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* PHIL 105 The Religious Quest 3 cr. Introduces theories of the origin, nature, and function of religion. Explores several religious interpretations of God, humans, and the world. Focuses upon religious traditions and personal experiences as part of a search for the meaning of life.
PHIL 107 Philosophical Inquiry 3 cr. Introduces the art of philosophical practice by exploring how great philosophers have raised questions about the nature of reality, the good life, and how we know. Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Marx, William James, and Bertrand Russell may be among the thinkers examined.
* PHIL 115 Ethics 3 cr. Explores important historical examples of ethical theories in order to introduce an understanding of the moral point of view. Provides practice in analyzing and assessing moral claims, and encourages reflection on one’s own sense of what is right and wrong and good and bad.
* PHIL 117 Philosophies of Life 3 cr. Explores biographical and autobiographical materials in order to discern the values, visions, and motivation of great figures from different eras and cultures. Each student will work at clarifying his or her philosophy of life.
PHIL 221 Critical Thinking 3 cr. Distinguishes between different forms of arguments and exposes a variety of common fallacies. Students will learn to analyze the components of arguments, distinguish different forms of argumentation, assess claims, and think critically about such common cultural expressions as advertisements, political rhetoric, and news reports.
PHIL 233 Philosophies and Religions of India 3 cr. Examines the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist traditions comparatively, exploring such topics as mythology, death, salvation, attitudes toward women and the natural world, and moral ideals. Survey includes aspects of history, literature, art, philosophy, and religious beliefs and practices.
PHIL 234 Philosophies and Religions of China, Tibet, and Japan 3 cr. Surveys Confucian, Taoist, Zen, and Vajrayana Buddhist traditions from historical, literary, aesthetic, and social-political dimensions past and present. Readings typically include Confucius (Kongzi), Laozi, Guanzi, Bodhidharma, Suzuki, and the Dalai Lama.
* PHIL/LIT 240 The Bible As Literature
PHIL 250 Christianity 3 cr. Provides an overview of Christian thought and practice in relation to its historical development, outstanding proponents, and significant theological expressions.
PHIL 292 Seminar V 1-3 cr. Provides an opportunity to intensively investigate specific topics pertinent to fields of Philosophy and/or Religious Studies, such as Islam, Philosophy of Science, Sacred Texts and the Natural World, Buddhism, Philosophies of Love, Feminist Philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Ideas that Rocked the 20th Century.
PHIL 300 Studies in the History of Philosophy 3 cr. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy. Studies philosophical developments during one of the following eras (to be announced each time the course is offered): Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance, Modern, 19th century, 20th century.
PHIL 301 Death, Dying and Medical Ethics 3 cr. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Examines historical and contemporary attitudes and practices concerning illness, dying and death. Encourages exploration of personal attitudes concerning death and medical practices. Explores moral dilemmas in such areas of medical practice as euthanasia, abortion, medical experimentation, genetic research and patient rights.
PHIL 303 Classical Mythology 3 cr. Studies Greek and Roman mythology by exploring the social, philosophical, and psychological functions of myth and its influence on Occidental art, music, drama, and literature. Readings typically include Homer, Hesiod, Apollonius, Ovid, and some modern interpretations by such thinkers as Freud, Calasso, Deleuze-Guattari, and N.O. Brown.
PHIL 304 Global Mythology 3 cr. Explores mythologies from around the world, including South and North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. Compares and contrasts such themes as creation, the gods, evil, the human condition, gender divisions, civilization, salvation, morality, the natural world, death, and attitudes toward non-human animals.
PHIL 311 Environmental Ethics 3 cr. Explores such areas as biological, cultural, and ethical diversity; human impacts on ecological systems; survival and sustainability; resource development and allocation, consumerism, international trade, and other aspects of environmental economies; and the status of values in nature and culture. Expects students to develop their own environmental ethics.
PHIL 314 Business Ethics 3 cr. Explores the complex moral dilemmas facing individuals in business and the ethical problems facing business in society. Uses theoretical analysis and the case study approach to
PHIL 360 Great Figures in Philosophy and Religion 3 cr. Examines, in a seminar setting, the lives and works of foundational thinkers; possibilities include such persons as Buddha, Nanak, Gandhi, Tagore, Suu Kyi, Ambedkar, Confucious, Mao, Mohammed, Rumi, Rabi’a al-Adwiyya, Al-Ghazali, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Joan of Arc, Descartes, Kant, James, Wollstonecraft, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Kazantzakis, Sartre, de Beauvoir, M.L. King, Mary Daly, Mother Theresa, Steinam, and Paglia.
PHIL 365 Women, Philosophy, and Religions 3 cr. Prerequisite: A course in religious studies or consent of instructor. Examines the lives and thoughts of women on three levels: through works of notable individuals on such topics as justice, education, child rearing, community, feminism, dualism, logic, eco-feminism, marriage, and notions of the divine; through analyzing myth and scripture to uncover ancient teachings, common attitudes, and enduring roles of women; and by exploring the role of the feminine in the divine.
PHIL/NAMS 413 Native American Philosophies and Religions 3 cr. Prerequisite: At least one lower division course in Religion, Philosophy, or Native American Studies, or permission of instructor. Covers Native American philosophies and religions, including basic types and elements of traditional beliefs, ceremonies, holy objects, practitioners, visions, and world views; influence of Christianity through missionaries, federal Indian policy, nativistic movements, and syncretism; and contemporary perspectives such as the Native American Church, Sun Dance, God is Red theology, and revitalization. Special attention is paid to selected Indian tribes.
PHIL 491 Independent Study V 1-5 cr. Provides students an opportunity to research subjects in Philosophy and Religious Studies which are not explored in regular courses.
PHIL 492 Seminar V 1-3 cr. Provides an opportunity to intensively investigate specific topics pertinent to fields of Philosophy and/or Religious Studies, such as Islam, Philosophy of Science, Sacred Texts and the Natural World, Buddhism, Philosophies of Love, Feminist Philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Ideas that Rocked the 20th Century.
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