Philosophy Courses
PHL 100 - Introduction to Philosophy 3(3-0)
Study of the basic issues and methods of philosophy. Depending on instructor, it may have either a problem or a historical orientation. (University Program Group I-A)
PHL 140 - Introduction to Logic 3(3-0)
A study of modern formal logic, with the emphasis of the development of general procedures for deciding whether any argument is correct. Group II-B)
PHL 200 - History of Philosophy: Classical Period 3(3-0)
Survey of ancient Greek philosophy, with emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.
PHL 218 - Ethical Theory 3(3-0)
The following problems will be discussed: What is the good life? Is there any such thing as right and wrong? Can we justify our moral beliefs? (University Program Group I-A)
PHL 225/PSY 225 - Foundations of Cognitive Science 3(3-0)
Introduction to cognitive science, the problems it addresses, its evolving models of the mind, its interdisciplinary nature, and its broader ramifications. Identical to PSY 225. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. Group IV-A)
PHL 302 - History of Philosophy: Modern Period 3(3-0)
Rationalism: Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz. Empiricism: Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. The Kantian Synthesis.
PHL 305 - Chinese Philosophy 3(3-0)
A survey of Chinese philosophy from the earliest times to the modern period, with emphasis on major thinkers and schools. (University Program Group IV-B)
PHL 320 - Theory of Knowledge 3(3-0)
Study of skepticism, the justification of beliefs, and theories of truth. Prerequisites: PHL 100 or PHL 140.
PHL 325 - Philosophy of Mind 3(3-0)
An attempt to explain the nature of the mind, by examining philosophical works on the mind-body problem and by surveying empirical results. Prerequisite: one course in University Program Group III-A. (University Program Group IV-A)
PHL 340 - Intermediate Logic 3(3-0)
First order quantificational theory is presented as a paradigm of formal theories. In terms of this, some metatheoretic notions are introduced. Prerequisite: PHL 140.
PHL 390 - Philosophy of Science 3(3-0)
Study of problems that arise in a critical examination of science: explanation, theory, confirmation, law, measurement, scientific change. Prerequisites: PHL 140; one other course in Group II of the University Program; or permission of instructor.
PHL 405 - Major Philosophers 3(3-0)
An in-depth study of a major philosopher. Prerequisite: At least one of the following: PHL 200, 300, 302, 403, 404; or permission of instructor.
PHL 410 - Philosophy of Law 3(3-0)
Consideration of such questions as: What is a legal system, a law, a legal right? What is the relation among law, morality, and custom?
PHL 418 - Advanced Moral Philosophy 3(3-0)
An advanced study of contemporary moral theory, meta-ethics, and the methodology of constructing and evaluating ethical theories. Prerequisite: PHL 218, or permission of instructor.
PHL 422 - Political and Social Philosophy 3(3-0)
Study of the ethical and political problems confronting the individual and society.
PHL 426/PSC 426/WST 426 - Feminist Theory 3(3-0)
Examines the way women have been described by the Western philosophical tradition from its beginnings to the present and offers alternative analyses to this tradition. Identical to WST 426 and PSC 426. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. Prerequisites: permission of instructor, or at least junior standing and either one course in philosophy or one of the following courses: PSC 275, PSC 326, PSC 371, PSC 373, or PSC 378.
PHL 480 - Philosophy of the Arts 3(3-0)
Studies in the experience of arts and discussion of traditional and contemporary esthetics.
PHL 490 - Senior Seminar 3(3-0)
A senior seminar for philosophy majors. Prerequisites: senior status; or junior status with permission of instructor; at least 21 hours in philosophy.