Philosophy 2: Introduction to Ethics – Professor Julie Tannenbaum
M&W 1:15pm - 2:30 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203
This course is an introduction to three areas of ethics: applied ethics, ethical theory, and metaethics. The course will begin by focusing on three topics in applied ethics: war, abortion, and medical paternalism. In the midst of applied ethics we will encounter various ethical principles, such as: be minimally decent to others and do not deceive others. We will engage in ethical theorizing by examining how, for example, Aristotle and Kant defend such ethical principles. In the metaethics section of the course we will consider whether moral requirements are universal or relative to a culture or individual and how to understand moral disagreement.
Philosophy 7: Discovery, Invention & Progress – Professor Laura Perini
T&Th 2:45pm - 4:00 p.m.; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203
An introduction to the philosophy of science and technology. This course investigates the nature of scientific rationality, how individuals and society affect objectivity, technological determinism and whether or not technological developments are value-neutral.
Philosophy 31: Ethical Theory: Ancient to Early Modern – Professor Julie Tannenbaum
M&W 11:00am – 12:15pm; 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.
Philosophy 33: Political Philosophy – Professor Michael Green
T&Th 9:35am – 10:50am; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 101
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 http://carneades.pomona.edu
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 186K: Kant – Professor Peter Thielke
T&Th 1:15pm – 2:30pm; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203
A detailed examination of the works of Immanuel Kant, focusing on issues that arise from Kant’s transcendental idealism. Topics may include Kant’s account of cognition, the nature and limits of human knowledge, the force of the moral law and the warrant of aesthetic judgment. Prerequisite: PHIL 042 PO.
Philosophy 190: Senior Literature Review – Professor Laura Perini
W 7pm-9:50pm; PO Campus, Pearsons Hall, 203
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.