Aristotle.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI225BR - Ancient Greek Philosophy
(4 credits; non-yearly, consult department)(IGE option under Belief andReason) An introduction to the ancient Greek philosophical tradition,ranging from the Presocratics to the Hellenists but focusing on Plato andAristotle.
PHI226 - Medieval Philosophy
An introduction to medieval philosophy, beginning with Neoplatonists and Patristics and focusing on figures such as Augustine, Boethius, Anselm and Aquinas.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI227BR - Modern Philosophy
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) An introduction to the central figures in the philosophical milieu of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, focusing on thinkers such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Mill, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.
PHI229 - Twentieth-Century Philosophy
An introduction to some of the dominant philosophers and philosophical movements of the 20th century. (4 credits; non-yearly, consult department)
PHI238 - Philosophy of the Arts
A study of major theories of the analysis and evaluation of art. (4 credits)
PHI244BR - C.S. Lewis and the Inklings
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) An exploration of the philosophical themes found in the writings of C.S. Lewis, with some consideration of his place in the writing group known as the Inklings.
PHI250 - Special Topics
A study of special topics in philosophy which are not adequately covered in other courses as a response to student or faculty needs or interests.(2 or 4 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
PHI310 - History of Political Thought
A critical analysis of classical and contemporary political theories, both secular and Christian. Special consideration is given to the issue of the relation between political philosophy and the practice of political science.Prerequisites: at least one philosophy course, 4 credits in political science, junior class standing, or permission of the instructor.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI310WI - History of Political Thought
(4 credits)(Writing intensive) A survey of the history of Western political thought, through study of selected major thinkers in the tradition. Emphasis will be placed both on each thinker's political theory and how it fits in with the broader history of Western political thought.
PHI333 - Philosophy and Christianity
An exploration of some set of topics that lie at the intersection of philosophy and the Christian faith.Prerequisite: at least one philosophy course.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI341 - Philosophy of Social Science
An in-depth study of the philosophical foundations of the social and cognitive sciences. Issues discussed include, e.g., a) laws and explanations in social science, b) objectivity and values in the social sciences, c) rationality, d) relations between different social sciences and the physical sciences, e) philosophy of mind.Prerequisites: at least one philosophy course. PHI202 or 342 may prove helpful, but not required.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI342 - Philosophy of Natural Science
This course will help one understand the natural sciences by examining a number of issues as they arise in the history of science. Issues discussed include: e.g., a) what distinguishes science from non-science? b) how are scientific theories justified? c) what is the role of values in scientific inquiry? d) what is required in ascientific explanation? e) do science and religion conflict? f) what is involved in a comprehensive scientific worldview? Representative thinkers include, e.g., Isaac Newton, Pierre Duhem, Ernst Mach, Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn.Prerequisite: at least one philosophy course. PHI202 is helpful, but not required.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
PHI350 - Special Topics
A study of special topics in philosophy which are not adequately covered in other courses.Prerequisites: two philosophy courses.(2 or 4 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
PHI355 - Topics in Ethics
An advanced study of some topic(s) in ethics.Prerequisite: PHI110 or 114.(4 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
PHI398 - Directed Study
PHI417 - Internship
(2 credits may apply toward the major)
PHI450 - Senior Thesis
Students will write a senior thesis in philosophy under the direction of one of the philosophy faculty.Prerequisites: philosophy major or minor, senior class standing.(2 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
PHI450WI - Senior Thesis
(2 credits; non-yearly, consult department)(Writing intensive)Students will write a senior thesis in philosophy under the direction of oneof the philosophy faculty.Prerequisites: philosophy major or minor, senior class standing.
PHI499 - Honors Research
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