Upcoming Philosophy Courses | Spring 2021

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PHIL 210-001

Critical Thinking

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?

[ASYNCHRONOUS]

CRN:

11612

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 213-003

Moral Issues in America

w/ Kathryn Julyan

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:

11609

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 331-001

Chinese Philosophy

w/ Christopher Kirby

As a world power – both economically and geopolitically – China's traditional philosophies are of continuing relevance. Understanding the intellectual developments of China’s past can help shed light on its present and future. This course, which meets EWU's Global Studies requirement, is a survey of Chinese philosophies from the legendary Xia Dynasty to the golden age of the Song Dynasty. It focuses on Confucius’ humanistic ethics, the naturalistic philosophy of Daoism, and the early Chinese schools of Buddhism.  

T/R 10-12:20 on ZOOM

CRN:

11605

Meets Global Studies Graduation Requirement

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PHIL 211-001

Introductory Philosophy

w/ Mimi Marinucci

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:

11614

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 213-001

Moral Issues in America

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:

11611

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?

[ASYNCHRONOUS]

CRN:

11608

Gen Ed - Diversity Course

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PHIL 332-001

Latin American Philosophy 

w/ Terrance MacMullan

A research seminar focused on justice and liberation in the context of Latin America. Surveys a wide range of Philosophies including Indigenous, Colonial, Scholastic, Positivist, Feminist, Vitalist, and Pragmatist thought. Topics include the deleterious effect of ideas and practices from Europe and the US within the region, liberatory praxis against oppression, the continued effects of US colonialism on Puerto Rico and how Latin American philosophy fosters political liberation. 

M/W 1-3:20 on ZOOM

CRN:

11603

Meets Diversity Graduation Requirement

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PHIL 211-002

Introductory Philosophy

w/ Mimi Marinucci

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:

11613

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 213-002

Moral Issues in America

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:

11610

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 322-077

History of Contemporary Western Philosophy

w/ Terrance MacMullan

This course is a survey of the major European and American schools of 19th and 20th century philosophies. Course material includes German idealism, existentialism, utilitarianism, Marxism, pragmatism, feminism, logical positivism and post-modernism.

M/W 10-12:20 on ZOOM

CRN:

11607

Philosophy Major Core Requirement

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PHIL 420-001

Queer Theory

w/ Mimi Marinucci

This course examines the emerging field of queer theory. Queer theory questions the stability of various identity categories, suggesting instead that all performances of sex, gender, and sexuality are influenced by cultural, historical and political factors.

T 1-3:20 on ZOOM

CRN:

11648

Philosophy Major/Minor Elective