Course Descriptions

Philosophy Courses

* PHL 110 Introduction to Ethics:  Problems of Good and Evil

[formerly PHIL 115 Ethics]

3 cr. (F, Sp)  Explores canonical moral theories and contemporary moral problems.  Students are invited to examine a variety of moral viewpoints, including the strengths and weaknesses of each, and to critically examine their own moral commitments.  Coursework explores controversial issues such as abortion, animal rights, sexism, poverty, euthanasia, environment, and capital punishment.

 

* PHL 111 Philosophies of Life

[formerly PHIL 117 Philosophies of Life]

3 cr. (F, Sp)  Explores how philosophy shapes our lives.  This course serves as an introduction to core philosophical themes and thinkers from a variety of perspectives.  Things to be pondered might include the meaning of life, justice, skepticism, and our place in the world.

 

* PHL 254 People and Politics

3 cr. (3 lec/wk) (F)  Examines a number of the main figures, texts, and ideas in the history of western political thought, with an emphasis on the development of democracy.  Analyzes the significance of issues like rights, freedoms, equality, justice, the legitimacy of the state, and the sovereign.

 


 

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* PHL 271 Indian Philosophies and Religions [formerly PHIL 233 Philosophies and Religions of India]

3 cr. (F)  Explores, through a comparative lens, the philosophies and religions of India, including such topics as Hinduism, Buddhism, mythology, art, ethics, and religious exemplars, as well as contemporary issues such as gender relations, attitudes toward nature, and the place of nonhuman animals.  Interactive and rooted in critical thinking, this course invites students to compare their own worldview with philosophical and spiritual worldviews of India.

 

* PHL 272 Chinese Philosophies and Religions

[formerly PHIL 234 Philosophies and Religions of China, Tibet, and Japan]

3 cr. (Sp)  Explores the philosophies and religions of China, including such topics as Daoism, Confucianism, mythology, art, ethics, and religious exemplars, as well as contemporary issues such as gender relations, attitudes toward nature, and the place of nonhuman animals.  Interactive and rooted in critical thinking, this course invites students to compare their own worldview with philosophical and spiritual worldviews of China.