Upcoming Courses

Fall 2018

PHIL 1001. Philosophy of Death and Dying - Dr. Groenhout (MWF 11:15-12:05)

Introduces students to the field of philosophy via the theme of death and dying.  Examines the meaning(s) of death and dying and how one’s attitude toward death could be connected to living a good life.  Includes both historical (e.g., Plato, Tolstoy, Camus, and Beauvoir) and contemporary perspectives in bioethics on death and dying.  Topics in bioethics may include: euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, brain death, and end-of-life care such as hospice and palliative care.

PHIL 1102. Introduction to Philosophy (W) - Various Instructors

Fundamental skills of clear thinking that will help people reason better during communication, problem-solving, and design, particularly as these integrate scientific/engineering with social needs and values. The course will focus on clarifying goals, identifying constraints, and generating and evaluating ideas or solutions.

PHIL 1105. Critical Thinking (W) - Various Instructors

 Exploration of some of the basic problems that have shaped the history of Philosophy.

PHIL 2105. Deductive Logic - Various Instructors

Principles of deductive logic, both classical and symbolic, with emphasis on the use of formal logic in analysis of ordinary language discourse

PHIL 3170. Major Figure: Nietzsche - Dr. Kelly (M 2:30-5:15) 

Friedrich Nietzsche, a 19th-century German philosopher (1844-1900), is known for his genealogical method (tracing the origins of concepts, beliefs) and controversial ideas about morality (art, etc.). How are his method and ideas interconnected in the development of his philosophy? And are they relevant today? After focusing on original texts, we'll examine some contemporary interpretations of Nietzsche.

PHIL 3210. Ethical Theory - Dr. Souffrant (TR 11:30-12:45)

Selective examination of major normative and metaethical theories that undergird our practical judgments about morally right actions and virtuous persons. Normative theories studied may include virtue ethics, deontology, consequentialism, and representative feminist theories. Metaethical theories studied may include cognitivism, expressivism, realism, and error theory.

PHIL 3230. Healthcare Ethics - Prof. Raymer (MWF 2:30-3:20)

Major ethical dilemmas within medical science and biology are examined to assist students to identify, analyze, and decide ethical issues in such a way that they can defend their positions to themselves and others. Issues include reproductive and genetic technology, death and dying, patient rights, and justice in distribution of healthcare benefits and burdens.

PHIL 3390. Topics: Animal & Enviromental Ethics - Prof. Wilson (TR 10:00-11:15)   

Examines ethical issues in the relationships between humans, animals and the environment, including diverse perspectives on how humans should treat animals and the environment.

PHIL 3430. Mind, Cognition, and Behavior - Dr. Talsma (MWF 11:15-12:05)

An exploration of epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical questions concerning the mind. The main focus is on the possibility of integrating classic philosophical perspectives with contemporary research in cognitive science. Topics include: the descriptive/normative relation, the connection between philosophy and science, the plausibility of the mind and/or brain as a computational, symbol-manipulating system, including cases in which ethical consequences emerge from this orientation, and other topics such as consciousness, free will and determinism, logic and language, emotion and reasoning, and rationality.

PHIL 3520. Philosophy of Science - Dr. Pearce (MWF 10:10-11:00)

Questions concerning scientific knowledge and methods and their relation to technology, metaphysics, history/sociology, and interdisciplinary connections. “Science” is construed broadly to imply a connection with all systematic inquiry, either past or present, into natural or social questions. Particular topics may include the nature of theories, models, observations, predictions, and the conditions of progress.

PHIL 3620. Senior Seminar - Dr. Boisvert (M 2:30-5:15)

This course will thus help advanced students integrate their studies in philosophy, pursue their individual philosophical interests in more depth, and study important philosophical texts or issues that they have not yet had a chance to cover.

PHIL 3820. Feminist Philosophy - Dr. James (M 2:30-5:15)

This course addresses both philosophical approaches to issues in feminism (gender, intersectionality, respectability, etc.) and feminist approaches to issues in philosophy (ethics, aesthetics, the history of philosophy, and so on). A significant portion of the course will address these issues in the context of popular culture and popular music.

PHIL 3940. Philosophy of Education - Dr. Sanders (TR 2:30-3:45)

This class will explore the philosophy of education in terms of classic Western approaches to education and the contemporary moral problems faced by America’s schools, including the effect of race, class, and gender on school culture. It will also look specifically at the role that philosophy can and should play in education. Class members will help construct (and hopefully employ a Philosophy curriculum for high school students.  (Permission by Instructor)

PHIL 4190/5050. Topics: Foucault - Dr. Hull (11:30-12:45)

From the early 1960s until his death in 1984, Michel Foucault was one of the most innovative and influential figures in French philosophy.  Known most fundamentally for the thesis that our most basic categories of thought are inescapably the products of their social and institutional environments, Foucault wrote about such topics as the emergence of a clinical understanding of insanity, the change in punishment theory from the dungeon to intensive surveillance; the emergence of power as a force for fostering life and managing populations; the emergence of “sexuality” as a marker of identity; and the transformation of economic thought from classical, laissez faire liberalism to the intensely interventionist theory of today’s neoliberalism.  Not surprisingly, given the range of his thought, Foucault’s influence today extends into such diverse fields as philosophy, sociology, criminal justice, literary theory, and queer and feminist theory.  In this course, we will read a number of Foucault’s most important works, with attention both to the questions they enable us to ask and to prominent criticisms of his work