Upcoming Philosophy Courses | Fall 2021

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PHIL 210-001

Critical Thinking (Online)

w/ Christopher Kirby

Focuses on the spread of ideas, particularly the kind which successfully replicate between minds, a.k.a. “memes.” Come learn some of the skills needed for becoming inoculated against dangerous ideas and a more responsible host to potentially good ones – including how to discern validity & invalidity, causation & correlation, and science & pseudoscience.

 

[ASYNCHRONOUS]

CRN:

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 212-001

Introductory Ethics

w/ David Weise

An examination of the philosophical study of morality, including the theory of right and wrong behavior, the theory of value (goodness and badness), and the theory of virtue and vice.Two questions are central: What is the best way for human beings to act? What is the best sort of human life?

[M & W 10-12:20]

CRN:

16044

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 214-001

Philosophical Voices and Pop Culture: Doctor Who

w/ Kevin Decker

All of time and space; everywhere and anywhere; every star that ever was. Where do you want to start?” The deepest questions about life and death, personal identity, culture and science offer interesting answers in popular culture. This course is about Doctor Who, the longest-running science fiction TV show in history. Its central questions: Who is the Doctor? When is the Doctor? and What is the Doctor running away from now?

[Tu & Th 10-12:20]

CRN:

16047

Gen Ed - Diversity Course

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PHIL 445-025

Biomedical Ethics (Online)

w/ Kevin Decker

This course is an examination of a variety of moral theories as well as professional oaths and codes of ethics in order to clarify, analyze and propose solutions to significant contemporary ethical problems in biological research and medical practice. These may include abortion, genetic research on humans, animals and crops, stem cell research, advance directives, end-of-life issues, etc.

[Asynchronous]

CRN:

16050

Philosophy Major/Minor Elective

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PHIL 211-002

Introductory Philosophy

w/ Kevin Decker

Engages debates at the heart of philosophy’s 2500-year-long global conversation. Subject matter drawn from a range of eras and places, including ancient Greece and Asia, early Christianity, and 18th & 19th century Europe. Come grapple with BIG questions about human knowledge, right and wrong action, and descriptions of the world at its most fundamental level.

[Tu. & Th. 2-4:20]

CRN:

16043

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 212-002

Introductory Ethics

w/ Mimi Marinucci

An introduction to normative moral issues in current thought and life. Typical problems concern social justice, the relation of work to a concept of oneself, manipulation and indoctrination in a technological society and relationships between social success and human flourishing.

[M & W 2-4:20]

CRN:

16045

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 215-001

Introduction to Formal Logic

w/ David Weise

This course will acquaint you with certain formal methods for representing and evaluating arguments. Like mathematics, the methods of logic are highly abstract and symbolic and make up a formal deductive system. The course develops sentential logic and introduces predicate logic. 

[M & W 2-4:20]

CRN:

16048

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 211-025

Introductory Philosophy (Online)

w/ Terrance MacMullan

Engages debates at the heart of philosophy’s 2500-year-long global conversation. Subject matter drawn from a range of eras and places, including ancient Greece and Asia, early Christianity, and 18th & 19th century Europe. Come grapple with BIG questions about human knowledge, right and wrong action, and descriptions of the world at its most fundamental level.

[ASYNCHRONOUS]

CRN:

16042

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 212-025

Introductory Ethics (Online)

w/ David Weise

An introduction to normative moral issues in current thought and life. Typical problems concern social justice, the relation of work to a concept of oneself, manipulation and indoctrination in a technological society and relationships between social success and human flourishing.

[ASYNCHRONOUS]

CRN:

16046

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 320-001

History of Ancient Western Philosophy

w/ Christopher Kirby

A critical survey of the lasting contributions of philosophers from the Pre-Socratics to the Hellenistic period and beginnings of the Middle Ages. Come learn how Socrates "stuck it to the Man." Discover the bawdy inside jokes in Plato's dialogues. And understand why Aristotle trolled his former teacher and classmates. Along the way, you'll learn about their views on nature, their methods for rational thought, and their theories on ethics, politics, and art. 

[M/ & W 10-12:20]

CRN:

16049

Philosophy Major Core Requirement