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PHL 101IH INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY: REASON AND REALITY

PHL 110IH INTRODUCTION TO EHTICS: PROBLEMS OF GOOD & EVIL

PHL 205CS OTHER ANIMALS

PHL 212RH MORALITY AND SOCIETY

PHL 236Q  LOGIC

PHL 242CS SCIENCE/PSEUDO-SCIENCE AND SUBJECTIVITY

PHL 255D  PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE

PHL 270   PHILOSOPHIES OF ASIA

PHL 278CS ORIGINS OF LIFE

PHL 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

PHL 291   SPECIAL TOPICS

PHL 303   APPROACHES TO EPISTEMOLOGY

PHL 304   METAPHYSICS

PHL 308   LANGUAGE AND THE WORLD

PHL 310   MORAL THEORY

PHL 312   CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS

PHL 321   PHILOSOPHY & BIOMEDICAL ETHICS

PHL 322   PHILOSOPHY & ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

PHL 327   AESTHETICS AND THE ARTS

PHL 328   PHILOSOPHY AND FILM

PHL 342   APPROACHES TO EPISTEMOLOGY

PHL 350RH STATE, COMMUNITY AND INDIVIDUAL

PHL 351   PHILOSOPHY AND FEMINISM

PHL 353   PHILOSOPHY AND TECHNOLOGY

PHL 354   PHILOSOPHY OF RACE

PHL 361RH HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL 

PHL 362   HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: MODERN 

PHL 364   CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY

PHL 365   PHILOSOPHY OF MIND & CONSCIOUSNESS

PHL 370   PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

PHL 378   PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

PHL 383   REASON AND REVOLUTION

PHL 385   EXISTENTIALISM AND AFTER

PHL 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

PHL 491   SPECIAL TOPICS

PHL 492   INDEPENDENT STUDY

PHL 494   SEMINAR

PHL 498   INTERNSHIP

PHL 591   SPECIAL TOPICS

PHL 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY

PHL 594   SEMINAR

PHL 101IH INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY: REASON AND REALITY
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Exploration of the nature of reality and human knowledge. A critical look at the presuppositions of our common sense world view.

PHL 110IH INTRODUCTION TO EHTICS: PROBLEMS OF GOOD & EVIL
F,S,Su 3 cr. LEC 3
-- An examination of traditional conceptions of good and evil and their implications for relativism.

PHL 205CS OTHER ANIMALS
3 cr. LEC 3
-- Explores how animals have been understood over time from scientific, philosophical, and cultural perspectives, in the East as well as in the West. The various methodologies employed, their underlying assumptions and possible limits, will be discussed, as well as the larger moral issues that they raise.

PHL 212RH MORALITY AND SOCIETY
3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- The philosophical study of contemporary moral issues such as capital punishment, euthanasia, racism, and terrorism. The term will culminate in a substantial piece of original research on a moral issue chosen by the individual student.

PHL 236Q LOGIC
F,S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Q core or Level 4 math placement.
-- Modern forms of valid inference with applications.

PHL 242CS SCIENCE, PSEUDO-SCIENCE AND SUBJECTIVITY
3 cr. LEC 3
-- Introduces both deductive and inductive aspects of scientific reasoning as a foundation for addressing broader questions such as, "Is there demarcation between science and non-science?"; "Is science subjective?"; Is scientific knowledge cumulative?"; and many more.

PHL 255D PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Addresses questions of how philosophy and culture interact, as well as exploring the differences and commonalties between philosophical traditions. Themes may include social justice, identities, society, and culture.

PHL 270 PHILOSOPHIES OF ASIA
S 3 cr. LEC 3
-- A critical examination of some classical schools of Indian and Asian philosophy such as Confucianism, Hinduism, or Buddhism.

PHL 278CS ORIGINS OF LIFE
F, alternate even years 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Examination of philosophical theories regarding the nature of life and the methods for scientific discovery of its origin. What are the defining characteristics of life? How would we look for life on other planets? Is artificial life possible?

PHL 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-6 cr. IND may be repeated
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

PHL 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering department.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

PHL 303 APPROACHES TO EPISTEMOLOGY
3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- The course gives an introduction to some epistemological problems like the problem of skepticism, the problem concerning the nature of justification, the problem of induction, and the problem associated with the nature and existence of God.

PHL 304 METAPHYSICS
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- The most basic questions human beings raise in reflecting on their world, themselves and their place in the world. Sample questions concern the possibility of freedom, the relation of mind and brain, and the nature of being.

PHL 308 LANGUAGE AND THE WORLD
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- A discussion of linguistic meaning, the concept of truth, and the relation between thought and language as viewed by contemporary philosophies.

PHL 310 MORAL THEORY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- An examination of moral theory. The focus is on such issues as whether morality is objective or subjective as well as methods of moral reasoning.

PHL 312 CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- An examination of general moral theory with applications to moral problems of current interest such as abortion, the legal enforcement of morality, the death penalty, and nuclear war.

PHL 321 PHILOSOPY & BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- An examination of moral problems in medicine such as abortion, euthanasia, human experimentation, and the distribution of scarce medical resources.

PHL 322 PHILOSOPHY & ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- This course reviews the major readings, both classical and contemporary, on environmental ethics, and isolates the major issues. It provides the appropriate theoretical background. It applies these readings and this background to the investigation and resolution of several environmental policy questions.

PHL 327 AESTHETICS AND THE ARTS
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- Philosophical examination of the nature and function of the arts and the aesthetic experience.

PHL 328 PHILOSOPHY AND FILM
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or permission of instructor.
-- Philosophic study of the moving image. Examines topics such as ontology of the image, theory of cinematic narrative, problem of realism versus illusion in film, its aesthetic, moral, and cultural value; and what constitutes appropriate interpretative activity in judging film.

PHL 342 APPROACHES TO EPISTEMOLOGY
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- The course gives an introduction to some epistemological problems like the problem of skepticism, the problem concerning the nature of justification, the problem of induction, and the problem associated with the nature and existence of God. It offers three approaches: traditional, naturalized, and Bayesian approaches to some of the problems mentioned above.

PHL 350RH STATE, COMMUNITY AND INDIVIDUAL
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: One course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- The philosophical study of the state and society. Topics include the nature and limits of political legitimacy and the nature of just economic systems.

PHL 351 PHILOSOPHY AND FEMINISM
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Philosophical analysis of concepts and assumptions central to feminist theories. Topics may include the nature of gender and oppression, masculinity, the relationship between sexism and other forms of oppression, the ideal society, and feminist challenges to traditional philosophical theories.

PHL 353 PHILOSOPHY AND TECHNOLOGY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- An examination of certain concepts used to describe and explain technology and their application to questions concerning the limitations of a technological way of life.

PHL 354 PHILOSOPHY OF RACE
F alternate years, to be offered even years, 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- Examines the development of the concept of race in philosophy since the 17th century. Traces the effects race has had on concepts such as the person, self-respect, rationality, knowledge, state of nature, science, social justice, and ordinary life.

PHL 361RH HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL
F 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- Great systems of philosophic thought and their originators during ancient and medieval times.

PHL 362 HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY: MODERN
S 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- Foundations of contemporary thought, Descartes to Kant.

PHL 364 CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- This course introduces students to recent trends in analytical philosophy. Among the topics the course addresses are philosophy of mind that involves problems concerning the mind/body relationship, the nature of consciousness, artificial intelligence, and others.

PHL 365 PHILOSOPHY OF MIND & CONSCIOUSNESS
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- In this course we will examine different philosophical theories regarding the workings of the mind and the nature of consciousness. Are you the same thing as your mind? What is thought? Is conscious experience explainable by the physical sciences?

PHL 370 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- Analysis of concepts of revealed truth, God, and immortality; the nature of religious emotion and experience, and of religious language; relation of faith to reason; traditional proofs of God's existence; the problem of evil; religious diversity; spirituality.

PHL 378 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
F alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- An examination of the concepts of explanation, confirmation, and theory and their application to classic works in the history of the natural and social sciences.

PHL 383 REASON AND REVOLUTION
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- An examination of the scope and limits of reason and their role in revolution exemplified by leading nineteenth century philosophers.

PHL 385 EXISTENTIALISM AND AFTER
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Previous course in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
-- Existentialism and related developments such as phenomenology and post modernism.

PHL 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1 - 6 cr. Ind May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
-- Directed undergraduate research/creative activity which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

PHL 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

PHL 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PHL 494 SEMINAR
F,S 3 cr. SEM Maximum 9 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing.
-- Senior capstone course. Each semester is given over to the detailed study of a major figure or problem in philosophy. Since the figures and problems studied vary from semester to semester, the course may be repeated for credit. Two semesters of Phl 400 are required for all philosophy majors.

PHL 498 INTERNSHIP
On Demand 1 - 12 cr. IND
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

PHL 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. LEC Maximum 4 cr.
Prerequisite: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

PHL 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head, and Division of Education.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PHL 594 SEMINAR
On Demand 3 cr. SEM Maximum 4 cr
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition. Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

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