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+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements
WI = Writing intensive course

+PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
Introduces individuals and issues representing western philosophy. Students are also introduced to topic areas covered in depth in other courses of fered by the department. Can be taken concurrently with other courses in philosophy.

+PHIL 201. Logic 3 credits
Designed to strengthen a student's ability to analyze and evaluate arguments, to recognize fallacious arguments, and to work with formal systems of inductive and deductive reasoning.

+PHIL 207. Ethics 3 credits
Involves a study of the foundations of human happiness and moral reasoning. It directs attention to such contemporary moral issues as social justice; sex and love; prejudice; and abortion.

+PHIL 208. Philosophies of Life 3 credits
Examines what great thinkers have said about the goals and values of human existence, and how life should be led. Uses both literary and philosophic sources to raise questions concerning the self, and the relation of the individual to other persons.

+PHIL 210. Social/Political Philosophy 3 credits
Philosophical analysis of social processes as well as an attempt to develop the criteria for judging political institutions. Individuals such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, and Marx may be considered.

+PHIL 217. History of Ancient Philosophy 3 credits
Introduces the history of western philosophy by examining the positions of, among others, the Pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle. Course is a study of philosophical thought characteristic of the period 600 B.C.E. to 400 C.E.

+PHIL 302. Peace and Justice Seminar 3 credits
Coordinated by faculty from theology, philosophy and sometimes by an instructor from another field. The course is part of the interdisciplinary minor in justice and peace. Research project required. Recommended prerequisite: PHIL 207, 219, or THEO 280. (Same as THEO 302)

+PHIL 305. Business Ethics 3 credits
Study of ethical principles and the application of ethical principles to situations relevant to decision-making in the professional and business world. Students will be expected to reflect on question-raising situations that demand careful, informed moral deliberation.

+PHIL 310. Bio-Medical Ethics 3 credits
Detailed study of ethical principles and the application of them to situations relevant to decision-making in medicine and the life sciences. Particular emphasis on such topics as the termination of life, the allocation of scarce resources and genetic research.

+PHIL 311. Environmental Ethics 3 credits
Discusses environmental issues, analyzes philosophical and theological responses, calls for an evaluation of those responses and challenges the students to draw their own critical conclusions. Prerequisite: PHIL 101, THEO 101 or instructor permission. (Same as THEO 311)

+PHIL 340. Philosophy of Sex and Love 3 credits
Familiarizes students with the major moral issues surrounding sexuality. Draws upon Western philosophers such as Plato, Shakespeare, Kant, Mill, Vatican documents, and Russell. Careful examination of major topics in the history and philosophy of love such as romantic love, distinction of love and lust, and the relation of love to marriage and sex.

+PHIL 343. Ethics of Peace and Non-Violence 3 credits
An inquiry into the concepts of peace and justice, the methods of conflict resolution, and the various dimensions of a peaceful world. Among others, the positions of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thomas Merton are examined.
Recommended prerequisite: PHIL 207.

+PHIL 350. Philosophy of Religion 3 credits
A detailed evaluation of topics such as the traditional arguments for the existence of God; the problem of evil; the possibility of an afterlife; the relationship between psychology and religion; the arguments for atheism.
Prerequisites: one philosophy course and sophomore standing or above.

+PHIL 360. History of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy 3 credits
Examination of the philosophical thought characteristic of the period 400 C.E.-1550 C.E. Among others, looks at thinkers whose positions reflect the Christian world view, such as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. Prerequisite: PHIL 217.

+PHIL 365. History of 16th to 18th Century Philosophy 3 credits
Examination of the positions of thinkers who lived within the period 1550-1800, among others Descartes, Hume, and Kant. Considers topics such as the rationalist/empiricist tension in epistemology, the deontological/utilitarian tension in ethics and social contract theory.
Prerequisite: PHIL 217.

+PHIL 367. History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy 3 credits
Examination of the dominant philosophical movements of the last two centuries including Hegelian idealism, Marxist materialism, pragmatism, British analytic philosophy, and continental trends such as existentialism, phenomenology, and post modernism.
Prerequisite: PHIL 217.

+PHIL 370. History of American Philosophy 3 credits
Examination of the development of American philosophy, especially of American pragmatism. Among others, it considers the positions of Peirce, James, and Dewey.
Recommended prerequisite: PHIL 217.

+WI-PHIL 375. Existentialism 3 credits
Examines the philosophical and literary works of such thinkers as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus, Marcel, Sartre, and Heidegger. The major question pursued in the course is, "What is it to be human?" Recommended prerequisite: PHIL 217.

+PHIL 380. Introduction to Asian Philosophy 3 credits
This course provides students with a basic introduction to some of the main philosophical schools of thought in India, China, and Japan. Using mostly primary texts, students will read works in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Zen Buddhism. Class is meant to compare and contrast various schools of thought in the broad Anglo-European tradition.

+PHIL 390. Special Topics in Philosophy 3 credits
For non-majors as well as majors. Deals with specific topics not covered in regular course offerings, including special topics in ethics, the history of philosophy, or other areas of philosophical inquiry. May consider such topics as work/leisure, alienation, oriental philosophy, feminist thought, utopian thought, African-American thought, Marxist thought, and the philosophy of science.

PHIL 405. Philosophy of Knowledge 3 credits
Considers questions associated with the nature, scope, and reliability of human knowledge. Topics such as philosophical skepticism, idealism, realism, and opinion vs. knowledge are examined.

PHIL 420. Metaphysics 3 credits
Study of the most basic principles of reality. It asks what we can know about the whole of reality (being), the sorts of beings which exist, the status of concepts such as existence, being, body, soul (or mind), matter, freedom, and God.

PHIL 451. Directed Readings in Philosophy 3 credits
Designed for advanced students, typically majors. Allows a student to organize a reading program centering on some topic not covered in regular courses.
Prerequisite: Approval from a cooperating faculty member.

PHIL 490. Special Seminar in Philosophy 3 credits
An in-depth study of a particular figure or movement in the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, Wittgenstein, Social Contract Theory, Logical Positivism, or the Natural Law Tradition. Students are primarily responsible for class discussions.

WI-PHIL 495. Senior Seminar 3 credits
A capstone course for seniors. Students are primarily responsible for class discussions. Since this is a writing-intensive course, students are expected to express their reactions to class materials in a clear and cogent manner culminating in a final course research paper.