Course Topics

PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

An introduction to basic questions in philosophy concerning God, the nature of reality, knowledge and truth, human nature, morality, and the individual in society, together with the range of arguments and answers that philosophers have developed in response to them.

PHIL 110: Logic

A study of reasoning and argumentation, introducing formal symbol systems, including propositional and predicate logic, with attention to informal logic and fallacies. (Offered Spring 2015)

PHIL 200: Ancient Philosophy

An examination of the development of philosophy among the Greek speaking peoples and the civilizations they influenced. Primary focus will be on the thought of Plato and Aristotle as the major founders of western philosophical thought, with a brief review of subsequent developments in Hellenistic and Roman philosophy. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy. (Offered each fall)

PHIL 240: Philosophy of Art

(Offered alternate years)

PHIL/WGST 260: Feminist Philosophy

Examination of feminist philosophies, including issues in epistemology, ethics, social philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of religion and historical interpretation. Focus on the challenges which feminist theory presents to traditional philosophical assumptions in the Western tradition. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy, or two courses in women's and gender studies. Offered alternate years. (Offered fall, even numbered years)

PHIL 300: 19th and 20th Century Philosophy

A study of philosophical movements which developed in response to German idealism, including existentialism, phenomenology, pragmatism, analytic and post-modern philosophy. Prerequisites: two courses in philosophy. (Offered alternate years)

Paideia 450: Society, Business and Ethics

This course examines how commercial life and ethical life intersect. We will be reading texts from many economic, social and ethical theorists, which will provide us with a variety of structures and concepts for understanding how human beings interact and how they can live well together. These theories will also be brought to bear in analyzing specific cases of ethical issues in economic relationships. In addition, based on research groups, students will give a class presentation on the ethical issues highlighted by a specific case, facilitating discussion and reflection upon the ethical decision-making involved in the case.

PAID 450: Thinking Through Ethics of Art

This team-taught course explores the relationships between practices and theories of art through the lenses of philosophy and art history. We'll take a thematic approach, focusing on ethical issues in the arts, such as art and censorship, recent deaccessioning controversies, use of animals in art, eco-criticism, and problems related to the representation of women, ethnic and racial groups, and children. We'll be particularly concerned with the way that artists across time and cultures have engaged these ethical issues.

PHIL 485: Senior Seminar: Metaphor

(Offered in Fall 2014)

WGST 485: Senior Seminar

Queer Theory is the cutting edge in contemporary social and political philosophy and gender studies. By attending to the experience and reality of non-normative sexualities and gender identities, Queer Theory attempts to produce both new concepts and new theoretical frameworks within traditional epistemology, phenomenology and political theory in order to comprehend the diversity of human experience with respect to sexuality and gender. Students in Communication Studies, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, and WGST will find this course complimentary to their studies. This course will count toward the 300-level or higher course requirement in Philosophy. (Offered Spring 2014 and Spring 2016)