Courses: Philosophy


Course descriptions from the 2017-2018 Catalog.

PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

An investigation of major problems and concepts of philosophy including, the relationships between appearance and reality, mind and body, matter and mind, the conflict between freedom and determinism, the nature, sources and conditions of knowledge, the nature of morality and the existence of God. (DH)

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: 
Morals and Society (3)

Philosophical attempts to evaluate conduct, character, and social practices.This course examines ethical views and practice through the lens of reason. Philosophy has a long history of proposing, examining, discussing and criticizing moral action on both the individual and social level. This course will also explore what pathways have been explicated and explored to guide us in the endeavor to live good lives. The course looks at the ethical theories and ethical frameworks that have been proposed by some of the greatest thinkers and founders of religions to answer our basic moral questions. The breadth of moral theory over time and culture and geography is enormous. Many of the topics are controversial, ongoing and unresolved. This makes the course current and challenging. (DH)

PHIL 102 Introduction to Philosophy: 
Asian Traditions (3)

Problems, methods and concepts of Asian philosophical traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Zen. (DH)

PHIL 110 Introduction to Deductive Logic (3)

PHIL 110 is an introductory course in logic focusing on the methods and principles of deductive reasoning. Integral to this study will be the presentation of methods for representing logical form and the development of a system of inference rules and strategies that allow for the analysis and evaluation of deductive arguments. (FS)

PHIL 111 Introduction to Inductive Logic (3)

Introduction to the theory of arguments based on probabilities and to the theory of decision-making in the context of uncertainty.

Prerequisite: CR in MATH 82 or qualified placement test score (50 or greater in the Algebra placement domain), or articulated equivalent, or consent of instructor.

PHIL 211 Ancient Philosophy (3)

An introduction to the history of philosophy based on translations of texts originally written in classical Greek or Latin. The ancient philosophers embraced rational discourse over religious and political authority as the correct method to freedom, happiness, knowledge and justice. Their early endeavor continues to light the way for those more interested in truth than money or fame. (DH)

Prerequisite: ENG 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.

Rec Prep: PHIL 100 or PHIL 101 or any other 100-level philosophy course.