Upcoming Philosophy Courses | Spring 2022

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PHIL 211-001

Introductory Philosophy

w/ David Weise

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.

M/W 10-12:20

CRN:

15727

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 214-001

Philosophical Voices and Pop Culture: The Good Place

w/ Kevin Decker

“Welcome. Everything is fine!”

Just like Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason, you’ve woken up in the Good Place. But don’t worry. In this class on ethics and the meaning of life, you’ll both enjoy the comedy of “The Good Place” and increase your point total to keep you out of the Bad Place.

[ONLINE, ASYNCHRONOUS]

CRN:

15740

Gen Ed - Diversity Course

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PHIL 447-001

Environmental Ethics

w/ Christopher Kirby

This course is a study of mainstream and alternative moral theories regarding the environment, including the application of these theories towards contemporary environmental problems. Working collaboratively, instructor and students will address 1) our ontological commitments and how they frame our moral concerns, 2) the relevance of traditional moral theories to the environment, and 3) the philosophical writings that have shaped the field of environmental ethics.  

T/R 1-3:20

CRN:

15730

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PHIL 211-025

Introductory Philosophy

w/ David Weise

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.

[ONLINE, ASYNCHRONOUS]

CRN:

15741

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 322-001

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

CRN:

15729

Philosophy Major Core Requirement

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PHIL 490-001

Senior Capstone: American Naturalism 

w/ Christopher Kirby

In this course, the advanced student of philosophy consolidates and synthesizes philosophical scholarship and community-focused, practical application. Working collaboratively, instructor and students will relate the theories and methods of a particular philosophical movement – known as American naturalism – and the public intellectuals it produced, drawing conclusions about the nature of critical thinking, public argumentation, and social change. 

T/R 10-12:20

CRN:

15731

Meets Capstone Graduation Requirement

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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?

T/R 2-4:20

CRN:

15728

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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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.

M/W 1-3:20

CRN:

15991

Elective in Philosophy & GWSS