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T PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy (5) I&S
Major philosophical questions relating to such matters as the existence of God, the foundations of knowledge, the nature of reality, and the nature of morality. Approach may be either historical or topical.
T PHIL 200 Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights (5) I&S faculty
Introduces and discusses different philosophical views on humanity, good, rights, universality, and other concepts that have influenced our understanding of human rights.
T PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics (5) I&S/VLPA
Critical introduction to various philosophical views of the basis and presuppositions of morality and moral knowledge. Critical introduction to various types of normative ethical theory, including utilitarian, deontological, and virtue theories.
T PHIL 314 Philosophy of Crime and Punishment (5) I&S
Examination of philosophical theories regarding criminal habits and punishment and the philosophical problems connected with specific topics in criminal law. Examines proper subject matter of criminal law (drug use, pornography, euthanasia); limits of criminal sanctions; crime and privilege (corporate crime, white-collar crime, blackmail); justifications for punishment; mercy; and execution.
T PHIL 350 Contemporary Search for Meaning (5) I&S
Examines the search for human meaning and value as it has emerged in the writings of modern philosophy, psychology and literature. Explores how the quest for different forms of meaning has developed and how that quest has been answered.
T PHIL 353 The End of the Modern World: 1600 - 2000 (5) I&S
Investigates the origin, influence and definition of the modern period. Explores the fundamental images and assumptions of this period and discusses the forces that are undermining them. Concludes with a consideration of what may replace these images and assumptions in the next few decades.
T PHIL 354 American Modes of Thought and Experience (5) I&S
Explores the roots of the American experience in its European intellectual and cultural background. Focuses on the peculiarly American angle of vision and value in the development of its cultural heritage. Examines the contribution of tradition and change to that experience and to subsequent philosophical reflection upon it.
T PHIL 355 The Mind of Modernity (5) I&S Forman
Looks at how since the sixteenth century, new and competing ways of understanding ourselves, the natural and human worlds, and our place in them, have defined European modernity. Examines a selection of original artistic, scientific, philosophical, and literary texts. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.
Instructor Course Description: Michael Forman
T PHIL 356 Themes in American Philosophy (5, max. 10) I&S
Examines the origins, development, and present status of movements in American philosophical. Includes thinkers such as James, Dewey, Pierce, Royce, Whitehead, Santayana, Rorty, and others. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.
T PHIL 357 The Greek Mind and Imagination (5) I&S
Explores what makes the contribution of the Greeks so unique in the formation and heritage of Western Civilization. Examines some of their major human expressions and achievements in art, philosophy, literature, and history. Attends to the continuing influence of these ideas, values, and institutions on the world today.
T PHIL 358 History of Philosophy: Medieval and Modern (5) I&S
Explores continuity in the concerns of thinkers from different places and eras, including such medieval and early modern philosophers as Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, and Kant. Examines how they address questions about reality, thought, and the beautiful and the good.
T PHIL 359 Themes in Existentialism (5) I&S
Examines the human predicament as treated in the writings of existentialist philosophers and writers such as Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Marcel, Heidegger, and Sartre. Examines historical origins, development, and present forms of existentialism. Assesses existentialism's impact on psychology, religion, literature, and the arts. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.
T PHIL 360 History of Philosophy: Modern and Contemporary (5) I&S
Examines idealism, pragmatism, and existentialism in historical context to discover ways in which they are responses to past ideas and ways in which they are new. Focuses on the way issues in philosophy remain the same even as ways of thinking about them change.
Instructor Course Description: Amos Nascimento
T PHIL 361 Ethics in Society (5) I&S/VLPA
Examines the meaning, nature, legitimacy, criteria, and foundations of moral judgment. Explores ethics as a branch of philosophy while focusing on particular ethical problems, such as war, race, abortion, justice, sexuality, medical issues of life and death, the environment, and the transactions of the business world.
T PHIL 362 The Beautiful and the Good: Philosophy's Quest for Value (5) I&S
Examines ideas about the beautiful and the good in the history of philosophy. Includes ideas of early thinkers and how they were adopted, transformed, or rejected by later thinkers. Studies different ideas from the history of philosophy about what the beautiful and the good are, how we know them and how we achieve them.
T PHIL 364 Topics in the Philosophy of Science (5, max. 10) I&S Fine, Hankinson Nelson, Woody
Study of one or more current topics in philosophy of science such as scientific realism, explanation, confirmation, causation. Can not be taken if T PHIL 363 already taken. Prerequisite: one T PHIL course.
Instructor Course Description: Amos Nascimento Mark Jenkins
T PHIL 367 Utopias (5)
Explores the ideal society of the classical era and the Renaissance, and contrasts these early visions with the modern models of mass society and competitive markets in the light of the revolutionary experiences of the 19th and 20th centuries. Covers Utopian literature, political philosophy, economics, art, and music.
T PHIL 410 Social Philosophy (5) I&S
An examination of topics pertaining to social structures and institutions such as liberty, distributive justice, and human rights.
T PHIL 414 Philosophy of Law (5) I&S
Nature and function of law. Relation of law to morality. Legal rights, judicial reasoning.
T PHIL 451 The Enlightenment (5) I&S
Examines the Enlightenment as historical epoch, philosophical attitude, and social and political project. Explores ideas of selected thinkers (e.g., Jefferson, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Kant, Hume, Voltaire) and the reactions they inspire. Highlights themes such as liberalism, human rights, rationalism, republicanism, and neoclassicism.
T PHIL 455 Medicine and Morality: Issues in Biomedical Ethics (5) I&S/VLPA
Provides students with knowledge of ethical theory which is then applied to questions in medicine such as right to die, allocation of scarce medical resources, informed consent, and patient confidentiality.
T PHIL 456 Environmental Ethics (5) I&S/VLPA
Critical exploration of selected philosophical and literary texts pertinent to ethics attending the natural environment. Topics for consideration may include animal and nature rights, social ecology, natural value (instrumental, inherent, intrinsic), anthropocentrism v. Deep Ecology, and environmental aesthetic theory.
Instructor Course Description: Jane Compson
T PHIL 458 Ways of Knowing (5) I&S
Investigates key concepts and problems involved in the analysis and appraisal of human knowledge and critical thought. Emphasizes discerning the difference between truth and falsity, knowledge and opinion, correct and incorrect judgment and how these are critically grounded. Analyzes different theories of knowledge.
T PHIL 460 The Meaning of the Person (5) I&S
Explores philosophical and psychological concepts of the self and their implications. Discusses what it means to be a person and what constitutes a person. Asks how philosophy and psychology agree and disagree on what it means to be a person.
T PHIL 466 Modernity and Its Critics (5, max. 10) I&S
Considers various attempts to specify and critique the contours of Western modernity - in culture, philosophy, and political economy. Themes selected include the impact of Cartesian philosophy, science, and rationality on our concepts of the world, ourselves, our bodies, time, and human relations.