Philosophy 1 Problems of Philosophy – Professor John Dougherty
M&W 11:00am - 12:15pm; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 202
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 course covers three areas of philosophy: epistemology (knowledge), metaphysics (the nature of things) and ethics.
Philosophy 31: Ethical Theory: Ancient to Early Modern – Professor Julie Tannenbaum
T&Th 2:45pm - 4:00pm; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203
This course examines some of the most influential ethical theories in western philosophy, touching on the works of philosophers such as Aristotle, Hume and Kant. What if anything can they tell us about how we ought to live today? Is acting virtuously necessary for living a good life? Are a person’s motives relevant to how we morally assess an action? What is the relationship among emotion, desire, and reason? This class has no prerequisites, satisfies the speaking intensive and area 3 requirements.
Philosophy 37 Values and the Environment – Professor Ann Davis
T&Th 1:15pm - 2:30pm; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 202
Values & the Environment has a wider scope than an environmental ethics course. Specific topics to be discussed will vary. In 2017, we will focus on three topic areas. First: Why do people in the U.S. live where they do? We will look at local and federal policies that embedded race-based criteria, and drove both segregation and suburbanization. Second: We will look at the Harm Principle, and consider whether it can provide an adequate and workable framework for environmental policies. Third: We will take a careful critical look at Effective Altruism, and consider whether an ethic that enjoins us to give priority to meeting the most urgent human needs can be reconciled with a broadly environment-focused perspective.
Philosophy 38 Bioethics – Professor Ann Davis
TR 9:35am - 10:50am; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall 202
Bioethics has a wider scope than a medical ethics course. Specific topics to be discussed will vary. In 2017, we will focus on topics in three broad areas. First: We will discuss medicalization, 'evidence-based' medicine and over-diagnosis. Second: We will address issues in cross-cultural diagnosis, and race- and gender-focused views of health and disease. Third: We will look more closely at the use of drugs as the mode of treatment for mental, psychological, and behavioral dysfunction, and at the roots of the opioid crisis.
Philosophy 40: Ancient Philosophy – Professor Richard McKirahan
M&W 2:45pm – 4:00pm; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203
Origins of Western philosophy through reading and discussion of its classical sources, including the Presocratics, Plato and Aristotle.
Philosophy 60: Logic – Professor Peter Kung
T&Th 1:15pm -2:30pm; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 101
Logic is part — but only part — of thinking and arguing clearly. When we reason, we usually pay close attention to the content of the argument under scrutiny. There is, however, more to an argument than its content. Logic abstracts from the content of arguments and uses a formal language to capture an argument’s structure. As you learn logic, your ability to recognize valid and invalid patterns of reasoning improves. Logic can also be particularly helpful for standardized tests like the GRE or LSAT.
Philosophy 71 History of Aesthetics – Professor Peter Thielke
T&Th 9:35am - 10:50am; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 101
A survey of various aesthetic theories, from antiquity to the 19th century. Topics will include the nature of beauty, the epistemological status of aesthetic judgments and the connection between art and morality. Readings from Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, among others.
Philosophy 104 Philosophy of Science – Professor John Dougherty
M&W 1:15pm - 2:30pm; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 202
Introduction to a selection of topics in the philosophy of science, which might include the structure of scientific theories, the nature of scientific explanation, confirmation of scientific hypotheses, the difference between science and non-science, the reality of theoretical entities and contemporary critiques of science. Prerequisite: College-level science or philosophy course.
Philosophy 186H Topics in History of Modern Philosophy – Professor Peter Thielke
TR 2:45pm - 4:00pm; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall 003
An examination of issues central to 17th to 19th century philosophy. Topics might include the debate between rationalism and empiricism, the limits of reason, the nature of substance and mind and the nature of human experience. Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 42.
Philosophy 190: Senior Literature Review – Professor Michael Green
W 1:15pm - 4pm; PO Campus
Satisfies the senior exercise requirement for philosophy majors. Literature review of a philosophical issue. In consultation with faculty, each student selects a philosophical issue or question to investigate and researches a list of readings. The finished product is a comprehensive explanation of the current literature on the student’s topic. Letter grade only.