Course Descriptions

PH 224 INTRO TO ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY   3.0 Credit(s)
An examination of the beginnings of Western philosophic thought from the pre-Socratics through the Hellenistic period, with extensive consideration of Plato and Aristotle.
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

PH 229 EASTERN PHILOSOPHY   3.0 Credit(s)
Study of key philosophical texts and thinkers of India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 240 INTRO TO PHIL OF ART AND BEAUTY   3.0 Credit(s)
What is art and how is it different from nonart? What is the nature of our appreciation of beauty? These are questions that frame this introductory course in aesthetics.
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 274 EXISTENTIALISM   3.0 Credit(s)
The study of individual existence as the situation in which one makes meaning through free and responsible choices. Primary authors are the nineteenth- and twentieth-century existentialists such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus, and Sartre although earlier philosophers may be studied as well for their existentialist themes.
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

PH 280 LOGIC   3.0 Credit(s)
Logic is the formal study of arguments and inference. Particular attention is given to symbolic representations of systems of rationality and to what makes an argument valid or invalid.
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 290 FOUNDATIONAL TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY   3.0 Credit(s)
Designates new or occasional courses that present the opportunity to study a major era, theme, or set of thinkers in philosophy, at the foundational level. Consult the current course schedule for available topics.
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

PH 302 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE   3.0 Credit(s)
Selected topics in the philosophy of science are explored such as the distinction between science and pseudoscience; the nature of confirmation, refutation, and explanation; realism and antirealism about scientific theories; and the possibility of conflict between science, religion, and the law. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 303 PHILOSOPHY OF TECHNOLOGY   3.0 Credit(s)
Examination of the nature of technology, its relationship to science, and its influence on our understanding of reality and ourselves. Particular metaphysical, ethical, or sociocultural aspects of philosophy of technology may be emphasized. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 309 THEORIES OF JUSTICE   3.0 Credit(s)
Explores theories of social, political, and economic justice from the ancient to the modern and contemporary periods. Prerequisite: TAKE A 3 CREDIT 200 LEVEL PHILOSOPHY COURSE
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 310 PHILOSOPHY OF RACE   3.0 Credit(s)
Investigates the many philosophical issues surrounding race and racial identity. Some issues are metaphysical, such as what races are and whether race is a "real" feature of persons or not. Other issues are moral and political issues, such as what racism is, how it shapes our political landscape, and how societies can combat it. Prerequisite: TAKE A 200 LEVEL PH COURSE;
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 313 CONTEMP. CONTINENTAL PHILOS.   3.0 Credit(s)
Investigation of themes and methods that have emerged in continental philosophy since the mid-twentieth century. Topics may include the hermeneutic and deconstructivist challenges to phenomenology and existentialism, post-humanist approaches to ethics, post-structuralist approaches to society, and the metaphysics of structures and events. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 314 TRUTH AND MEANING   3.0 Credit(s)
Historical investigation of the nature of meaning and language, with a particular focus on work done since the mid-nineteenth century. Explores the relationship between the meaning of a proposition and the conditions for the possibility of its truth or verification, and the extent to which all meaning and understanding are (or are not) unified into a holistic "conceptual scheme." Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 315 PHILOSOPHY OF GENDER   3.0 Credit(s)
Philosophically examines the impact of feminism on concepts and practices of masculinity. Prerequisite: TAKE A 200 LEVEL PHILOSPHY COURSE
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 320 PHILOSOPHY OF AUGUSTINE   3.0 Credit(s)
Examines Augustine's contribution to the development of Roman Catholic philosophy and theology. Prerequisite: Take 3 credits of a 200 level PH course.
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 321 PHILOSOPHY OF AQUINAS   3.0 Credit(s)
Thomas Aquinas' arguments on the existence and nature of God, human knowledge, the state, natural and divine law, virtue, grace, and the Incarnation. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level PH course.
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 323 PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY   3.0 Credit(s)
The problem of God before and after Kant's "Copernican Revolution," phenomenology of religion, and postmodern theology. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 330 THE CHALLENGE OF ISLAMISM   3.0 Credit(s)
Deals with challenge of Islamism, a movement that seeks to offer an authentically Islamic alternative to Western thought, culture, and political order. Prerequisite: TAKE A 200 LEVEL PHILOSOPHY COURSE
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 333 PHILOSOPHY OF PLATO   3.0 Credit(s)
The nature of the philosophical life is examined through an exploration of selected Platonic dialogues. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 334 AESTHETICS: PHIL ART & BEAUTY   3.0 Credit(s)
Emphasizes the ethics, politics, and metaphysics of the Aristotelian system and its contrast to the Platonic synthesis. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 341 Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art & Beauty   3.0 Credit(s)
In-depth study of aesthetics, which is the theoretical attempt to explicate the essence of art by defining its nature, its specific function, and the grounds for its recognition and appreciation. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level PH course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 342 PHILOSOPHY OF PERFORMING ARTS   3.0 Credit(s)
Presents influential accounts of the nature of beauty and of art in the history of Western philosophy, as a basis for examining the nature of performance. Students will develop an understanding of how the performative and improvisational dimensions of performing arts give them a unique character among art forms. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 343 PHILOSOPHY AND FILM   3.0 Credit(s)
Uses contemporary films to lead students through advanced philosophical examination of issues such as epistemology, ethics, religion, technology, and the nature of the mind. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 344 PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE   3.0 Credit(s)
Inquires how encountering great literature can help one wrestle with longstanding philosophical questions. Students read novels and stories and analyze them in light of philosophers associate with existentialism, phenomenology, and aesthetics. Prerequisite: TAKE 3 CREDITS FROM A 200 LEVEL PH COURSE
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 345 PHILOSOPHY OF MUSIC   3.0 Credit(s)
Philosophical examination of the concept of music and its relationship to beauty. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit, 200 level PH course.
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 350 ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY   3.0 Credit(s)
Understanding of the various philosophical and ethical issues raised by a consideration of the environment and of humans' place within it. Prerequisite: TAKE A 200 LEVEL PHILOSOPHY COURSE
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 352 PHILOSOPHY OF LAW   3.0 Credit(s)
The philosophical study of the nature of law, the legal system's relationship to natural law, and theories of jurisprudence. Prerequisite: TAKE A 3 CREDIT 200 LEVEL PHILOSOPHY COURSE
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 353 BIOETHICS: PHIL APPROACHES   3.0 Credit(s)
Examines the ethical and legal issues surrounding abortion, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, genetic cloning, genetic therapy/enhancement, genetic patenting, and healthcare allocation. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit Philosophy course
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

PH 354 VIRTUES, ACTS & CONSEQUENCES   3.0 Credit(s)
In-depth analysis of the three major normative theories of ethics-virtue ethics, deontology, and consequentialism-with some attention to metaethics. Prerequisite: TAKE A 3 CREDIT 200 LEVEL PHILOSOPHY COURSE
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 355 HAPPINESS & THE GOOD LIFE   3.0 Credit(s)
Examines some of the most important texts in the philosophical tradition on the questions of happiness and human flourishing. Prerequisite: TAKE A 200 LEVEL PH COURSE
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 360 EVOLUTION, PHILOSOPHY & CHRISTIANITY   3.0 Credit(s)
To gain an understanding of evolutionary biology and the philosophical difficulties it creates for Christianity and our understanding of human nature. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 363 PHILOSOPHY OF SPACE & TIME   3.0 Credit(s)
Investigates the concepts of space and time with reference to ancient Enlightenment and contemporary philosophy. Prerequisite: TAKE A 200 LEVEL PHILOSOPHY COURSE
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 376 PHILOSOPHY OF PERSON   3.0 Credit(s)
Reflections on the nature and meaning of human existence from a range of historical eras. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 380 LOVE IN THE WESTERN TRADITION   3.0 Credit(s)
Examines the idea of love in the Western intellectual tradition, from the Greeks to today. Philosophical problems arising from the scientific study of love and altruism are also investigated. Prerequisite: TAKE A 3 CREDIT 200 LEVEL PH COURSE
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 391 PHIL TOPICS IN BEAUTY   3.0 Credit(s)
Designates new or occasional courses that present the opportunity to study the theme of the search for beauty. Consult the current course schedule for available topics. Prerequisite: Take a PH 200 level course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 392 PHIL TOPICS FREEDOM & EQUAL   3.0 Credit(s)
Designates new or occasional courses that present the opportunity to study the theme of freedom, equality, and the common good. Consult the current course schedule for available topics. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credit 200 level Philosophy course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 393 PHIL TOPICS IN WELLNESS   3.0 Credit(s)
Designates new or occasional courses that present the opportunity to study the theme of wellness and well-being. Consult the current course schedule for available topics. Prerequisite: Take a 3 credits 200 level PH course
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

PH 397 INTERNSHIP   1.0-9.0 Credit(s)
majors to gain practical experience in an area to which the discipline applies. Internships are arranged in advance of the semester in which they are to be taken.
Offered: As Needed Contact Department