Courses

PHIL 141 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 ideals have been expressed in poetry, the novel, and film. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2021 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

PHIL 191 Atheism & Belief

This introductory course in philosophy will examine basic topics in philosophy. The course is designed to teach basic philosophical skills as they relate to the major divisions of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and aesthetics. The course may be based on a topic, a problem, or a survey of the field. May be repeated for credit. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 H. Zorn M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

PHIL 223 Ethics and Medicine

An examination of ethical issues in medicine and the moral principles that might be employed to resolve ethical dilemmas. (Cross-listed with SOCI-223). (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 J. Peterson T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2021 S. Anderson M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

PHIL 241 Relig & Philosoph of 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 styles of reasoning, and the relationship between religion and philosophy. (Cross-listed with RELG 241). (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 2:20PM-3:20PM

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) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2020 B. Adkins M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

PHIL 265 American Philosophy

The development of American philosophy from the colonial period to contemporary thinkers. Particular emphasis will be placed on the pragmatist tradition, including 19th-century thinkers such as Peirce, James, and Dewey, and contemporary figures such as Quine, Davidson, and Rorty. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2021 H. Zorn T/Th 2:50PM-4:20PM

PHIL 266 Power, Language, Politics

An examination of contemporary French thinkers, such as Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Derrida. Each of these thinkers represents an important aspect in the development of what has been variously called post-structuralist and postmodernist discourse as it has developed in France since the May 1968 student riots. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to some important trends in French thought since 1968. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2021 B. Adkins M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

PHIL 391 Sem: Contemporary Philosophy

This advanced course in philosophy will examine a continuing problem in philosophy. The course is designed to build on previous philosophical skills, while adding a major research component. Problems examined might include language, mind, the one and the many, evil, race, and gender. May be repeated for credit. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments One course in PHIL or permission.

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2021 B. Adkins M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM