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Philosophy (PHIL)


151 Introduction to Philosophy (3) Introduction to ethics, political philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics through study of selected writings of classical and modern philosophers. F06, S07, F07, S08


175 Philosophy of Religion (3) Examination of the religious dimension of human experience. Topics include the nature of religion as an aspect of human experience, an introductory study of the major religious traditions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and others), and traditional philosophical problems, such as the existence of God, the problem of evil, and the possibility of immortality. S07, S08


211 Contemporary Moral Problems (3) Introductory course in social ethics examining a variety of ethical problems and social policy questions debated in American society today. Discussions explore topics such as sexual morality, capital punishment, euthanasia and infanticide, racial and sexual discrimination, and problems of censorship in a democratic society. Special attention given to the nature and logical structure of moral argument. F06, F07


212 Critical Thinking (3) Basic elements and common patterns of argument. Inductive and deductive modes of thought are explored with emphasis on the concepts and principles of correct reasoning. Designed to assist students to understand and evaluate ordinary arguments and to develop skills in constructing arguments in the spoken and written word. Cross-listed as PSYC 212. F06, F07


214 Elementary Symbolic Logic (3) Introduction to logic that presupposes no previous study of logic. Students learn to recognize common patterns of reasoning and how to determine the validity or invalidity of those patterns. S08


262 Introduction to Political Theory (3) Introductory course in political theory. What rules and institutions should govern human social existence?  Introduces students to basic issues in political theory through consideration of a particular position or topic of current importance. Cross-listed as POLS 262. F06, F07


300 History and Philosophy of Science (3) Examines the nature of science, the history of science, and the nature and history of the impact of science on human life and thought. Provides some understanding of the methods of science, the difference between science and pseudo science, the political and ideological uses of science, and the moral responsibilities of scientists and science educators. Cross listed as PHYS 300. S07, S08


303 Environmental Law and Regulation (3) Explores the ethics of and inter-relationships between environmental issues and governmental action, as well as conversation, preservation and management of natural resources through public policy relation to government and the role of morality and legislation in matters of individual choice. Cross-listed as LSTU 303/503, POLS 303. S07, S08


343 Politics of Sexuality (3) This course has two focal points. First, it raises the question of sexual desire in order to understand it as a moral concern. Second, it studies American judges' and legislators' recent efforts to recognize and accommodate the variety of its expressions. Topics include: same-sex marriage and domestic partnership arrangements; hate speech and hate crime legislation; privacy and the AIDS epidemic; statutory definitions of sex and gender; dress codes and the regulation of sexual identities. Cross-listed as POLS/WST 343. S08


351 Selected Topics (3) Opportunity to study in depth a particular problem, philosopher or period of current interest. May be repeated for up to nine credits provided topics are different. F06, F07  


354 Introduction to Jurisprudence (3) History of philosophical consideration of law, its means and ends; focus on special problems in contemporary legal philosophy such as conflicting theories of punishment, the natural law/positivist debate, individual rights in relation to government and the role of morality and legislation in matters of individual choice. Cross-listed as LSTU 354; POLS 354/554. F06


454 History of Political Thought, Part I (3) History of political thought from Plato to Thomas Aquinas. Cross-listed as POLS 454. F06, F07


455 History of Political Thought, Part II (3) Survey of political thought from Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes to contemporary political theorists. Cross-listed as POLS 455. S07, S08


456 Feminist Theory (3) Provides a deeper look at feminist theories, building on the introduction provided in WST 150. Students focus on two main concerns. First, they explore conversations, controversies, and connections among a range of feminist thinkers, including those categorized as liberal, socialist and radical as well as those who cross over or do not fit into the three categories, including lesbian feminists, contemporary feminists whose work is most often labeled Third Wave, and global/international/Third-World feminists. Second, students explore the connections between feminist thought and action, reading a variety of calls to action and articulating their own. Prerequisites: WST 150 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as WST 456. S07, S08


490 Independent Study (1-3) Individually supervised reading and study of a topic or problem of student interest. A paper is required. Prior permission of instructor required. Offered every term on demand and with permission of instructor.