Upcoming Philosophy Courses | Winter 2022

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PHIL 210-025

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/ Mimi Marinucci

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:

15588

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 214-001

Philosophical Voices and Pop Culture: Star Wars

w/ Terrance MacMullan

PHIL 214 classes explore philosophy through pop culture to better understand philosophy’s relevance within every facet of life. This section of PHIL 214 will travel back a long time ago to a galaxy far, far away to examine just a few of the many philosophical questions raised within the Star Wars Universe, perhaps the single most influential pop culture artifact of all time.

[T & R 10-12:20]

CRN:

15576

Gen Ed - Diversity Course

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PHIL 210-026

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 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.

[T & R 2-4:20]

CRN:

15575

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 321-077

History of Modern Western Philosophy

w/ Kevin Decker

This course charts the fate of European thought from the Scientific Revolution to the Enlightenment. It highlights challenges to philosophy by new systems of knowing, the rise of systematic philosophy by figures like Spinoza and Kant, and the advent of women’s involvement in philosophical questioning. Walk the path from “I think therefore I am” to “A Vindication of the Rights of Women” in PHIL 321.

[T & R 10-12:20]

CRN:

15577

Philosophy Major Core Requirement

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PHIL 211-001

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.

[MWF 10-11:30AM]

CRN:

15589

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 213-025

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:

15574

Gen Ed - Humanities Breadth Area

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PHIL 435-001

Major Thinkers: Interpreting Hegel 

w/ Kevin Decker

An in-depth study of one of the most important thinkers of the 19th century - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Students will discover the significance of ‘absolute idealism’ in the philosophy of the 18th and 19th century.

[MWF 1-2:30PM]

CRN:

15579

Philosophy Major Upper Division Elective