Philosophy 1: Problems of Philosophy – Professor Peter Thielke
T&Th 9:35 - 10:50 a.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203

This course gives insight into questions about how to live and our place in the universe, from written materials that are both exceptionally good and that are representative of the discipline of philosophy. The courses covers three areas of philosophy: epistemology (knowledge), metaphysics (the nature of things) and ethics. Specifically, we will talk about the problem of skepticism; the relation between minds and bodies; the nature of intentional action; freedom of the will; moral luck and the justification for punishment.

Philosophy 6: Philosophy Through Science Fiction – Professor Peter Kung
W 7 - 9:50 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 202

In some of the best science fiction, authors imagine different technologies and scientific laws to dramatize, and often question, the nature of reality or the human condition. Works by Dick, Gilliam, Jonze, Le Guin, Wells, Whedon and others will help us explore the nature of time, free will, our moral obligations, what we know, and the nature of personhood.

Philosophy 30: Introduction to Knowledge, Mind and Existence – Professor Peter Kung
W&F 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; PZ Campus, Fletcher Hall, 110

Introduction to some of the central issues regarding the nature of knowledge, the mind and reality. Topics include skepticism, the analysis of knowledge, mental causation, dualism, reductive and nonreductive physicalism, proofs for the existence of God and personal identity.

Philosophy 33: Political Philosophy – Professor Michael Green
T&Th 2:45 - 4 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 202

Political philosophy is about the nature of the state. It tries to answer questions such as these. “Should we have a state at all?” “What is a just state or society like?” “What powers does the state have?” “Should individuals obey the state?” The course will cover historically prominent answers from Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Nozick, and Rawls that combine theories of human nature, ethics, and social life. See

Philosophy 34: Philosophy of Law – Professor Michael Green
T&Th 9:35 - 10:50 a.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 202

Students taking this course will learn how legal philosophers analyze important but poorly understood concepts such as “law,” “obligation,” and “rights.” They will also see how different positions on the nature of the law bear on concrete questions about how to resolve specific cases or how to think of the role of judges. Finally, they will discuss specific topics in the law such as the justification of punishment and the right to privacy. See

Philosophy 35: Well-being and Autonomy – Professor Julie Tannenbaum
M&W 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203
M&W 2:45 - 4 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203

This course has three parts. Part I focuses on what human well-being is. How has this been defined and understood and how do these various interpretations alter our understanding of the ethical principle to benefit others? For example, is death ever more beneficial than continued living? Part II focuses on what autonomy is (roughly: the ability to determine how one will live one's life and the ability to then act on that decision) and why it might be important to respect the autonomous choices of others. Part III focuses on case studies where what is beneficial and what someone is choosing conflict. So for example, what should a health provider do when a (seemingly) competent patient refuses medical care necessary for continued living? What are a health provider's obligations when a patient demands a medical procedure that has a high likelihood of making the patient worse off? Should an advance directive be respected if it is contrary to the now demented patient's well-being?

Philosophy 42: History of Modern Philosophy - Professor Peter Thielke
T&Th  1:15 - 2:30 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 202

This course is an introduction to the greatest thinkers in the modern period, from roughly 1650-1800, with a focus on the grand systems in metaphysics and epistemology that emerge during that time.  We start with Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz, before turning to Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant.

Philosophy 43: Continental Thought - Professor Stephen Erickson
M&W 11 a.m -12:15 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 202

Beginning with a review of Kant, German idealism (Fichte through Hegel), Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault and Derrida will be considered.

Philosophy 70: Art and Aesthetics – Professor Laura Perini
T&Th 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203

Why is art so important? We will look at a variety of approaches to understanding the value of art, such as emotional expression, the potential for learning from art, and connections between art and morality. The course will focus on issues concerning the nature of art and its value. Issues include the role of interpretation in determining the meaning of artworks; the question of whether forgery that is visually identical to an original work has less aesthetic value-and if so, why; and problems arising from certain kinds of artworks, like why we have emotional responses to fictional characters and whether it is rational to do so.

Philosophy 103: Philosophy of Science – Professor Laura Perini
T&Th 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203

The development of theories of science will be traced from the Vienna Circle and early 20th-century logical positivism, through the work of Thomas Kuhn ending with more contemporary views, such as feminist philosophy of science. Prerequisite: College-level science or philosophy course.

Philosophy 115: Heidegger and the Tradition – Professor Stephen Erickson
M 7 - 9:50 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 202

A study of Heidegger’s reflections on art, technology and meaning, with reference to his views on Hegel, Nietzsche and others. Letter grade only. Previously offered as PHIL186E PO.