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Course Schedule for PHILOSOPHY - Spring 2016
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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4999 PHIL-101-01 Intro to Phil 1.00 LEC Vogt,Erik MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM MC - 102 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  An introduction to fundamental topics and concepts in the history of philosophy, e.g., rationality, wisdom, knowledge, the good life, the just society, and the nature of language. This course is especially appropriate for first-year students or students beginning the college-level study of philosophy. Students contemplating majoring in philosophy are strongly urged to make this their first philosophy course.
5001 PHIL-103-01 Ethics 1.00 LEC Marcano,Donna MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM MC - 213 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  An introductory study of values, virtues, and right action. Major concepts of ethical theory (goodness, responsibility, freedom, respect for persons, and morals) will be examined through a study of Aristotle, Kant, and Mill. The course is not primarily a historical survey, but rather attempts to clarify in systematic fashion both moral concepts and moral action.
5002 PHIL-237-01 Rep of Death in 20th Cent Phil 1.00 LEC Vogt,Erik M: 1:15PM-3:55PM LSC - 132 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  This course surveys different philosophical, literary, and artistic representations and conceptions of death in the 20th century. Our material will be drawn from different disciplines and cultural contexts.
5004 PHIL-246-01 Hum Rgts: Phil Foundations 1.00 LEC Marcano,Donna TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM AAC - 320 Y GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  This course will survey and critically assess arguments in favor of the existence of human rights, arguments about the legitimate scope of such rights (who has human rights and against whom such rights can legitimately be claimed), and arguments about which rights ought to be included in any complete account of human rights. Specific topics will include (but not necessarily be limited to) the philosophical history of human rights discourse, cultural relativist attacks on the universality of human rights, debates concerning the rights of cultural minorities to self-determination, and controversies concerning whether human rights should include economic and social rights.
5005 PHIL-255-01 Philosophy of Logic 1.00 LEC Ryan,Todd MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM MC - 213 Y NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This course will introduce students to propositional and (first order) predicate logic, while engaging in philosophical reflection on a range of issues related to modern formal logic. In particular students will first study techniques for representing and analyzing arguments using the symbolism of each formal system. We will then consider some of the many philosophical issues surrounding formal logic, such as the nature of truth and inference, semantic paradoxes, and the attempt by Russell and others to use advances in formal logic to resolve traditional problems in metaphysics and epistemology. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and Philosophy 205, Symbolic Logic.
5006 PHIL-283-01 Early Modern Philosophy 1.00 LEC Ryan,Todd WF: 2:40PM-3:55PM LSC - 131 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  The history of Western philosophy from approximately 1600 to 1750, with major attention given to Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley and Hume. This course fulfills part two of the writing intensive (WI) requirement for the Philosophy major.
5007 PHIL-288-01 Modern Philosophy 1.00 LEC Ewegen,Shane M. M: 1:15PM-3:55PM SH - S204 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This course will provide a survey of 18th century European philosophy; to be more precise, we will examine texts by representatives of both French and German Enlightenment thought. The first section of the course will focus on Rousseau's and Diderot's contributions to political and aesthetic thought; the second section will be concerned with Kant's epistemology and with some of his shorter texts on political and aesthetic thought. The goal of this course consists in both defining Enlightenment thought and unearthing the fateful dialectic at its very heart. Methodologically, this course will employ an approach owed to the tradition of Critical Theory. This course fulfills part two of the writing intensive (WI) requirement for the Philosophy major.
5008 PHIL-325-01 Nietzsche 1.00 SEM Vogt,Erik W: 1:15PM-3:55PM SH - T121 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Nietzsche is one of those thinkers whose influence on our culture has been far wider than the number of people who have actually read him. Through a careful study of this 19th-century thinker’s major works we shall examine his own claim of thinking the most challenging thoughts of the next century.
5025 PHIL-361-01 Metaphysics 1.00 LEC Ryan,Todd MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM MC - 309 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  What is a person? What makes you the same person as your past and future selves? Are some human actions free? What is the nature of time? Is the passage of time an objective feature of reality or only a product of our subjective experience? What does it mean to say that something that did not happen might have happened? In this course we shall consider some of the central metaphysical puzzles in contemporary western philosophy, such as the nature of time, freedom and determinism, personal identity and theories of possible worlds.
5009 PHIL-374-01 Minds and Brains 1.00 SEM Lloyd,Dan MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM MC - 106 NAT  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  The neurosciences have made striking progress in recent years toward understanding the brains of animals and human beings. Through readings in philosophy and science we will consider what contribution this explosion of neuroscientific data can make to our understanding of the mind.
5602 PHIL-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Independent, intensive study in a field of special interest requiring a wide range of reading and resulting in an extended paper. Normally there will be only a few meetings with the supervisor during the course of the semester. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
4327 PHIL-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Work conducted in close consultation with the instructor of a single course and participation in teaching that course. Duties for a teaching assistant may include, for example, holding review sessions, reading papers, or assisting in class work. In addition, a paper may be required from the teaching assistant. This course may count as one of the 11 total required for the major, but will not count as one of the six required “upper-level” (300 and above) courses. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
5424 PHIL-499-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  A two-credit course culminating in an extended paper to be read by two or more members of the department. It may be organized like a tutorial or independent study. This is a required course for all students who wish to graduate with honors in philosophy. In order to be eligible for this course a student must have an A- average in the major or must successfully petition the department for an exemption. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for each semester of this yearlong thesis.
4906 CLCV-223-01 Roman Philosophy 1.00 LEC Ewegen,Shane M. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM SH - N215 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  This course will examine the work of a number of Roman philosophers during the period of roughly 1 BCE – 200 CE. Through reading the works of Seneca, Cicero, Lucretius, Sextus Empiricus, and others, we will become familiar with various ancient Roman schools of thought such as Stoicism and Skepticism, as well as certain then prevalent political theories. Above all, focus will be given to the manner in which philosophy undergoes certain fundamental changes as it transforms, transfers, and translates from an Ancient Greek worldview into a Roman (i.e., Latin) one.
4986 POLS-105-01 Intro Pol Philosophy 1.00 LEC Maxwell,Lida E. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM SH - N130 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats are reserved for first year students.
  NOTE: This course is methodologically focused.
  An introduction to the philosophical study of political and moral life through a consideration of various topics of both current and historical interest. Topics include environmentalism, ancients and moderns, male and female, nature and nurture, race and ethnicity, reason and history, and reason and revelation.