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Philosophy

Philosophy

Upcoming Courses - Fall 2016

Philosophy Course Offerings - Fall 2016

The faculty of the Department of Philosophy invites you to join us during Fall 2016 to experience the wonders of contemplation and the challenges of rational examination of matters important to human beings.   

Besides multiple sections of PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy, we offer Field 2 (PHI 200) level courses listed below, as well as a selection of PHI 300 courses.

Please note that successfully completing PHI 101 (or its equivalent in the Honors (HON) program) is a prerequisite for any 200-or-higher level PHI course.

Relevant Abbreviations:

SL = this section includes a required service learning component
TL = this section is a team learning section.  
ON = this section is conducted online.  See course description for further details.

Credit for the Core Curriculum and Other Programs

Here's a list of the PHI courses offered in Fall 2016 that can count for core curriculum credit and/or credit for other programs.

Core Curriculum Credit Type Fall 2016 PHI Courses that Count for this Credit
Core Curriculum Foundation Courses

PHI 101: Introduction to Philosophy

Field 2 (Philosophy)

All PHI 200-level courses, including:
PHI 225 - Logic
PHI 285 - Black Philosophy

Ethics Attribute

PHI 241 - Ethics
PHI 242 - Ethical Issues in Business
PHI 245 - Animal Ethics
PHI 252 - Happiness, Virtue, and the Good Life

Justice Attribute
PHI 240 - Justice
PHI 261 - Philosophy of Law
PHI 267 - Catholic Social Thought
PHI 272 - Gender and Philosophy
PHI 274 - Social & Political Philosophy

 

Other Major / Minor Programs Fall 2016 PHI Courses that Count for this Credit

Catholic Studies (Minor)

PHI 267 - Catholic Social Thought
Ethics (Minor) 
PHI 241 - Ethics

PHI 242 - Ethical Issues in Business
PHI 245 - Animal Ethics
PHI 252 - Happiness, Virtue, and the Good Life

Justice (Minor)
PHI 240 - Justice

PHI 261 - Philosophy of Law
PHI 267 - Catholic Social Thought
PHI 272 - Gender and Philosophy
PHI 274 - Social & Political Philosophy

Women & Gender Studies
PHI 274 - Social & Political Philosophy

 

 PHILOSOPHY 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

A Core Curriculum Foundations Course

** PLEASE NOTE ** ALL PHI 101 sections this semester will include service learning as a required component. 

SLA WILLIAMS MWF 9:00 am - 9:50 am
SLB LOUGHEAD MW 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
SLC LOUGHEAD MW 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
SLD+TL ZEIS TR 10:00 am - 11:15 pm
SLE HAVIS TR 8:30 am - 9:45 am
SLF HAVIS TR 10:00 am - 11:15 am
SLG DUGAN TR 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
SLH FOREST TR 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
SLJ
DJUTH MWF 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
SLK RAGUSA TR 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
* TL = Team Learning Course
* SL = Service Learning is required for this section

 

 PHI 200-LEVEL COURSES

Prerequisite: Successful completion of PHI 101 -or- an HON equivalent of PHI 101
All PHI 200-level courses count for Field 2 (Philosophy) Credit

 

PHI 225 ON-A - LOGIC - ZEIS

Sound reasoning is important in every career and, indeed, is crucial for good living. This course provides tools necessary to distinguish correct from incorrect reasoning. This course is delivered entirely online, using the powerful and user-friendly Aplia logic course available from Cengage publishing in conjunction with the course’s D2L site. The D2L site includes an tool which enables teacher-student online office visits.

PHI 240 SLA - JUSTICE - LOUGHEAD - TR 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

* Core Curriculum Justice Attribute
* Justice Minor Credit
Service Learning Required

One of the earliest and most enduring questions in Philosophy has been: What does it take to be a just person and to create a just society? In this course, we investigate theories of justice and various contemporary problems of justice. The first half of the semester we will study theory; the second half of the semester, we will study problems. In terms of theories of justice, students will study the theories of (e.g.): Aristotle, John Rawls, Iris Marion Young, Karl Marx, Charles Mills, Simone de Beauvoir, Martha Nussbaum, Peter Singer and Michael Sandel. In terms of the problems of justice, this course will tackle the issues of injustices of: (1) Sex, (2) Race, (3) Class (4) Species.

PHI 241 A - ETHICS: TRADITIONS IN MORAL REASONING - DJUTH - MWF 10:00 am - 10:50 am
PHI 241 B - ETHICS: TRADITIONS IN MORAL REASONING - ZEIS - TR 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

* Core Curriculum Ethics Attribute
* Ethics Minor Credit

This course is a survey of principal traditions in moral reasoning with attention to moral principles and their applications to contemporary social realities.

PHI 242 A - ETHICAL ISSUES IN BUSINESS - WALSH - M 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

* Core Curriculum Ethics Attribute
* Ethics Minor Credit                                                                       

If the primary issue of ethics is to determine what the “good life” is, business ethics likely concerns a related set of issues. Chief among these is the relationship between the goals of managing a successful business and those of the community at large. These will be looked at in the context of the major ethical theories. Several questions also arise: If the goals of a business conflict with the general welfare, how might this conflict between resolved? If one is acting in his own best interests, does this necessarily (or even usually) come at the expense of the community? How and what sorts of principles of moral responsibility apply to corporations? What responsibilities do marketers have in promoting a product that may have well known, though not inevitable, negative effects?

PHI 245 A - ANIMAL ETHICS - FIX - F 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm
PHI 245 B - ANIMAL ETHICS - NEWHOUSE - TR 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

* Core Curriculum Ethics Attribute
* Ethics Minor Credit

In this course, students will learn the philosophical principles (Utilitarianism, Kantian Theory, Virtue Ethics, etc.) which underlie concern for animal welfare and animal rights. Application to real-world examples will be highly stressed. Students will explore through lecture, discussion, and student presentations the most highly contested issues within animal ethics. Examples include but are not limited to: scientific research on animals, vegetarianism, factory farming, and zoos. 

PHI 252 ASL - HAPPINESS, VIRTUE, and the GOOD LIFE - CHANDERBHAN - MWF 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
PHI 252 BSL - HAPPINESS, VIRTUE, and the GOOD LIFE - CHANDERBHAN - MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Core Curriculum Ethics Attribute
Ethics Minor Credit
Service Learning Required

The "good" life is understood in many ways - some conceptions focus on the ethical life; some focus on what it means to be fully and truly human, and others focus on what it means to be happy.  In this course, we will study different conceptions of each of these three and consider possible intersections among them.  Service learning experiences (15 hours) will help reinforce some content in the course.

PHI 261 A - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - DJUTH - MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am

* Core Curriculum Justice Attribute
* Justice Minor Credit

This course examines the concepts and principles for describing and understanding legal systems, and the relationships between law and legal systems, society and morality.  It serves in particular those pursuing careers in law, criminal justice, public affairs, politics, the social sciences, and philosophy.

PHI 267 ASL - CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT - CHANDERBHAN - TR 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

* Core Curriculum Justice Attribute
* Justice Minor Credit
Catholic Studies Minor Credit
Service Learning Required

Catholic Social Thought is a body of work, drawn mostly from Papal Encyclicals, containing principles of how relationships among people, institutions, and governments are best structured.  In this course, we will study some background philosophy of Catholic Social Thought, comparing it with the philosophies behind other views of justice (e.g., socialism, liberalism, and libertarianism).  We also will study definitive themes of Catholic Social Thought (e.g., solidarity and the sanctity of life).  Finally, we will consider how Catholic Social Thought's principles may address contemporary problems of justice (e.g., beginning and end of life issues, racism, and sexism).  Service learning experiences (15 hours) will help reinforce some content in the course.

PHI 272 ASL - GENDER AND PHILOSOPHY - MOSKO - TR 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

* Core Curriculum Justice Attribute
* Justice Minor Credit
Women & Gender Studies Credit 
Service Learning Required

This course studies feminist theories and analyzes what gender is, the role that gender plays as a social structure and how it forms masculine and feminine subjects/subjectivities.  We will study various theories of what might constitute justice with respect to living in a gendered society. In doing so, we will study the power dynamics that constitute gender at the levels of individual subjectivity and interpersonal relationships as well as in economic and political life.

PHI 274 ASL - SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY - MOSKO - MW 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
PHI 274 BSL - SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY - MOSKO - MW 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

* Core Curriculum Justice Attribute
* Justice Minor Credit
Women & Gender Studies Credit 
Service Learning Required

This course examines basic questions concerning human values, social organization, and the principles of political association.  It has a special concern to examine modern political issues and their historical antecedents and examines some key political and social concepts: equality, liberty, race, gender, and justice. We will pay special attention to the history of social and political philosophy beginning with the Ancient Greeks through the European Enlightenment and into 20th century political thought in the United States and Europe. Major figures studied include Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Rawls, Iris Young, Simone de Beauvoir and Charles Mills.  Service learning is required in this course.

PHI 274 B - SOCIAL & POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY - SIMMONDS-PRICE - T 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

* Core Curriculum Justice Attribute
* Justice Minor Credit
Women & Gender Studies Credit 

Course description coming!

PHI 285 A - BLACK PHILOSOPHY - HAVIS - TR 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Course description coming!

 

 PHI 300-LEVEL and 400-LEVEL COURSES 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least one PHI 200-level course

 

PHI 301 A - ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - BOGER -  MWF 10:00 am - 10:50 am

Course description coming!