Course Descriptions

102 INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC (3)
THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FORMAL SYSTEM OF PROPOSITIONAL AND PREDICATE LOGIC FOR THE EVALUATION OF REASONING.

107 LOGICAL THINKING (3)
AN AID TO SPEAKING AND WRITING SO AS TO REFLECT CLEAR, CRITICAL AND RESPONSIVE THINKING, COVERING DEFINITION, CLASSIFICATION, FALLACIES AND TECHNIQUES OF GOOD ARGUMENT.

112 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY: MORAL ISSUES (3)
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING ABOUT MORAL PROBLEMS. SEEKS TO UNDERSTAND CENTRAL MORAL CONCEPTS SUCH AS GOOD, RIGHT, DUTY, ETC., IN THE CONTEXT OF CONTEMPORARY ISSUES.

113 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY: PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (3)
SPECIAL ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NATURE AND EXISTENCE OF GOD. ALSO EXAMINED ARE SUCH TOPICS AS THE PROBLEM OF EVIL, CONCEPTS OF FAITH, RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, MIRACLES, ETC.

114 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY: KNOWLEDGE AND REALITY (3)
EMPHASIS IS GIVEN TO THE NATURE AND POSSIBILITY OF KNOWLEDGE, TO RELATED CONCEPTS SUCH AS TRUTH, BELIEF AND EVIDENCE, AND TO SELECTED METAPHYSICAL PROBLEMS.

115 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (3)

THIS COURSE EXAMINES A BROAD RANGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. PRIMARY EMPHASIS IS GIVEN TO HOW THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS IN ETHICS HAVE BEEN APPLIED IN SUBSTANTIVE THINKING ABOUT THE RIGHTFUL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS, BIOTIC COMMUNITIES, SPECIES IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION, AND THE PROTECTION, CONSERVATION, AND PRESERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES. EMPHASIS MAY ALSO BE GIVEN TO HOW ETHICAL THINKING INTERSECTS WITH ISSUES ADDRESSED IN ECONOMICS, CONSERVATION BIOLOGY, AND OTHER ACADEMIC DISCIPLES OR HOW ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES HAVE INFLUENCED SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, PUBLIC DEBATE, AND LAW.

202 INTERMEDIATE LOGIC (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 102. THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FORMAL SYSTEM OF LOGIC WITH MULTIPLE QUANTIFIERS, IDENTITY AND DEFINITE DESCRIPTIONS; OTHER TOPICS MAY INCLUDE PROBABILITY, SET THEORY, METATHEORY, NONCLASSICAL LOGICS, OR EXTENSIONS OF CLASSICAL LOGIC.

310 THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE I (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 102, 114. THE ATTEMPT TO UNDERSTAND THE POSSIBILITY, NATURE, ORIGINS AND LIMITS OF KNOWLEDGE; PROBLEMS AND CONCEPTS.

320 ETHICAL THEORY I (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 112 OR INSTRUCTOR'S PERMISSION. AN EXAMINATION OF TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY VIEWS CONCERNING THE OVERALL NATURE OF MORALITY (VIEWS SUCH AS COGNITIVISM AND REALISM), AND ALSO OF SPECIFIC MORAL THEORIES (SUCH AS UTILITARIANISM AND CONTRACTUALISM). OTHER TOPICS INCLUDE MORAL RIGHTS, MORAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE MORAL VIRTUES.

330 METAPHYSICS I (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 102 AND EITHER 113 OR 114. A SYSTEMATIC STUDY OF THE FUNDAMENTAL CATEGORIES OF REALITY, SUCH AS EXISTENCE, SUBSTANCE, PROPERTY, IDENTITY, SPACE, TIME, CHANGE, EVENT, CAUSALITY, NECESSITY, ESSENCE, FREE WILL AND MIND.THE PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES IN WHICH THESE CATEGORIES PLAY A PART ALSO WILL BE DISCUSSED.

335 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 102, 113. PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY AT AN ADVANCED LEVEL. TOPICS MAY INCLUDE ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST THE EXISTENCE OF GOD, THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD, RELIGIOUS PLURALISM, RELIGION AND SCIENCE, RELIGION AND ETHICS, MIRACLES, AND THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF.

340 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (3)
PREREQ: 102 AND 114 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. A EXAMINATION OF THE BASIC METHODS AND CONCEPTS OF THE SCIENCES THROUGH THE STUDY OF SUCH TOPICS AS EXPLANATION, CONFIRMATION, CAUSALITY, PROBABILITY, LAWS OF NATURE, THEORIES, REVOLUTION, REDUCTION AND REALISM.

350 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (3)
PREREQ: ONE COURSE IN PHILOSOPHY. THE NATURE OF THE STATE, AND OF THE INSTITUTIONS AND PRACTICES OF WHICH IT IS COMPRISED; THE BASIS AND SCOPE OF POLITICAL OBLIGATION, THE PROPER ROLE OF POLITICAL ACTIVITY; CONSIDERATIONS OF CONCEPTS OF SOVEREIGNTY, LEGITIMACY, LIMITS OF STATE POWER, REPRESENTATION, AND THE LIKE.

355 AESTHETICS AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF ART (3)
PREREQ: ONE COURSE IN PHILOSOPHY. EXAMINATION OF THE CONCEPT OF ART AND RELATED CONCEPTS, AND ALSO OF AESTHETIC EVALUATION AND INTERPRETATION AS THEY APPLY TO NATURE AND TO HUMAN ARTIFACTS.

360 SOCIETY, LAW AND MORALITY (3)
PREREQ: ONE COURSE IN PHILOSOPHY. CONCEPTS AND PRINCIPLES INVOLVED IN ANALYSIS AND APPRAISAL OF SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS WITH ATTENTION TO FREEDOM, RIGHTS, JUSTICE, AND THE RELATION BETWEEN LAWS AND MORALITY.

364 HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY (3)
PREREQ: ONE COURSE IN PHILOSOPHY. GREAT PHILOSOPHICAL THINKERS FROM THE PRE-SOCRATIC PHILOSOPHERS TO THE HELLENISTIC PERIOD; SPECIAL ATTENTION TO PLATO AND ARISTOTLE.

366 HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: THE RATIONALISTS (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 114. GREAT PHILOSOPHICAL THINKERS IN THE RATIONALIST TRADITION, THEIR PROBLEMS AND THEIR METHODS: DESCARTES, SPINOZA, LEIBNIZ, ET AL.

367 HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: THE EMPIRICISTS (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 114. GREAT PHILOSOPHICAL THINKERS IN THE EMPIRICIST TRADITION, THEIR PROBLEMS AND THEIR METHODS: LOCKE, BERKELEY, HUME, ET AL.

368 HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY: KANT AND POST-KANTIAN PHILOSOPHY (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 114. KANT AND POST-KANTIAN PHILOSOPHERS, THEIR PROBLEMS AND THEIR METHODS: KANT, FICHTE, HEGEL, SCHOPENHAUER, NIETZSCHE.

403 PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 202. AN EXAMINATION OF THE NATURE OF LANGUAGE THROUGH THE STUDY OF SUCH TOPICS AS TRUTH, REFERENCE, MEANING, USE, CONVENTION, LANGUAGE'S DIFFERENCES FROM OTHER FORMS OF COMMUNICATION AND REPRESENTATION, AND LANGUAGE'S RELATIONS TO THOUGHT AND REALITY. THE RELEVANCE OF THEORIES ON THESE TOPICS TO SELECTED PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES ALSO WILL BE DISCUSSED.

410 THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE II (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 310. AN INTENSIVE EXAMINATION OF SELECTED TOPICS AND METHODS IN EPISTEMOLOGY.

417 SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY (3)
PREREQ: THREE UPPER-DIVISION PHILOSOPHY COURSES. EXAMINATION OF A SPECIAL TOPIC, A PARTICULAR PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUE OR THE WRITINGS OF A SPECIFIC PHILOSOPHER. REPEATABLE FOR CREDIT, BUT NOT AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PHIL 403 OR 425.

420 ETHICAL THEORY II (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 320. AN INTENSIVE EXAMINATION OF SELECTED TOPICS AND METHODS IN ETHICAL THEORY.

425 PHILOSOPHY OF MIND (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 102 AND ONE UPPER-DIVISION PHILOSOPHY COURSE. A STUDY OF THE MIND THROUGH THE EXAMINATION OF SUCH TOPICS AS THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM, INTENTIONALITY, CONSCIOUSNESS, 'QUALIA,' INTROSPECTION AND KNOWLEDGE OF OTHER MINDS. PHILOSOPHICAL THEORIES ON THESE TOPICS - SUCH AS DUALISM, BEHAVIORISM, TYPE PHYSICALISM, FUNCTIONALISM AND ELIMINATIVISM.

430 METAPHYSICS II (3)
PREREQ: PHIL 330. AN INTENSIVE EXAMINATION OF SELECTED TOPICS AND METHODS IN METAPHYSICS.

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