Philosophy (PHI)

PHI-101  Introduction to Philosophy  (3)  

Investigates some of the fundamental issues in human existence - for example human nature, the nature of reality, the good life, how and what we know, the existence of God(s), justice and freedom, and free will and determinism - through readings and discussions of seminal philosophical texts in Western or non-Western traditions. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

PHI-105  Introduction to Ethics  (3)  

Investigates major issues and theories in Western or non-Western moral thought. The adequacies of ethical theories such as egoism, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, the ethics of care, and duty ethics are explored through discussions of topics such as those found in medicine, the media, the environment, social justice, education, gender relations, war, business and family life. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

PHI-111  Basic Reasoning  (3)  

Introduces both formal and informal aspects of reasoning and argument including principles of deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, informal fallacies and critical thinking. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

PHI-126  Chinese Philosophies  (3)  

Introduces some of the main philosophies of the Chinese tradition. This course includes study of the history and culture of China, especially the Classical Period, with a focus on philosophical perspectives. The majority of time will be spent studying classical Chinese Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism and Legalism, with some emphasis on Chinese Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

PHI-135  Multicultural Ethics  (3)  

Examines moral perspectives and theories from a variety of cultural contexts, such as Confucian, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and African ethics. Focuses on human rights by examining ethical issues raised by Western and non-Western diversity, such as moral relativism, feminism, war, homosexuality, immigration, and race relations. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

PHI-160  Environmental Ethics  (3)  

Examines contemporary environmental issues in light of traditional and contemporary ethical thought. Explores concerns such as species extinction, global climate change, ecosystemic degradation, animal rights, and unequal effects of environmental harm on humans. Ethical perspectives include duty ethics, utilitarianism, ethics of care, virtue ethics, deep ecology, ecological feminism, the land ethic, and social ecology. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

PHI-924  Honors Project  (1)  

Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. May be taken more than once. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Comments: Requires approval of supervising professor and dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture

PHI-928  Independent Study  (1-3)  

Provides readings, papers, study and/or research under the guidance of a faculty member. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Comments: Permission of instructor, dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture