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PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy . . . . . 3(F,S,SS)
Nature of philosophical thinking, discussion of fundamental and perennial problems of philosophy. (Gordon Rule Course: Wrtg) and (General Studies Course: HUM/VAL)
PHI 2100 Introduction to Logic . . . . . 3(F,S,SS)
Methods and principles used in distinguishing correct from incorrect reasoning: definition, informal fallacies, traditional Aristotelian categorical logic. (Gordon Rule Course: Applied Math) and (General Studies Course: HUM/VAL)
PHI 2603 Ethics in Contemporary Society . . . . . 3(F,S,SS)
Explores the fundamental problems of Western ethics, the classical and Judeo-Christian traditions, modern ideals of the good for the individual business, politics and the environment. (Gordon Rule Course: Wrtg) and (General Studies Course: HUM/VAL)
PHI 3XXX Philosophy of Film . . . . . 3(S)
Investigates the major theoretical and conceptual issued surrounding the art of film. Philosophical concepts underlying film theories such as realism, formalism, hermeneutics and structuralism will be examined and applied to cinematography, editing, sound and mise en scene. Other conceptual issues may include perception, representation, narrative and ideology.
PHI 3130 Modern Logic . . . . . 3(F)
Training and skills of modern symbolic logic and their application to evaluation of arguments. Propositional logic, predicate logic.
PHI 3320 Philosophy of Mind . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Introduces and examines proposed theories, from philosophy as well as the brain and behavioral sciences, regarding various aspects of the mind-body problem: mental representation, consciousness, mental imagery, innateness, the language of thought and the computer model of the mind, etc. (Gordon Rule Course: Wrtg)
PHI 3400 Philosophy of Science . . . . . 3(S)
Concepts and types of explanation used in sciences. May include differences between natural and social sciences, inductive reasoning and scientific explanation, and relation of science to society.
PHI 3452 Philosophy of Biology . . . . . 3(F)
Philosophy of biology focuses on evolutionary theory, examining such questions as "what is a gene", "what does natural selection select" and "what are the moral/social implications of evolutionary theory"?
PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics . . . . . 3(S)
Introduces students to issues and problems in the field of environmental ethics. Theories of value are investigated in the effort to clarify the interrelations between humanity and nature. Discussions concerning the moral status of the non-human community will not be restricted to debates over value theory alone, but will also encompass metaphysical issues that bear upon environmental problems.
PHI 3670 Ethics . . . . . 3(F,S)
Philosophical theories concerning nature of the good, moral obligation, human excellence and application of ethical theory to problems of the individual in relation to society.
PHI 3700 Philosophy of Religion . . . . . 3(S)
Problem of religious language. Arguments for atheism and existence of God. Phenomenology of religious experience. Problems of evil and nature of God. Theories of immortality. (Gordon Rule Course: Wrtg)
PHI 3800 Philosophy of Art . . . . . 3(S)
Creative process-artist and percipient. Various art forms: painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, theatre, music. Theories of evaluation. Artist and community; commercialism, propaganda and pornography.
PHI 3948 Service Learning Field Study II . . . . . 1-3(F,S,SS)
Placement in community agency or other social organizational setting related to field of study. Supervision by faculty and agency. Students and faculty "customize" courses to fit a full range of services that are available in the setting. Student must be able to draw correlation between the discipline and field study. Journal and reflective experience paper are required. With the agreement of the student's faculty sponsor, a minimum of 4-6 hours per week must be done at the field site per semester hour of credit. Permission is required.
PHI 4XXX Philosophy of Sex and Love . . . . . 3(F,S)
Intended to familiarize you with the major philosophical and moral issued surrounding our sexuality and its attendant emotions. Will draw upon thinkers from within the history of Western Philosophy and psychology - including Plato, Augustine, Kant, Freud, DeBeauvoir and Nagel.
PHI 4300 Theory of Knowledge . . . . . 3(F)
Various theories of relation between human knowledge and reality; empirical, rationalistic, linguistic and phenomenological. (Gordon Rule Course: Wrtg)
PHI 4633 Biomedical Ethics . . . . . 3(S)
Designed to introduce students to the moral and conceptual foundations of ethics, to various ways of analyzing selected problems in the field, and applications of various theories to the professions.
PHI 5681 Man, Nature and Value . . . . . 3(F)
Explores the interrelationship that exists between man, nature and value. Emphasis will be given to historical development on ideas concerning man's place in nature as well as to metaphysical foundations and the impact they have on the way value is conferred on the world. Issues treated will include; metaphysical theories of reality, belief systems and their influence on axiological positions, value theories of nature, anthropocentric and biocentric theories of ethics.
PHI 6425 Humanistic Understanding . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Comparison of scientific explanation and humanistic understanding in the social sciences and humanities.
PHI 6646 Moral Development . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Contributions of moral philosophy and other fields to the subject of ethics. Attention will be given to thoughts of David Hume and Alasdair McIntyre.
PHI 6767 Philosophy of Comparative Religion . . . . . 3(S)
Philosophical analysis and evaluation of philosophical and religious propositions of selected world religions. Special problems include: ultimate reality, personal or beyond all distinctions, hierarchy or coalescence of values, persons, real or illusory.