Courses

PHIL 122 Logic

This course seeks to develop skills in formulating and evaluating arguments. To pics covered include the nature and type s of arguments, patterns of fallacious r easoning, inductive logic, and systems o f deductive logic. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 B. Adkins M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM
Summer Term 2, 2015 H. Zorn 8:30AM-10:40AM
Spring 2015 B. Adkins M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM
Spring 2016 B. Adkins M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

PHIL 208 Buddhism

This course will encounter the varieties of one of the oldest and most diverse religions as it developed in India, China, Japan, Tibet, and the United States. The course will examine Buddhism?s history, philosophy, ethics, Art, literature, and ritual practices. First, we will study the life and awakening of the Buddha, how the Buddha?s perception of reality transforms our relationships to ourselves and to each other, and how it directs us to live a life of compassion for others. Second, we will see how the Buddha?s core teachings changed as they spread to other countries. The course is divided into three parts: Foundations, which provides an introduction to the Buddhist world view; Development, which charts the changes and elaborations made to that world view under the Mahayana philosophers; and Literature, which explores how Buddhist ideas have been expressed in poetry, the novel, and film. (1) 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM
Spring 2016 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

PHIL 212 Top in Envi Phil: Ethics

An introduction to environmental philoso phy. It will focus on philosophical ques tions germane to the relationship betwee n humans and the environment. What is th e environment? What is the appropriate r elation between humans and the environme nt? Does technology help or hinder this relationship? What responsibilities do h umans have with regard to natural resour ces? Lecture: 3hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Larson-Harris T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

PHIL 212 Topics in Environmental Phil

An introduction to environmental philoso phy. It will focus on philosophical ques tions germane to the relationship betwee n humans and the environment. What is th e environment? What is the appropriate r elation between humans and the environme nt? Does technology help or hinder this relationship? What responsibilities do h umans have with regard to natural resour ces? Lecture: 3hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2016 M. Larson-Harris T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

PHIL 213 Relg & Phil of India

An interdisciplinary examination of the philosophical and religious traditions of South Asia. Topics include the centra l ideas and practices of these tradition s, their historical development, their s tyles of reasoning, and the relationship between religion and philosophy. (Cross -listed with Religion 213). Lecture: 3 h rs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

PHIL 215 Symbolic Logic

An introduction to truth functional log ic including truth tables, and natural d eduction in propositional and predicate logic. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 H. Zorn M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

PHIL 218 Religions & Philosophies China

An interdisciplinary examination of the philosophical and religious traditions of East Asia. Topics include the central ideas and practices of these traditions , their historical development, their st yles of reasoning, and the relationship between religion and philosophy. (Cross- listed with Religion 218). Lecture: 3 hr s/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

PHIL 221 Faith and Philosophy

An examination of the fundamental questions, concerning rationality and religious belief. The course addresses questions such as whether it is rational to believe in God and whether we can know anything about God, along with different ways of answering these questions and the different views of reason and religious faith the answers imply. (1) 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 H. Zorn T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

PHIL 223 Ethics and Medicine

An examination of ethical issues in medi cine and the moral principles that might be employed to resolve ethical dilemmas . Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments SOCI-101

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 S. Anderson M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Fall 2015 J. Peterson M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Spring 2015 S. Anderson M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM
Spring 2016 S. Anderson M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

PHIL 251 Early Western Philosophy

An analysis of the history of Western t hought from the rise of classical philos ophy with the pre-Socratic philosophers and the pivotal figures of Socrates, Pla to, and Aristotle, through the evolution of classical thought in Hellenistic phi losophies and medieval thinkers such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. Le cture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 H. Zorn M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

PHIL 253 Medieval Philosophy

An examination of the ways in which thinkers in the middle ages developed the heritage of the classical world, produced a sophisticated intellectual heritage of their own, and laid the groundwork for modern philosophy. The course follows the development of medieval thought with special attention to the work of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as the pivotal work of Arabic-speaking philosophers such as Ibn Sina. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 H. Zorn M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Spring 2016 H. Zorn M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

PHIL 255 Modern Western Philosophy

A study of the attempts of thinkers such as Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, and Kant to come to terms with the scientific, political and religious changes in the modern world. (1) 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 B. Adkins M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

PHIL 260 Sel Top: Philos & Feminism

The study of a particular issue, theme, or philosopher of current interest. Lec ture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Vilhauer M/W 2:20PM-3:50PM

PHIL 260 Sel Topics: Analytical Phil

The study of a particular issue, theme, or philosopher of current interest. Lec ture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 H. Zorn T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

PHIL 260 Sel Top Philosophy as Therapy

The study of a particular issue, theme, or philosopher of current interest. Lec ture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2016 M. Vilhauer W/F 2:20PM-3:50PM

PHIL 265 American Philosophy

The development of American philosophy from the colonial period to contemporary thinkers. Particular emphasis will be p laced on the pragmatist tradition, inclu ding 19th-century thinkers such as Peirc e, James, and Dewey, and contemporary fi gures such as Quine, Davidson, and Rorty . Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 H. Zorn M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

PHIL 266 Cont. French Philosophy

An examination of contemporary French t hinkers, such as Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Derrida. Each of t hese thinkers represents an important as pect in the development of what has been variously called post-structuralist and postmodernist discourse as it has devel oped in France since the May 1968 studen t riots. The purpose of this course is t o introduce the student to some importan t trends in French thought since 1968. L ecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 B. Adkins T/Th 2:50PM-4:20PM

PHIL 277 IL: Relating to Nature

1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
IL 2014 M. Vilhauer M/T/W/Th/F 2:00PM-4:00PM

PHIL 277 IL: Philosophy & Food

1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
IL 2014 B. Adkins M/T/W/Th/F 9:00AM-4:00PM

PHIL 321 Topics in Philosophy of Relg.

A detailed examination of a topic in the philosophy of religion. Topics for any given semester will be chosen from among such issues as the problem of suffering, the epistemology of religious belief, religious language, and philosophical theology. May be repeated for credit. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Previous PHIL course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 H. Zorn T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

PHIL 330 Wittgenstein

An introduction to Wittgenstein. Through an examination of key texts in Wittgenstein's corpus, students will be exposed to major issues in Wittgenstein's thought. In his early work these include the picture theory of language, what can be said versus what can only be shown, sense, truth and falsity, and about what we must remain silent. In his late work these include the use theory of language, language games and forms of life, rule following, privacy, nonsense, and therapy. (1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Previous PHIL course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Vilhauer T/Th 2:50PM-4:20PM

PHIL 332 Top in Metaphys: Mind

Topics in Metaphysics 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Previous PHIL course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 H. Zorn T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM

PHIL 340 Top: Deleuze

A detailed examination of a topic or single thinker in 20th and 21st Century European Philosophy. Depending on the focus of the professor, topics or thinkers might include (but are not limited to): Hermeneutics; Critical Theory; Deconstruction; Gadamer; Habermas; Derrida. May be repeated for credit. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Previous PHIL course or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2016 B. Adkins M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

PHIL 406 Independent Study & Research

Selected topics in philosophy carried ou t under the direction of a member of the departmental staff. Enrollment with the approval of the department. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 H. Zorn
Spring 2015 B. Adkins

PHIL 410 Senior Thesis

At the end of the junior year every maj or will register with a member of the de partment to study and write a major pape r in the final year. Guidelines, require ments and dates are explained in The Se nior Thesis. 1/2 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 B. Adkins
Fall 2014 M. Vilhauer
Spring 2014 B. Adkins
Spring 2015 B. Adkins

PHIL 411 Senior Thesis

At the end of the junior year every maj or will register with a member of the de partment to study and write a major pape r in the final year. Guidelines, require ments and dates are explained in The Se nior Thesis. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Vilhauer
Spring 2015 B. Adkins

PHIL 412 Senior Thesis

At the end of the junior year every maj or will register with a member of the de partment to study and write a major pape r in the final year. Guidelines, require ments and dates are explained in The Se nior Thesis. 1/2 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 N. Wisnefske
Spring 2014 P. Hinlicky
Spring 2015 B. Adkins

PHIL 496 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminati ng in a paper. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments See catalog

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Summer Term 2, 2015 B. Adkins
Spring 2015 B. Adkins

PHIL 497 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminati ng in a paper. 1/2 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments See catalog

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 B. Adkins